Methow Valley Interpretive Center

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center hosts events and displays that highlight the cultural and natural history of the Methow Valley.

(L to R) native camp along the river, early 1900s, c/o Susan Timentwa; Methow Valley Native Plant Garden; Lucy Timentwa and CB c/o Susan Timentwa.

(L to R) native camp along the river, early 1900s, c/o Susan Timentwa; Methow Valley Native Plant Garden; Lucy Timentwa and CB c/o Susan Timentwa.

Methow Valley Interpretive Center is located on the TwispWorks campus at 210 5th St., Twisp WA 98856 (509-997-0620). Hours are Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 12-5, and beginning June 3, Fridays 12-5.

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oct 2016: Don McIvor – Migratory Birds: The Methow’s International Travelers

Sunday, October 30 at 5 pm


Migratory birds are international citizens who know no borders.  In the Methow, our avian migrants knit us together with landscapes as distant and exotic as the high arctic tundra and the pampas of South America.  As bird watchers, we may think of all the birds we see here, like the colorful Bullock’s Oriole or the wintering Snow Bunting as “ours.” But many of these species are with us for only a few weeks of the year, spending the balance of their lives in other parts of the Western Hemisphere. Don will explore the fascinating natural phenomena of bird migration, tying in what we know—or can guess—about the seasonal movements of “our” migrating feathered friends.

Birds have been a common theme in Don McIvor’s career. Don received his MS based on his research on Sandhill Cranes in Utah and Wyoming. He has conducted breeding bird surveys on Utah’s Wasatch Plateau and the north slope of the Uinta Mountains. Don spent six years as the Nevada Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon and three years as the Science Coordinator for Audubon Washington. Don has written extensively on the topic of birds, including two books, Birding Utah (Falcon Press) and Nevada’s Important Bird Areas (Nevada Audubon). He teaches Ornithology at Wenatchee Valley College – Omak.

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IceAgeFloodsDeepLakeSunday, Sep. 25 – 5 pm

View the size, power and magnitude of Ice Age floods of the region through images and videos taken from the air where they can be best seen, understood and appreciated.

Bruce Bjornstad is a licensed  geologist/hydrogeologist and recently retired as a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in geology from Eastern Washington University.  During his 35-year career he has written numerous documents and reports on the geology of the region as well as two geologic guidebooks on Ice Age floods that transformed the Pacific Northwest as recently as 13,000 years ago. Bruce is also the creator of an online YouTube Channel titled: “Ice Age Floodscapes”.


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Sunday, August 28  –   5 pm

Field biologist Ray Robertson ponders the question of whether we are seeing an increase in the Methow Valley population of skunks, badgers, martens, fischers, wolverine.  Ray shares stories of encounters in the wild and not so wild, and what he’s caught on remote cameras over the years. Ray has worked on wildlife projects in the Methow for over 20 years including currently contracting for the USFS and the Woodland Park Zoo on wolverine research in the North Cascades.  He currently works on the Cascade Carnivore Connectivity Project which is hoping to learn more about the status of the Grizzly bear in Washington as well as continue its work mapping the movements of Black bears and other animals.


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Saturday, August 6  –   10am – noon

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center will host a Native Garden Kid’s Day at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center’ Native Garden.  Naturalists Rob Crandall and Hannah Newell will lead fun activities for kids to explore and interact with the Native Garden and Pit House.  Designed for kids ages 6-12 years old.  The event is free, though donations are always appreciated.MVICNativeGardenKids
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Sunday, July 31 at 5pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorks

Have you ever encountered a beaver on your property or out on a hike? Beavers have inhabited the Methow Valley for thousands of years. Although they can be pesky land managers at times, the beaver plays a key role in water storage and wildlife management. Hannah will talk about the role of beaver in our landscape and hear how we can live in tandem with these ecosystem engineers.

Hannah is working with the Interpretive Center for 8 weeks this summer as part of the Leadership Track of the North Cascades Institute.HannahNewell

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Sunday, June 26 at 5pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorks

Joanna Bastian, Administrative Officer of the Bear Fight Institute, reprises her presentation of The Entirely Complete History of the Methow Valley.  She will discuss the history of the valley from the origins of its name, geological formations and first peoples to the recent wildfires of 2014.

History of the Methow

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Ancestral Skills Workshops: JUNE 4 – JULY 9

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Sunday, May 29 at 5pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorks

Okanagan Tribal Elder, Arnie Marchand, shares tribal history and stories from Wenatchee to Penticton, BC.  An entertaining and insightful speaker, he recently completed a book, “The Way I Heard It” and has served as the Oroville Museum Director.Arnie-Marchand-600

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April 2016: Landslide hazards in Washington State

Sunday, April 24 at 5:30pm

MV Interpretive Center – TwispWorksstephen-slaughter-zoomedStephen Slaughter is the landslide hazards program manager at the Division of Geology and Earth  Resources a.k.a. the Washington Geological Survey) at the Washington Department of Natural  Resources (DNR). His eleven year career at DNR has included working as a forest geologist assessing  potentially unstable slopes related to forest management activities on state-managed lands, modeling  potential landslide and liquefaction zones from a magnitude 9 earthquake for coastal communities of  Washington, lead geologist at the 2014 SR530 Oso landslide, partnering with the US Geological Survey  on modeling post-wildfire debris flow hazards in central Washington, and most recently, developing a  new landslide hazards program (LHP) for the state of Washington. The newly established LHP team of  five geologists is currently developing new protocols for mapping landslides and landslide susceptibility  from high-resolution LIDAR topographic data. The pilot project is currently underway in Pierce County,  mapping all landslide deposits using high-quality LIDAR with the ultimate goal of assessing  landslide hazard and risk to county residents. Stephen, a Washington native, earned both his BS and MS  in geology, and has lived on both sides of the Cascade Range. He currently resides in Olympia with his  wife and two large cats.


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