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 Methow camp, 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). Currently we are open Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 12-5, and beginning June 3, Fridays 12-5.

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Native Plant Garden Tour

Wander around the Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s Native Plant Garden and hear about the many medicinal and edible uses of the plants we find there. We will meet on April 29, from 11 am until 12:30. Space is limited to 12. Reserve your spot by contacting the trip leaders. Rosalee & Xavier de la Forêt or 997-0545. This event is free, donations to the Methow Valley Interpretive Center are encouraged.Bitterroot

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Jeannette Armstrong – The People to Be: Nsyilxcn language and Story

Native (Okanagan) author, poet and educator, Jeannette Armstrong, will present a talk, The People to Be: Nsyilxcn language and Story. The talk will be on March 26 at the Merc Theater in Twisp, from 7 to 9pm. Suggested donation, $12. 997-4904 for more information.

Jeanette ArmstrongDr. Armstrong will talk about indigenous knowledge systems, in particular the human-to-land relationship and the way it is expressed in the Nsyilxcn language. Through teaching stories, these knowledge systems are available to all people and learning institutions.

In these times of climate change and social discord, the public can benefit from indigenous knowledge projects such as those at En’owkin Centre in Canada and through the University of British Columbia Indigenous Studies.

Dr. Armstrong is an internationally known Native author, educator, artist and activist, born on the Penticton Indian Reservation in British Columbia.

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Pithouse-If you build it they will come

Remember when these Paschal Sherman school kids were building the pithouse?


Paschal Sherman School kids building the Pithouse (above). Storytelling in the completed pithouse (below)


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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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