It’s officially Fall here in the North Cascades, and October provided plenty of reminders of the new season. The month began with some chilly temperatures, and even a bit of snow on the high peaks. But, just as soon as we were getting ready for cold, rainy weather, we were given a full two weeks of clear skies and sunshine, with temperatures reaching into the 70s at the Environmental Learning Center. This allowed for some great opportunities to get out, and take in the fall colors. Of course, the wet weather has returned with a vengeance, and it now seems like officially time to keep those rain jackets handy. As we move into November, and ready ourselves for winter, take a few minutes to enjoy some photos of the glorious October we had!
For the first ten days of October, the graduate students in the M.Ed Residency Program‘s 18th cohort had their final field trip of the year to the Methow Valley, where they camped in below freezing temperatures, and learned from local environmental leaders about a variety of subjects from beavers to hawk migration, and even took some time to explore to the culinary joys of Cinnamon Twisp!
The graduate students returned home October 10th, but their work didn’t end with the field trip. For the past 3 weeks, the students have quickly shifted gears into Natural History Projects, phenology study, and land stewardship work at the Blue House property in Marblemount.
While the graduate cohort busied themselves with natural history lessons, Mountain School was in full swing. Hundreds of 5th graders from both sides of the mountains joined us this month at the Environmental Learning Center for a hands-on, place-based learning experience they won’t soon forget! And, on October 22, a film crew joined us to produce pre-trip information video for future student visits.
Finally, as the cold, rainy weather rolled in last week, North Cascades Staff and Graduate Students joined forces to get the Salish Dancer off the water for the season!
Of course with all this great human activity going on, it was easy to miss some of the amazing changes in our natural landscapes. From autumn leaves and snow-capped peaks, to budding mushrooms and beautiful sunsets, Mother Nature provided plenty of reminders of how lucky we are to share this special place!
Thanks for viewing, and stay tuned for our November round-up coming next month. If you have any great pictures you’d like to see in an upcoming photo round-up, please email them to me! firstname.lastname@example.org