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Highland Wonders ~ Upcoming

Highland Wonders is a monthly education series featuring the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. Come and meet some new people and enjoy refreshments; leave with a better understanding of your watershed.

The indoor series runs on the First Friday of the month, from November through May (skipping December). The outdoor series is offered during summer, and the schedule varies.

Evening with the Experts
Friday, September 26, 2014
at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket

~ with George Thornton, Dana Visalli, and Erica Heinlen ~

Do you have a plant you’ve been wondering about? “What is this species, and what do I need to know about it?” Come with a photo and/or sample to OHA’s “Evening with the Experts,” and bring your observations about the plant. We will help you identify and learn more about it.

Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) announces a new kind of Highland Wonders event: an opportunity for the community to bring their curiosity about native plants to a panel of experts. The event will take place on Friday, September 26, at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket, beginning at 6:30 pm with dinner benefiting the CCC at 5:00 pm. Based on digital photos, pressed plant specimens, and other plant samples that community members will bring to the event, the panel will provide assistance with plant identification and understanding the role of the plants in our Okanogan landscape. 

 “Evening with the Experts” will be led by a panel of botanists, each with their own unique experience and expertise to bring to the community.  Read more...

Evening with the Experts

You can start preparing for this event now by taking photos and/or collecting plant specimens that you would like help identifying. See Evening with the Experts for must-read details if you'd like to be involved.

To begin or renew your OHA membership and be first in line to register for the summertime events, please visit, or contact OHA for more information. To sign up for this event, email or call 509-476-2432. The starting time and location will be provided upon registration.

The 2012 Summertime Highland Wonders season brought Cedar Ecology, The Magic of Wetlands, and a school bus tour highlighting the Geology of the Okanogan Highlands. The 2013 outdoor season brought Seeing the Forest Among the Trees, Watershed Functioning, Plant Ecology and Stream Processes, Geology of the Okanogan Highlands, and Grassland Ecology and Grass ID. Each of these events was jam-packed with information tailored to the sights, sounds, and natural history of the highlands. The events are often full to capacity. Be sure to begin or renew your OHA membership for priority in signing up for next summer's events. 

The 2014 outdoor season brought Viva la Naturaleza for Spanish-speaking families in May, Stream Ecology in July, and Geology of the Okanogan Highlands on August 16th. 

Questions? Contact OHA's Conservation Coordinator, Julie Ashmore: 

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