The Jefferson Land Trust Natural History Society was founded in 2012 to foster active exploration, appreciation, understanding, and conservation of the diverse natural environments of the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.
Through activities such as nature outings, expert presentations on wide-ranging topics, and projects in support of the stewardship principles of Jefferson Land Trust, we strive to inspire people to share their experiences and love of the natural world.
How we got together
In spring of 2012, Jefferson Land Trust offered the Northwest Naturalist Program for the first time, coordinated by Erik Kingfisher. Six volunteer naturalists guided eighteen local residents through a different local ecosystem every Saturday for nine weeks. We were all enchanted with the natural beauty and diversity of the Olympic Peninsula and when the course ended, we didn’t want it to stop. We decided to form the JLT Natural History Society to continue our joy in learning.
Wendy Feltham, Dave Rugh
Our guiding committee
Eileen Cooney, Nan Evans, Janell Jelliffe, Chris R. Jones, Oma Landstra, Lee Merrill, Michele Olsen, Marcia Schwendiman, Ken Wilson