Anderson Lake Ethnobotanical Hike

Join our Natural History Society for a spring hike led by Jeanmarie Morelli on Wednesday, May 17, to Anderson Lake State Park.

It’s an easy three-mile ramble around the lake.

We plan to check out the flora and ethnobotanical uses of plants, by examining cedar trees for signs of bark harvest (from before the land was a park), noting the formation of tiny fruits on edible berry shrubs, discussing how we use local native plants, tasting licorice fern, and much more.

Participation is not limited, and carpools will be arranged. Wear light hiking boots and dress in layers for changing weather. Bring field guides, binoculars, and plenty of food and water.

For other details, carpool information, and to RSVP, please contact Eileen at

May 2017 Book Selection

On Monday, May 22, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 the Natural History Society book club will discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

Forester Peter Wohlleben makes the case that forests are social networks.  He believes that trees are like human families, with parents living near their children, communicating with them, supporting them as they grow.  Wohlleben shares his love of the forests in Germany in which he works, but his observations are relevant to forests in the Pacific Northwest as well.  Amazon’s description of this title states that “After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.”


At this meeting we will select books for reading the next few months.  Bring your suggestions for books you would like the group to read.  You can start by selecting a few titles from this list


Shine Tidelands State Park and Wolfe Property Walk

Join our Natural History Society and JLT Land Steward Marcia Schwendiman for a springtime walk along the beach and into the woods on Bywater Bay on Saturday, April 15th, from 12:45 to 3:00 pm.

Bywater Bay is near the west end of the Hood Canal Bridge.

The three-mile route follows the beach to the neck of Hood Head, then, on the walk back, dives through a wooded area to a saltmarsh and lagoon marking the end of Bywater Bay. On a good day, a wide array of birds makes an appearance. The gravel to mud beach offers near shore sea life to investigate.

Wear light hiking boots and dress for weather. Bring water, snack/lunch, binoculars, and field guides (if you have them). There is no limit to the size of this group.

For carpool information, other details, and to RSVP, please contact  Lee at

April 2017 Book Club Selection

The Natural History Society book club will meet on Monday, April 24, 2017, 3:30-5:00 to discuss The King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon by David Montgomery. For location, contact Jean at

The salmon that symbolize the Pacific Northwest’s natural splendor are now threatened with extinction across much of their ancestral range.  Geologist David Montgomery sees the evolution and near-extinction of salmon as a story of changing landscapes.  He shows how a succession of historical experiences–in the United Kingdom, in New England, and now in the Pacific Northwest–repeat a disheartening story of overfishing and sweeping changes to rivers and seas that render the world inhospitable to salmon.  King of Fish concludes with provocative recommendations for reinventing the ways in which we make environmental decisions about land, water, and fish.

Hansville Greenway and Point No Point Nature Walk

salmonberryJoin our Natural History Society and JLT Land Stewards Michele Olsen and Wendy Feltham for an almost springtime walk through the Hansville Greenway on Wednesday, March 8, 9:00 am–(approx.) 4:30 pm (earlier for those doing the shorter walk).

The seven-mile route follows country  roads to the historic Point No Point Lighthouse.  It continues through beautiful Buck Lake County Park and the Hansville Greenway trails.  In addition to meadow, pond and lake, there is a 28-acre wetland behind the lighthouse keeper’s quarters.

An alternative three and one-half mile walk will take you to the wetland area with the opportunity for birding. The park is a designated an Important Bird Area on Audubon
Washington’s Great Washington State Birding Trail.

licorice-fernWear light hiking boots and dress for weather. Bring water, snack/lunch, binoculars, and
field guides (if you have them). There is no limit to the size of this group. For carpool information, other details, and to RSVP, please contact Michele at