Learn about the cultural history and natural riches of Mount Baker and the North Cascades — as well as mountain safety — from speakers who will talk on weekends, beginning today, at the Heather Meadows Visitor Center.
Unless otherwise noted, talks begin at 1 p.m., last about 30 minutes and are wheelchair-accessible.Programs are free but a Northwest Forest Pass ($5 for a day pass or $30 for an annual pass) is required for parking. The center is at milepost 56 on the Mount Baker Highway (state route 542).
For more information, call the Glacier Public Service Center daily from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at (360) 599-2714.Here is the schedule for upcoming talks:
National Park Service Ranger Andrew Pringle discusses glaciers of Mount Baker and the North Cascades, and how they constantly change the mountains. His talk, “Rivers of Ice,” also will delve into local research.
SUNDAY, JULY 29
Walt Lockwood, president of Komo Kulshan Native Plant Society, leads a guided sub-alpine plant walk around Bagley Lakes. This event lasts about two hours and is not wheelchair-accessible.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4
Enjoy some tunes about the human history of the Mount Baker area, with original songs written and performed by musician Jimmy Brite and wilderness ranger Luca Williams. Audience participation is encouraged during the event, titled “Stringing the Past Together.”
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
Mount Baker Ranger District biologist Don Gay talks about mountain goat herds of Mount Baker.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12
National Park Service Ranger Nathaniel Shober will share his knowledge about tracking mammals in the North Cascades. Called “Track Stars,” this talk will help you identify prints left behind by some of the critters in the mountains.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18Laura Jacoby presents original glass slides from the Galen Biery Collection, which shows Heather Meadows as it was in the 1920s and ’30s, during her talk, “My Grandfather’s Collection: A Magic Lantern Slide Show.”
SATURDAY, AUG. 25Join Nooksack elder Tammy Cooper-Woodrich for traditional stories about the animals, plants and people of the Nooksack River drainage.
SUNDAY, AUG. 26
Magenta Widner, forest technician, will take visitors on a condiment-filled journey through the history of the Heather Meadows area during her talk, “Cooking Up a Landscape.”
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
Mount Baker climbing ranger and geologist Kurt Parker shares his knowledge of the formation of the Heather Meadows area.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2
Learn how to be safe in a mountain environment from Michael Jackson, director of the Alpine Safety Awareness Program, and his team of volunteers.