Outdoor programs

Olympia Mountaineers host open house

The Olympia Mountaineers will hold an open house Jan. 6, offering information and registration for the organization’s upcoming courses and activities.

Among the courses to be offered next year are alpine scrambling, basic rock and glacier climbing, conditioning hiking, intermediate climbing, backcountry first aid, navigation, sea kayaking, wilderness skills and winter travel (nordic skiing/snowshoeing).

The Olympia branch also is involved in conservation events, leading hikes, hosting an Adventure Speaker Series and showing the Radical Reels outdoor film tour.

The open house will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Worthington Center, St. Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

For more information on the Olympia branch, including registration discounts, go to olympiamountaineers.org. To sign up for a course, go to mountaineers.org.


New Lewis, Clark event in Long Beach area

A new event in Long Beach will look back at how the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter at the mouth of the Columbia River.

“Lewis & Clark: Wintering the Pacific” will take place at Veterans Field Jan. 17-19. It will be one of three events taking place on the Long Beach Peninsula that weekend.

During the event, living historians in period clothing will depict activities such as moccasin making, hide tanning, tent construction, trading and salt making. The reenactment is an interpretation of the Corps of Discovery’s activities during their 1805-1806 winter on the Pacific Coast.

Free to the public, the event will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 17-18 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 19.

That weekend, the Ilwaco Sports Boosters will host its annual crab feed at the Long Beach Elks Club Jan. 17. The World Kite Museum will present the Windless Kite Festival, an annual indoor kite-flying competition and performance, at the Long Beach School Jan. 17-18.

For details on these and other events, contact the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360-642-2400 or funbeach.com.

Master hunters

Application deadline extended for advisers

The deadline to apply for membership on the state’s master hunter advisory group has been extended through Jan. 9.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife group will have six openings next year.

The 15-member volunteer group advises the agency on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program. Five newly appointed members will serve three-year terms, and one will serve a one-year term.

Applicants are asked to explain why they want to be a group member, what qualifies them to be a member and how they can help achieve the group’s goals.

Letters of interest must include contact information (phone numbers, email address, mailing address, county of residence), and include permission for a criminal background check. The letters should be sent by email to Tracy Loveless at Tracy.Loveless@dfw.wa.gov or to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Program, Master Hunter Section, Attn: Tracy Loveless, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Learn more at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/


Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com