1 Nisqually refuge walk
The Capitol Volkssport Club is holding a walk at the Nisqually refuge; this is a 10-kilometer walk with a 5-kilometer option; 5:45 p.m. Tuesday; Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia; the walk is free, but there is a $3 parking fee; capitolvolkssportclub.org.
2 Backpacking tips for women
This session will provide information and answers on backpacking issues specific to women; participants will learn how to choose a pack, select the right clothing and footwear, and plan a trip; 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday; REI, 3825 S. Steele St., Tacoma; free; register at rei.com/tacoma; 253-671-1938.
3 Youth bird-drawing contest
The winners of the Tahoma Audubon Society’s 16th annual Youth Bird Drawing Contest will be honored; Pierce County students in grades one-eight had to draw an osprey, Barrow’s goldeneye, rufous hummingbird or Vaux’s swift; 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free; tahomaaudubon.org.
4 Closeup of Saturn
The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth (about 833.5 million miles) and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun, making it the best time to see and photograph Saturn and its moons; a medium-size or larger telescope will allow you to see the planet’s rings and a few of its brightest moons; look to the southeast in the mid- to late evening Saturday.