Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Summer Hike Series at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue

Ethnobotany

Saturday, May 18 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – Historical Walk with Eastside Heritage – Come on a walk through time with Eastside Heritage in the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Learn in the classroom with hands on artifacts how the land was shaped by geological formations and used by the first peoples. Then, step out into the wetland to see the Slough as it is and as it was. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members.

Saturday, June 22 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – Intro to Plant Identification – Are you curious about the common plants of the Pacific Northwest and how to identify them on your own? Join us for the morning to explore a plethora of Plant Identification books, and learn how to use them. Then, step outside to put your skills into practice with a nature guide teaching personal tips and tricks to remember the local Pacific Northwest flora. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members.

Saturday, July 27 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – Edible Plants – Join us for a walk around the wetland in peak berry season! We will show you the difference between the three common blackberry plants, introduce you to salmonberry, and share with you some plants that you maybe didn’t even know could be eaten! Of course we will also point out the Snowberries and other such dangerous edibles, because nature isn’t made up of all Blueberries and Labrador Tea. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members.

Saturday, August 24 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – Ethnobotany – Learn how the land was shaped and used by the indigenous peoples of the Lake Washington shoreline. Then, grab a Plant Identification book and head out into the wetland to bring the plants to life with stories and uses of the local Pacific Northwest flora. Bring your wetland, closed toed footwear and your open mind ready to learn! The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members

Nature Journaling

Saturday, June 29 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – June Observations – Explore the natural world through a combination of drawing, writing and scientific recording. With a guided hike through the wetland, learn about native plants and botanical drawing techniques. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members

Saturday, July 13 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – July Observations – Explore the natural world through a combination of drawing, writing and scientific recording. With a guided hike through the wetland, learn about native plants and botanical drawing techniques. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members.

Saturday, August 10 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) – August Observations – Explore the natural world through a combination of drawing, writing and scientific recording. With a guided hike through the wetland, learn about native plants and botanical drawing techniques. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with limited change in elevation and many stops along the way. Ages: Curious adults and families alike (ages 6+); Cost: $15 per person, or $12 for Pacific Science Center Members.

 

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