You and your family can help locate incursions of English ivy and other invasive species by becoming "scientists" at Columbia Springs, an evironmental eduction center and outdoor recreational area. You'll learn about all sorts of invasive species (besides ivy) and, after a crash course in scientific survey techniques, you'll go off-trail in Columbia Springs' 100-acre natural area to find invasive species.
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join, including children under 14 (if accompanied by a parent or guardian) and teens from 14 to 16 (with written parental permission). Snacks will be provided. Bring sturdy shoes, appropriate outdoor work clothing, enough water to stay hydrated, and your enthusiasm for helping the community! Columbia Springs welcomes anyone who shows up on Saturday morning and wants to pitch in, but registration is encouraged. To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-882-0936 ext. 230.
Snowshoe Adventures allow participants to explore some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, including Elk Rock, Old Man Pass, Ape Caves, and June Lake. Hikes are guided by outdoor specialists from the Mount St. Helens Institute.
Participants can bring their own snowshoes or rent a pair (with trekking poles) for $15. Hiking routes are moderately difficult, and hikers need to come prepared with proper gear and water. The Snowshoe Adventures are quite popular, and some hikes sell out in advance, so early registration is suggested. Please note: the $30 registration fee is non-refundable.
Snowshoe Adventures will be held on Feb. 15, 22, March 1 and 8.
Sign up and get specific information on times and directions at www.mshinstitute.org.