Jul
14
Sat
Hope Mountain Centre: Traditional Plants of the Cascades
Jul 14 all-day

This program is hosted by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, and all questions and registration is through them.

For more information and to REGISTER, visit: www.hopemountain.org HMC-Logo

Yvette will share with us her detailed knowledge of the “traditional plants” used by First Nations for food, medicine, technology, and cultural practices. Scientists refer to this field of study as “ethnobotany,” which describes the many complex relationships that exist between humans and plants.

The hike will follow the Skagit River Trail, where the endangered Spotted Owl has been known to nest, and where Harlequin Ducks breed on the Skagit’s fast-flowing spring freshet. This route was traditionally used by the Stó:lo and other First Nations as a plant gathering and hunting area. In 1858, American gold miners built a trail up the valley to avoid British taxes. This trail is still in use today.

Oct
20
Sat
Hope Mountain Centre: Wild Mushrooms
Oct 20 all-day

This program is hosted by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, and all questions and registration is through them.

For more information and to REGISTER, visit: www.hopemountain.org HMC-Logo

Join fungi expert, Sharmin Gamiet, on this easy valley-bottom hike beside the Skagit River, revealing the rotten world of mushrooms.

It’s often said that without mushrooms there can be no forests.  You’ll discover the many roles of fungi in sustaining diversity and healthy habitats in a forest ecosystem.  This program reveals the essential service decomposers play in cycling nutrients and the many symbiotic relationships they form with other living things. We will identify the beautiful and colourful mushrooms that appear in the Cascades during the autumn, from high-value gourmet foods to deadly poisons. The hike will follow the Skagit River Trail, where old-growth forests thrive and Spotted Owls still breed.  Here, the soils are deep and rich in organic debris, supporting a very healthy population of diverse fungi.