Gear swap: Look for some new gear for fun on the water on Tuesday. The Washington Water Trails Association is hosting the swap at 6 p.m. in Wallingford. Get all the details right here.
Learn about plants: At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, you can join a zoologist and a naturalist for a walk through the woods by the Adopt A Stream Foundation's Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park. You will learn to identify native plants and about the values of those plants and their habitats. You'll also get to preserve leaves using a plant press. Make a reservation by calling 425-316-8592; $5 foundation members, $7 non-members. To learn more, click here.
Nature and art: Artist Tony Angell will share the art that illustrates his new book, "Puget Sound Through An Artist's Eye." Angell will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park. Reservations are required, call 425-316-8592; $5 for members, $7 for non-members. There will be a book signing after the show. Get more information here.
Mystery on Everest: On Saturday, hear about mystery and adventure on Mount Everest. Schelleen Scott-Rathkopf will speak about her experiences on an expedition team to Mount Everest. Read more about it here.
Fall walk: Go for a guided walk through Cama Beach State Park on Saturday at 9:50 a.m. Total mileage will be approximately 3 miles with some up and down portions. If you like, you can add on another 1.4 miles. Meet at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction. Parking is on the Ivy Road cul-de-sac. Get more information here.
Avalanche safety: The Northwest Snow and Avalanche Workshop is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in Seattle. The event teaches alpine safety and is targeted for both professional and recreationalists. Get more info and tickets here.
Bird safety: The Pilchuck Audubon's monthly meeting is on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Everett Firefighters Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. The speaker is Mel Walters, who for more than 40 years has worked to keep birds safe from man-made structures. Get more info here.
Free days: For Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11, access to nearly all federal lands, including National Parks, will be free. More info here.
Pretty birds: An art exhibit celebrating birds opens on Nov. 10 with an artists reception from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be live music and readings with an avian theme. The event is at Bookend Coffee Co. in Everett Public Library.
Have your say: During the federal government shutdown, a meeting about what roads should be maintained in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest was postponed. It has been rescheduled for Nov. 13 at Everett Community College. You need to RSVP to attend, and there is still space. RSVP here. (We wrote about this roads issue earlier -- you can read that here.)
Learn to hike: Get the basics to make hiking more enjoyable and safer. The Mountaineers offer a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 at their program center in Seattle. While the event is free, registration is required. Register and get more info here.
Winter scrambling: Learn about the fun and challenges of winter scrambling at a seminar on Nov. 21 at the Drewel Building, meeting room 2, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. The speakers will discuss snowshoeing, winter scrambling, skiing and avalanche issues. Get more info here.
Warren Miller: The legendary film series comes to Everett on Nov. 21 at Historic Everett Theatre. Get in the mood for winter with the best -- and craziest -- of skiing and snowboarding. This year's film is "Ticket to Ride" and it's the 64th annual ski and snowboard film. Get more info here.
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