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January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a skills review class, as we hike around our 250-acre wood. There are already dawning signs of spring on our campus in late January. We will explore which plants leaf out first in late winter by examining their burgeoning buds, which deciduous shrubs keep their leaves that first winter, and differentiate all the various types of “pine cones,” on the forest floor. If you’ve joined us for trees & shrubs, tracking, and our lichens & mosses class, you can dig a little deeper with more time in the field and practice your newly honed skills.

Didn’t attend the other sessions? No worries, – know you’re welcome to explore with us, and remember that anyone is a naturalist if they are a student of the natural world. This is a great overall skill-building session for newbies too. Bring your sense of wonder, questions, and knowledge to share with others. We’ll see you there!



  • This class is rain or shine, so please dress in layers and always bring a rain layer, gloves and hat at this time of year. If we cancel due to weather, which is extremely rare, we will send a message in email and by phone as well (windstorm, snowstorm, etc.).
  • Due to the content and pace of this program, we are listing the suggested age of participation as 10 years and up. The content will be scientific and botanical terminology will be utilized. If you have an older child or youth that would like to enrich their botany knowledge, they are welcome to attend with you. The ticket price is the same. Infants (under one year) worn in a baby backpack, sling, or baby-wearing device by the caregiver are also welcome with you, no ticket needed for an infant.
  • Please remember our campus policy is ‘no dogs unless they are a service animal.’
  • We always cap off our hikes with a sweet treat of our homemade cookies too!


This class will be led by our Sr. Naturalist, Christina Woolf. Christina is a Washington State Master Naturalist (2024), Master Birder (Birds Connect Seattle, 2011), WDFW Wetland Monitor (2014), Certified Beach Naturalist (2014), and Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association of Interpretation (2015), and has been joyfully teaching environmental education for over 20 years. Here she is geeking out with a fungi, chicken of the woods, Laetiporus sulphureus, along the Sol Duc River, Olympic National Park.

About IslandWood

IslandWood is an environmental education nonprofit serving children, educators, and community members throughout the Puget Sound region. We were founded to increase access and lower financial barriers to nature-based learning for our region’s children. We design and deliver programs in Seattle, Woodinville, Renton, Tacoma, and Bainbridge Island that can inspire a lifetime of passion and care for the natural world and the planet. Stay in the know about other upcoming events by signing up for our newsletter here.

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IslandWood Bainbridge Campus
4450 Blakely Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 United States
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