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About the Wenatchee Naturalist Program

Meet the Class of 2017

Meet the Class of 2016

CDLT Horse Lake Reserve

CDLT Horse Lake Reserve

The 12-week course runs late September through early December at Wenatchee Valley College, on a week night, 6:00-8:30 PM.

The centerpiece of the course are field trips exploring habitats along the White, Entiat, Columbia, and Wenatchee River corridors, guided by expert guest field scientists.

Three of these Saturday field trips are all day (8AM-4PM) and one is a 1/2-day field trip (9AM-noon). This interdisciplinary course explores three ecosystems – shrub-steppe, riparian, and the low-elevation forest – and focuses on 100 common species of the Wenatchee watershed. Classes includes suggest readings, lectures, handouts, guest scientists, hands-on labs, nature journaling. Every class includes hands-on activities, practice using a science field journal and a featured local conservation organization. Tuition includes supplies, a field journal, and loaned equipment. If you have questions, feel free to contact the course instructor, Susan Ballinger at 509.669.7820 or skylinebal@gmail.com.

Registration will be open in summer for the 2018 Wenatchee Naturalist course, offered by Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education.  During winter and spring, Susan Ballinger offers several  short courses and workshops.  Register here.


Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education Program staffers, Michele Gedrose and Erin Davidson adminster the 50-hour Wenatchee Natural course.

Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education Program staffers, Michele Gedrose and Erin Davidson, administer the 50-hour Wenatchee Natural course.

Student journal entry

Student journal entry

Nature Journaling

Each student is provided with a Walleye Cards spiral-bound nature journal, created by Heather A. Wallis Murphy.  Heather leads our first class as a workshop, teaching basic drawing techniques.  Each week, we practice observation skills, both in the field and the classroom, writing and sketching in a nature journal.  Here is a sampling of one of the Fall 2015 student journals.

Read the syllabus for the 12-week course, or go to a print-ready PDF here: 2017 Syllabus

Pre-Class Orientation

Familiarize yourself with the following prior to the first class meeting

Susan Ballinger  – Course Instructor

Welcome Letter 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Wenatchee Valley College Map

Course Goals

Introduction to the Wenatchee Watershed Eco Systems (PDF Presentation).

Field Journal Activity 2017