Lessons from an Ermine

by Stephanie Laporte Potts, Youth Programs Coordinator I’m usually a go-slow-and-look-around kind of explorer. I’d rather spend a whole day going less than two miles, but getting to know a hundred different wildflowers, than race up a trail to bag another peak. And,...

#OptOutside This Thanksgiving Week!

#OptOutside this week! MNHC will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and the staff are looking forward to some fun outdoor explorations…and we encourage you to do the same! Avoid the frenzy of holiday shopping on Black Friday and head outside with your...

Five Facts to Make You Go Batty for Bats!

by Stephanie Laporte Potts This Halloween, as you’re enjoying your trick-or-treat spoils, be sure to thank a bat for your chocolate bar. Bats are key pollinators of cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate. (For those of you with enough willpower to restrain yourself at...

It’s an invasion! (And it’s pretty darned cool!)

by Stephanie Laporte Potts They gather in the trees. On the ground. In cracks on the sidewalk and that sunny spot in the garden. Little red and black spots, sometimes spread out, and sometimes in massive pulsing blobs of dozens of individuals. Then, once summer camp...

Northwest Canoe Quest

by Stephanie Laporte Potts Sometimes, everything works out for your dream summer hiking trip: good health, mild weather, and a strenuous but rewarding trail. Other times, you catch the flu the weekend before you are scheduled to leave for your 30+-mile ridgeline...