Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) and Okanogan Land Trust (OLT) are excited to announce an upcoming three-part series of educational events focused on geology. OHA is hosting the first event on Friday, March 6th, when Dr. Karl Lillquist will return to Tonasket for the Highland Wonders presentation. OLT is hosting the second event on March 18th, when Bruce Bjornstad will present as part of the OkaKnowledgy lecture series in Okanogan. The third event, also led by Dr. Lillquist, will take participants on a field trip in the Highlands on July 18th! All three events will highlight the fascinating geological processes shaping our hills and valleys. The March events are free and open to all; the field trip will require pre-registration with priority given to OHA and OLT members. Anyone can become a member!
Friday, March 6, Community Cultural Center of Tonasket:
Dr. Lillquist will lead the audience in “explor[ing] the origins and evolution of landscapes and landforms in the Okanogan Highlands.” He will describe how the Okanogan Highlands landscape has been sculpted over time by glaciers and other forces. Specifically, he will explain how “The Okanogan Highlands, [which is] characterized by rolling uplands, punctuated by a diverse array of valleys…has been shaped by various tectonic, weathering, landslide, stream, glacier, and wind-related processes.“
Dr. Lillquist is a professor in the Geography Department at Central Washington University, and has vast experience exploring and teaching about the geology of our state. His area of expertise is geomorphology, a field focusing on landforms and how they originated. We hope that you will join us in looking at the Highlands landscape through geologic time — you might never look at our highland hills and valleys the same way again!
Highland Wonders events feature the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. OHA offers educational programming on the first Friday of the month from November through April. The presentations, which start at 6:30 pm, are free to the public (donations are welcome), and clock hours are available for educators. The events take place at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center, and dinner is available before the presentations. (meat and vegetarian options available, $10 a plate).