Women Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet)
Western Washington Chapter
Woman Owning Woodlands Network (WOWnet) is a network of women who learn, educate, and work together to build female literacy and involvement in forestry, land conservation, and natural resources. WOWnet is a nationwide program that is dynamic, fun, informative, and strives to bring topical, accessible, and current forestry information to woman woodland owners and forest practitioners. We support women in forest leadership, women who manage their own woodlands, and all who facilitate the stewardship of forests. Through educational resources and personal stories we strive to instill a sense of confidence and empowerment in women’s abilities to meet the challenges of forest ownership. For more information on the National Women Owning Woodlands Network visit their website.
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Forest Walk with Native Plant Id, Meditation and Lunch
Saturday, July 20, 9:30 am – 1 pm in Woodinville
Please join us for a walk in a private 14.5 acre forest in Woodinville. We will identify native plants, practice our birding skills, and end with a brief practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese forest therapy) in a peaceful western redcedar grove. After the walk we will return to our host Radhika’s home for a vegetarian lunch.
Due to the rough terrain, the walk is not suitable for very young children. Although children are welcome to come, please be aware that a more appropriate age for this walk is probably 13+.
What to bring:
- hiking shoes / boots. We will be walking off-trail on uneven terrain near wetlands.
- Long pants and long sleeves, jacket, hat, sunglasses.
- Water bottle. We will be hiking for 1.5 – 2 hours.
- A pair of binoculars for birding if you have them!
- Lunch will be provided, but please bring a favorite drink to share.
Property tour of fire risk reduction practices
Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Duvall
Learn about what Leaf Hopper Farm is doing to reduce the risk of damage in the event of a wildfire. Includes a tour of the forested property and a discussion of practices.
Summer Plant Identification
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Duvall
Let’s take a closer look at the end-of-summer growth in our forests. Which plants are edible? Which ones could be medicines that help us heal? We’ll have a relaxed wander around a forest stewardship property looking at different species.