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Vacations are meant to entertain for sure, BUT there's nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you've gained a deeper understanding and proficiency at something you are really passionate about. North Cascades Institute offers a variety of seasonal classes including everything from mushroom identification, watercolor painting and photography. Both Voortex Productions and Andy Porter Photography also offer photography classes for beginners through advanced learners, with each putting their own unique spin on the craft.

Haunted Museum
Haunted Museum
Wells House Nooks & Crannies Tours
Get Lit: Pumpkins!
Bird of the Week: Sandhill Crane
Okanogan County is fortunate to be one of the few places in Washington where one can regularly see - and hear- Sandhill Cranes each spring and fall as they migrate. This past weekend a large group was seen flying south above Winthrop and Twisp. It was spectacular! Read More >>>>
Elk Rut Season
The elk rut begins around the time of the autumnal equinox in mid-September, and lasts a month. During this time, male elk, called bulls, will challenge each other for the privilege of mating with the females, or cows, in the harem. Bulls become aggressive and warn the other bulls to stay away from their harem. They “bugle” which is a high-pitched whistle that often ends with grunts. They also charge at each other with heads down and use the strength of their powerful necks and shoulders to lock antlers and… Read More >>>>
Bird of the Week: Dusky Grouse
"Grouse hunting season opened Sept 1 in Washington, and while I'm not a hunter I do think about Dusky Grouse a fair bit this time of year as the weather changes and these birds prepare for winter by fattening up on seeds and fruit, and by moving up out of the shrub-steppe and more into the conifer forests where they will sustain themselves through the winter on buds and needles (or burrowed into temporary snow caves when the weather is really rough). You might know this bird as the Blue… Read More >>>>
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