Cultural History

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Lookouts & Logging Towns
April
$15
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Instructor: Pierre LaBarge

Step back in time to an era when logging was king. Visit sites of bygone fire lookouts, logging camps, and lumber mills with Seattle Public Utilities educator Pierre LaBarge. Discover how these historic operations impacted watershed management, leading to protection of our regional water supply. Participants must be able to hike 1-2 miles of moderately strenuous rough terrain on and off trail.

Sunday, April 15, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Adults, youth ages 12+, $15

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Conducting the Rain Drum Symphony
June
$25
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Instructor: Tom Mattausch

This class allows musicians, composers, and electronics enthusiasts an opportunity to compose songs for Dan Corson’s “Rain Drum Courtyard” at the Education Center. Day one will familiarize students with the art installation’s method of programming in MIDI. Day two will focus on playing students’ compositions while comparing and contrasting styles and methods.

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and June 24
6/23: 10:00 to 2:00, 6/24: 12:00 to 4:00
Adults, youth ages 14+, $25

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NW Timber Community Songs & Stories
June
Free
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Instructor: Bob Antone

This Father’s Day, enjoy local music traditions performed by Snoqualmie Valley artist, Bob Antone, and guests. Connect to the past through songs about Pacific Northwest history and industry: old-time logging, railroad folklore, and maybe even tales of Bigfoot and other strange creatures of the Northwest woods.

Sunday, June 17
2:30PM to 4:00PM
All Ages, Free
No registration required.

Railroad History Treasure Tour
June
$15
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Instructor: Clay Antieau

Take a trip back in time with Clay Antieau, Seattle Public Utilities scientist and watershed rail historian. This tour seeks out some of the remaining structures, grades, and legacies created when railroads were king. Participants must be able to hike about 1 mile over uneven terrain.

Saturday, June 2 or June 16, 9:00am-2:00pm
Adults, youth ages 10+, $15

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Twilight Town Tour:
Taylor
Sept.
$10
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Instructor: Seattle Public Utilities Naturalists

Delve into the rich history of Taylor, a town that now lies hidden beneath the forest in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed. Taylor was world-famous for its clay products. A Seattle Public Utilities naturalist will guide you on this walking tour, revealing some of the stories that made Taylor so special. Walking on uneven terrain is required.
Please Note: Directions to the meeting location in Maple Valley will be given upon registration.

Saturday, September 15 or September 29
1:00pm-3:00pm
Adults, youth ages 10+, $10

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Twilight Town Tour:
Cedar Falls
Sept. - Oct.
$10
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Instructor: Seattle Public Utilities Naturalists

Immerse yourself in the proud heritage that first brought municipal power to the people of Seattle. Founded in 1901, the City-owned town was a vibrant community for decades. See some of the original homes and streetlights that still remain. A Seattle Public Utilities naturalist will guide you on this walking tour where you will hear stories of those who lived and worked in Cedar Falls.

Sunday, September 16 or Saturday September 22
1:00pm-3:00pm
Adults, youth ages 10+, $10

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