Connecting with Nature


Talking Scrapbook Category

Photos and audio clips posted by IRIS that highlight the biodiversity of North Central Washington.

Keeping an Eye on Nature — George Honey


George Honey talks about hiking into fires.
George Honey – Hiking Into Fires (MP3)

George Honey talks about learning.
George Honey – Learning (MP3)

George Honey talks about seasonal cues.
George Honey – Seasonal Cues (MP3)

Keeping an Eye on Nature — Homer Wolfe

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Homer Wolfe talks about hunting.

Homer Wolfe Hunting (MP3)

Homer Wolfe talks about chickens and Kingbird hawks.
Homer Wolfe – Chickens and Kingbirds (MP3)

Early Connections with Nature – Tracy Walsh

Tracy Walsh talks about childhood freedom.
Tracy Walsh Childhood Freedom (MP3)

Early Connections with Nature – Eddie Velazquez

Eddie Velazquez talks about hiking.
Eddie Velazquez Hiking (MP3)

Eddie Velazquez talks about finding a treehouse.
Eddie Velazquez Treehouse (MP3)

Eddie Velazquez talks about the influence of spending time outdoors.
Eddie Velazquez Outdoor Influence (MP3)

Early Connections with Nature – Judy De La Vergne

Judy De La Vergne talks about being an outdoor kid.
Judy De La Vergne Close to Home (MP3)

Judy De La Vergne talks about frogs.
Judy De La Vergne Frogs (MP3)

Judy De La Vergne talks about fishing.
Judy De La Vergne Going Fishing (MP3)

Early Connections with Nature – Skip Johnson

Skip Johnson talks about walking along the river as a kid.
Skip Johnson River Kid (MP3)

Skip Johnson talks about sturgeon.
Skip Johnson Sturgeon Bait (MP3)

Skip Johnson talks about sharing the river experience.
Skip Johnson River Share (MP3)

Early Connections with Nature – Susan Ballinger

Susan Ballinger talks about weekends at the cabin.
Susan Ballinger – Montana Summers (MP3)

Susan Ballinger talks about her grandma and the lake.
Susan Ballinger Grandma and Lake (MP3)

Susan Ballinger talks about being outside.
Susan Ballinger Outside Happy (MP3)

Then & Now – Connecting Traditions

Judy De La Vergne’s dad used a “hands-on” approach when teaching her to fish. “He would say different things about how to use the pole. You either learned to tie your fly on or you didn’t get to fish. We still go fishing and my kids go fishing with him.”

An avid kayaker, Eddie Velazquez says his early experiences in nature made him really independent and unafraid to try new things. Today he shares his outdoor interests with his family. “I never stop hearing, ‘Hey Dad, can we go out on a hike?’ And I say, ‘Sure!’”

Still happiest when she is outside, Susan Ballinger enjoys many outdoor activities with her family. “I think all the worries of life disappear when you’re outside and take time to listen to the birds and to hike. It’s renewing especially when you share it with other people.”

Skip Johnson continues to be inspired by the Columbia River. A leader of the Complete the Loop Coalition he says, “I just had to be part of the effort to allow others to enjoy the river once the Loop Trail opportunity arose. Having the Loop out there today means other people can have the opportunity to enjoy the river as I did when I was a kid.”

A Little of the Upper Wenatchee – Chipmunks

John Lehmkuhl talks about chipmunks and red squirrels.
Chipmunks and Red Squirrels (MP3)

John Lehmkuhl talks about chipmunks and mushrooms.
Chipmunks and Mushrooms (MP3)

John Lehmkuhl talks about trap happy chipmunks.
Trap Happy Chipmunks (MP3)

John Lehmkuhl talks about thinking like a chipmunk.
Thinking Like a Chipmunk (MP3)

A Little of the Upper Wenatchee – Forest and Fire


Paul Gray talks about fire, sheep and meadows.
Fire-Sheep-Meadows (MP3)

Paul Gray talks about early settlers in the White River area.
White River Early Settlers (MP3)