Library and National Historic Park collaborate on Nature’s Mysteries series

Posted June 11, 2022 at 1:58 pm by

The San Juan Island Library shares the dates and top­ics for the upcom­ing Nature’s Mys­ter­ies series.

The San Juan Island Library Dis­trict and San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park are pleased to announce the return of their pop­u­lar col­lab­o­ra­tive Nature’s Mys­ter­ies series. These series of inter­ac­tive pro­grams have been a well-attend­ed edu­ca­tion­al ini­tia­tive since 2020. In the past year, they have proven so pop­u­lar that a sec­ond series, Hid­den His­to­ries, has been added that deals with major inter­na­tion­al his­tor­i­cal moments and how they impact­ed the San Juan Islands. Park staff have deliv­ered over 15 pro­grams, deal­ing with top­ics as diverse as The Secret Life of Trees and Echoes of the Opi­um War, allow­ing inter­est­ed patrons to gain spe­cial­ized knowl­edge about top­ics relat­ed to park his­to­ry, cul­ture, ecosys­tems, and wildlife.

The first Nature’s Mys­ter­ies pro­gram of 2022, Explor­ing Dirt, Soil, and What Makes it so Impor­tant, takes place on Wednes­day, June 15 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Tune in to hear Park Ranger Jeff Hodge dish some dirt. For those inter­est­ed in our local soils, their sta­tus­es, and why under­stand­ing dirt holds the mas­ter key to life on plan­et earth, please email Sarah at to reg­is­ter for the event.

The Nature’s Mys­ter­ies series will run for the next four months on a month­ly basis with record­ings avail­able online on the library web­site after it airs. The full line up of the series includes:

  • June 15 — Explor­ing Dirt, Soil, and What Makes It So Important
  • July 13 — Car­ing for Your Nation­al Park: How the Park Ser­vice Man­ages Nat­ur­al Resources
  • August 10 — Anato­my of a Prairie: What Is a Prairie, How Do They Work, and Why Do They Matter?
  • Sep­tem­ber 14 — Cli­mate and Cli­mate Change from A‑Z

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