1 Tumwater history talk
Shanna Stevenson will give a presentation on the Tyee Hotel and other 20th-century Tumwater landmarks; part of the Schmidt House History Talks series; 11 a.m-12:15 p.m. Tuesday; Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt Place SE, Tumwater; free; olytumfoundation.org/schmidt-house.
2 Reading from parks book
Author Terry Tempest Williams will talk about the meaning of America’s national parks and reads from her upcoming book, “The Hour of the Land. A Personal Topograph of America’s National Parks”; part of the park’s Centennial Speaker Series; 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; Paradise Inn, Mount Rainier National Park; free with park admission, nps.gov/mora.
3 Walk with Walter
Olalla resident Walter Briggs will lead the first of three walks through Key Peninsula parks; learn about the animals, plants and trees in the area; starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Rocky Creek Conservation Area, state Route 302 at 150th Avenue; free; keypenparks.com.
4 Birders meet at glass museum
The Tahoma Audubon Society meeting will include a short presentation on how to look for birds and a showing of the family-friendly 2014 movie “A Birder’s Guide to Everything”; 6-8 p.m. Thursday; Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; free, open to the public; free; tahomaaudubon.org.
The South Sound Estuary Association continues its Meet the Beach program; explore local beaches at low tide; volunteer naturalists will be on hand to answer questions; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Tolmie State Park (Discover Pass needed) and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19 at Frye Cove and Burfoot parks, Olympia; free; sseacenter.org.
6 North Cascades exhibit opens
The Burke Museum will open its “Wild Nearby” exhibit with a trails and camping expo offering information on visiting the North Cascades; the exhibit features sights, sounds and stories on the North Cascades; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Burke Museum, corner of 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street; Seattle; included with museum admission; burkemuseum.org.