The 2009 Summer Speaker Series at Mount Rainier National Park kicks off Saturday and includes programs at Ohanapecosh for the first time.
The series feastures preentations from speakers with a connection to the park.
Among the scheduled spearkers are Rex Derr, now director of Washington State Parks, but a former Mount Rainier ranger; Loren Lane and Jim Ross, who worked as interpretive rangers at Ohanapecosh for years; and. Gerry Tays, a former assistant superintendent.
The talks will be held in the Paradise Inn main lobby at 9 p.m. on Saturday nights in July and August, as well as Sept. 5. The Ohanapecosh Campground amphitheater programs will be given in August at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays, as well as Sept. 6.
Here is the schedule of events:
Saturday: Todd Smith, Olympia City Parks, will discuss his research on the history of the National Park Service.
July 11: Joe Kane, Nisqually Land Trust, will discuss the trust’s cooperative efforts to protect the entire Nisqually watershed
July 18: Pat Pringle, author of the new "Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity" will talk about the park’s geology.
July 25: Keith Dunbar, National Park Service-Seattle, will talk about the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, newly established by Congress.
Aug. 1: Brian Luther, Puget Sound Mycological Society, will discuss mushrooms.
Aug. 8: Alton Byers and Jon Riedel will discuss climate change as seen through glaciers worldwide and regionally.
Aug. 15: Todd Cullings, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, will talk about Pacific Northwest volcanoes.
Aug. 22: Derr and his wife Anne will reminisce about their time on the mountain.
Aug. 29: Joyce McCloud and family members will share their Nisqually tribal culture and connection to Mount Rainier.
Sept. 5: Carolyn Driedger, USGS, will talk about the geologic story of the mountain.
Aug. 1: Heidi Walker, will talk about the "Adventurous Women of Washington" including Fay Fuller, the first woman to summit Mount Rainier.
Aug. 8: Lane will share stories from his many years as a ranger at Ohanapecosh.
Aug. 15: Tays will talk about his experiences on the mountain.
Aug. 22: Ross will look back at his time at Ohanapecosh.
Aug. 29: Cleve Pinnix, a former Mount Rainier ranger and now volunteer, will share tales of his time at the park.
Sept. 6: Smith, Olympia City Parks, will present his Park Service research.