A series of guided snowshoe walks, "The Nature of Winter," starts at 11 a.m. today in the Methow Valley and continues daily through Jan. 2, with additional tours Saturdays through...

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A series of guided snowshoe walks, “The Nature of Winter,” starts at 11 a.m. today in the Methow Valley and continues daily through Jan. 2, with additional tours Saturdays through March 5. The series, hosted by Methow Valley Ranger District, offers outings with a naturalist to learn about winter ecology, wildlife and animal tracking. The tour begins at Mazama Trailhead yurt (snowshoes provided at this site only) or at Sun Mountain Lodge (bring your own snowshoes or rent at lodge). Tours will also be held Saturday to Monday on the Martin Luther King and Presidents Day weekends. All participants need a $3 snowshoe pass. Details: 509-996-4036 or www.mvsta.com

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The Emerald Sea Dive Club offers year-round activities including weekly and monthly dives. The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. at Alfy’s Pizza, 4820 196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. Details: 425-775-2410 or www.emeraldseadiveclub.org

The Northwest Mountain School in Leavenworth offers a two-day avalanche course Jan. 22-23 and Feb. 19-20 for backcountry skiers and boarders. Both involve a full-day session in Leavenworth on Saturday and a field day in the Stevens Pass backcountry on Sunday. Cost is $160 per person. Details: 509-548-5823 or www.mountainschool.com

The Seattle Audubon Society’s next bird-watching field trip is 7 a.m. Jan. 8 to Point No Point on the Kitsap Peninsula and Gibson Spit at the mouth of Sequim Bay. The trip is limited to 11 people and will meet at Ravenna Park & Ride in North Seattle. Bring scope or binoculars, lunch and money for ferry and carpool fees. Details: 253-639-3862

Discovery Park in Seattle will conduct habitat-restoration work parties from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19. Pre-registration required. Details: 206-386-4236

The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational is Feb. 3-5. Competition is limited to 100 boats with up to four anglers per boat. Cost is $550 per boat. First place is $10,000 for largest salmon. Details: 800-451-8910 or e-mail market@rocheharbor.com.

Compiled by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter. He can be reached at 206-464-8780; e-mail: outdoorsnotes@seattletimes.com; fax: 206-464-3255; address: P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111.