Monthly Night Club

All Ages

Minors must be accompanied by an adult

Linne Doran: Duvall, WA

Free

– *February 22, 6-9pm (see location note below)
– March 17, 7-10pm
– April 14, 7-10pm
– May 12-13, 6pm-10am (Campout)

students around a fire

Come explore the power and mystery of the night!

Night Club invites you to explore your relationship with darkness and light by practicing nature connection beyond the realm of day. Through games, discussion, modeling, art, sensory play, and more, you’ll experience:

  • Astronomy: Track the cycles and rhythms of the Earth, Moon, and stars throughout the seasons, navigate by the sky, use an amateur astronomer’s tools, and hear cross-cultural sky stories.
  • Awareness: Explore like a creature of the night, use your non-dominant senses, and move quietly and surely.
  • Games & Challenges: Get your blood racing, belly laughing, and senses tingling as you play in the dark.
  • Nocturnal Critters: Encounter the night life!
  • Campfire Connection: Sing songs, tell stories, discuss dreams, create art, and talk science around the fire.

The activities offered will differ from one meeting to the next as we move through the seasons, but no matter the flavor, expect opportunities to deepen your connection with night, nature, and self.

Afraid of the dark? You’re not alone! Fear of the dark is innate and can be reawakened at any age. Furthermore, it is now more difficult than ever to find true darkness, and as a result, we are less familiar with it and more easily scared. We offer Night Club to everyone as a chance to rekindle our ancient relationship with the night and to push our own edges with the support of others. We welcome the nocturnal novice and the savvy stargazer alike. 

Night Club is geared toward adults and mature teens, though all ages and families are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Night Club is FREE! There is no registration process; just show up. We aren’t afraid of rain, but we will cancel Night Club for thunderstorms, snow and ice, and strong winds. 

Bring what you need to be comfortable outside in the dark, wet, and cold for several hours, including water, a thermos of hot beverage, snacks, a notebook & pencil (Rite in the Rain is ideal), a sit-pad, a headlamp or flashlight (ideally with a red light setting), and layers/footwear appropriate for the weather and for being off-trail in muddy/wet areas. 

Night Club meets on Friday evenings as close to twilight as traffic will allow, so start times will change seasonally. Be sure to check the start time, and try to arrive early if you can, as finding us in the dark after we begin could be difficult. Please carpool if possible; parking is limited! 

If you have questions about Night Club, or would like to join the Night Club mailing list to receive updates about what’s happening in the club and in the sky, please contact Night Club coordinator Natalie Copeland at [email protected]


Upcoming Dates

Winter/Spring 2023 

Friday evenings, close to twilight.

  • *February 22nd, 6-9pm – Location: Brightwater Center in Woodinville (directions)
  • March 17, 7-10pm
  • April 14, 7-10pm
  • May 12-13, 6pm-10am (campout)

*Night Club’s gathering on Wednesday, February 22nd will be at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville (directions here.) We’ll be hosting the Museum of Flight for two portable planetarium shows, as well as a potluck. All ages are welcome to attend.

Consider bringing a $10-15 donation to help pay for this particular monthly program.


Location

Linne Doran Campus in Duvall Washington
Meet at Cedar Lodge


Meet Your Instructors:

Natalie Copeland

Natalie Copeland

Natalie is passionate about exploring art, science, and nature as equally important paths to knowing ourselves and our world, and blending these elements to inspire curiosity and wonder in others. After earning her BFA in Musical Theatre at Central Washington University, Natalie joined the Education team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where she spent 7 years specializing in traveling outreach programs, planetarium shows, museum theatre, and cultural astronomy. A former Solar System Ambassador, she continues to teach with the Seattle Astronomical Society. She is also a member of the Seattle fringe theatre community, where she continues to craft pieces that combine her passions and help upcoming artists realize their weirdest, wildest dreams. 

Natalie joined WAS as the Summer and Adult Programs Coordinator in 2022, after a year in the Youth Nature Instructor Training program. She also leads a crew of “monthlies” program kiddos, and the WAS Night Club. She is happiest when sharing a hike and deep conversation with a friend, singing to the stars, or pouring herself into a new adventure. She feels particularly connected to rabbits, deer, Western Red Cedar, the Cascade mountains, the Snoqualmie River, and of course, the sun, moon, stars, and planets.

Hannah Libby

Hannah Libby drove out to WA from Vermont and graduated from The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School in 2015. She is now a Lead Instructor. As a child she was enrolled at Waldorf School for several years and it had a profound impact on her perception of the world around her. Before coming out to the Pacific Northwest she finished up her BAs in Restoration Ecology & Conservation Biology with a minors in Astrobiology and Marine Science. For her final thesis she designed and implemented a Forest Stewardship program that would provide paid work study positions for students interested in pursuing passions in the natural world. Her outdoor adventures started with her mother, father, grandmother and grandfather. Her mother exposed her to the greenery and dirt of the world, while her father fostered her organic love of the ocean by sailing atop of it and diving beneath it. Her grandmother taught her about the little creatures, such as birds, snails, and bees, and how to tend them. Her grandfather was always tracking animals and building bows, which has resulted in a 20 year obsession. Deeply in love with the arts, she has been drawing, taking photos and making jewelry as long as she has known she has had hands. She recently became certified as a Natural Science Illustrator.

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