Many of us carry smartphones as cameras and for a few of our favorite apps, but are you curious about other apps that might help you explore the natural world?

In the Okanogan Highlands Alliance’s Highland Wonders field trip on July 13, community members can learn more about how to make a phone or tablet into a suite of resources for identifying a variety of natural elements, from wildflowers and wildlife to trees and mountain peaks. Participants will be provided with a list of apps to choose from prior to the event, depending on what aspects of the natural world people most want to explore.

The group will visit a site with a panoramic view of the Pasayten Wilderness, and practice identifying peak names. Next, explore the Lost Lake Wetland and Wildlife Preserve, using apps appropriate for the species we encounter.

After the event, participants are encouraged to enjoy Lost Lake with swimming, canoeing or kayaking, and continued observations of the beautiful and diverse plant and animal species that make the lake and forest their home.

The event will begin and end earlier than usual for Highland Wonders field trips, to leave more of the day available afterward.

Due to the nature of the outdoor field trip, participation is limited, and priority registration is currently being offered for OHA members. A waiting list will be generated on a first-come, first-serve basis. To begin or renew OHA membership and be first in line to register for the summertime events, community members can donate online, or contact OHA for information. Event details, such as meeting time and place, will be provided to those who register for the field trip. To sign up for this event, email or call 509-476-2432. For event information, go to

Reminder: The Second Annual Get Lost! Trail Race at Lost Lake is Sunday. You can sign up to run or walk — or just come cheer on the trail racers. For information, go to

Julie Vanderwal is conservation coordinator for Okanogan Highlands Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public on watershed issues.