The study of natural history in the Pacific Northwest dates back to 1879 when a group of young men, completely untrained in the sciences, formed the Young Naturalists’ Society. The society’s activities were focused on organizing natural history expeditions, providing educational opportunities for the public, and collecting and exchanging specimens with other naturalists. By the mid-1890s the Young Naturalists’ Society, also known as the YNS, had become a major institution for natural history in the Puget Sound region and had developed strong ties to the University of Washington. By 1905 the society disbanded and was absorbed by the what is now the UW Biology Department and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
The Young Naturalists’ Society of the Pacific Northwest Lives!