The soup will soon be on at North Cascades Basecamp on Lost River Road, where the inn’s annual Thursday evening combination of food and programs begins Jan. 2 with “Whitebark Pine in the North Cascades, Risks and Restoration,” presented by Connie Mehmel of the Wenatchee Forestry Sciences Lab.

The presentations are free and begin at 6 p.m. Soup is available beginning at 5:30 p.m. and costs $8 for one person or $10 for two. For more information, call 996-2334.

Other presentations in the 2014 series are Jan. 9, Methow Valley poets; Jan.16, “Fisher Reintroduction in the North Cascades,” with Jeff Lewis; Jan. 23, “Steller’s Jay Communication,” with Alexis Billings; Jan. 30, “Cats and Dogs: Cougars and Wolves, Research in Washington State,” with Rob Wielgus; Feb. 6, “A Journey through Alaska’s Wilderness, “ with Tom Campion; Feb.13, “Owl Prowl — Our Night Sky Raptors,” with Kim Romain-Bondi; Feb. 20, “Upper Methow Salmonids — Their Conservation and Resilience,” with Gene Shull; and Feb. 27, “Percussion Circle around the Campfire,” led by Kip and Celeste Roberts.