Come and explore Green Island, an incredible natural area just minutes from where you live, work, and play. The gates to Green Island will open to give you and your friends and family the time and space for exploration, recreation, and quiet reflection. Put on your walking shoes and immerse yourself in the place where the Willamette and McKenzie rivers come together.
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jan Rising for a bird walk at one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots--Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Tune your ear and focus your binoculars as you stroll around Hindman Springs and into the meadow, watching for warblers in the willows and woodpeckers working the pine groves. More than 160 species of birds have been observed at the Preserve--see how many you can find! Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.
Join TNC staff and local bird experts as we explore multiple habitats at Willamette Confluence preserve and learn about the local bird life. We will also discuss our pioneering work to restore six miles of river front and dozens of old gravel ponds to functioning floodplain habitat. No birding experience necessary.
We will work with the Corps of Engineers on this project. We will be building a series of four short ramp trails off of the paved Kingfisher trail and onto to the Rooks Park grounds. Work will include ground preparation, placement of wood borders and gravel. We will conclude the day with a celebration of National Trails Day and the coming season of trail work by the Blues Crew.
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and botanical illustrator Rebecca Brown-Thompson for a two-day workshop on field sketching. We will spend the first day in the studio honing basic sketching techniques valuable for all forms of sketching. Train your eye to see negative spaces, shapes, proportion, perspective, and tones. Learn flora and fauna drawing tips and how to draw what you see, not what you think you see. The second day will be spent at Metolius River Preserve practicing and expanding on what we learned on Saturday as well as developing skills and style in documenting insights on nature. This two-day workshop is open to adults of all skill levels. A list of supplies that attendees will need to bring with them will be sent prior to the workshop. Both days will run from 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Lend a hand to this diverse Central Oregon landscape accented by ancient western juniper trees and "painted hills" formations. Juniper Hills is a 14,000-acre preserve east of Prineville, OR, and during this work party volunteers will remove old fence and collect fencing wire. We will work a full day on Saturday (6/1) & half day on Sunday (6/2). Volunteers are invited to camp on the preserve Friday and Saturday nights.
Come outdoors with Greenbelt Land trust for a Qigong class at Bald Hill Farm! Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”is a Chinese form of healing exercise practiced for thousands of years. The class will be led by Dr. Peter Eschwey of Soma Clinic for Natural Medicine in Corvallis. Dr Eschwey is a certified Qigong instructor who has been in practice for over 20 years. He will be leading us through gentle movements to stretch the body, increase blood flow, build body awareness, improve mental clarity, and reduce tension - all in a beautiful natural area. Who doesn’t need that?!
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and David Miller for a tour of our new Metolius River Preserve! We’ll hike a portion of the beautiful west side Metolius River trail from Lower Bridge Campground south into the Preserve. Enjoy spring wildflowers while you explore the Preserve’s mixed pine, cedar, and spruce forest. Then, dig deeper into the Preserve’s super cool fen and learn more about this special kind of wetland. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.
Join us at Walla Walla’s second annual BioBlitz! Uncover the biodiversity that thrives right inside city limits at Fort Walla Walla Natural Area. Help up discover as many species as possible in your own backyard! Activities will include BioBlitz Nature Walks with local naturalists and Discovery Zones for young children to investigate and observe the natural world around them through play. Children will learn about the different ecoregions within the Blue Mountains and discover the interconnections that exist between all living and nonliving things. This event is presented by the Blue Mountain Land Trust and the U.S. Forest Service and is made possible with the support of Fort Walla Walla Museum, US Army Corp of Engineers, Whitman College, Water and Environmental Center, the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, Outside the Lines Art Studio, Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council, Walla Walla County Conservation District, Sustainable Living Center, and Tri-State Steelheaders.
Join NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke for an exploration of the forests in the Necanicum River floodplain forest and lower reaches of Tillamook Head in their many stages: newly planted, dead and decaying, and everything in between! We will begin at Circle Creek, one of NCLC’s largest habitat reserves and also one of the most dynamic. From there we will venture up Tillamook Head and into 340-acre Boneyard Ridge, another large NCLC habitat reserve serving as a bridge between Circle Creek and Ecola State Park.
Each year The Southern Oregon Land Conservancy comes together to celebrate the generous support of their members. The member picnic is hosted at the Rogue River Preserve spending the afternoon enjoying a short hike or site tour, and complimentary lunch. SOLC also uses this opportunity to bestow the Conservation Award, honoring an individual whose commitment to conservation has had a major impact in Southern Oregon. This year the picnic is on June 1 and is open to all SOLC members. Food, fun, hikes, music -- Come celebrate, meet new friends, relax by the river and explore the magnificent Rogue River Preserve. RSVPs open in May 2019.
Join biologist, author, and educator Mike Denny on a tour of birds and firerecovery of the Southern Blue Mountains.Our first stop will be to Scotty Creek, making several stops in on the way.After, we will head to Starr Ridge, where we will view the recovery of theburned area, and the plants, insects, and birds that have moved back sincethe Canyon Creek Fire in 2015.The next stop will be at the Old Growth Ponderosa Pine trail & restroom,where we will look for several pine dwelling bird species such as the White-headed Woodpecker, the Pygmy Nuthatch, and Red Crossbills. We willthen head to scotty Creek to view the early summer birds, native flowers,and insects of the area.
The 8th Annual Symphony on the Land awaits you at Bald Hill Farm! Event sponsors Greenbelt Land Trust and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony invite you to come and enjoy a beautiful evening outdoors, surrounded by friends and family. This year’s innovative program features a diverse range of talented ensembles, culminating in a collective performance featuring all three groups, including:
This hike takes place in the Umatilla National Forest on the Ridge Rim Trail deep in the Blue Mountains. The hike provides spectacular views of the forested canyons of the Umatilla River. Initially, the trail traverses on a level path through meadows overlooking the canyon of Lake Creek.
Looking across the canyon we may see elk grazing or a black bear with its cub foraging on the mountainside. It is common to see pileated woodpeckers and red-breasted nuthatches in the forest bordering the meadows. We will descend on Nine Mile Ridge Trail into the old growth forest in the North Fork of the Umatilla Wilderness Area. Finding a comfortable overlook, we will stop for lunch and discuss our surroundings and identify future hiking possibilities.
All of the animals of the wilderness - bears, wolf, cougars, elk, deer, coyotes and mountain birds are present here. Luck and our mindful powers of observation will determine what we see. This is a wonderful hike to experience the beauty and wildness of the Blue Mountains.
Join geologist Tom Horning and naturalist Mike Patterson for an exploration of the forests in the Necanicum River floodplain forest and lower reaches of Tillamook Head in their many stages: newly planted, dead and decaying, and everything in between! We will begin at Circle Creek, one of NCLC’s largest habitat reserves and also one of the most dynamic. From there we will venture up Tillamook Head and into 340-acre Boneyard Ridge, NCLC’s newest large habitat reserve.
In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day and in conjunction with Get Outdoors Oregon, Columbia Land Trust's Emerging Leaders Council would like to invite you to join us for a hike in Marquam Nature Park in the hills of southwest Portland. Together we will discuss local flora and fauna, our restoration efforts on our adjacent Keller Woodlands conservation property, and the broader role Land Trusts play in conserving and restoring Oregon's treasured lands and waters.
Strawberry Lake, fed by melting winter snow, is set amongst towering pine trees in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. This hike is picturesque from trailhead to lake shore and affords the opportunity to capture a variety of plant and wildlife on camera.
Local photographer Ashley Stevick will lead hikers on this scenic tour and offer tips on how to best capture nature on camera – whether it be an up-close image of a single flower or an abstract image of fallen leaves. Ashley Stevick has been photographing and producing fine art images from national forests and wilderness areas for years, and her artwork is sold in several locations throughout the John Day area.
The Nature Conservancy’s Juniper Hills Preserve serves as a vital migratory corridor for elk, antelope and other wildlife, and hosts a wide variety of wildflowers and grasses. Nestled between the Ochoco Mountains and the Maury Mountains, this remarkably diverse Central Oregon landscape is accented by ancient western juniper trees and features an exceptional array of John Day and Clarno "painted hills" formations.
Join preserve staff and volunteers on a hike through a 2017 burn site to view desert wildflowers and trek through the colored soils of Juniper Hills! We plan to hike about 3 miles on uneven terrain gaining about 500 feet in elevation, so hikers must be physically fit.
The Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust maintains over 1,400 acres including two properties open to the public for hiking -- Lyle Cherry Orchard and Mosier Plateau. We will be walking the plateau together.
Brain Booth State Natural Area Bioblitz
Seal Rock Oregon
Meet at the Beaver Creek Boat Ramp
Join The Wetlands Conservancy and Oregon State Parks staff in finding and identifying as many wildlife and plant species as possible in the wetlands, forest, meadows and beach of Brian Booth State Natural Area and ONA Beach Park. Dress for the weather,. Bring good walking shoes, and binoculars if you have them.
Native Oyster 101
Meet at Newport Bayfront Viewing Dock (just east of Local Ocean Seafood)
We will carpool to the area, historically called Oysterville.
Join TWC, Confederated Tribe of SIletz Indians and Oregon Oyster Farms to learn about Yaquina estuary, the ecology and habitat needs of our native Olympia Oyster and assist in The Wetlands Conservancy and Siletz Tribe native oyster reintroduction project.
This will be an easy to moderate hike of less than 3 miles amongst Legacy Oregon white oak and a mixed conifer woodland. Todd Kepple, of Klamath County Museum, and Steve Sheehy will be present to provide historical and environmental education. Mr. Sheehy is a local lichenologist who has found a rare lichen species on this beautiful site. Please bring water, a lunch or snacks, bug repellant, sunscreen, your camera and binoculars if you have them. Over 80 bird species have been identified on this property. Let's Get Outdoors together!
The Nature Conservancy and Portland Parks & Recreation look forward to working with you at Powell Butte Nature Park! Volunteers will assist with trail work, invasive species removal, and/or native plant care during this event. No experience is necessary & families are encouraged to join.
Join forest ecologist and one of the most popular guides in the region, Dr. Tom Atzet, for a hike on the trails at The Cathedral Hills located just outside the City of Grants Pass.
The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve near Eugene features extensive habitats that are endangered in the Willamette Valley and includes six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie. The Conservancy is working with partners to reconnect the river to its historic floodplain across 20 ponds in this former gravel mining site. During this 4 mile mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will lead you around the Western (downstream) part of the preserve, highlighting the conservation efforts, human history, and natural wonders of areas in which restoration work began in 2016. Note that other tours will focus on the Middle and Eastern parts of the preserve.
Join us at Minthorn Springs for Get Outdoors Day! Get to know your local wetland. We will have hourly bird and nature walks. Bring your kids there will be a scavenger hunt as well.
Join Greenbelt Land Trust for a special nature writing workshop led by award-winning Oregon author and poet, Henry Hughes. This free workshop will take place at the Little Willamette conservation area along the Willamette River in Albany, OR. The outing will include a guided nature walk and writing discussion, personal writing time, and a group reading. Little Willamette is a private conservation area open only to GLT-led tours, so sign up today for this unique opportunity!
Join Jackson County neighbors for this annual event to help protect some of our most special places from invasive plants. Hosted at Dodge Bridge County Park in partnership with Southern Oregon Land Conservancy & Jackson County Parks, we will steward a public park and adjacent Rogue River Preserve. In 2017, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy purchased this iconic 352-acre Preserve along the Rogue River. For more information on the conservation of this special land go to Heart of the Rogue webpage.
Explore the delicate and beautiful world of butterflies with the Deschutes Land Trust and Amanda Egertson and family. Bring your family to the Metolius Preserve for a special kids' butterfly walk led by kids! Butterfly guru Amanda Egertson and her kids, Lucy (11) and Eli (9), will lead an exploration of native butterflies, their identification, and natural history. Learn how to safely (safe for you AND the butters!) catch and identify butterflies as you delight in up-close encounters with these fluttery creatures. Perfect for kids ages 6-11 with a grown-up in tow. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.
Join the Weed Warriors to battle invasive weeds at Rimrock Ranch!
Weed Warriors is a volunteer group that meets three times a month to remove invasive weeds like mullein, spotted knapweed, teasel, and Canada thistle from the Land Trust protected lands. Non-native vegetation is a major threat to functioning ecosystems. Pulling them by hand can help us control these weeds on our protected lands without the use of chemicals.
Join Wallowa Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy for a wildflower walk out on the Zumwalt Prairie. Local naturalists Andie Lueders and Janet Hohmann will be our guides for the morning.
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Daniele McKay for a geology hike at Whychus Canyon Preserve. We'll hike down into the canyon and explore the northern meadows of the Preserve, walking along the recently restored Whychus Creek, surrounded by cottonwood forests and unique rock formations. Gaze up at the rimrock as you learn about the geologic history of this stunning canyon. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.
Join us on National Get Outdoors Day for an excursion into the Blue Mountains to learn about the plants and fungi you can eat from the forest floor.
Jeff Duke, a local firefighter with the Umatilla National Forest and mushroom aficionado will lead this LOL event. Jeff will take us off the beaten path and will discuss the environments where various mushrooms grow; how to identify, pick, store and prepare them; and how NOT to be fooled by poisonous mushrooms.
Jeff will also point out and describe other Forest edible plants including huckleberries and thimbleberry. Bring a bucket or rucksack to throw a few mushrooms in and enjoy a day hiking and exploring the Blue Mountains and its bounty!
Come and explore Green Island, an incredible natural area just minutes from Eugene. The gates to Green Island will open to give you and your friends and family the time and space for exploration, recreation, and quiet reflection. Put on your walking shoes and immerse yourself where the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers come together. Activities include: guided nature explorations, fishing, tractor rides, and booths from conservation and land stewardship partners from throughout the Upper Willamette. Don’t miss this FREE, family friendly event