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
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.