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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.