Celebrate 2016
Nov
16
5:30 pm17:30

Celebrate 2016

  • Reid Campus Center, Whitman College

Join us at a celebration of Learning on the Land and other milestones of 2016,

You’ll hear some great stories of our events. We’ll introduce this year’s presenters and sponsors who made the events spectacular. With some food and wine, we’ll give you a preview of what’s in store in our 2017 series. If you liked this year’s events, you’ll love learning about what’s in store next year! We’ll also talk about conservation progress, new education initiatives, recreation projects and membership opportunities.

Bennington Lake and Mill Creek Development
Oct
15
10:00 am10:00

Bennington Lake and Mill Creek Development

  • US Army Corps of Engineers Mill Creek Office

This is a free event in celebration of the conclusion our Learning on the Land education series this year.

Bennington Lake is part of a flood control project that uses this off-stream reservoir to store water from Mill Creek during a flash flood event.

In the early 1900s, public concern over the frequent flooding of Walla Walla prompted Virgil B. Bennington, then president of the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, to lobby the U.S. Congress for flood protection. Development of Mill Creek Dam system was authorized in the 1938 Flood Control Act. The improved Mill Creek channel and off-stream storage reservoir were completed in 1942. Fifty years later in 1992 the lake was named after Bennington.

Through the Lens IV: Greg Lehman
Oct
8
10:00 am10:00

Through the Lens IV: Greg Lehman

  • Northstar Winery

This event is sold out. Thank you for your interest.

In today’s cellular world, nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket! But easy access to the means of capturing an image doesn’t make for quality any more than having a brush makes an artist.

We’ll start our day in the beautiful setting of Northstar Winery with a quick tutorial by Greg Lehman on some photographic basics: seeing compositions, seeing light, isolating subject matter, selective focus, cropping and some camera talk.
Generously sponsored by the Walla Walla Union Bulletin . 

Giants of Walla Walla
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Giants of Walla Walla

  • Whitman College

The giant old trees within the city make Walla Walla a special place. Many visitors, after driving through hours of parched desert and miles of treeless farmland, are astounded to find this beautiful urban forest, right in the middle of town.  

How did these trees get here? How old are they, and what species are they? How can we help to continue this legacy? Our resident tree expert, Bob Berger, will answer these questions and many more.
Generously sponsored by Walla Walla Foundry. 

Woodward Ho!
Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

Woodward Ho!

  • Woodward Canyon Winery

This event has sold out. Thank you for your interest.

Woodward Canyon, or “Woody,” as it is affectionately nicknamed, is one of the earliest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley.  Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small, have been producing premium reds and whites since 1981 at their location in Lowden.

The Smalls are leaders in sustainable wine making.   “Fundamentally, we’re harvesting an agricultural product, and with that comes a certain responsibility to the land from which the fruit comes and to the community in which it is grown.  It means we are actively interested in the well-being of our employees and of our community,” said Darcey, the winery’s general manager.

Nature Painting with Joyce Anderson
Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

Nature Painting with Joyce Anderson

  • Rooks Park Picnic Shelter

Join us for an introduction to watercolors, painting outdoors in nature, under the tutelage of Joyce Anderson. This class is open to those 16 years or older and requires no artistic talent or background.

Joyce is a renowned water colorist and teacher, having taught drawing and painting throughout the Walla Walla valley since 1982. A prolific painter, her subject matter encompasses landscapes, people, flowers, animals, still life and all things found in nature. Joyce’s award-winning works have been displayed locally and throughout the Northwest. Photos of her paintings can be viewed on her Facebook page.

Through the Lens III: Bill Rodgers and Mark Hussein
Sep
17
7:00 am07:00

Through the Lens III: Bill Rodgers and Mark Hussein

  • Walla Walla Community College

Here we go again!  Last May, master photographers Bill Rodgers and Mark Hussein took two vanloads of guests - a sellout - for an early morning photo shoot in the Skyrocket Hills.  It was a breathtaking adventure! So this September, we’ll repeat this trip and add a special photo-editing opportunity.

Missoula Flood Tour - Sunday
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

Missoula Flood Tour - Sunday

  • Walla Walla Community College

This event is a repeat of the Saturday tour.

Join Whitman geology and environmental studies professor Bob Carson as we explore several stops while recreating the story of the Missoula Floods and how they shaped eastern Washington. 

Between 18,000 and 15,000 years ago, Clark Fork was repeatedly dammed by the Pend Oreille lobe of the Cordilleran ice sheet. Glacial Lake Missoula ruptured each ice dam, causing perhaps the greatest floods on Earth. 

Missoula Flood Tour - Saturday
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Missoula Flood Tour - Saturday

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

Join Whitman geology and environmental studies professor Bob Carson as we explore several stops while recreating the story of the Missoula Floods and how they shaped eastern Washington.

Between 18,000 and 15,000 years ago, Clark Fork was repeatedly dammed by the Pend Oreille lobe of the Cordilleran ice sheet. Glacial Lake Missoula ruptured each ice dam, causing perhaps the greatest floods on Earth.

The Big Apple
Aug
29
10:00 am10:00

The Big Apple

  • Broetje Orchards

Washington is known worldwide for its apples, but did you know that the largest contiguous orchard in the United States is located right here in Walla Walla County?

Broetje Orchards has over 4,300 acres stretching nearly 10 miles along the SnakeRiver northwest of Eureka. We will tour the orchard and learn about the planting, growing, and harvesting of the fruit. We will also see their storage facility, which can hold over 500 million apples, and see the packing lines that grade, sort, and package the fruit that ends up all over the world.
Generously sponsored by Nelson Irrigation Corporation. 

Gone Fishin'
Aug
23
10:00 am10:00

Gone Fishin'

  • Frazier Farmstead Museum

If it’s August, Chinook salmon are spawning in the Walla Walla River. Learn about their long migration and fascinating life-cycle at the fish hatchery on the South Fork of the Walla Walla River. The hatchery is operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Starry Night - Saturday
Aug
13
7:30 pm19:30

Starry Night - Saturday

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

Join Whitman astronomy professor and director of the Clise Planetarium Andrea Dobson for an evening of meteor showers as we watch the Perseid meteor shower at the Braden Ranch.

One of the brightest meteor showers of the year, it occurs when the Earth in its orbit intersects tiny bits of rock about the size of sand grains left behind along the orbit of a comet. In this case the comet is named Swift-Tuttle.

Starry Night - Friday
Aug
12
7:30 pm19:30

Starry Night - Friday

  • Walla Walla Community College

Because the Saturday night event sold out quickly, we are also presenting Starry Night this Friday! This will sell-out fast so please register now.

Join Whitman astronomy professor and director of the Clise Planetarium Andrea Dobson for an evening of viewing the Perseid meteor shower at the Braden Ranch. 

Through the Lens II: Nick Page
Jul
30
6:30 pm18:30

Through the Lens II: Nick Page

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

In this workshop we are going to be working on taking the photos we see in our head, and making our camera's reflect our vision!  This course is going to start with the fundamentals of getting out of the automatic modes, while walking around the beautiful Pioneer Park, and photographing the amazing beauty within the park as we discuss, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.  Then we will be loading up and heading out into the Walla Walla valley to photograph the wheat fields at their peak, using the Blue Mountains as a backdrop.  Once the sun has set and the Blue Hour is upon us we will go back io town to photograph the iconic scene that is downtown Walla Walla.
Generously sponsored by the Walla Walla Union Bulletin. 

Amber Waves of Grain
Jul
23
9:00 am09:00

Amber Waves of Grain

  • Robert McKinney Farm

While Walla Walla wines get lots of great publicity, wheat is still the backbone of the Blue Mountain Country's agricultural economy. Always has been. Maybe always will be. This event will explore the local history of this enormously important crop.

Hudson Bay Farm
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

Hudson Bay Farm

  • Williams Hudson Bay Farm

Tom and Ray Williams, and their spouses Penny Hawkins and Melinda Eden, andoperate Williams Hudson Bay Farm, located just west of Walla Walla on the stateline. The Williams organically grow and have a complete nutrient recycling program through their dairy replacement livestock feeding operation. They market directly to Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods and other regional organic suppliers. The Williams Family invites you to visit their farm and discuss the practice of sustainable agriculture and organic farming. 

Blue Creek Fire: After the Burn
Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Blue Creek Fire: After the Burn

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

This event's start time has changed to 10:00 am this Saturday.

Last July a wildfire in the Blue Creek area burned over 6,000 acres of grass, brush and timber, threatening the Mill Creek Watershed, many homes and cabins, with the loss of one family's dwelling. The fire left a sizable black mark on the viewshed of our valley. Come take a closer look at the fire nearly one year after the event, comparing it to pictures taken last fall. Examine the effects on the vegetation and observe how Nature works to heal itself.
Generously sponsored by Burkhart & Burkhart, PLLC. 

It's the Berries: Lampson Blueberries and Frazier Farmstead
Jun
25
10:00 am10:00

It's the Berries: Lampson Blueberries and Frazier Farmstead

  • 1403 Chestnut Street Milton-Freewater, OR, 97862 United States

On this outing, we'll visit Lampson Blueberries, along the South Fork of the Walla Walla River. Here we'll investigate what it takes to grow that popular super fruit, blueberries. We'll also visit the Frazier Farmstead Museum, a six-acre site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Mission Day
Jun
16
9:00 am09:00

Mission Day

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

Enjoy a trip to Mission, Oregon on the scenic route down the beautiful Cayuse Grade through the community of Cayuse on the Umatilla River.

Our first stop will be at the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. This organization provides artistic opportunities for Native Americans through printmaking, weaving, bead working, and regalia making.  Our next stop will be at the Tribal Native Plant Nursery where locally adapted plants are grown for use in habitat restoration and mitigation projects, nativescaping and xeriscaping.  We'll go next to Pendleton for lunch at the Sundown Grill and then visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.
Generously sponsored by the Umatilla Electric Cooperative.

 

Super Trees of Walla Walla
Jun
14
10:30 am10:30

Super Trees of Walla Walla

  • City of Walla Walla Public Library

Kids of all ages will take a walking tour of the state record trees found on the Whitman College campus. We'll discover which trees are the true giants, how to measure the trees, and share amazing facts about each. Everyone will come away with a new appreciation for these beauties that make Walla Walla so special. 
Generously sponsored by Wenzel Nursery.

Go With the Flow
Jun
11
9:00 am09:00

Go With the Flow

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

If you've ever wondered where we get our crystal clean, great-tasting water, then this trip is for you. On this day-long, family-friendly adventure, we'll trace the journey our water takes from the Blue Mountains, into town and back into Mill Creek. Along the way you will be guided by City of Walla Walla Public Works personnel who will explain what happens to our drinking water from beginning to end.

Ag Technology Trio
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Ag Technology Trio

  • Nelson Irrigation Corporation

Agriculture is big business in the Blue Mountain country and this global industry has been enormously advanced by technologies developed in Walla Walla. Tour three agricultural powerhouses on this excursion: Nelson Irrigation Company, the John Deere Tech Center, and Key Technology.
Generously sponsored by the Nelson Irrigation Corporation.

Through the Lens I: Curves, Shadows and Textures
May
28
7:00 am07:00

Through the Lens I: Curves, Shadows and Textures

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

Bill Rodgers and Mark Hussein, two very accomplished photographers, will team up for this session. Bill and Mark will help beginners as well as more advanced photographers learn to use their cameras to create “works of art,” as opposed to just “taking pictures.” The Skyrocket Hills near Prescott are a geographically unique area which provide intriguing opportunities to capture subtleties of landscape, plus there will be several vantages for excellent photo ops along the county roads you will travel to reach them.
Generously sponsored by the Walla Walla Union Bulletin.
 

Sweet Organics
May
27
10:00 am10:00

Sweet Organics

  • Welcome Table Farms

Join us as we visit Welcome Table Farm on Yellowhawk Creek. There we'll meet Emily and Andy Asmus. See their land, meet their draft horses, and learn about their farming practices.
Next, we'll visit the organic sweet onion farm of Dan and Sarah McClure to learn everything you always wanted to know about Walla Walla's most famous crop, sweet onions.
Generously sponsored by Cayuse Vineyards.

The Secret Life of Bees
May
21
10:00 am10:00

The Secret Life of Bees

  • Paul Tomkins residence

Have you ever thought about becoming a beekeeper? Paul Tomkins will get you started on what may become a lifetime adventure. He'll teach you about the three kinds of honeybees - the drone, the worker and the queen. He'll demonstrate how to create and maintain an apiary, and show you what goes on inside a hive.
This event is sold out.
Generously sponsored by Eastern Washington Dermatology.

Watercolor Wonders with Jean Ann Mitchell
May
14
9:30 am09:30

Watercolor Wonders with Jean Ann Mitchell

  • First Christian Church

We are delighted that Jean Ann Mitchell is sharing her watercolor talents to teach painting of native plant botanicals. Students will begin with a line-drawing interpretation of a wildflower, and then experiment with adding color. This four-hour session is open to adults and children older than ten years of age. The event will be held outside, with an alternate location for inclement weather. 

Tiger Canyon Safari
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Tiger Canyon Safari

  • Walla Walla Community College Main Parking Lot

This event is now sold out.

This adventure up the western face of the Blue Mountains will bring into view the North Fork of the Walla Walla River watershed and the upper Mill Creek watershed. We will look at all types of species of plants, birds, mammals and amphibians along with butterflies, moths and all kinds of other insects. Generously sponsored by Inland Family Dentistry.

 

Flora, Fauna and Floods
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Flora, Fauna and Floods

Welcome to the “Mike and Bob Show.” Mike Denny and Bob Carson team up to preview the adventures they will lead later this year. In May, naturalist Mike Denny will lead a springtime tour of Mill Creek where we will explore the area’s rich and diverse flora and fauna. In October, Whitman College geology and environmental studies professor emeritus Bob Carson will lead a tour in the Wallula Gap area that will explore the results of the Missoula Floods. Generously sponsored by Inland Family Dentistry and Dental Sleep Therapy of Walla Walla.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Blue Mountain Land Trust is proud to sponsor the second annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This festival is a collection of films from the South Yuba River Citizens League in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic presents 15 films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. Generously sponsored by Banner Bank and Columbia REA