In this workshop, Jean Ann Mitchell will share her watercolor talents to teach painting of native plant botanicals. Jean Ann’s work is very recognizable in gift shops and galleries: detailed line drawings with beautiful colors artistically overlaid.
Wheat has been the agricultural king in the Blue Mountain country as long as the land has been farmed. Other crops have played important roles including sweet onions, asparagus, wine grapes, fruit orchards and many more. Not long ago, green peas were a huge part of our agricultural economy. And now, they’re almost a memory.
Wetlands are one of the most important, and most overlooked, parts of a healthy environment. For years, both farmers and developers have spent millions of dollars draining and filling wetlands, but these areas provide critical habitat for birds and wildlife. Wetlands are a vital resource for the region’s rivers and streams, helping to store runoff and mitigate floods, then releasing that water over time during dry periods.
Drive west of Walla Walla, and you will see miles of grass-covered hills. But did you know that much of this grassland used to be wheat fields?
Two very accomplished professional photographers team up for our first photography event of the season. Bill has been exploring and photographing the hills and creeks around Walla Walla for five years since moving to the Valley, and has discovered some photogenic gems. His friend, Mark, a photography instructor, also enjoys the photo ops of the region, and together they’ll share their views with you.
Kicking off our 2017 Learning on the Land series, the Blue Mountain Land Trust is proud to sponsor the third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This festival is a collection of 14 films from the South Yuba River Citizens League in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic presents films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrates the natural beauty of our planet. This international tour visits over 200 communities around the globe - and on April 14 it arrives in Walla Walla!