Journey to the Zumwalt
May
25
7:00 AM07:00
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Journey to the Zumwalt

  • Meet at Walla Walla Community College main parking lot by the flag pole. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Take a trip to the Zumwalt Prairie, one of the largest intact prairie ecosystems in eastern Oregon. The Nature Conservancy purchased 27,000 acres of the Zumwalt Prairie in 2000, and added an additional 6,065 acres in 2006. Combined, it is now Oregon’s largest private nature sanctuary. 

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 Island in Time Trail Guided Hike
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Island in Time Trail Guided Hike

Join a ranger-led hike exploring the Island in Time trail at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. As you hike through the green-blue clay stone badlands, the park ranger will point out fossil casts placed along the trail. This moderate hike follows the canyon floor and gains 220 feet of elevation. The Island in Time trail is 1.3 miles round trip.  

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Two Rivers; Two Days
Jun
1
to Jun 2
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Two Rivers; Two Days

  • Meet at Walla Walla Community College main parking lot. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Spend the weekend rafting with geologist Bob Carson down the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Experienced guides from Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys will accompany us across peaceful pools and exciting class 3-4 rapids.

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Blues Crew Work Party: Magone Bike Trail System
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Blues Crew Work Party: Magone Bike Trail System

  • Walla Walla Ranger District Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In our second collaboration with the Malheur National Forest, the Blue Mountain Land Trust’s “Blues Crew” will be coming down from Walla-Walla, Washington and working alongside the John Day-based Eastern Oregon Trail Alliance (EOTA) on an exciting new mountain bike trail network under development in the Magone Lake area.

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Farm-to-Needle
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00
LOL

Farm-to-Needle

Spend a summer morning exploring the finer details involved in small scale, sustainable, natural fiber production. Join Elaine Vandiver of Old Homestead Alpacas, a US Army combat veteran turned first generation farmer, as she shares how she manages and raises 25 alpacas to produce a line of farm- raised knitwear and specialty yarns. 

 

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Botany in the Blues II
Jun
22
9:15 AM09:15
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Botany in the Blues II

On this second field workshop, co-sponsored by a grant from The Washington Native Plant Society, we will continue our “close-up” look at the amazing native plant diversity of the Blue Mountains. Participants will become familiar with the tools and resources needed to recognize and identify the flowers, other plants and lichens they will encounter while on their own future mountain ramblings.

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Chinese Mining History Tour
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Chinese Mining History Tour

  • 116 Northwest Bridge Street John Day, OR, 97845 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The discovery of gold in 1862 brought miners and entrepreneurs from around the world to the upper John Day River in the southern Blue Mountains. The first Chinese miners arrived soon after, and by 1870 they accounted for 70% of the miners. Many mining towns in eastern Oregon had an associated “Chinatown,” one of the largest was in John Day. 

 

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Know Your Trees - SOLD OUT
May
20
6:30 PM18:30
LOL

Know Your Trees - SOLD OUT

  • Meet at Fort Walla Walla Rotary Pavillion. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The native plants and trees of Fort Walla Walla make it a special place. Many visitors, after driving through hours of parched desert and miles of treeless farmland, are astounded to find this beautiful valley full of trees, the natives of many of which can found near our streams. 

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Upper Dry Creek Ranch Tour
May
18
2:00 PM14:00
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Upper Dry Creek Ranch Tour

  • Meet in Andy’s Market parking lot to carpool. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In nearby Weston, Rob and Cheryl Cosner have adopted Savory’s methods at Upper Dry Creek Ranch, where they raise sheep, goats and cattle. They will talk about how these practices and the unique characteristics of their property impact the flavor of their dry pastured lamb.

 

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Blues Crew Work Party:West Tiger Creek
May
11
7:45 AM07:45

Blues Crew Work Party:West Tiger Creek

This is a trail that was once part of a larger network of trails in Tiger Canyon.  It is only 15 miles from Walla Walla.  It can be a great short hike along the creek.  The Blues Crew completed two work parties here in 2018.  The upper trail at 1 ½ miles will require future investigation and planning for appropriate repair.

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Botany in the Blues I
May
4
9:15 AM09:15
LOL

Botany in the Blues I

  • Meet in Reid Campus Center lobby, Whitman College. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE (509-525-3136) TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST.

In this first of two field workshops, co-sponsored by a grant from The Washington Native Plant Society, we will facilitate a more “close-up” look at the amazing native plant diversity of the Blue Mountains.  Participants will become familiar with the tools and resources needed to recognize and identify the flowers, other plants and lichens they will encounter while on their own future mountain ramblings.

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Brewer Wetland Tour
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00
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Brewer Wetland Tour

  • Walla Walla, WA 99362 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Blue Mountain Land Trust and the Tri-State Steelheaders have worked together to restore a twenty-acre wetland area near Walla Walla, bringing some of these benefits back to the area. On this tour you will learn about the work that went into restoring the property and conserving it in perpetuity.

 

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Blues Crew Work Party: North Fork Umatilla Wilderness
Apr
27
7:45 AM07:45

Blues Crew Work Party: North Fork Umatilla Wilderness

  • Walla Walla Rangers District Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is an early season work party with focus on annual trail maintenance.  These three trails access the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness.  The choice of trail for the work party will be based upon scouting done in the week prior to the work party.  The day’s effort may involve 2-3 miles of hiking with trail maintenance along the way.

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Shaping the Landscape
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00
LOL

Shaping the Landscape

  • Meet in Cascade Farm and Outdoors Parking Lot. (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join Mike Denny and Bob Carson on a spring day exploring the natural history of the shoreline of the Snake River in Walla Walla County. This excursion is all about discovery from the bedrock up to the birds in the sky and everything in between. 

 

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Spots on the Land
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00
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Spots on the Land

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Email lauren@bmlt.org to join the waitlist.

Welcome back to foaling season at Blue Creek Appaloosas. Of the more than twenty different ways an Appaloosa can look, Charles Potts, a breeder of Purebred Appaloosa Horses, will show you multiple examples of different colored horses and explain the genetics behind their fascinating spots.

 

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John Day Rural Innovation Gateway
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

John Day Rural Innovation Gateway

Tour the new John Day Rural Innovation Gateway, a location that integrates community, technology, education and commerce with a focus on rural innovation and rural value creation. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the city’s new commercial greenhouse where you’ll learn about the city’s work on food security and about hydroponic growing systems.

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