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Journey to the Zumwalt

  • Meet at Walla Walla Community College main parking lot by the flag pole. 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

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. 

On this excursion, we will bus from Walla Walla to the Zumwalt Prairie where local naturalists and land managers will lead us on hikes through restricted parts of the preserve and help us learn about and identify the diverse flora and fauna. In addition to helping attendees identify the profusion of flower species on the Prairie, Bill Rodgers, local geologist and BMLT board member, will share the unique geological story of the Blue Mountains and Zumwalt Prairie. 

Please note that this tour is a 12 hour excursion. The bus ride from Walla Walla to the Zumwalt Prairie round trip is roughly 7 hours. 

For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Platman at or 509-525-3136. 

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Included: Bus transportation provided.

Suitability: Open to ages 12+.

Difficulty: Involves 1-2 mile hike on uneven terrain.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, suitable hiking attire, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, sack lunch and snacks, refillable water bottle, camera, journal, and sense of adventure.