Connecting with the land is the greatest way to gain an appreciation for this special place we call home. We work to connect our community with the land through our Learning on the Land education series, offering a wide variety of topics and events. We hope you will join us on many outings this year as we explore our precious and unique region.
Space at most tours is limited to ensure a great experience for everyone who attends, so please sign up today! If you receive a message that an event is full, please contact our office and we’ll add you to the wait list.
Learning on the Land: Walla Walla, Washington
Join us for an afternoon of imbibing and fermentation science. On this excursion, you will learn about the different processes that go into producing some of our favorite beverages.
Vinea Trust is a network of winegrowers united by environmentally friendly and socially responsible growing practices. This tour will highlight four vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley appellation.
Paddle on the Columbia River, learn about the hydrology of the region and enjoy the sunset. Spaces limited!
Travel to the top of Mt. Howard by tram, learn about local geology, and experience the grandeur of the Wallowa Mountains.
Join Whitman College astronomy department chair Andrea Dobson for a night of stargazing and learning about the complex elements that make up our universe.
Learn about the inner workings of a wind farm with Puget Sound Energy’s Anne Walsh. You will have the opportunity to learn about the facility and see a turbine up close!
Come learn about the past and present of the Walla Walla region’s tribal communities on this day dedicated to touring Native American-owned and run enterprises in the greater Pendleton area.
Learn about the natural beauty and species diversity of our very own Bennington Lake with Diane Briggs and Chris Howard of the Blue Mountain Audubon Society.
Learn about the joys of watercolor and experience a lovely fall morning in a new way in this workshop with artist Joyce Anderson. Spaces limited!
Spend a weekend exploring the history and geology of north-central Oregon.
Learn about the complex history of the Hanford Nuclear Site along the Columbia River. Department of Energy docents will provide tours on the area’s cultural and technological past, present. and future.
Learn about the impacts of the grey wolf population of the Blue Mountains with Department of Fish & Game wildlife biologist Mark Vekasy.
Learning on the Land: John Day, Oregon
Come visit Oregon Paleo Lands Institute (OPLI), to see displays of rocks and fossil from around Wheeler County and dig for your own fossil treasures at the local fossil beds behind the high school.
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.