THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED FROM HOW IT WAS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED. We’ve made some changes to our event All Aboard on Saturday, June 2nd that we think you’re going to enjoy. Can you resist chocolate and wine on a fine spring evening? Our revised trip will be on the Wine and Chocolate Train the evening of Saturday, June 2nd.
Come out and help maintain trails in the Blue Mountains.
This hike takes place in the Umatilla National Forest on the Ridge Rim Trail deep in the Blue Mountains. The hike provides spectacular views of the forested canyons of the Umatilla River. Initially, the trail traverses on a level path through meadows overlooking the canyon of Lake Creek.
In this workshop, Jean Ann Mitchell will share her watercolor talents to teach drawing and 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.
Did you know fossils of almost the entire evolution of the horse can be found in the Pacific Northwest?Also, that the site of some of the oldest human remains in North America have been found in the area? Learn to piece together the stories and actions of the past by inspecting cool rocks, sediments, and fossils.
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.
Grant County history comes alive with a museum tour featuring live actors and presentations on a variety of Grant County’s background and some of its most famous figures. Tour the museum and the nearby Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Canyon City’s 142-year-old church that has survived the area’s three biggest fires.
Come out and help maintain South Fork of the Walla Walla River with USFS staff.
In this field workshop, 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 identify the flowers and other plants they will encounter while on their own future mountain ramblings.
Spend a spring 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 35 alpacas to produce a line of farm-raised knitwear and specialty yarns.
Help us celebrate our beautiful planet at the Whitman Mission. Learn to orient yourself in nature, practice Leave No Trace principles, and explore the history of the site. Plus, enjoy singing along to songs about the natural world with local musician, Jimmye Turner, and his guitar.
Please join us for an evening of good friends, great food, and plenty of fun. We’ll share this year’s conservation, education, and recreation successes, and what’s to come in 2018. Together, we will celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of 2017 and the people who helped achieve them.