Natural Areas Celebration Week

nacw_banner2015Natural Areas Celebration Week:  May 2-10, 2015

Visit the NACW 2015 Calendar of Events to learn all about this year’s activities!
View a detailed Schedule of Events.

We invite you to join us for our sixth annual event – a celebration of the incredible natural resources in our community. Come and join us for a hike, walk, workshop, or lecture! There’s something for everyone! Every event is family-friendly, free and open to the public, so come and spend some time exploring the natural world around us…


2015 – Sixth Annual Natural Areas Celebration Week

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Saturday, May 2

Marys Peak Interpretation Workshop
Saturday, May 2 – 8am-5pm
Participants will be trained over two full days to be Marys Peak Interpreters of the cultural and natural history of Marys Peak. Registration is limited to 25 people. Information pertaining to the workshop will be provided upon request.
Meeting Location: Registration Required
Contact Information: Dave Eckert
Sponsor: Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas (Marys Peak Alliance), US Forest Service

Work Party at Fiechter House & Cabell Barn
Saturday, May 2 – 10am
This is the annual fluff ‘n buff before the Open House the following weekend. Come sweep out the 1910 barn and gather owl pellets, or vacuum the 1850s Fiechter House and clean the windows!
Meeting Location: Fiechter House. South on 99W to mile marker 93; follow signs for Finley Refuge. After crossing Muddy Creek look for Fiechter House on the left. Park by the picket fence.
Contact Information: Finley Wildlife Refuge: 541.757.7236
Sponsor: PreservationWORKS

Raptor Conservation Program @ Chintimini Wildlife Center
Saturday, May 2 
– 10am-2pm
Come meet the Chintimini Wildlife Center’s live educational birds of prey and learn about Chintimini’s new weekly Raptor Conservation Program.  This program will feature hawks, owls, falcons and vultures and will include free-flight demonstrations with some of the birds.
Meeting Location: 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis, OR
Contact Information: Zach Heesch: (541) 745-5324
Sponsor: Chintimini Wildlife Center

Wildbird Wetland Walk
Saturday, May 2 – 1-4pm
Family Fun Bird Adventure along an easy boardwalk trail include Hands on stations for Bird ID, Nest Building, Food searching,  and wetland habitat Investigation. (Bring your own Binoculars or borrow a pair at welcome table) Suggested donation $10. Details at
Meeting Location: Sunset Park Board walk (45th and SW Country Club Drive)
Contact Information:
Sponsor: Avery House of the Corvallis Environmental Center

Sunday, May 3

Marys Peak Interpretation Workshop
Sunday, May 3 – 8am-5pm
Participants will be trained over two full days to be Marys Peak Interpreters of the cultural and natural history of Marys Peak. Registration is limited to 25 people. Information pertaining to the workshop will be provided upon request.
Meeting Location: Registration Required
Contact Information: Dave Eckert
Sponsor: Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas (Marys Peak Alliance), US Forest Service

Spring Garden Festival
Sunday, May 3 – 9am-4pm
Mark your calendar for the 28th Annual Madison Avenue Task Force’s Spring Garden Festival on The Arts Center Plaza, 7th and Madison. Each year the Festival features dozens of vendors and information booths offering gardening products, advice and inspiration that will help you limber up your green thumb. We hope to see you there!
Contact Information:
Sponsor: Madison Avenue Task Force

Forest Health Post November Ice Storm @ Peavy Arboretum
Sunday, May 3 – 9am-12pm
Steve Pilkerton, a forester and forest engineer with the OSU College of Forestry’s Research Forests, will discuss the types of damages sustained, what the forest community can learn in the aftermath from the type and pattern of damage, what and when to salvage, and to what extent forest practices might change, if at all. The route will most likely be along the first 1.25 miles of Davies RD 580, starting at the Lewisburg Saddle, with little or no elevation gain. Limited to 25 participants. Contact leader for meeting time and place when pre-registering.
Meeting Location: RSVP for Meeting Directions
Contact Information: Robert Verhoogen: at or 541-745-5185
Sponsor: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club

Oak Creek Aquatic Ecology Experience
Sunday, May 3 – 2pm-4pm
In our special Aquatic Ecology class, we will explore Oak Creek and learn about the basic environmental quality of the waterway through the various life that makes Oak Creek its home! We will do our own water testing and learn about environment interactions within the riparian zone near Hesthavn . We will spend part of the time learning about food webs and ecosystem health while hiking around Hesthavn and Macdonald Forest. The second half of the session we will carefully be exploring Oak Creek, collecting macro invertebrates, and enjoying some aquatic testing and fun data collecting! *Geared towards 4th grade and older.*
Meeting Location: Hesthavn Nature Center, 8590 NW Oak Creek Drive
Contact Information: Jessica Brothers:
Sponsor: Audubon Society of Oregon

‘12 Easy Steps to a Sustainable Garden’ Presentation
Sunday, May 3 – 6.30pm
Hear from Lane County Master Gardener Jody Fairchild as she leads a presentation on ‘The 12 steps to a Sustainable Garden’, a quick synopsis of a 2 day class offered in the Lane County Master Gardener class. This presentation will also cover components of the ‘Wildlife in the Garden’ program discussing the importance of backyards for wildlife and suggestions for gardeners to think about wildlife in their garden design and examples on how to do it.
Meeting Location: Corvallis-Benton Library – Main Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe, Corvallis
Sponsor: Natural Areas Action Team

Monday, May 4

Wildflower Walk @ Peavy Arboretum with Ian Silvernail
Monday, May 4 – 6-8pm
We will walk along the eastern portion of the Calloway Creek Trail. The event will again be mentored by an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable botanist and superb teacher, Ian Silvernail, from the Institute of Applied Ecology. In early May, we’ll have the opportunity to identify dozens of flowers, plants, and shrubs along the mile trail. Preregistration required – limited to 25.
Meeting Location: RSVP for Meeting Directions
Contact Information: Contact leader, Carolyn Kindell:
Sponsor: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club

Tuesday, May 5

Guided Native Plant and Weed Identification Walk
Tuesday, May 5 – 9am-10am
Join us on a guided walk to identify native plants and invasive weeds at Greenbelt Land Trust’s beautiful Bald Hill Farm natural area.  We will walk along Mulkey trail and view prairie and oak savanna plant species up close.  Botanists from Institute for Applied Ecology and Benton Soil and Water Conservation District will lead the walk.
Meeting Location: Bald Hill Natural Area: Parking Lot off Oak Creek Rd. Corvallis
Contact Information: Carolyn Menke:  541-753-3099 x121,
Sponsor: Institute for Applied Ecology

Butterfly and Restoration Hike @ Beazell Memorial Forest
Tuesday, May 5 – 1pm
Join the Benton County Natural Areas and Parks on moderate terrain to hike through mixed forest, where you will experience larkspur, exotic wild ginger, trillium and Indian pipe. The loop trail leads to an upland prairie where restoration efforts are expanding habitat for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. Discover why this butterfly is so unique and rare. If conditions allow, we might get lucky and observe them in flight!
Meeting Location: Beazell Memorial Forest Barn, 37309 Kings Valley Hwy (Hwy 223), approx. 5 miles north of Wren
Contact Information: Adam Stebbins: (541) 766-6085
Sponsor: Benton County Natural Areas and Parks

‘Habitat Conservation with Prison Inmates’ Presentation
Tuesday, May 5 – 6.30pm
Learn how prison inmates are growing and planting out native plants to help conservation projects to restore habitat for animal species such as the greater sage-grouse, Fender’s blue butterfly and Oregon silverspot butterfly.
Meeting Location: Old World Deli – 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis
Contact Information: Stacy Moore –
Sponsor: Institute for Applied Ecology

Wednesday, May 6

Franklin School Neighborhood & Tree Tour
Wednesday, May 6 – 2pm
Go green; take a neighborhood walk! Celebrate the enduring companionship of heritage trees in the historic Franklin School Neighborhood. This one-hour guided tour includes the 1889 Franklin Square Park, Corvallis’ oldest park and home to more than 15 different tree species.
Meeting Location: Franklin School, 750 NW 18th Street, east entrance under the Oak.
Contact Information: Lyn Larson (541) 768-3312
Sponsor: Jobs Addition Neighborhood Association (JANA)

Peavy Hall – Shrubs & Trees with Ed Jensen
Wednesday, May 6 – 6-8pm
Ed Jensen, Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Forestry and author of TREES To Know in Oregon (2010) and Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests (2013), will teach us how to identify and distinguish numerous trees and shrubs commonly seen in our state, in the area immediately to the east of Peavy Hall. Last year’s successful model of an indoor teaching session in Peavy Hall about shrubs will be followed, time permitting, by a 30-minute show and tell about trees in the Peavy Hall grounds. The teaching format will entail having or purchasing a copy ($12) of our mentor’s 2013 book, Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests, in order to use the keys to identify the shrubs. The number of participants is limited to 20.
Meeting Location: Peavy Hall, 30th Street entrance (cross street is Jefferson)
Contact information: Robert Verhoogen: or 541 207-5878
Sponsor: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club

Thursday, May 7

Evergreen Riparian Stewards Volunteer Event
Thursday, May 7 – 8.30am-11am
Come and help Marys River Watershed Council with their annual Evergreen Riparian Stewards Day, an event that brings 8th graders from Kings Valley Charter School onto Greenbelt Land Trust’s Evergreen Creek property. This event is a fun, hands-on learning experience to engage students with ecological education. Volunteers are needed to assist students at educational stations. To sign up as a volunteer, email Kathleen Westly by May 1st. Meeting location and event details will be emailed out to volunteer participants.
Meeting Location: RSVP for Meeting Directions
Contact Information: Kathleen Westly:
Sponsor: Marys River Watershed Council, Institute for Applied Ecology, Greenbelt Land Trust

Jackson Frazier Wetlands Tour
Thursday, May 7 – 9am-11am
All kinds of plants and a variety of wildlife live in this seasonally-flooded habitat. Join Neighborhood Naturalist for an easy boardwalk loop (ADA accessible) that allows us to observe beaver activity, see marsh birds, and explore some unusual wetland plants. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. No RSVP needed.
Meeting Location: End of Lancaster St.
Contact Information: Don Boucher,, 541-753-7689
Sponsoring Organization: Neighborhood Naturalist

Institute for Applied Ecology Open House
Thursday, May 7 – 3-6pm
Join IAE as they celebrate their 16th anniversary! Come learn about our exciting restoration, research and ecological projects.  Hear short informative talks and meet our staff.  Win door prizes and take home a native plant!  All are welcome.
Meeting Location: Institute for Applied Ecology, 563 SW Jefferson, Corvallis
Contact Information: Stacy Moore:, 541-753-3099 x 305
Sponsor: Institute for Applied Ecology

Wildlife Stewards Youth Summit
Thursday, May 7 –
A one-day natural resource educational event designed to give youth in grades 1-5 an opportunity to share their research about a local species or science investigation conducted in their schoolyard habitat or local natural area. Students work together in teams to create an educational display, give an oral presentation, take a student led habitat tour and rotate through hands-on learning stations by our local natural resource partners.
Meeting Location: Muddy Creek Charter School, Corvallis OR
Contact Information: Maggie Livesay – Please call Extension to RSVP – 541-766-6750
Sponsor: OSU Extension

Explore the Witham Hill Natural Area
Thursday, May 7 – 5.30-7pm

Enjoy a walk in this wooded area right in the city. Look for native wildflowers, including two species of trillium, toad or chocolate lilies, and the Corallorhiza orchids.
Meeting Location: Witham Hill Natural Area parking lot at the end of Circle Blvd, south of the Circle and Witham Hill Drive intersection. Bicycles can ride west on Harrison to the multi-use path to Circle Blvd on the right.
Contact Information: Contact leader, Carolyn Kindell:
Sponsor: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club & Native Plant Society of Oregon

Friday, May 8

Nature Walk and Bonfire @ Tyee Wine Cellars
Friday, May 8 –
Come enjoy an evening at Tyee Wine Cellars along Muddy Creek south of Corvallis. This unique landscape is being actively restored to historic wet prairie and marshes by the Buchanan family, along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Take a tour of Restoration Loop while you learn about ongoing restoration efforts, identifying native wildflowers and invasive weeds along the way. Bring a picnic, and delight in an evening of wine tasting and storytelling, all around a cozy bonfire. There will also be fun activities for the little ones including owl pellet dissection, and an up close look at owl feathers.
Meeting Location: Directions to Tyee Wine Cellars from Corvallis: Take Hwy 99W south 7 miles and turn right onto Greenberry Road. Go 2.3 miles to Tyee Wine Cellars on your right.
Contact Information: Tyee Wine Cellars: (541)753.8754 or
Sponsor: Tyee Wine Cellars

Saturday, May 9

2nd Saturday Birding Tour
Saturday, May 9 –
Join the Audubon Society of Corvallis for an easy walk at Finley Wildlife Refuge to look for birds at the peak of spring migration. This is a good walk for all skill levels. Remember to dress appropriate for the weather. Remind: Finley 50th Celebration following bird tour, drive separate if you’d like to stay and take part in the festivities.
Meeting Location: Benton Center north parking lot (757 NW Polk Ave.)
Contact Information: Audubon Society’s Bill Proebsting,
Sponsor: Audubon Society of Corvallis

Walk the Walk at Jackson Frazier Wetland!
Saturday, May 9 – 9-10.30am
Enjoy a guided tour around the Jackson-Frazier Wetlands boardwalk, and learn about updates on stewardship activities on this wonderful natural area.
Meeting Location: Entrance of Jackson-Frazier Boardwalk
Contact Information: Carol Leslie: 541-926-4600
Sponsor: AFRANA (Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas)

Photography Walk @ Bald Hill Farm
Saturday, May 9 – 9am-12pm
Photography teachers from the Valley Viewfinders Club will lead a brief indoor digital photography training, before trying out our skills along the trails, fields, and forests of Bald Hill Farm. Learn about wildlife photography, close up plant, and landscape level photography tips and techniques. All skill levels and ages are welcome – just remember to bring your camera!
Meeting Location: RSVP for location details
Contact Information: Jessica McDonald:
Sponsor: Greenbelt Land Trust

W.L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge’s Open House
Saturday, May 9 –
Join Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex at Finely Wildlife Refuge, 26210 Finley Refuge Road, Corvallis, OR 97333, to take part in guided nature hikes and tours of historical buildings. The Institute for Applied Ecology will be leading a bird nesting box activity for the public.
Meeting Location: North Prairie Overlook, south on 99W to mile marker 93; follow signs for Finley NWR.
Contact Information: Doug Spencer-
Sponsor: Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Institute for Applied Ecology

Bat Night!
Saturday, May 9
Join Neighborhood Naturalist for family-friendly night of ‘batting’! We’ll see lots of bats hunting over the duck pond and wetlands at Starker and Sunset Parks. We’ll use a bat detector to convert the bats’ sonar to audible clicks, and a spotlight. Bring binoculars and an extra layer to wear as the evening gets cooler.
Meeting Location: Bruce Starker Arts Park parking lot (near duck pond and amphitheater)
Contact Information: Don Boucher:, 541-753-7689
Sponsor: Neighborhood Naturalist

Sunday, May 10

Morning Birdsong Walk @ Bald Hill
Sunday, May 10
Sometimes it’s worth getting up early, avoiding the crowds, to enjoy the morning bird chorus near its peak. We’ll take a casual, easy, 1.5 mile walk along parts of Bald Hill Park and Bald Hill Farm. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather.
Meeting Location: Oak Creek Parking Lot – Bald Hill Natural Area
Contact Information: Don Boucher:, 541-753-7689
Sponsor: Neighborhood Naturalist

Open House @ Chintimini Wildlife Center
Sunday, May 10
Enjoy self-guided tours of the Chintimini Wildlife Center’s educational facilities and ash swale wetland, children’s activities and more! Live birds of prey will be on display as well as videos featuring baby animals in our care and bird-box building activities! We will also be sharing information about rescuing injured and orphaned wild babies. Donations of animal baby care supplies and food welcome (see for special requests).
Meeting Location: 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis, OR
Contact Information: Jeff Picton: (541) 745-5324
Sponsor: Chintimini Wildlife Center

Marys Peak Interpretive Hike/Summit Loop Trail
Sunday, May 10 – 1-5pm
Hike up a portion of Marys Peak – Margie Powell’s Summit Loop Trail #29 – with trained Marys Peak Interpreters. Learn about the human and natural history of this “Sub-Alpine Island” that has become the symbolic icon of our region. Easy 1.4-mile loop with 385 ft. elevation gain.
Meeting Location: Register for meeting location
Contact Information: Julie Arrington, at or (541) 752-6052
Sponsor: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club

Body Habitat Project @ Bald Hill Farm
Sunday, May 10 – 4pm
Join Greenbelt Land Trust and LiveWell Studio for “Body Habitat Project” in the sweet open spaces and white oak groves of Bald Hill Farm. Together we will stand as one, breathing, listening, and sensing. We will remember our human presence on the landscape, our essence as part of the natural world. You are invited to participate or to witness.  This will be the first performance in the series, Return to Biophony,* #1, filmed installations of humans on the landscapes of North America.
Meeting Location: Bald Hill Farm: walking/bicycling directions from Oak Creek Drive parking lot to Bald Hill Natural Area
Contact Information: Jessica McDonald: or and follow our facebook group at and join the event at:
Sponsor: Greenbelt Land Trust and LiveWell Studio