Upcoming Events in the Community
TUES, FEB 25 (5:30 pm)
SHIFT OSU: A SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP
Play a custom board game developed at OSU about transportation and parking and help inform strategies to reduce drive-alone trips to campus. Light refreshments available.
At Corvallis High School Commons
Sponsor: OSU Transportation Services, Imagine Corvallis Vision 2040
THURS, FEB 27 (12 noon – 4 pm)
THE OPEN STREETS CLASSROOM: A UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD
Participants will work together to identify ways to build inclusive, walkable, bikeable, and livable neighborhoods. Join us to create community-university collaborations in the context of Open Streets Corvallis. Spanish interpretation and lunch provided. Registration required.
At Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.
Sponsors: Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Sustainability Coalition Transportation Action Team, City of Corvallis
THURS, FEB 27 (6 pm)
GREENBELT LAND TRUST ANNUAL MEETING
Celebrate 31 years of conservation and community, reflect on the successes and challenges of 2019 and look ahead to 2020’s projects and programs.
At First Presbyterian Church, Dennis Hall, Ninth St. and Monroe Ave.
Sponsor: Greenbelt Land Trust
SAT, FEB. 29 (9 am–3 pm)
4-H WILDLIFE STEWARD EDUCATOR WORKSHOP – EXPLORE WILD AT THE REFUGE
For teachers and informal educators who would like to engage students in outdoor learning using WILD curriculum and Upland Prairie habitats. Cost $25, registration required at http://bit.ly/4HWildlifeSteward. Includes lunch, curriculum guide and field ecology cards.
At William L Finley National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Sponsors: OSU Extension Benton County, Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Oregon Natural Resource Education Program
SAT, FEB 29 (9:30 am–5 pm)
GUIDING MORE GOOD: NONPROFIT CONFERENCE
This day-long event for nonprofit boards, staff and volunteers provides informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. Our sixteen sessions cover a wide range of topics such as fund development, financial accountability, organizational and board development. Registration rates range from $99 for students to $165.
At OSU, CH2M Hill Alumni Center,725 SW 26th St.
Sponsor: The Center for Nonprofit Stewardship
SAT, FEB 29 (12 noon–3 pm)
ORLEANS NATURAL AREA CLEAN UP AND SOIL AMENDING
One of the City’s most accessible but least known natural areas is in need of help. Participants will be mostly laying down wood chips and soil amendments to help the site recover from human-caused damage. Pre-registration required.
At Orleans Natural Area
Sponsor: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Water Action Team
SUN, MAR 1 (1 – 3 pm)
PUTTING A FACE ON THE REFUGE
Mark Larsen, who worked at a photo lab in aerial mapping photography for 38 years, will lead a workshop on camera abilities, composure, basic functions and ways to make the experience fun.
At William L. Finley NWR Refuge Office & Nature Store
Sponsors: Friends of Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex
MON, MAR 2 (7 – 8 pm)
A MEDLEY OF CONIFERS
Mark Bloom of Bloom River Gardens will give a talk for gardeners. $5 donation suggested for non-Corvallis Evening Garden Club members.
At Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church meeting room, 2650 NW Highland Drive
Sponsor Corvallis Evening Garden Club
MON, MAR 2 (7 pm)
MARYS RIVER TRIVIA NIGHT
Join Marys River Watershed Council and the OSU Hydrophiles for trivia at McMenamins on Monroe, and 50 percent of all food and beverage purchases from 5 pm to close go to the Council. Trivia starts at 7 pm.
At McMenamin’s, 2001 NW Monroe Ave.
Contact: https://www.mrwc.org/connect/events/, 541-758-7597
Sponsors: Marys River Watershed Council, OSU Hydrophiles, McMenamins on Monroe
TUE, MAR 3 (7 – 8 pm)
TAP TALK: NUTRITION & CANCER PREVENTION
Learn how food choices can decrease your chances of developing cancer. Dr. Emily Ho is the Endowed Director of the Moore Family Center and a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.
At Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 SW Deschutes St.
Sponsor: 500 Women Scientists Corvallis
SAT, MAR 7 (9 am – 3 pm)
RURAL LIVING DAY
A full day of workshops offers something for everyone. Classes on compost, water rights, well water management, wild mushrooming, small engine maintenance, wildlife management, habitat creation, smoking and curing meats, and more. There will also be a youth track for ages 9 and up. Registration closes March 5th. Cost: $20 per adult. Youth can register for free with an attending adult. Please register youth by calling 541-713-5011.
At Junction City High School, 1135 W Sixth Ave., Junction City
Oregon State University Extension Services
SAT, MAR 7 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
WHITE MEN ENGAGING IN ANTI RACISM
Workshop with Oni Marchbanks provides a reflective space for insight, awareness and deepening a personal and shared anti-racism journey. Cost: $149.00.
At Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd.
Sponsor: Shady Grove Farm Corvallis
SAT, MAR 7 (10 am – 1 pm)
PHILOMATH MONTESSORI SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Discover why Montessori classrooms invite, excite and immerse young learners.
At Philomath Montessori School, College United Methodist Church, rooms 4 and 6, 1123 Main St., Philomath
Sponsor: Philomath Montessori School
THURS, MAR 12 (Fair, 5 – 7 pm; Town Hall, 7 – 9 pm)
SUSTAINABILITY FAIR & TOWN HALL
Corvallis’ sustainability event of the year, featuring more than 60 exhibitors, local organic food and music by the Nick Rivard Jazz Guitar Duo. Town Hall keynote “Bold Action: Communities Respond to the Climate Crisis” by Kristin Eberhard of Sightline Institute. Town Hall seating is limited; register by March 6 at www.sustainablecorvallis.org.
At OSU, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St.
Contact: , 541-230-1237
Sponsor: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
THURS, MAR 12 (6 – 7:30 pm)
SEEING THE FOREST AND THE TREES: STEWARDING OUR PUBLIC LANDS
A community conversation with facilitator Mariah Action. What are the beliefs we have about our forests and what will we, as a state, do to steward, manage, and protect this special resource?
At 2407 Grange Hall Road, Philomath
Contact: , 541-829-2907
Sponsors: Marys River Grange, Oregon Humanities
SAT, MAR 14 (11 am – 3 pm)
WINTER WILDLIFE FIELD DAY
Join us for the 6th Annual Winter Wildlife Field Day. The theme for this year’s bilingual environmental education event is “Water: The Life in Wildlife.” There will be more stations, seating, tents and activities – plus your favorites, including owl pellet dissection.
At William L. Finley Refuge, 26208 Finley Refuge Rd.
Contact: 541-757-7236 (Hablamos Español)
Sponsors: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Chintimini Wildlife Center, Corvallis Audubon, 4-H OSU Extension, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, OSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Mary’s River Watershed Council, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, Starker Forests, Inc., Willamette-Laja Twinning Project, Boy Scouts Troop #99, Corvallis Environmental Center, and Institute for Applied Ecology.
SAT, MAR 14 (1 – 4 pm)
PI DAY WITH OSU MATH DEPARTMENT & HOWLAND SCAVENGER HUNT
Puzzling problems with OSU Math Dept and scavenger hunt at the Howland Community Open.
At The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave.
Sponsors: The Arts Center
TUES, MAR 17 (6 pm)
HOW MARYS PEAK IMPACTS THE WEATHER AND CLIMATE OF CORVALLIS
OSU Professor Nick Siler will focus on how Marys Peak impacts weather patterns of Corvallis. Free, no reservations.
At Old World Deli, 341 SE Second St.
Sponsors: Marys Peak Alliance of AFRANA & OSU College of Oceans, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
WED, MAR 18 (7 pm)
HOUSING IN CORVALLIS: DON’T WE HAVE ENOUGH?
Presentations by Daniel McKenna-Foster, Affordable Housing Planner, City of Corvallis; Karen Rockwell, Executive Director, Benton Habitat for Humanity; and a panel of community members who will share their experiences of searching for housing in Corvallis
At Corvallis Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue
Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Corvallis, CARDV, City of Corvallis, Benton Habitat for Humanity, Housing First, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Housing Action Team
THURS, MAR 19 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
AUDUBON PROGRAM: WORTH MATHEWSON AND THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BAND-TAILED PIGEON
At First United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 1165 NW Monroe Ave.
Sponsor: Audubon Society of Corvallis
THURS, MAR 19 (6:30 pm)
BILL SULLIVAN’S NEW HIKING TRAILS OF NW OREGON
Explorer and author Bill Sullivan presents new trails he has discovered in the northwest portion of Oregon. He will have his new book for sale, as well as copies of all of his books.
At Corvallis Benton County Public Library Meeting Room
Sponsors: Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, Corvallis Benton County Public Library, Friends of the Library
FRI, MAR 20 (9 am – noon)
VOLUNTEER PLANTING AT SKUNK/ALDER CREEK
Help Marys River Watershed Council, Benton County and Corvallis Odd Fellows plant native trees and shrubs.
At the corner of Oak Creek Drive and Canyon Drive
Sponsors: Marys River Watershed Council, Benton County, Corvallis Odd Fellows
THURS, MARCH 26 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
LOCAL FOOD FORUM: FARMERS AND FOOD IN TRANSITION
Hear from local farmers who have either sold their land and business operations recently, or will be in the coming years. Learn about opportunities and challenges for our local farmers and the resources that keep farm land in farm hands. Learn how to support our local economy through food buying choices. Guest participants include Oregon Agricultural Trust and several Oregon nonprofits working to preserve Oregon’s farmland and local food.
At Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.
Contact: www.sustainablecorvallis.org, 541-230-1237
Sponsors: Sustainability Coalition Food Action Team, Corvallis-Benton County Office of Economic Development
SAT & SUN, MAR 28 & 29 (9 am – 5 pm)
MARYS PEAK CERTIFIED INTERPRETIVE GUIDE WORKSHOP
This 2-day workshop trains participants to become certified Marys Peak Interpretive Guides. Includes a trip up Marys Peak (weather permitting). Pre-registration required with a selection process for limited participation.
Commitments to lead field tours and a low-level Federal Security Clearance to work with the public required.
Contact: to pre-register and for location information
Sponsors: Marys Peak Alliance of AFRANA, U.S. Forest Service