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1/2 Day Field Trips
Full Day Field Trips
* Update 2/3/2011: the Urban Stream Restoration and Winery Tours have been cancelled.
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|Washington Park / Japanese Garden / Rose Garden
||A self guided tour. We will provide detailed maps with auxiliary information.
Participants will take the MAX to the zoo stop, hike through the Arboretum to the Japanese Garden,
walk through the rose garden, and finally hike down to the Salmon St. MAX station. The hike will be >90% downhill.
|Forest Park / Audubon Society Old Growth Hike
||Starting at the Balch Creek entrance, participants will walk through an old-growth Douglas-fir remnant
owned by the Audubon Society, and possibly explore other Forest Park trails in the vicinity as time allows.
|Best of Portland Tour with Portland Walking Tours
||Experience Portland the green and eco-friendly way. This award-winning walk clarifies why Portland
is regularly recognized as one of the best places to live. By the end of our walk, you'll want to move
here too. You'll hear about early and modern Portland as your guide shows you an enlightened city rich
with artwork, parks, bridges, (free) downtown trains & streetcars, fountains and friendly people. Even
locals are amazed and entertained by what they learn. This walk meanders through the most fascinating
portions of the city, leading eventually to the waterfront. This tour earned us the Best Tour from
Citysearch and Willamette Week's award for "Best Way to Fake Being a Native." And don't forget the camera
your shot of the world's smallest park! When the City of Portland and the Portland Oregon Visitors
Association want to show off the city, they send people on this tour. Come see why.
|Urban Stream Restoration in Portland Parks *
||Mary Ann Schmidt from PSU will lead a field trip to examine restoration projects in the Portland
metro area. We will examine completed and planned projects at Tideman-Johnson Park that emphasize the
restoration of aquatic habitat for salmon and opportunities to reconnect citizens with the natural
environment. A representative from the City of Portland will explain their goals for each project.
Vigil-Agrimis, Inc., the project designers, will discuss the engineering, environmental, and design
aspects of the project. (http://www.vigil-agrimis.com/).
Leaders and participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities when considering ecological
restoration within an urban context.
||$35 - CANCELLED
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|ULTRA: A Comparison of the Urban Ecology of Portland and Vancouver, WA
||Portland State University, Washington State University and Oregon State University have
been granted an ULTRA-Ex (Urban Long Term Research Area Exploratory) award to study the
differences between the Portland metro area, with strict growth boundaries and land use
regulations, and the Vancouver, WA area with fewer restrictions. During the field trip,
participants will visit multiple sites in cities on both sides of the Columbia River and
discuss urban ecology issues, urban ecosystem restoration, and urban sustainability, with
a focus on water quality and governance.
|Columbia River Gorge Tour
||We will visit four sites in the Columbia River Gorge to examine past and current restoration
projects. Bill Weiler, Executive Director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and wildlife
biologist, will lead discussions about the opportunities and challenges for maintaining and
improving habitat in a recreational area close to a major metropolitan area. We will visit
a dam removal site, an old-growth forest, and a potential casino location. We will conclude
the day with two optional activities: a tour of the Bonneville Dam or a short hike to
beautiful Wahclella Falls.
|Winery Tour *
||Participants will sample wines at a handful of wineries in the gorgeous Willamette River valley.
The leader and assistant will discuss the effects of climate change on wine growing, the rural/urban
interface and its effects on vintners, and other issue relevant to sustaining agricultural diversity
near a major metropolitan area. This tour will include a visit to Cana's Feast, Amity Winery, and Coelho Winery.
||$105 - CANCELLED
|Mt. Hood Alpine Adventure
||Participants will head up to Mt. Hood, stopping along the way to rent snowshoes.
Stops will include the Salmon River, Trillium Lake, and Timberline Lodge. Space will be limited and participants
can expect to get some vigorous (but not overwhelming) exercise.
|Tour of the Oregon Coast
||Dr. Mary Santelmann, Associate Professor (Research Faculty) and Director of the Water Resources
Gradaute Program at Oregon State University, will lead a tour to the Oregon coast from Portland to
Cape Meares and Netarts Bay, stopping along HWY 6 at the site of the historic Tillamook Burn, and
featuring stops to view and visit a variety of coastal environments, including coastal dunes,
freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, and Sitka spruce forest.