2018 Spring Hike Series: Scout Camp to Alder Springs
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Spring Hike Series: Scout Camp to Alder Springs

DESCRIPTION

LandWatch is excited to offer a series of spring walks to some of the most spectacular field sites in Central Oregon as part of our Rivers & Springs program. These trips include beautiful springs, pristine riparian corridors, and dramatic stream and river confluences. We will explore some of the region's fascinating hydrology, including the connection between ground water and surface springs, while engaging in restorative walks, including guided reflection on our connection to the natural environment.

Join us for this walk from Scout Camp to Alder Springs and the confluence of Whychus Creek with the (lower) Middle Deschutes River.

  • Saturday, June 2, 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Difficult, steep trail down and then back up the canyon, including one brief scramble over a 10-12 foot high rock bench 
  • Mostly open and (hopefully) sunny
  • Bring extra water, sunscreen, hat and consider hiking poles

Hike leaders:

  • Nathan Hovekamp, naturalist and LandWatch Wildlife Program Director

Suggested equipment: comfortable hiking shoes, sack lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, binoculars, and field guides.

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2018 Spring Hike Series: Fall River Springs
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Spring Hike Series: Fall River Springs

DESCRIPTION

LandWatch is excited to offer a series of spring walks to some of the most spectacular field sites in Central Oregon as part of our Rivers & Springs program. These trips include beautiful springs, pristine riparian corridors, and dramatic stream and river confluences. We will explore some of the region's fascinating hydrology, including the connection between ground water and surface springs, while engaging in restorative walks, including guided reflection on our connection to the natural environment.

Join us for this walk around Fall River Springs, Big Tree/Dead Slough, and the confluence of the Fall River with the Upper Deschutes River.

  • Sunday, June 10, 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Easy, mostly level trail
  • Forested and shady to open and (hopefully) sunny
  • Note that the trail can get a little muddy

Hike leaders:

  • Nathan Hovekamp, naturalist and LandWatch Wildlife Program Director
  • Jeff Perreault, retired USGS hydrologist and LandWatch board member

Suggested equipment: comfortable hiking shoes, sack lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, binoculars, and field guides. You will receive an email with more details closer to the date of the hike.

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2018 Spring Hike Series: Tumalo State Park to Riley Ranch Nature Preserve
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Spring Hike Series: Tumalo State Park to Riley Ranch Nature Preserve

DESCRIPTION

LandWatch is excited to offer a series of spring walks to some of the most spectacular field sites in Central Oregon as part of our Rivers & Springs program. These trips include beautiful springs, pristine riparian corridors, and dramatic stream and river confluences. We will explore some of the region's fascinating hydrology, including the connection between ground water and surface springs, while engaging in restorative walks, including guided reflection on our connection to the natural environment.

Join us for this walk from Tumalo State Park to Riley Ranch Nature Reserve along the (upper) Middle Deschutes and past the confluence of Tumalo Creek.

  • Friday, May 11, 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Easy, level trail with one hill
  • Forested and shady to open and (hopefully) sunny
  • State park day use parking pass is $5

Hike leaders:

  • Jeff Perreault, retired USGS hydrologist and LandWatch board member
  • Anne Gordon, ecopsychologist and LandWatch volunteer
  • Nathan Hovekamp, naturalist and LandWatch Wildlife Program Director

Suggested equipment: comfortable hiking shoes, sack lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, binoculars, and field guides. 

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May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Wuerthner on Wildfire

As we look forward to the spring weather turning to summer, and with 2017’s smoky autumn on our minds, it’s time for Central Oregonians to start thinking about wildfire. Join us for an informative talk with renowned local ecologist and wildfire expert George Wuerthner!

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Location: Worthy Brewing Company

495 Northeast Bellevue Drive

This talk promises to bring you an informed perspective on wildfire, its risks and rewards, and the policy surrounding it. And what venue more worthy than Worthy Brewing!? We’re grateful to partner with one of the most environmentally friendly breweries in Bend to bring you this critical perspective.

Please register for a free ticket, and you're welcome to donate $10 at the door to help cover event costs.

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Apr
21
11:30 AM11:30

Earth Day Fair and Parade

Come visit our booth at The Environmental Center's Earth Day Fair! Donate $5 for Goal 5 and get a beautiful sticker version of this unique piece of local art. 

The Parade

Join The Environmental Center for a fun and festive celebration of the natural world! Our day of festivities kicks off with a colorful, creative parade filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite plant or animal. You’ll get to meet our three Earth Guardian puppets, each of which celebrates nature in its own beautiful way. And with tunes from B Side Brass Band to lead the way, you’re sure to feel the energy at one of Bend’s best parades!

11:00 am: Assemble on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamin’s
11:30 am: Parade starts (about 8 blocks through downtown Bend)

No motorized vehicles or written words allowed in the parade. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed.

The Fair

The fair takes place on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center (downtown Bend) from 12pm – 3pm.

Food Carts & Live Music
There will be live music from Broken Down Guitars and a street fair featuring local businesses, nonprofits, and a variety of food carts.

For the Kids
Head over to Troy Field for the Kid’s Zone to enjoy interactive activities and games for all ages – including face painting, obstacle courses, and a fire truck. The Kansas Ave. Learning Garden will host story time near the Little Free Library beginning at noon, with stories read aloud every half hour. Plus, we’ll be making DIY ‘seed bombs’! Be sure to meet the Earth Guardians, either near The Environmental Center’s booth or on Troy Field.

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
The Energy Challenge is organizing an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive in the parking lot next to Troy Field, where you can take an electric vehicle for a spin and talk to local EV owners. The second electric vehicle group-buy program will launch at this event. We have Smolich Nissan on board to offer a deep discount on the 2018 Nissan LEAF – now with a 150 mile range.

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Support the Bend Central District at City Council!

On April 4th, 2018 at 7pm, the Bend City Council will be taking input on where to focus the next round of planning efforts to implement the recent Urban Growth Boundary plan.

Creating an urban renewal area in the BCD + KorPine will help fund safer connections between east and west Bend for people traveling by foot, bike, and car, catalyze hundreds of new homes and jobs near downtown, and allow our city’s heart to grow without impacting existing neighborhoods.

This could be a slam dunk for Bend’s future, but it is not yet certain. City Council needs to hear from YOU! Please show up to make this vision for a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of Bend a reality. 

You can either sign up to speak for 3 minutes about why you support urban renewal in the BCD + KorPine or wear a BCD sticker in the audience.

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Apr
3
4:00 PM16:00

Pint Night at Worthy Brewing

Join us for Pint Night at Worthy Brewing on April 3! One dollar from every pint sold after 4pm goes directly back to LandWatch so that we can fight to protect what we all love most about Central Oregon. 

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Tuesday, April 3 - 4pm to close
495 NE Bellevue Drive
Route 7 should get you there!

 

Over here at LandWatch, we love Worthy Brewing not only for their tasty beer and food, but for their generosity and eco-friendly practices. 

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Conference: Are Wildlife Populations at a Tipping Point? Current Threats and How you Can Help
Nov
18
1:30 PM13:30

Conference: Are Wildlife Populations at a Tipping Point? Current Threats and How you Can Help

There are many threats to our wildlife populations including transportation, urban growth/sprawl, recreation, and climate change. This forum will discuss why healthy habitats are important for wildlife survival, human impacts on wildlife, how land use decisions impact ecosystems, and what we, as individuals and a community can do to create a healthy environment for all living things.

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Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Looking Inward to Prevent Sprawl at Pints and Politics

Join OLCV and special guest, Moey Newbold, advocacy programs manager at Central Oregon Landwatch, to get the scoop on the Bend Central District (BCD) Initiative.

The Bend Central District has long been identified in the City of Bend’s plans to transition from mostly industrial uses to a more urban neighborhood, and it is uniquely positioned to distribute the load of future growth. Learn how you can get involved in the BCD Initiative to build momentum and support for the district’s transformation into a vibrant and healthy mixed-use community with safe connections between east and west Bend.

When: Thursday, September 21 from 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Where: Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Ln, Bend

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Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

Bend Open Streets

Opening Our Streets, Connecting Our Community

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Bend Open Streets is THE signature walking and bicycling event for the Bend community. This Commute Options event promotes healthy, active living by opening the city’s largest public space–its streets–for people to walk, bike, roll, while discovering the joys of active transportation in a safe, car-free environment.

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Noon - 4pm
Route is on NE Olney Ave, NE 6th St, NE Hawthorne, and NE 1st St
Our Booth is at the Hawthorne Transit Station

Visit Bend Open Streets Website

Improving Connections between east and west Bend

Barriers like Third Street, the railroad, and the Parkway can be hazardous for families, bicyclists, and pedestrians. LandWatch's BCD Initiative aims to improve our east-west connections by opening the flow between neighborhoods with safe pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets.

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This year at Bend Open Streets, we will host a sweet community parkletand talk to people about what they think could improve one of these connections - the Franklin underpass. We need help with setting up, hosting, and breaking down. Please consider volunteering for one or two hours! Email Becca at events@colw.org if you'd like to volunteer.

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Aug
17
11:30 AM11:30

BEND'S CENTRAL DISTRICT - What Will the Future Urban Density Look Like

This City Club forum will highlight how Bend is growing and potential future growth impacts, focusing on urban density and livability in the Bend Central District, the key area expected to take on a more urban feel over time.  How can we shape urbanization and new development to improve and enhance the "Bend Feel," maintaining our city's overall livability and character? 

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