Field Engagement Spring 2018

Want to participate?  Please fill out this form to sign up for one, two, or all three engagement trips.

As a part of our annual Environmental Symposium theme, “Environmental Engagement in Tough Times,” we’ve organized three weekend events, designed for us to engage in ways we may not experience on campus or in and around Portland. They all address natural resource issues in Oregon that have generated intense concern and debate.

All events are free and open to all Lewis & Clark students, staff, faculty, and alums, but participants must register by the deadlines below.

1. Saturday, March 3rd: Focus on Willamette Valley agriculture and environmental regulations in partnership with the Oregon Farm Bureau, an organization “representing the interests of the state’s family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas,” plus experience Willamette Valley agriculture from the perspective of farmworkers. Tour Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, meet with PCUN staff to hear about farmworkers, and meet with OFB staff to hear and share perspectives. 

  • Trip logistics: Meet at transit area in front of Templeton 8:45 a.m, depart 9:00 a.m. sharp. Return to LC campus by approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Trip details: Tour Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm and engage with Barb Iverson, 2015 Oregon Agriculturalist of the Year & owner of Wooden Shoe, which grows a variety of crops. Head off for catered lunch (Mexican vegetarian) with PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste), and interact with Ramon Ramirez over agricultural workers. Then head back north to meet in the agricultural town of Canby with Mary Anne Cooper from Oregon Farm Bureau and discuss their policies regarding environmental regulations and farmworkers. 
  • RSVP by end of Wednesday, February 28th.

2. Saturday, March 17th: Learn about Tillamook State Forest management at the Tillamook Forest Center. Take a hike and engage with experts representing a wide range of interests including conservation, timber,
and local communities.

  • Trip logistics: Meet at transit area in front of Templeton 8:15 a.m, depart 8:30 a.m. sharp.  Return to LC campus by approximately 5:00 p.m.
  • Trip details:  Meet with Denise Berkshire, Tillamook Forest Center Education & Interpretive Coordinator to learn about Tillamook Forest history and management.  Spend lunch engaging with Kathleen Sullivan, Clatsop County Commissioner, Bob Rees, Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, and Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager of Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. to exchange perspectives on forest management. Afterwards, spend some time exploring the trails around the Tillamook Forest Center!
  • RSVP by end of Wednesday, March 14th. 

3. Friday April 6th - Saturday, April 7th: Explore the Oregon rural/urban divide in the context of natural resources—led by our symposium partner Healthy Democracy through their statewide Community Oregon
program. Spend Friday night on the Warm Springs Reservation, and travel to Powell Butte on Saturday. Learn dialogue skills and engage in discussion with rural Oregon residents at C Bar C Ranch.

  • Trip details: Depart LC Campus Friday, April 6th at 3:30 p.m.  Return to LC Campus Saturday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m.  All meals are included in the trip.  We will travel to Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Friday afternoon, where students will stay in teepees Friday night.  Healthy Democracy will introduce an orientation to the history of native lands in Oregon (Warm Springs).  We will eat dinner and breakfast at Kah-Nee-Ta.  Saturday morning we will travel to C Bar C Ranch (near Powell Butte, OR).  Healthy Democracy will lead a dialogue training with Lewis & Clark students and rural Oregon residents on this working ranch in Central Oregon.  LC students will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of dialogues with Oregon residents whose livelihoods are based on farming, ranching and related activities. 
  • RSVP by end of Tuesday, April 3rd.

 For more information, please contact the ENVS administrator Jennie Newman.