* Saturday, June 12th, 10AM to Noon. Ed Alverson will lead a walk in Kinney Park, a small (20 acre) natural area near Spencer Creek with a great deal of habitat diversity, including wet prairie and ponderosa pine woodland. We will explore the park’s late spring flora and examine the recovery of wet prairie following a woody vegetation clearing project. Meet at Intersection of Playway and Restwell Roads, off Gimple Hill Road. In response to public health concerns, group size will be restricted according to County guidelines, attendees must pre-register, wear a mask, keep socially distant along the trail, and attend only if they are free of symptoms. All trips will proceed rain-or-shine so please dress for the weather. Sign up here.
* Saturday, June 19th, 10AM to 2PM. Join former BLM botanist Alan Curtis on his annual 3 mile hike to Horse Rock Ridge, a steep, rocky meadow high in the Coburg Hills north of Springfield. This area is a grassy “bald” (treeless area) surrounded by forest with a great diversity of plant species that includes both Willamette Valley plants and ones found in the montane zone of the Cascade Range. Elevation ranges from 1500 ft. to 2800 ft. A basaltic dike extends more than 100 meters down the slope. Wear boots and bring lunch and water. This area has been designated as a “Research Natural Area.” In response to public health concerns, group size will be restricted according to County guidelines, attendees must pre-register, wear a mask, social distance along the trail, and attend only if they are free of symptoms. All trips will proceed rain-or-shine so please dress for the weather. Meet at South Eugene High School northeast parking lot. Sign up here.
* Saturday, July 3rd, 10AM to 5PM. Alan Curtis leads us to Upper Elk Meadows, a mixture of coniferous forests and open wetlands with a great variety of herbaceous plants, including an unusual one, Umpqua swertia. Elevation of the area ranges from 4000 ft. to 4385 ft. Wear boots and bring lunch, water, and sun protection. Meet at the South Eugene High School parking lot at the corner of 19th Ave. and Patterson St at 10:00 am. Limited to 8 participants. Please register here
* Saturday, July 10th, 8:30AM to 5PM. Join Jenny Moore and Tanya Harvey on a 2-3 mile round-trip hike into the Moon Point Special Interest Area for high-summer wildflower enjoyment. As we hike leisurely towards Moon Point for a sweeping vista of the South Fork Willamette Valley, we will pass through mesic and wet meadows and forested stands of Pacific silver fir. We'll take a couple side trips to visit a bog and lookout. Be prepared for off-trail hiking. Wear boots and bring lunch, water, and sun protection. Meet at the South Eugene High School parking lot at the corner of 19th Ave and Patterson St. at 8:30 AM, or at 9:15 at Middle Fork Ranger Station on Hwy 58. Limited to 12 participants. Please register here