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July 2017

Ankeny NWR Bird Walk

July 22 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Leaders: Mike Unger (503) 930-8998, Fred Stephens (503) 378-1364, and Barbara Dolan (503) 982-3204 This refuge is a spectacular birding spot in July but things could be drying out so the birds may be less populous due to water levels in the back ponds, ditches and fields. This is the home of returning and nesting American Bitterns, Green Herons, and Soras. The interior is open, and we will walk the loop for sparrows and migrant arrivals. Pullouts are valued for…

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Garden Tours

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gaiety Hollow – Lord & Schryver Conservancy, 545 Mission St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Docent led tours will be offered. 9am at Deepwood Museum and Gardens (1116 Mission St). 10:30am at Gaiety Hollow (545 Mission St). Admission charge of $5 for guests over 16 years.

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Compost Class

July 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St NE
Salem, OR 97317-3215 United States
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Compost Class July 22nd, Noon-2:30pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem A well made compost is as good as gold when you want your garden to thrive with healthy plants and nutrient rich produce, but compost can easily go wrong with the wrong recipe or the wrong conditions. Permaculture educator, Lichen June, of the NW Permaculture Institute, teaches this fun and fact filled class. Learn about soil structure and function, how plants eat, pH effect on available nutrients, weeds as indicators…

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Making Hypertufa Planters

July 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Egan Gardens, 9805 River Rd NE
Salem, OR 97303 United States
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It's time again for my (Vance) annual Hypertufa planter making workshop. Hypertufa can best be described as artificial stone. It is a mix of Portland Cement, Peat Moss, Perlite and water poured into pre-assembled molds and allowed to cure. During this hands on class, you will be creating your own planter to take home. Once at home, additional finishing techniques must be taken the next day to make your piece look more than just a blob of concrete. It should…

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River Currents: Lake Missoula Flood and its Effects in Your Backyard

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riverfront City Park, 200 Water Street NE
Salem, OR 06033 United States
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Free

Join us as author, artist, and photographer Rick Thompson will present his research uncovering the effects of the Missoula Flood in the Willamette Valley and Salem environs.  This catastrophic flood covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars miles wide and hundreds of feet high. Signs of these floods are still visible in the local landscape today. Look at the landscape through new eyes

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Shorebirds ID Workshop

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE
Salem, OR 97302 United States
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Oregon Birds: See, Learn, and Share - Shorebirds ID Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem Cost: $10.00 with all proceeds going to Salem Audubon programs Shorebirds are an amazing group of birds, famous for undertaking some of the longest migrations known in birds. These birds, found along coasts, lake shores and other open habitats, present some difficult identification challenges to birders. This class will…

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PAID YOUTH CONSERVATION WORK: Join the Salem Youth Corps Community Crew program

July 31 @ 8:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pm

Join the Salem Youth Corps Community Crew program by participating in paid conservation and service work with habitat restoration, park maintenance, and possible tree planting. Youth Corps Community is a day program for youths 15 to 18 years old that allows participants to complete service projects in their own community each day and return home at night. Crews meet at a designated site every morning and evening. Members spend an average of 6 hours per day working and one hour…

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August 2017

Yoga at the Vineyard

August 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:30am on day First of the month, repeating until October 6, 2017

Coria Estates Vineyard and Tasting Room, 8252 Redstone Ave. 
Salem, OR 97302 United States
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Meet Instructors Kelcy Conley & Catherine Albertini from Yoga Escape; for a all levels 60 minute outdoor yoga class in the beautiful vineyard of Coria Estates. Friday, August 4th, 10:30--11:30am. Free admission, donations are appreciated. Wine tasting will be available after practice & picnic area will be open, so pack a lunch. Look forward to seeing you all there! Please bring a mat, Namasté.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on August 6, 2017 at 9:00am

Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd E
Albany, OR 97322 United States
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The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on: Renewable Energy, Small-Scale Agriculture, Gardening, Green Building, Green Transportation and Natural Health.

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Bush Park Cleansing

August 8 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bush’s Pasture Park, Salem, OR 97302 United States + Google Map

Join us on the morning of Tuesday August 8th. Lions gate portal opens and what better way to usher in this new energy to mama Gaia in Salem oregon, than to clean and bless one of her most sought after parks as a community in union! Mmmm, good stuff. Were going to meet bright and early at 8:00 am (hour of eternal and infinite) with our closed toed shoes, gardening gloves if you have them, gardening shears if you have…

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River Currents: The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riverfront Park Ampitheater, 200 Water St NE
Salem, Oregon, 97301
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This presentation will focus on the history of the park and surrounding area and will also provide a guide to the seasonal changes of the flora and fauna that take place on a yearly cycle.

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Gaiety Hollow Open Garden

August 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gaiety Hollow – Lord & Schryver Conservancy, 545 Mission St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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The gardens will be open for enjoyment and self-guided tours. Docents will be available to answer questions. Admission charge of $5 for guests over 16 years.

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River Currents: What’s in our Creeks?

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Riverfront Park, 200 Water St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Free

Each year the City of Salem hires a stream crew to help clear streams of debris that may impeded the following winter's stream flow and result in flooding. In addition, the crew takes on projects that help the City of Salem manage the streams. Come learn about the stream crew and their important projects in our streams.

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NATURE OUTING: HAWK MOUNTAIN HUCKLEBERRY HIKE

August 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:     Meet at the Willamette Heritage Center parking lot, 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301 Cost:              $10 for Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO) members                         $35 for non-members (includes one-year individual membership to NPSO) $45 for families (includes one-year family membership to NPSO) To register: Email john@straubenvironmentalcenter.org  or call 503-779-5414. Advance registration required by Saturday, August 26, at 5:00 pm. John Savage of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and the Straub…

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September 2017

Vine to Wine

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
$10

Salem Environmental Education presents the Nature's Bounty series: Tour Hope Well Vineyards and learn about sustainable practices for growing wine grapes. Follow the grape trail to Bethel Heights Winery to learn about the making of wine and end the program with tastings. The cost for the program is $10 per person and is limited to 20 people over 21 years of age. Participants need to register ahead of time. To register and receive further details contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net

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NATURE OUTING: “WILDCRAFTING ON THE WILLAMETTE” KAYAK TRIP TO THE GAIL ACHTERMAN WILDLIFE AREA

September 10 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the David Douglas Society and herbalist Jody Beckwith for a half-day kayak trip from Independence to Salem with a stop the Gail Achterman Wildlife Area (GAWA) to see the largest stand of wapato (an important native plant) on the Willamette River. Along the way learn about healing uses of trees and plants including wapato along the river. Ages 12 and up; previous kayaking experience is helpful but not required. A limited number of scholarships available for high school students.…

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Salem Urban Streams Symposium

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Free

Come hear from the City of Salem Stream Crew as they talk about their seasonal internship with the Public Works Department. They will give you the highlights on what they have been working on this summer. Learn about - Their different areas of study including: area aquatic life, alteration of stream channels and evaluation of local streams, How they input data into our ArcGIS Online Data System and what that system does, And all of the great work they have…

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Natural History of Oregon

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Straub Environmental Learning, 1320 A St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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$5 - $10

The Past, Present and Future Geology of Oregon (Scott Pike) The geologic history of Oregon is intrinsically tied to the forces of plate tectonics. The creation, sliding and collisions of fragments of Earth’s crust have brought about the Blue Mountains in the east, the Cascades and associated volcanoes down Oregon’s central spine, and the Coast Range in the west. This talk will explore the mechanisms of plate tectonics and their role in shaping the geology of the Beaver State.  We…

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October 2017

Great Tide Rising

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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$5.00

Even as seas rise against the shore, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of our moral responsibility to the future of this lovely, reeling world. Kathleen Dean Moore, once an environmental ethicist at OSU and the author of books that celebrate the natural world (Riverwalking, Holdfast, Wild Comfort, Pine Island Paradox), Moore left the university to…

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Herbal Remedies

$20.00

The wonderful Kathleen, from Avani Herbals, will be leading a workshop on using natural, organic herbs and their healing benefits. Growing, harvesting and drying will also be discussed. Come learn about the natural healing effects not only for your body, but for your mind and spirit as well. Avani Herbals is your source of information on natural herbal remedies for stress, pain, joint and muscle pain relief. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own bath tea recipes and…

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