Come celebrate the doubling of Whychus Canyon Preserve! Join us on Saturday, May 30th for the dedication of the new addition to Whychus Canyon Preserve. Enjoy a brief dedication ceremony with Land Trust friends and then take a walk, hike or tour of the property. This is a family friendly affair and we'll have kids' activities for the little ones.
The schedule for the day and descriptions of the hikes can be found below. Please register online for the event.
*Please note: Whychus Canyon Preserve is a rugged nature preserve. Parking is very limited so carpooling and biking are highly encouraged. We also recommend high clearance vehicles, as the road into the Preserve is steep and rough in some spots. If you need special assistance, please contact us.
8:45am: Preserve gates open and parking begins
9:30am: Dedication ceremony begins.
10:15am: Hikes begin
11:45pm: Hikes return
12:00 pm: Dedication ends
#1 Long Addition Tour
Join Stewardship Director Amanda Egertson for a general tour of the new addition to Whychus Canyon Preserve. We’ll explore the Preserve’s meadows, Whychus Creek, wooded areas while discussing future plans the Preserve. Enjoy wildflowers and butterflies while you learn about the ecology and restoration plans for this new portion of the Preserve. Rating: Moderate, ~2 mile hike.
#2 Short Addition Wander
Join Mary Crow and Carol Moorehead for short tour of the new addition to Whychus Canyon Preserve. We’ll briefly explore the Preserve’s meadows, Whychus Creek, wooded areas while discussing future plans the Preserve. Rating: Easy, 1 mile walk
#3: Restoration Walk
Dig into the details of the next Whychus Creek restoration! Jen Zalewski, the Land Trust’s land steward, will lead a tour around the new addition to the Preserve with a focus stream restoration. Learn why the restoration is happening, how it will phased, and the kinds of changes we will see at the Preserve. Rating: Moderate, ~2 mile hike.
#4 Geology Walk
Join Derek Loeb for a geologic tour of the new 480-acre addition. See unique rock formations as you learn about the geologic history of this stunning rimrock canyon. Rating: Moderate, ~2 mile hike.
#5 Bird Walk
Join Bill Mitchell for a bird walk around the meadows and forests of Whychus Canyon Preserve. We’ll bird the Preserve’s open sage meadows and its willow and alder-lined banks of Whychus Creek all while searching the canyon walls for soaring raptors. Rating: Moderate, ~2 mile hike.
#6 Wildflower Walk
Join Jane Meissner and David Miller for a wildflower walk around the meadows and forests of Whychus Canyon Preserve. We’ll look for balsamroot, paintbrush and other beauties that can be found during the height of wildflower season at the canyon. Rating: Moderate, ~ 2 mile walk.
#7 Fish Walk
Join Rod Bonacker and Brad Nye for a hike down along Whychus Creek to learn about salmon and steelhead and the large-scale habitat restoration that is occurring to bring them back to the upper Deschutes basin. Rating: Moderate, ~2 mile walk.
#6: Kids’ Walk
Join Mary Yanalcanlin from East Cascade Audubon Society for a kids’ nature walk around the new Preserve. Mary will be leading kids’ activities to keep little hands busy during the dedication and then will take interested kiddos on a short walk to look for birds, wildflowers and wildlife. Rating: Easy, < 1 mile walk.
Please register online for the event.