Nature Journaling, Willow Springs Preserve

Interested in learning how to combine outdoor writing and sketching with your joy of exploring nature? Join the Deschutes Land Trust and hiker and passionate journaler, Kolby Kirk, for a day of learning tips and techniques for keeping a journal while exploring nature! We'll spend the day at the Willow Springs Preserve discussing ways of seeing and recording the landscape, explore reasons for keeping a trail journal, and learn tips for quickly sketching flora/fauna for later identification. No journaling experience needed.

Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

This outing is part of the Native Plant Society of Oregon's Native Plant Appreciation Week.
Learn more about our local chapter of the Native Plant Society here.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 1-2 mile hike on old roads and through grassy meadows.

    Route: This hike will start at the Willow Springs Preserve entrance and follow dirt access roads. We will also venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Journaling supplies, snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Deschutes Land Trust acquired and protected the 130 acre Willow Springs Preserve in 2017. The Preserve includes one mile of Whychus Creek, creekside meadows, aspen and cottonwood stands, and rimrock cliffs. The Preserve is located outside of Sisters, Oregon and is home to a host of wildlife species including salmon and steelhead, mule deer, rocky mountain elk, raptors, and numerous songbirds.