Nature Sketching, Whychus Canyon Preserve

Do you want to deepen and expand your interactions with nature? Wish you had a way to remember all of the wonderful things you discover when you’re out exploring? Keeping a nature journal is a great way to do both! Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kathleen Riopelle to learn and practice tips and techniques for keeping a nature journal. Learn how to closely observe the natural world and quickly capture both the essence and details of your surroundings to help with identification and create memories to enjoy forever. No journaling experience needed.

Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, we strongly recommend that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at higher risk for COVID-19 continue to wear a face covering in crowded areas and in large gatherings of individuals, and maintain physical distancing.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 3-4 mile hike on Whychus Canyon Preserve hiking trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk and follow trails partway down into the Whychus Creek canyon. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with 150' of elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Journal/sketchbook, pencils, pens, colored pencils, or watercolors, snacks/dinner, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Whychus Canyon Preserve is a 930 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. It was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2010 and an additional 480 acres was added in 2014. The Preserve contains four miles of Whychus Creek, high quality grasslands, old growth juniper, cottonwood and aspen stands. With such a diverse range of habitats, Whychus Canyon Preserve is home to a variety of fish and wildlife.