Restoration + History Wander, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

***In an effort to promote the health and safety of our community, we have CANCELED this event.***


Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Crow for a wander along the restored Whychus Creek at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Seven years after the restoration, Whychus Creek is making itself at home and the once dry meadow is springing back to life. Walk the restored meadow and see the robust streamside vegetation that has taken root, the paths the creek has chosen to follow, and how the restoration project has improved habitat for fish and wildlife. Then visit the Hindman Springs portion of the Preserve to explore the starring role that Camp Polk played in the history of Central Oregon as one of the original stopping places on the Santiam Wagon Road. **Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.**

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 2-3 mile hike off-trail and through grassy meadows.

    Route: This hike will start near the restoration area at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve and venture off-trail through grassy meadows. Then, we'll visit the Hindman Springs portion of the Preserve. Terrain will be uneven.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with little elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.