What to expect for this year's Walks + Hikes

Mar 08, 2021
We are excited to see you and join you out on the trails this year. From our Walks + Hikes program to our Preserve guidelines, here’s what you can expect.

By Rebekah Ratcliff

Springtime for the Land Trust usually means bustling trails and all kinds of options for getting outside and into nature. This year, we are embracing the concept of adaptation! Just as Central Oregon’s plants and wildlife adapt to all sorts of conditions, we have adapted our Walks + Hikes during COVID-19 to best support the health of our staff, volunteers, and local community. Here is what you can expect:  

  1. We’ve planned an incredible calendar of free, naturalist-led Walks + Hikes for this year, but they are going to be different this year. What you can count on is our same excellent volunteer naturalists creating one of a kind outdoor experiences on a variety of topics at a wide range of our protected lands! Please check our event page on April 1, 2021 for a list of our hikes or an update on when hikes might begin. 

  2. The Land Trust will offer in-person Walks + Hikes when Deschutes County enters a moderate risk level as assessed by the state. Since the Land Trust owns Preserves in several counties, the risk level will also need to be moderate or below in the county where the hike will occur. The Land Trust will be monitoring state risk levels on an ongoing basis and will communicate with participants should the risk level change.

  3. Online registration will be required. All participants must pre-register for outings online, and outings will have limited capacity to keep group sizes small (6-8 people). Since we have fewer spots available this year, register quickly and please be patient if you find full hikes. We will do our best to work through our wait list and get you on something!

  4. All outings will have new safety guidelines. Participants will be asked to sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a face covering. Please review and follow these guidelines to help us keep these events safe for everyone.

  5. No equipment (binoculars, etc.) will be available for borrow and restrooms at our Preserves are cleaned once a week and may not have supplies. Participants are asked to bring what they will need for the outing.

  6. Practice patience and flexibility. Please remember that our hike leaders are volunteers and that we are all operated in a new era--the era of COVID. We are trying to do our best and keep the community safe at the same time. Thank you!

  7. Last, but not least, explore the nature of Central Oregon from home! Join Land Trust naturalists online for virtual events to learn about birds, butterflies, trees and more! Then, find other fun ways to connect with nature via our blog and our Nature Bytes e-newsletter.

 

Finally, remember that Land Trust Preserves are open for you to explore on your own. Head out to your favorite Preserve for a self-guided walk and don’t forget to review our Preserve COVID guidelines so we can keep our community safe and healthy. 



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