Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lichen Wetland Wander

Tuesday, January 10th
Wild Iris Ridge
Ring in the New Year with WREN and lichenologist Daphne Stone for a special lichen-themed Wetland Wander! Hosted this month at Wild Iris Ridge, owned by the City of Eugene, this 228 acre property boasts a wide range of plant communities, including upland prairie and oak savanna, excellent wildlife habitat, stunning vistas, and...lichens!

Directions to Wild Iris Ridge: From west 18th, turn south onto Bailey Hill Road. Turn left on Warren St. and go 1/3 mile; Turn right to stay on Warren Street. Turn right on Summit Terrace. Turn right again on Bailey View and follow it to the end.

WREN Wanders are casual walks through various West Eugene Wetlands sites each second Tuesday of every month. These exciting opportunities are FREE to the public and provide observation, education and inspiration in our surrounding natural spaces. WREN staff and volunteers will guide this walk. Participants should bring water and wear muck boots. WREN will provide binoculars.

For more information:
call 541-338-7047

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Wetland Wander at Hansen See-Sil

Tuesday, December 13th
9am - 11am
Hansen See-Sil
Bird expert Dave Bontrager will lead our group back to Hansen See-Sil and discuss birds wintering in this unique habitat. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and to wear tall boots, as this location is wet this time of year!

Directions to Hansen See-Sil: Head west to the end of Royal Avenue toward Fern Ridge Reservoir. Park in the ODFW lot if you have a permit, otherwise please park along Royal Ave. Look for WREN Staff.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Join fellow Oregonians across the state in the #OregoniansGive campaign!

Celebrate generosity and care for your fellow community members this holiday season and donate to help support youth in nature. Visit us today at  Oregonians Give to easily donate to a worthy cause. WREN has a number of new projects planned for 2017, read on to see what programs your donation will make possible!

WREN's 2017 plans include:
  • Continuing our fund raising campaign for a new, mobile classroom to shelter children and adults during inclement weather.
  • Developing new environmental education curricula for Bethel Fifth Graders to learn about and perform water testing along Amazon Creek.
  • Designing interpretive signs that will be installed at the new disc golf course near Stewart Pond, and designing and leading field trips at the site.
  • Developing new curricula for 4J English Language Learner students to learn science and math concepts through hands-on outdoor learning experiences.
  • Collaborating with the City of Eugene and Bureau of Land Management on a new project to train the next generation of land stewards.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November Wetland Wander at Meadowlark Prairie

Tuesday, November 8th 
Meadowlark Prairie

Join WREN for a wander at this extremely popular birding and exploration site! We will be joined by naturalist Rick Ahrens and BLM Ecologist Sally Villegas to learn more about restoration projects on this site as we enjoy fall migration. 

Directions to Meadowlark Prairie: From West 11th, turn right onto Greenhill Rd. Travel to the overlook and park. From Royal Ave, turn left onto Greenhill Rd and park at the overlook across from Greenhill Humane Society. Look for WREN Staff.

For more information, please call (541) 338-7047 or email volunteer@wewetlands.org

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Play in the Rain Day 2016

Join WREN and the Youth in Nature Partnership this weekend for the 9th annual 
Play in the Rain Day!

WREN will be offering two "Animal Signs" walks at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. where we will learn how to identify tracks, scat, and other evidence of animal activity. Please meet at our booth in the White Oak Pavilion to participate in the walks. 

Other activities offered at the event will include Campfire Cooking, Tree Climbing, Nature Crafts, Hay Rides, Scavenger Hunts and more!