Friday, April 28, 2017

Family Exploration Day at Golden Gardens Park

Family Exploration Day

Saturday, May 6th

10am-2pm

Golden Gardens Park


Discover the West Eugene Wetlands with your family in a day of unstructured, independent exploration!

We provide a backpack of binoculars, field guides, bug net, hand magnifier, and bug boxes, you bring your curiosity and sense of adventure! Drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm to check out your pack. WREN staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. You can complete the wetland scavenger hunt or just explore on your own, it is up to you!

This event is FREE and families are encouraged!

Directions: Head west on Barger Avenue, turn right onto Golden Gardens Street. Park at the intersection  of Golden Gardens Street and Jessen Drive. Look for the WREN tent to check out your pack.

Questions? 
Contact Us: 541-338-7047 
info@wewetlands.org

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Earth Day with WREN

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day! 
The first Earth Day was celebrated 47 years ago in 1970. Did you know recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch 3 hours of TV? ...And it takes less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to manufacture new ones! On average, people toss out about 4 pounds of garbage every day. If all newspapers were recycled, it would save one quarter of a billion trees EVERY year! What are you doing this Earth Day to support our beautiful planet?  

Looking for something to do? 

Dig down to learn the deep history of the West Eugene Wetlands through an exploration of its soil! What does Crater Lake have to do with the West Eugene Wetlands? Why does our soil contain so much clay? We will answer these questions and more at WREN’s special Earth Day Soils Program. From the Missoula Floods to the eruption of Mt. Mazama, this presentation will span over 10,000 years of geologic history. Led by geomorphologist Karin Baitis, the program will cover geologic research methods and tools, what geologic knowledge can do for land conservation, identifying wetland soil features, and will include a field trip into the wetlands. Please come prepared for the weather with boots that can get dirty! We will break midday, please bring a sack lunch. This program is recommended for adults

This free event has limited space, please contact WREN to reserve your spot at info@wewetlands.org or 541-338-7047

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Wetland Wander at Oak Hill

Tuesday, April 11th
9am-11am
Oak Hill

WREN’s FIRST Wetland Wander at this location! Learn all about this essential oak habitat from Sally Villegas and other BLM ecologists and see first-hand restoration in action.

Directions to Oak Hill: Head west of Green Hill Road on Royal Avenue. Turn left onto Oak Hill Cemetery Road--follow to end. Park along Oak Hill Cemetery Road and meet at the gate.

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
Email: info@wewetlands.org

Monday, March 27, 2017

Family Exploration Days are Back!

Family Exploration Day
Saturday, April 1st
10am-2pm
Tsanchiifin Walk

It is that time of year again--come discover the West Eugene Wetlands with your family in a day of unstructured, independent exploration!

We provide a backpack of binoculars, field guides, bug net, hand magnifier, and bug boxes, you bring your curiosity and sense of adventure! Drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm to check out your backpack. WREN staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. This event is FREE and families are encouraged!

Participants should park in the West Eugene Wetlands Partnership Office lot at 751 S. Danebo Ave. Eugene, OR 97402. Or, take the Fern Ridge Bike Path west of the Beltline underpass and look for the red house on the hill! Look for the WREN tent to check out your pack.

Questions? Contact Us:
541-338-7047
info@wewetlands.org

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Turtle Wetland Wander

Tuesday, March 14th
9am-11am
Golden Gardens Park

Want to learn more about Oregon's native turtles? Join WREN and City of Eugene ecologist Lauri Holts for a special TURTLE themed wander! Golden Gardens Park provides year-round water and protected habitat for the western pond turtle, and they are often spotted sunning on logs in its ponds.

Directions to Golden Gardens Park: From Hwy 99, west on Barger, Right on Golden Gardens Street. Meet at the intersection of Golden Gardens Street and Jessen Drive.

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 
email info@wewetlands.org

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Special Lichen Walk

Wednesday, March 8th

9am-11am

Wild Iris Ridge

Rescheduled after the ice storm in January, our Wild Iris Ridge exploration of Willamette Valley lichens with lichenologist Daphne Stone is back on! 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 
email info@wewetlands.org

Friday, February 17, 2017

Spring Volunteer Orientation

Interested in Volunteering for WREN but 

don’t know what opportunities 

there are?


We will be offering two general new-volunteer orientation meetings in early March so you can get to know WREN a little better, and see what goes into environmental education behind-the-scenes! The orientation will introduce you to WREN's programs and the volunteer opportunities available. Light refreshments will be served.

The orientations will be held on
Saturday, March 4th from 10-11am and
Thursday, March 9th at 12-1pm
at 751 S Danebo Ave in Eugene. 


For more information or to RSVP, please contact Katrina at volunteer@wewetlands.org or 541-338-7047

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Wetland Wander at Willow Creek

Tuesday, February 14th
9am-11am
Willow Creek Natural Area

Join WREN this Valentine's Day for an exploration of Willow Creek Natural Area! Managed by the Nature Conservancy, Willow Creek spans over 500 acres of native wet and upland prairie. The land provides essential habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species, particularly the Fender's blue butterfly, which relies on the remnant upland prairie's lupine plants--the primary food source for the butterfly larvae. This walk will be guided by Nature Conservancy employee Matt Benotsch, who will offer insight into the restoration and management of this key habitat.

Directions to Willow Creek Natural Area: Follow 18th Street west of Bertelsen. Please park in pull-outs on the north side of the street. Look for WREN staff.

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

For more information:
call 541-338-7047
email info@wewetlands.org

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lichen Wetland Wander

Tuesday, January 10th
9am-11am
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