Field Trip

NRLA 2015 field trip

During Week 1 – June 18-23 – participants will travel together to Central Oregon for an overnight field trip.

The NRLA field trip provides a unique, firsthand experience where participants will submerge themselves in natural resources environments in the Central Oregon Deschutes Water Basin near the cities of Sisters, Bend and Redmond.

During the trip, the group will discuss issues related to topics covered within the four Week 1 tracks. Guest speakers from local natural resources organizations will host sessions to further dive into each topic, with a focus on current local projects.

Transportation and lodging at the Red Lion Inn and Suites – Bend is included with registration.

More details to come.

About past field trips:

Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin watershed is comprised of many rivers, creeks and streams, including the Deschutes River, Crooked River, Little Deschutes River, Metolius River, McKay Creek, Tumalo Creek and Whychus Creek. 

In previous years, participants traveled to Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin to tour waterway projects that encompass various aspects of the NRLA tracks, bringing the learning experience full circle.

In partnership with many contributing organizations* from the local area, OSU’s NRLA Field Trips (2012–16) to Central Oregon have utilized the Whychus Creek Restoration (Camp Polk Meadow Preserve) project outside of Sisters, Oregon, as the primary focus. To gain a deeper understanding of this unique natural resource project, watch the Oregon Public Broadcast's episode (8-min.) on the Whychus Creek Project which first aired in 2010.

As new projects emerge in this Central Oregon region, NRLA will once again provide the opportunity to see firsthand and learn about various challenges, conflicts and accomplishments of waterway projects. 

*2012-16 contributing organizations include: Deschutes County, Deschutes Land Trust, Deschutes River Conservency, ODFW Bend/Deschutes Watershed Council, OSU-Cascades, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PGE), Sisters Ranger District, Three Sisters Irrigation District, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Warm Springs Museum, Warm Springs Power & Water, Red Lion Inn and Suites - Bend, and Subway Restaurant - Bend.