Enjoy the outdoors—from home
In this divided time, nature brings us together. In a pandemic, we lean to land as a place of healing. In times of hatred and racism, we seek the outdoors as a place of peace and hope.
Get Outdoors Oregon Day, June 6, is an annual statewide celebration the first Saturday in June. This year, we invite you to seek space, healing, peace and joy by exploring the library of activities below—from the safety and comfort of home.
Use our hashtag #getoutdoorsOR
Get Outdoors Oregon Day: June 6
In conjunction with the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation and the Governor's proclaimed "Oregon Outdoor Recreation Day," land trusts encourage Oregonians to explore, discover and learn about our great outdoors on June 6—from rugged trails to neighborhood parks and the solace of our own backyards. This year—enjoy a collection of activities, videos and events you can enjoy, safely, from home.
Share your experience by our hashtag #getoutdoorsOR
COLT (~1 minute): Wild Possibilities
Why Conserve land? Because Community. Land brings us together.
Columbia Land Trust (~2 minutes): Resilience Is In Our Nature
As we move through uncertain and challenging times in the world, we look to find resilience within ourselves, and our communities.
McKenzie River Trust(~1.5 minutes): McKenzie River Trust and Ninkasi Brewing
Community volunteers make our restoration happen
Wallowa Land Trust: (~6 minutes) Wallowa Lake's East Moraine: Securing a Community Legacy
Last year, Wallowa Land Trust and its partners embarked on a year long fundraising campaign to secure the iconic East Moraine of Wallowa Lake. The Campaign was successful! Now 1,800 acres on the shore of Wallowa Lake is forever open for public enjoyment and use.
North Coast Land Conservancy: (~3 minutes) Oregon's own Rainforest Reserve
Preserving these magnificent coastal-fronting peaks has long been a dream of coastal residents and visitors for generations. Didn't know there was a rainforest in Oregon? You're not the only one! Explore today.
Tualatin SWCD: (~6 minutes) How to Build a Rain Garden
Have you considered building a rain garden in your yard? A rain garden is a “sunken garden bed” in your yard where you can direct runoff from your roof, driveway and other impervious surfaces on your property. The rainwater can then soak into the ground naturally rather than running off into storm drains. This helps prevent pollution from entering our local streams and wetlands. It also helps recharge groundwater and keeps water in our streams during Oregon’s dry summer months. Installing a rain garden on your property can help us maintain a healthy watershed! For more information about conserving natural resources in your watershed, visit www.tualatinswcd.org.
Deschutes Land Trust: (~3 minutes) Nature at Home: California Tortoiseshells, Butterfly Walk
Join the Deschutes Land Trust's Amanda Egertson for a butterfly update from the Metolius Preserve. Learn more about California tortoiseshells as we bring nature to you!
Blue Mountain Land Trust: Nature-based projects for everyone
Enjoy this series of nature projects—for kids and people of all ages—inspired by the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Let's get outside!
East Multnomah SWCD: Virtual Yard Tour and Free Gardening Workshops
The EMSWCD Virtual Yard Tour is a great opportunity to both share and explore creative naturescaped yards and gardens – all from the comfort of your home! Connect with us via one or all of our social media pages: EMSWCD Virtual Yard Tour Facebook Group, Instagram,Twitter, Use our hashtag #EMSWCDYardTour! Join us for free online workshops to learn all about native plants and naturescaping basics, and how to attract pollinators to your yard! Visit this page to register!
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy: A collection of activities to get #OutsideEveryDay
Explore a series of videos—journal prompts, sketch ideas and more! SOLC is proud to be an organizing partner in the “Outside Every Day with SOREEL” initiative. About 20 regional environmental education providers are working together to share daily prompts that invite kids and families to get outside to connect and learn with nature. Check them out!
Forest Park Conservancy: Nature's Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Learn some plant ID and go on a scavenger hunt to identify native species that grow in Forest Park in your own backyard. Tag the Forest Park Conservancy in your photos so we can all learn together!
Draw inspiration to write your own nature poetry about your time in Forest Park, or any other natural area.
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon: Watch wildlife from home
While you may not be able to get outside and enjoy nature right now, let us bring nature to you. From kestrels and coyotes to ospreys and prairie chickens, these livestreams and slideshows might just contend with your new favorite Netflix series.
Oregon Agricultural Trust: Share photos of Growing Strong with Local Food
Support your farmers and ranchers while filling your belly AND getting outside! Share pictures of what a healthy local food system means to you on Oregon Agricultural Trust's Facebook page.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust: Nature + Nurture
Friends of the Columbia Gorge presents the winners, honorable mentions, and finalists of our fifth annual photo contest. The Columbia Gorge is a wondrous sight for the eye to behold. It's one of the best nature photography spots in the continental United States, but with this spectacular nature in our region comes the need to responsibly steward and nurture it. For Friends' fifth annual photo contest, Nature + Nurture, we were looking for photos that not only capture the Columbia Gorge's beauty and natural wonder, but the connection between nature and the cultures and communities that make the Gorge such a vibrant place to visit and live.
North Coast Land Conservancy: North Coast Land Conservancy returns cultural site to tribes
Enjoy the press release and an opinion piece reflection on the land transfer.
The Trust for Public Land: Trail Crew Digs Through Pandemic
The Klamath Trails Alliance is practicing social distancing at Spence Mountain and getting ready for the moment we can all safely gather together on the trails. Spence Mountain in Klamath County is being acquired for a community forest where over 25 miles of trails have already been built and open to the public. The Trust for Public Land is working with Klamath Trails Alliance, the County and other partners to complete this project.
Columbia Land Trust: Answers in the Trees
Understanding the role of Northwest forests in tackling climate change.
Western Rivers Conservancy: Eddied Out with WRC
WRC created the Eddied Out series to help connect people to rivers while we are all hunkered down at home during COVID-19. In hopes of bringing the spirit of rivers into your life during this difficult time, WRC tapped into our inner river nerd and started creating some lists to bring the river home: Our favorite river songs; our must-see river movies; the river books you have to read and more.
Forest Park Conservancy: Forest Park Ambassador Program: Fun for the Whole Family
The volunteer-led Forest Park Ambassador Program benefits Forest Park, users, and local communities by improving user behavior and building awareness around responsible recreation on public lands, further a deeper connection to nature, and increase community engagement and stewardship of Forest Park. Learn about this program from one of last year's Ambassadors, and sign up today for our next online training!