2015 Living River Celebration

Living River Celebration on Green Island

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – Gates open at 7 am and close at 5 pm

FREE and Family Friendly – Donations welcome
Tree Climbing – Guided Tours – Birding – Picnicking – Native Plant ID – Self Guided Walks – Canoeing – Oakshire and Ninkasi Beer – Music by the Jazz Station and more…

Come and explore Green Island, an incredible natural area just minutes from where you live, work, and play. You’ll join with neighbors, families, and friends to find birdsong and music, fresh water and cold beverages, naturalist guides and spots to gather in the shade of trees. It’s all here, where the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers come together.

Green Island is the McKenzie River Trust‘s flagship site, the place we’ve poured our hearts into for the past 12 years thanks to our members’ generous support. This place has incredible stories to tell. Walk with your friends and spend the day making memories outdoors on Green Island.


5 important things to know about the Living River Celebration

  1. The Living River Celebration is FREE and family friendly.
  2. Donations are welcome.
  3. Bring your friends!
  4. No pets, please.
  5. Registration gets you entered to win a $100 REI gift card!


Note: Online registration is now closed. See us at the Registration booth near the entrance from 7am to 5pm on June 28th to register or check in. When you register, you will be entered to win a $100 gift card from REI! One registration per family, please. We’re collecting contact information to keep track of how many people attend the Celebration and to follow up with you after. Please note: registration is entirely voluntary and not required to attend the Living River Celebration.

Green Island is located just 15 minutes from downtown Eugene or Springfield – click here for directions. Parking is limited. Please CARPOOL if possible.

No dogs, please!

We like dogs as much as you, but there are no dogs allowed on Green Island. Please leave your furry friends at home so they don’t have to wait in the car.

Map & Directions

Thank you to our 2015 map sponsor, Umpqua Bank!

Explore nearly 7 miles of trails on Green Island, located where the McKenzie River meets the Willamette. Points of interest throughout the Island will tell the story of this special place where wildflowers bloom, salmon hide, turtles bask, and volunteers plant trees, restoring the floodplain forest.

Green Island is located just 15 minutes from downtown Eugene or Springfield – click here for directions. Parking is limited. Please CARPOOL if possible.

Driving Directions to Green Island

Parking is limited. Please CARPOOL if possible!
Green Island is located just 15 minutes from downtown Eugene or Springfield via I-5 or Coburg Road. Click here to download a pdf with directions.

From Eugene/Springfield via I-5: Take Exit 199, Coburg exit. Turn Left (West) at the top of the exit toward the City of Coburg. You will be on E. Pearl St. Go through a series of stoplights until you hit a T- intersection (stoplight) in the heart of town. Turn right (North) onto Coburg Rd.

From Coburg Rd – Drive north through the town of Coburg on Coburg Road, continuing approximately 2 miles. After Johnson Brother Greenhouses (on left) and just before Coburg Road takes a 90 degree right turn go straight onto Bottom Loop Rd (a paved ~100’ road), and continue straight through the intersection onto Green Island Rd, a gravel road. Please drive slowly, less than 10 mph. The gate to Green Island is just past the 2 houses on the left.

From here, follow the signs to the Living River Celebration!

The property has no address, but the last house on the gravel drive is 31668 Green Island Road Eugene, Oregon 97408 should you want to look up directions from your home on your GPS.

What to Bring

Walking shoes – all trails are flat
Refillable water bottle
Binoculars, hand lens (for a closer look), & camera
Picnic lunch, or cash to buy from food carts
Chair or blanket – limited hay bale seating for music stage also available
Jogging strollers will work on most trails.
No pets please.

Guided Walks

Get to know Green Island by joining a free, informative walk guided by a local nature expert or McKenzie River Trust staff member. Some walks will have a limit of 15 people to ensure a great experience for everyone. Simply sign up for your preferred walk when you arrive at the event by visiting the information booth near the entrance. Gather for walks at the info booth 15 minutes prior to start time.

7:15 and 7:45am: Bird Walks

Green Island provides habitat for over 150 species of birds. Join bird experts Jim Regali, Susanne Twight-Alexander, Chris Roth, and Mieko Aoki for early morning bird walks to see some of the property’s inhabitants. Bring your binoculars!

9 to 10am: Green Island Restoration Tour

Explore this 1,100-acre property through the lens of ecological restoration. From planting more than 100,000 trees to removing levees to constructing new habitat for fish and wildlife, Green Island has been a hub of restoration work since 2005. McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll will help you understand the conservation value of Green Island and the rivers that surround it.

10 to 11:30am: CARP Restoration Tour

In 2014, the Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project (CARP) on the south side of Green Island saw a massive transformation from gravel pits to fish and wildlife habitat. Why did we do it? And how? Join Green Island Project Manager Chris Vogel for an in-depth tour of CARP.

1 to 2:30pm: Beers Made By Walking Tour

Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites brewers to make beer inspired by nature hikes. This hike, guided by Jenny Getty and joined by Oakshire Brewing and Agararian Ales, will focus on the edible and medicinal plants found on Green Island. Inspired by the walk, the brewers will each create a beer that will serve as drinkable, landscape portraits of the lands and rivers protected by the McKenzie River Trust in the Willamette Valley. This is the second of three Beers Made By Walking hikes hosted by MRT this summer.

2 to 3pm: CARP Restoration Tour

In 2014, the Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project (CARP) on the south side of Green Island saw a massive transformation from gravel pits to fish and wildlife habitat. Why did we do it? And how? Join McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll for a walking tour of CARP.

3 to 4pm: Mammal Walk

Did you enjoy the touch & feel mammal table at The Hub? Dive deep into Green Island’s hairy critters on this walk with naturalist Dave Walp.

4 to 5pm: Reptiles and Amphibians of Green Island

All about turtles, snakes, newts, and frogs! Tom Titus will guide this exploration of scaly, slinky, cold-blooded creatures that live all over Green Island.

Hay Rides

30 minute trips at 10:15 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm

This year we’re again offering an option to see Green Island without a long walk. Take a hay ride to visit the north island. Space is limited. Sign up at the tractor parked where the Nature Trail and North Loop Trail meet. More details available at the Info Booth.

The Hub

Food, Booths, Tree Climbing, Kayaking & Other Activities!

The Hub is your place to relax with a cold beverage, learn something from a local conservation organization, climb a tree, try out a canoe, meet our sponsors, and explore Green Island’s history. The Hub will be open from 10am to 5pm. Bring your refillable water bottle, a picnic, and a chair to kick back and relax!

Harmony Event Medicine, a non-profit organization based in Eugene, will be on-hand at The Hub with a basic first-aid support tent.

On the Stage

The acoustic band The Blue McKenzie returns to the Living River stage in 2015. Then, we’ll have a special musical presentation from the Adam Harris Quintet, presented by The Jazz Station. The Adam Harris Quintet will perform classic jazz, swing, Latin Jazz, blues, hard-bop, and ballads. You’ll enjoy this free concert!

Our stage is powered by Pedal Power Music.

Activities for All Ages

10am to 4pm: Kayaking and Canoeing in the Ferry Pond
Explore a bit of a historic McKenzie River channel on the water! If you’ve ever wanted to paddle a canoe or kayak, this is a chance to try it out for free offered by Oregon Paddle Sports.

10am to 4pm: Tree Climbing
Get a bird’s-eye view with tree-climbing excursions up a cedar tree located at The Hub, with the experts at the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute.

10am to 4pm: Stream Simulator
Be the river! Try out a hands-on stream simulator operated by the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council.

10am to 4pm: Casting Lessons
Want to hook a big fish? Joan McCreery from the Damselflies, a womens’ fly fishing group, will show you how to cast like an expert angler.

8am to 4pm: Self-guided 5k run/walk
Celebrate your health and stretch your legs on Green Island’s ~5k South Loop trail, starting/ending at The Hub. Along this dirt and gravel roadway, you’ll encounter changing views of land and water, not far from the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. You’ll also discover natural history notes about speed, endurance, and other athletic traits we share as members of the animal kingdom. The walking/running trail is on a gravel road.

Food and Drinks

Noon to 4pm: Oakshire and Ninkasi
Oakshire and Ninkasi and will be serving up their delicious locally-brewed beer!

11am to 4pm: Food will be for sale from Oregon Wood Fired Pizza, Hot Mama’s Wings, Da Nang, and Frozen Sunrise. Our lead sponsor Mountain Rose Herbs will offer iced tea.

Or bring a picnic and fill up your water bottle with fresh water from Living River Celebration sponsor EWEB.


Learn about the history of Green Island, the work of the McKenzie River Trust, partner organizations and lots more at The Hub’s educational booths.

About Green Island: McKenzie River Trust, Membership booth, Green Island History
Conservation partners: McKenzie Watershed Council, Long Tom Watershed Council, Siuslaw Watershed Council, Middle Fork Watershed Council, Coast Fork Watershed Council, Friends of Buford Park, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, EarthShare Oregon, Willamette Valley Clean Water Alliance, City of Eugene Wastewater Services
Sponsors: Mountain Rose Herbs, Eugene Water and Electric Board, Terra Tech, Burley, Umpqua Bank
Hands-On Nature: David Walp’s mammal specimen collection, Stream Simulator
First aid: Harmony Event Medicine
And more!


2015 Map Sponsor:

The McKenzie River Trust’s sixth annual Living River event connects our community to the unique landscapes that surround us in Oregon – where we all live, work, and play. The Living River events benefit the McKenzie River Trust’s mission to help people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon. Learn about past Living River events.

Do you love helping people find their way in the outdoors? Have an eye for safety? We need you! All volunteers will get a t-shirt and our infinite gratitude. Contact Jules Abbott to sign up.