Guided Tours

Get to know Green Island by joining a free, informative walk guided by a local nature expert or McKenzie River Trust staff member. Guided tours will meet near the registration booth.

Walk details are listed below.

7:30 to 9am: Birds of Green Island

Green Island provides habitat for over 150 species of birds. Join bird experts for an early morning bird walk to see some of the property’s inhabitants. Bring your binoculars!

8:00 to 9:30am: Birds of Green Island

Green Island provides habitat for over 150 species of birds. Join bird experts for an early morning bird walk to see some of the property’s inhabitants. Bring your binoculars!

9:00 to 10:30am: Willamette Valley Geology

Join members of the University of Oregon Geology Department to learn about the geologic forces that have shaped the valley and Green Island.  The tour will take participants to the North Gravel Bar to explore the rocks on the gravel bar.

9:30 to 11:00am: Family Exploration

Participants of all ages are invited to take a morning stroll around Green Island. Katie Lynch will be guiding this family-friendly tour to explore and experience the beauty of the outdoors.

10:00am & 11:00am: Ecodrone Demonstration

Join Philip Bayles at the Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project (CARP) for a demonstration of his RaptorViews airplane, a radio controlled aerial photography operation. RaptorViews gives us unique perspectives on the landscape that we share: the world the way it appears to the hawks and eagles. Philip has undertaken well over 500 flights, and given many hundreds of images to several dozen agencies involved in land conservation, preservation, and restoration projects. **Meet at CARP

10:00 to 11:30am: Qigong by the River

Join Guru Hari Khalsa for 90 minutes of Qigong (a Chinese form of Yoga) where you will stretch and stimulate the blood and energy circulation of the body. A simple qigong practice helps you feel both relaxed and energized. Open to all ages and levels of movement.

10:30am to 12pm: Conservation Conversation

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

11:30am-1:30pm: River Stroll

How does the Willamette River shape the landscape? How do humans impact the Willamette? What does the future look like for the Willamette River? Learn the answers to these questions with Pat McDowell as you stroll along the river.

12:30am to 2pm: Willamette Valley Geology

Join members of the University of Oregon Geology Department to learn about the geologic forces that have shaped the valley and Green Island.  The tour will take participants to the North Gravel Bar to explore the rocks on the gravel bar.

1 to 2:30pm: Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project

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 Christer LaBrecque, MRT Restoration Projects Manager and Kelly Wood of Wildish for an in-depth tour of CARP.

2:00 to 3:30pm: Reptile and Amphibian Discovery

Join Dr. Tom Titus for a walk to learn about the amphibians and reptiles that call Green Island home. Tom Titus is a research associate and instructor in the University of Oregon Biology Department and president of the Eugene Natural History Society. Since returning to Oregon nearly 20 years ago he has introduced people of all ages to amphibians and reptiles with local field trips and public lectures.

2:30 to 3:30pm: Bugs of the Land and Sky

Join odonata expert Cary Kerst for an afternoon walk focused on insects. Learn about the life cycle, preferred habitat, and behavior of these fascinating creatures who call Green Island home. Bring your binoculars. Note: this in-depth educational tour is meant for adults and mature kids only.

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