2016 Straub Northwest Naturalist Series

The Straub Northwest Naturalist Series provides an introduction to a wide variety of nature and science topics. The programs slated for 2016 cover a variety of topics to meet everyone’s curiosity.  The Naturalist Series is open to the public, and no previous knowledge of the topics is required!  Classes are integrated with field outings at a price of $15 per person. Registration is required due to limited space.  Call  503-391-4145 or or email us to register.

2016 Straub Northwest Naturalist Series

Urban Wildcrafting with Jodi Beckwith  Wildcrafting(500KB150dpiRGB)TOOK PLACE: Saturday, 3/26/2016 

Jody Beckwith, a Traditional Western Herbalist, demonstrated how to formulate tinctures from wildcrafted plants while providing information on the historic, folkloric and contemporary uses of plants for wellness. 

Common Wildflowers of Western Oregon TOOK PLACE: Saturday, 4/30/2016

TigerLily(500KB150dpiRGB)Do you know where you can find wildflowers in our area? Some of the most beautiful species can be found in your own backyard while others grow in Western Oregon’s remote wilderness areas. John Savage and Aislinn Adams of the Native Plant Society of Oregon’s Willamette Valley Chapter offered their top picks for wildflowers and where to find them.

Native Pollinators  TOOK PLACE: Saturday, 5/21/2016

Willamette River Kayaking with Gena Dwyer/Rick Bastasch  TO BE RE-SCHEDULED

kayakingonwillamette--usfwsExplore the Willamette River with veteran kayaker, Gena Dwyer, on an easy paddle down a beautiful 13-mile stretch of our iconic waterway. Glide past farms, tree-lined riverbanks, and islands and see eagles, osprey, deer and much more. Perfect for beginners who want to learn the ropes or for pros who just can’t get enough of the Willamette, this four-to-six-hour paddle offers scenic wonders waiting to be discovered, right in Salem’s backyard.

TOOK PLACE, AUG. 24 & 27  | Constellation Show and Star Party!

night sky pexels-photo CC0At the Chemeketa Planetarium, Dean Kelly, founder of NightSky 45, Salem’s local astronomy club, will illuminate the constellations of the Zodiac and talk about the mythology that surrounds them.  Part 2 will feature a star party where members of NightSky 45 will share views through their telescopes of planets, star clusters, nebula, and galaxies.


Salmon Lifecycle–to be rescheduled : RonCrouse(500KB150dpi)Ron Crouse, with Marion Soil and Water Conservation District explains the many hazards facing migrating salmon. Observe spawning salmon in their native habitat .  Saturday, September 10, Time: 10:00am-1:00pm (Bring a sack lunch) Location: Packsaddle County Park, Gates, Oregon (click here for map)


UP NEXT!! Stewarding The Urban Forest–Saturday, Oct. 8

with Kris Hikari, Regional Programs Manager, Friends Of Trees

city-of-salem-urban-forest-slidekrishikari5mb300dpirgbLearn about the concept of the “urban forest,” its management, and ways you can get involved helping to grow and care for this essential public natural resource. Discover ecological systems in an urban context, and an in-depth look at the roles that trees play and the services they provide. See how trees are managed in Salem—including a review of the City’s canopy reports, highlights of the recently updated tree code, and efforts to grow Salem’s urban forest. The class will finish with a discussion about ways local residents can make positive impacts in caring for our city’s shared forest. The field portion of this event will focus on “seeing” trees in the urban environment, learning how to properly plant and prune trees, and being an advocate for trees in your community. The class is a presentation followed by a walk around Salem to experience our urban forest up close and personal.

Time: Presentation: 9am – 10am, walk about: 10am – 12:30pm

Location: Wool Warehouse, Willamette Heritage Center

Address: 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301

Cost: $15 (Register on or before Wednesday, October 5)


Phone: 503-391-4145