Paddle Portland! Urban Kayak Adventure

Enjoy an urban paddle while learning about the Willamette River, local wildlife, and outreach programming with the recreational boating community. A chance to see Portland from the water!  Lunch will be provided.

The boats are closed deck, sit inside-type, dress in layers and clothing that you can be active in and don’t mind getting wet/sandals and bring sun screen. Considered a “flatwater” kayaking trip.

Seafood & Food Systems tour of Portland

This tour will visit the Food Innovation Center and learn about their fresh vs. frozen studies and Ecotrust’s REDD building to see how small fishermen and farmers are being supported and learn about a unique last-mile distribution model in Portland. The tour will wrap-up at a seafood market to ask questions and sample some local seafood. Lunch will be mid-day on your own.

Natural Ecology and Hazards of the Oregon Coast

Escape Portland by bus and experience the natural environment of the Oregon coast. Learn from locals about our scenic coastal ecology as well as the hazards associated with this dynamic environment. Starting in Short Sands, the group will walk .5 mile to the beach and return. Then to Cannon Beach for lunch on your own. After that, a talk about sea stacks and puffins, etc.  Discussions about earthquakes and tsunamis throughout the day. Finally, we will travel to a north coast land conservancy site to learn about restoration activities in the estuary. Dress for the weather including walking shoes and a rain jacket.

Water and People in Places “Perceived” as Water Rich

A rapidly growing region perceived as “water rich”, adapting to scarcity, natural disasters (e.g. drought, floods, earthquakes, and volcanoes) water quality and balancing ecological and human needs is essential to way of life in the Portland Metro region.  Our journey starts just above sea level on inner city floodplains. We then transit to the Port of Portland at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, trek west to Sauvies Island (the nation’s 4th largest freshwater island and the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range and finally then east to the Bull Run Watershed and glaciers of Mt. Hood in the Cascade Mountains.  Through local hosts, we will explore the diverse geographies of the lower Willamette and Columbia River basins, iconic landscapes, diverse communities and economic infrastructure of the Portland Metro through emerging water issues driven by human development, changing climates, natural disturbances and ecological needs.Lunch will be provided.

Oregon’s North Coast Fisheries

Astoria, Oregon was once known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’. Get to know the current fisheries of Oregon’s north coast by walking the docks, visiting a seafood processor, and tasting some fresh seafood. Lunch on own along the way and if there is time there will be a tour of the Seafood Lab.

Dams, Salmon, and Sea Lions, Oh My

Sea Grant educators across the country often asked to engage with partners to understand and address complex, wicked problems. It can be hard to decide what to get involved in, when to get involved in it, or even if to get involved in it. One of such problems in the PNW is the issue of dams and competing endangered species; salmon and sea lions. This field trip will allow you to be at the amazing Bonneville Dam, ground zero of this complex and fascinating issue. We’ll have several partners come join us to share the complexities of this issue and the tradeoffs that must be considered. Come with an open ear and mind, and be willing to share what similar experiences you are facing in your own regions. Lunch will be provided.

Green Infrastructure and Sustainability in the Rose City

Tour Portland, the Rose City, by foot and trolley to learn why it is known for sustainable development and living practices. Learn about the City of Portland’s initiatives to build green infrastructure throughout the city, the various transit options, and the small city blocks. Tour green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, and bioswale projects. Tour the Ecotrust building, a LEED platinum certified building, and learn about sustainable building practices. Eat lunch at a Portland Farmers Market and observe how Portland “keeps it weird”.

(Moderate to Heavy walking.)  Bring money for lunch and incidentals. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.