Central Oregon Events and Adventures!

‘Tis the season for exploration! With summer quickly approaching, we have more daylight than ever to pack in as much adventure as we can. We're offering a variety of events over the next month that are fun, educational, and inspiring and we hope you can get outside (and inside) with us to learn more about the wild places and wildlife that we experience regularly here in Bend. We hope to see you there!

What We Want from the Wild - An Oregon Humanities Conversation


Tuesday, June 13th 4:00-5:30pm

Oregon Wild office
2445 NE Division Street, Suite 303. Bend, OR 97703
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Oregonians across the political spectrum place a high value on the diverse natural resources of our state, but we are divided about how these resources should be used and talked about. What do we want from nature? What do we understand nature to be, and how do we see ourselves fitting in? This is the focus of the discussion “What We Want from the Wild,” led by Adam Davis of Oregon Humanities and hosted by Oregon Wild and the Great Old Broads for Wilderness - Bitterbrush Broadband chapter. 

Wild Wednesday - Hiking the PCT (Oregon)


Wednesday, June 28th 5:30-7:00pm
Crow’s Feet Commons
869 NW Wall St Suite 4, Bend, OR 97703
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Thinking about hiking some or all of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon? Join Oregon Wild and guidebook author Eli Boschetto at Crow's Feet Commons an evening of inspiring imagery and trail beta to help you start planning your own PCT adventure. Eli breaks down the state's 455 miles of PCT into manageable sections—each with stunning routes that can be hiked in a long weekend, a week or more. Details include trail accessibility, choosing campsites, finding water and getting the right permits for hiking from the rolling grasslands of the Soda Mountain Wilderness to the volcanic plains of the Central Cascades to the doorstep of Oregon's tallest peak, Mount Hood. Bring your questions, your appetite for adventure, and your thirst for great beer! 

Lookout Mtn Wildflower Hike


Friday, June 30th
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Experience the Ochocos in bloom on this scenic hike up central Oregon's Lookout Mountain. This 5-6 mile hike will take you through old growth forests and beautiful open wildflower meadows. At the summit, we will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains! In addition to learning more about the wildflowers of the area, we will also discuss the efforts underway to protect the Ochoco Mountains on this fun day hike. 

Let’s Talk about Wolves


Wednesday, July 12th 5:30-7:30pm
Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Ln #1, Bend, OR 97701
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Are wolves protected in Oregon? Where? Can you hunt wolves in Oregon? What’s the current state of wolves in Oregon? Get the answer to these questions and more at an evening presentation and conversation that covers the gray wolf in Oregon and its tumultuous history and perilous future. With wildlife poaching on the rise, mounting pressure to allow wolf hunts in Oregon, and efforts to further strip wolves of protections, now is a critical time for the future of Oregon's wolves. Learn about how to get involved and influence decisions currently underway in regards to protecting the gray wolf in Oregon. 

Crooked River Fly Fishing Trip


Friday, July 21st
Come fish the Crooked River and snag a beautiful rainbow trout! This beginner level day-trip will run you through the rod and reel basics, casting instruction and coaching, and entry level technique to get you out fishing on your own. In addition to experiencing the Crooked River Canyon, you will hear information about the entire Crooked River Watershed and the Ochoco Mountains that feed the beloved Crooked.
Photo Credits: 
Mule deer by Brett Cole Ochoco hiking by Jim Davis Ochoco flowers by Tanya Harvey Wolves via ODFW