Celebrate Fall with Central Oregon Events

It’s time to celebrate the turning of the leaves, the crisp air, and even cheer on the first snowflakes of the year! We have 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. Enjoy the fleeting time we call autumn with some Oregon Wild events. Hopefully this makes those shorter days feel worthwhile! 

Wild Wednesday - Mountain Biking Bend

Wednesday, October 11th 5:30-7:00pm
Crow’s Feet Commons
869 NW Wall St #4, Bend, OR 97703

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Thinking of hitting the trails this fall? Join Oregon Wild and local guidebook author and mountain biker, Katy Bryce at Crow's Feet Commons for an evening of inspiring imagery and trail beta to get you out and about. Come find out what you need to know, where to go and what to expect, and hear some exciting stories about biking in different countries along the way. Fall is the optimal season for hitting the trails, and Katy’s presentation will feature all of must-see trails. In addition to Katy's presentation, learn more about Oregon Wild's current efforts to protect wild places and public lands across the state. Bring your questions, your appetite for adventure, and your thirst for great, local beer!

Call of the Wild


Friday, October 13th
(In Portland)

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The wild is calling! Call of the Wild is an event like no other to benefit the work of Oregon Wild. This event features casual flannel instead of black ties, campfire circles instead of white tablecloths, and custom local bites galore instead of pre-selected entrees. Guests will enjoy a silent auction, local food and drink, live music, and more. Be part of the celebration by purchasing your advance ticket. We hope you’ll join us! 

Wildfire; the central Oregon season in review

Wednesday, October 18th from6:00-7:30pm
Broken Top Bottle Shop
1740 NW Pence Ln #1, Bend, OR 97701

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Are you curious about what happened out there this summer? Join Oregon Wild for an evening event on the wildfire season in review. Alison Dean, the Fire Effects Monitoring Coordinator for the Deschutes National Forest, Ochoco National Forest, Prineville BLM, and Crooked River National Grasslands will present using local fire examples to discuss fire ecology and behavior, the contributing factors affecting fire season intensity and duration, and what we can do moving forward. It should be a fun and informative evening, so bring a friend and your questions to Broken Top Bottle Shop on October 18th from 6:00-7:30pm.

Oregon Wild Benefit Concert

Thursday, October 26th 7:00-9:00pm
Kelly D’s Sports Bar

1012 SE Cleveland Sq Lp #2, Bend, OR 97702

Join us for an evening of great music, great beer, and a great cause. Coyote Willow creates beautiful music with their exciting combination of cello, guitar and rich vocals and styles ranging from folk, blues, rock to intriguingly complex instrumentals. Proceeds from the night go to Oregon Wild, so come on down to support local music and a great cause. 

Lookout Mountain fall hike

Friday, November 3rd
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Come see the turning Larch in the Ochocos this fall! Hike through old-growth ponderosa and fir forests, climbing through open meadows with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains. In addition to a beautiful day hike, we will also discuss the efforts underway to protect the Ochoco Mountains.

Wildlife Conference - Current Threats and Actions You Can Take

Saturday, November 18th

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend, OR 97703

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Are wildlife populations at a tipping point? What are the threats to wildlife in central Oregon that decrease sufficient, usable wildlife habitat? How can recreation users and growing communities coexist with wildlife and how can individuals help wildlife survive by initiating simple projects?  Join Oregon Wild, The Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Central Oregon LandWatch and Protect Animal Migration on November 18th in Bend to learn more. 

At the conference, a panel of speakers will address many factors challenging wildlife. They will share scientific information, the focus of their respective organizations, and the ways individuals can and have helped wildlife co-exist in our rapidly developing area.

Photo Credits: 
Ochoco pines photo by Larry Olson