Part 5: Books, Resources, and Other Outdoor Groups

North Fork of the Willamette River by Eric DeBord

Many groups and organizations work to engage a diversity of outdoor lovers, build and maintain trails, and raise awareness about challenges people face to getting outdoors. Check out some of these great organizations whose work is vital to ensuring Oregon’s wild places are safe and accessible to all. 

Trails groups

Looking to volunteer? Check out Trailkeepers of Oregon or contact your local Forest Service office to ask what trail groups they partner with.

Hikes and other outdoor offerings

Looking for a group to hike or explore with? Check out these options with a focus on ecology or advocacy, or look up hiking clubs near you.

Enhancing diversity in the outdoors

Want to connect with or support diversity and accessibility in the outdoors? Here are some great groups doing that work.

Favorite books and resources 

We can’t do a deep dive on everything outdoors here, but our staff have compiled some favorite books and sites to help you go as deep in the woods as you want to.

Outdoor and hiking guides

Natural history guides

  • Birds of the Pacific Northwest. By Shewey, John, and Tim Blount.  
  • Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. By Ammirati, Joe, and Steve Trudell. 
  • Oregon Wildflowers (phone app)
  • Pacific Northwest Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Alaska Blueberries to Wild Hazelnuts. By Douglas Deur.
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. By Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon. 
  • Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest. By Mark Turner and Ellen Kulhmann. 
  • Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest: Tracking and Identifying Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Invertebrates. By David Moskowitz

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