Lower Columbia River Trail Adventure
In October 2014, travel writer Charlotte Austin and several friends and colleagues took an incredible seven day kayaking journey along the Lower Columbia River Water Trail, a 146-mile route stretching from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. Their plan was simple: follow the river to the ocean. Beginning at Beacon Rock, they paddle through the stunning Columbia River Gorge, past the Portland/Vancouver metro area, along and through several National Wildlife Refuges, to their final destination in Astoria. While folling the paddle strokes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, they saw eagles and salmon and sea lions, camped on uninhabited islands, explored urban waterways, weathered a few storms, and met some delightful strangers who are now friends. Charlotte and her traveling partners will tell stories from the river, share photos and video, and show off the scars from their blisters.
Charlotte was the writer-in-residence at the Oregon State University's H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest as part of the Long Term Ecological Reflections program. In 2014 she led a panel on transmedia storytelling techniques at the Association of Writers & Writing Program in Seattle, and attended a month-long artist residency at Jentel in Wyoming. When she is not writing, Charlotte works for international Mountain Guides, leading climbing, mountaineering, and hiking expeditions around the world.
Upcoming Nature Matters Conversations:
Nature Matters: Where Nature and Culture Meet
A lively monthly conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the third Thursdays of the month, August through May, at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, Oregon. The series delves into the many ways that human beings look to the natural world for inspiration, sustenance and survival - the intersection of nature and culture. The collaborative series is hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the North Coast Watershed Association in partnership with the Fort George Brewery + Public House and is free to the public.
Pacific Northwest Foraging
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event.This program is Pacific Northwest Foraging presented by Dr. Douglas Deur on Sunday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. in the Netul River Room of the Fort Clatsop visitor center.
A research professor at Portland State University, Deur has worked with tribes and national parks throughout the western United States, western Canada and Alaska, documenting traditional Native American environmental knowledge and practices. Deur's 2014 book, Pacific Northwest Foraging, distilled some of the lessons of his work relating to the abundant plant harvest opportunities in the Northwest. This book, the focus of this month's In their Footsteps presentation, appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List. While the book is largely a plant gathering guide, it was written with the guidance of tribal elders and seeks to engage the deeper philosophical foundations of foraging for a general audience; as one published review attested, "Pacific Northwest Foraging may change the way you see the world."
Dr. Deur's book is available at the Lewis & Clark National Park Association bookstore in the Fort Clatsop visitor center. There will be a book-signing at this bookstore following his presentation.
This monthly Sunday forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and the park. These programs are held in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop's visitor center and are free of charge.
Other upcoming In Their Footsteps programs:
In Their Footsteps Lecture Series
On the third Sunday, September through May at 1 p.m., this speaker series is an opportunity to meet scholars, authors, and artists. Join the conversation and be inspired by history, people and culture. This forum is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and presented in the Netul River Room of Fort Clatsop's visitor center, and is free of charge.