Guest Speakers

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.

Book cover with three men and a dog surveying land with title Colter's West Wind

November 18th, 2018 - John Colter, Servant of the Corps

By: Christopher Hodges

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. John Colter, Servant of the Corpsby Christopher Hodges will be on Sunday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m.
Private John Colter was a principle hunter and guide for the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. His duties required him to hunt alone and search for the best trails through the west. He was the only soldier in the permanent party to leave the expedition before its conclusion, and he returned to the west five more times. As an authority on the passages to the northwest, he contributed to the founding of Astoria.

Christopher B. Hodges is an historical fiction author with a great curiosity regarding how common people become historical figures. Hodges’ insights into economic, political and social realities derive from his Ph.D. in applied economics and his experiences in business, government, and the clash of cultures. His writing leads readers to contemplate their own lives and their time and place in history. His 2017 novel, Colter’s West Wind, will be available for purchase at this event which will include a book-signing after the talk on John Colter’s life.

In Their Footsteps is a monthly Sunday forum 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 speaker series programs include:

-Sunday, December 16 Let’s Talk about Hummingbirds by Barbara Linnett
-Sunday, January 20 Historic Winter Transportation by Richard Brenne

Nature Matters: Where Nature and Culture Meet

A lively monthly conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm, August through May, at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m. to purchase dinner or beverages at the George before the event. 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.

Four hikers on the crest of a hill

November 8th, 2018 - Balancing Conservation Land & Public Access

By: Katie Voelke

North Coast Land Conservancy is working on its biggest project ever: Conservation of 3,500 acres of forestland above Oswald West State Park to benefit people, plants, and wildlife. Which brings into high relief an issue that all private land conservancies have to grapple with every time they complete an acquisition: What is the right amount of public access for this property, if any?

The Nov. 8 Nature Matters talk features NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke in an open-ended discussion about how to balance the needs of people, plants, and wildlife in conserved lands on the Oregon Coast. The 7 p.m. presentation takes place at the Fort George Lovell Showroom, 1483 Duane St. The free event is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. to purchase dinner or beverages at the George before the event.

The land between Cannon Beach and Nehalem is home to an unusual variety of animals and plants, some found nowhere else, thanks in part to a surprising geologic history. The North Coast Land Conservancy calls this land the Coastal Edge, a 3,500-acre Rainforest Reserve in the making. Recreationists of all kinds are always interested in exploring new territory, such as this. But what are the risks and benefits, the pros and cons, of opening up conserved lands to various kinds of recreation? Every human activity, benign as it may seem, has the potential to cause harm. Off-trail and even on-trail travel can lead to erosion. Water sources can be polluted. Seeds embedded in boot soles can spread invasive plant species. Yet typically it is our personal experiences with wild lands that makes us care about them in the first place, and that leads us to work to conserve them. Voelke has worked in the field with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before she finally found her calling: Working in land conservation with NCLC. She started as NCLC’s first stewardship director before taking the helm as executive director in 2008.

Last updated: October 30, 2018

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