Guest Speakers

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 at 7:00pm, 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.

Sarah holding up water monitoring equipment on a boat

Unraveling a Mystery: Wetland Restoration and Non-native Plant Invasions

February 9th, 2017

National Science Foundation Fellow Sarah Kidd has conducted extensive research throughout Youngs Bay on restored wetland sites, delving into how quickly – or slowly – the ecosystems of these sites have recovered from invasive plant infestations.
She’ll share her last study, looking at wetland seed banks,
non-native plant invasionsand sea level rise at this month’s Nature Matters.

Future Speakers:
March 9, 2017 Astoria's Drinking Water - Ken Cook, Brooke Stanley and Carla Cole
April 13, 2017 Art in Parks - Marco Davis
May 11, 2017 Tides - Jonathan White

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.

Guest speaker holding a white pelican
Guest speaker Josh Saranpaa holding a white pelican

Wildlife Center of the North Coast

Sunday February 19th

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This illustrated program is Wildlife Center of the North Coast presented by Josh Saranpaa on Sunday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m. This is part of the February 17-20 worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count activities led by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

For 20 years, the Wildlife Center of the North Coast has been a helpful resource when people find sick or injured wildlife. The non-profit center aids all indigenous wildlife, has a wildlife hospital, and provides off-site education programs. Josh Saranpaa is the director of the wildlife center and has worked there for nine years. He enjoys learning about, caring for, and teaching about local wildlife.

Some of the center’s education birds will be at the program such as an American kestrel, a northern saw-whet owl, and possibly common murres and a cormorant. This program will cover some of the dangers that wildlife face in this region, the work of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast and how people can help local wildlife.


Salty Talks

Salty Talks, a partnership with the park, SALT Pub & Hotel, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and with support from Friends of Columbia River Gateway and the Port of Ilwaco, offers a “dash” of culture and nature on the second Wednesday of the month, October through May. The 6:30 p.m. event takes place at the SALT Pub & Hotel in Ilwaco, Wash.

“I Do Not Go Alone”
Traveling from Youngs Bay to Grays Harbor with David Douglas, 1825-27

February 1st 2017

David Douglas’ multiple trips to the mouth of the Columbia River and the
Pacific coast were dogged by stormy weather, unclear pathways, and
personal illness. Yet these trips yielded some of his most prized natural
history observations of the Pacfic Northwest. Spokane-based naturalist and
teacher Jack Nisbet, will discuss Douglas’ natural history collected during
these trying trips.

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road

Astoria, OR 97103


(503) 861-2471
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