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.


Mysterious Mushrooms of Clatsop County
September 17th, 2017

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the autumn 2017 In Their Footsteps free speakers series. The first program in this monthly series is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17 with Dane Osis presentingMysterious Mushrooms of Clatsop County.

An amazing variety of fungi thrive in Clatsop County due to the area’s high precipitation and humidity. This illustrated talk will cover the rules and regulations for mushroom foraging as well as the equipment needed to collect fungi. The audience will also learn about some of the common species of both edible and poisonous mushrooms found in this area.

Dane Osis is a state park ranger at Fort Stevens State Park. After gaining a foundation in mushroom identification through several college courses, Dane commercially picked mushrooms in the Siskiyou and Deschutes National Forests. He has been teaching mushroom identification for the past 14 years at Fort Stevens State Park and has shared similar training at several Oregon State Parks and the Tillamook Forestry Center.

Upcoming Speakers

October 15th: Laurence Cotton, America's Master Park Maker: Frederick Law Olmsted

November 19th: Gloria Linkey, A Town Called Seaside

December 17th: Richard Brenne, Channeling Your Inner Lewis & Clark…


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.

Please check back later for information about continuation of this series.


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.


Check back soon for information about speakers and topics.

Last updated: August 25, 2017

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