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, 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.

Dungeness crabs surrounding monitoring equipment
Dungeness Crabs

The Secret Life of Crabs: Behavior of Dungeness Crabs Determined by Benthic Video Imaging and Acoustic Telemetry?

How fast can crabs move? What are crabs migration patterns in the estuary? What is the effect of dredged sediment deposition on crabs? How fast will your crab pot fill up? Join Dr. Curtis Roegner from NOAA Fisheries, Pt. Adams Field Station and learn about the research his group has been conducting to answer some of these questions. This talk will present video and animation to reveal what crabs do when they think no one is watching!

This Nature Matters presentation will be at Fort George Brewery + Public House, Lovell Building, on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for food and drink.


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.

Historican Rex Ziak
Rex Ziak, Historian

Rex Ziak

Explaining "Dismal Nitch;" Confirming Lewis & Clark's Unknown Campsites in the Lower Columbia

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event. This program is Explaining "Dismal Nitch;" Confirming Lewis & Clark's Unknown Campsites in the Lower Columbia River on Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m.

Despite the expedition members' meticulous journaling, historians often gloss over portions of their journey resulting in puzzles including their specific locations November 10-15, 1805 along the north side of the Columbia. Rex Ziak has been working this puzzle since 1991. In 1997 he was appointed by Washington governor Gary Locke to the scholarly Lewis and Clark Trail Advisory Committee representing Pacific County. After years of patient study of the journals, specific terrain, weather patterns, watersheds and tides, he published his conclusions which led to his 2002 book, In Full View. Ziak was awarded the Washington State David Douglas Award for his research that "revolutionized the way people see the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail in Washington for all time."

In March 1806, Lewis and Clark's party bid 'good-bye' to Fort Clatsop and began their return journey to St. Louis. On this 210th anniversary of the expedition's departure, Ziak will tell the story of its arrival into the Columbia River estuary and show the precise location of three unmarked Lewis and Clark sites including "Dismal Nitch." Ziak has lectured around the world, received many prestigious awards, and authored three history books. These book are 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 the presentation.

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
92343 Fort Clatsop Road

Astoria, OR 97103


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