Guest Speakers

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.
Historic photo of jetties being constructed

Building the Jetties

May 10th 2017

It took over 50 years to build the immense structures that define the mouth of the Columbia River. They were constructed with the best turn-of-the-century technology. Steamships and locomotives moved and placed over 3 million tons of stone to build the North Jetty alone. Their construction has had a profound effect on both the people and thelandscape of our region. Join us with local historian Gary Kobes to hear more about the fascinating history of building the jetties.

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.

Ocean Waves

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

May 11th, 2017

Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White’s
love for the sea is lifelong. He founded the Resource Institute,
which held a seminar series aboard Crusader, a 65-foot wooden
schooner. Crusader’s odysseys nearly ended when the boat ran
aground and was nearly destroyed on a large tide in Alaska’s
Kalinin Bay. Shaken and intrigued by his underestimation of tides
and their power, White set off on a quest across the globe to
understand the history, science, and majesty of one of our planet’s
most remarkable phenomena.

Future Speakers:

Nature Matters will resume in August! Check back for more details of speakers for the 2017-2018 Speaker Series.

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.

Ecola State Park Roosevelt Elk
Ecola State Park Roosevelt Elk photo taken by speaker Rick Schafer

Photographing Oregon’s Public Coast, Celebrating 50 Years of Access

Sunday May 21th

Photographer Rick Schafer is a fifth-generation Oregonian who apprenticed with his step-father, photographer Ray Atkeson, for 12 years. For over 30 years, Schafer’s stunning landscape photography of the Pacific Northwest has illustrated billboards, advertising, calendars, and many books including Magnificent Places: Oregon Coast. His current project is scheduled to be released in July for the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill and titled The Oregon Coast, A Legacy Like No Other with text by Jack and Jan McGowan.

Schafer’s career involves “chasing” light and transitional weather to capture remarkable photographs. His presentation will include photographs of the Oregon Coast, which has the lowest angles of evening sunlight and the last light of every day. He will also share some of the story of how Oregon’s beaches became public.

Last updated: May 5, 2017

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