Field Trips


Your 2016 NW BIOLOGY conference hosts are excited to announce three guided field trip destinations on Saturday and several suggestions for self-guided destinations throughout the weekend.

Self-Guided Destinations
Optional Friday Whale Watching

All Guided Trips-all guided trips are scheduled from 1-4 pm on Saturday April 16, 2016 are now FULL

FULL Tour of the Friends of Buford Park Native Plant Nursery and Wildflower Walk. Cost: FREE

IMG_9103Botanists Gail Baker and Susie Holmes (LCC Faculty) will lead a tour of the Friends of Buford Park (FBP) Native Plant Nursery and wildflower walk. The nursery provides internships for UO and LCC students pursing majors in environmental sciences, environmental studies and a range of plant science and ecology disciplines. You will see how the Friends produce quality native plants and seed to support restoration IMG_7068projects on and around Mt. Pisgah. You will learn how UO and LCC biologists participate in the nursery’s efforts to understand the genetics, community and population ecology of our local native plant species
used in habitat restoration projects. For more info about FBP Native Nursery visit:




FULL Cascades Raptor Center and Spencer’s Butte Natural History Hike. Cost: $10  (to be collected before the field trip) Ornithologists and ecologists Carrie Newell, Bert Pooth, and Joseph Russin (LCC Faculty) will take you to a popular field trip destination for students in many of their field biology courses. The Cascades Raptor Center (CRC) and the City of Eugene’s Spencer’s Butte Hiking Trails are important outdoor classrooms for students of all ages and many UO and LCC students obtain internships through these organizations. For more info about CRC visit: For more info about Spencer’s Butte Hiking Trails visit:

FULL Brewery Tour. Cost: Incidental

Join LCC Faculty Stacey Kiser, home brewer, and Katie Morrison-Graham, microbiology instructor, on a tour of the Ninkasi Brewing facility participants will need to wear closed-toed shoes, and just in case you have family members, tour participants must be over 13 years of age. Field trip participants can then participate in other optional tours of fermented beverages (cider, wine, braggot, mead) or build a self-guided walking touring using provided maps. Fermentation science is a growing occupation, especially in Eugene, a place affectionately referred to by some as “Beervana”. Many students are transferring into this emerging field, obtaining degrees in pickling, leavening, and kombucha! Learn about the science of brewing from local experts and enjoy tastings as well. Eugene Ale Trail maps will also be available at the welcome booth.


Self-guided destination suggestions (all within walking distance on UO campus)

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Oregon Relays will be held at UO’s Historic Hayward Field April 15-16

For more info on meet and tickets, visit:


University of Oregon’s Urban Farm

According to farm director, Harper Keeler, Urban Farm is the most popular class at UO! Visit this outdoor classroom and learn from staff (Friday afternoon) how it is used in classes that teach students how to produce food sustainably as well as a destination for field research in pollination ecology and other biology courses. For more info, visit:


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

At the JSMA, UO science faculty and museum staff collaborate to bring art into science classrooms. One of six museums in the state of Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is a premier Pacific Northwest visual arts center, features engaging exhibitions, significant collections of historic and contemporary art, and exciting educational programs that support the university’s academic mission and the diverse interests of its off-campus communities. Current exhibits include: Olga Volchkova: The Nature of Religion and From the Heart: The Photographs of Brian Lanker.  For more info on current exhibits, visit:


Museum of Natural & Cultural History

300 million years of Oregon natural history featuring Buzz saw sharks with art by Ray Troll and new exhibits on indigenous beads. The collections are frequently used to supplement student classroom at the UO. For more info on current exhibits, visit:


Saturday Only: Eugene Artisan & Farmer’s Market

IMG_2799 (Large)IMG_1424Enjoy food, crafts, produce, music and more. Visit Eugene’s seasonal open air market ongoing since 1970! For more info visit:

The Lane County Farmer’s Market is a field excursion destination for LCC plant science courses to explore the relationship between phenology (plant & pollinator life cycles) and availability of local produce.  Student record data about plant parts available for sale during the spring, interview vendors and consider the reality of eating seasonally an locally.

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2016 NWBio Farmer’s Market Tables             2016 NWBio Farmers Mkt CCM article


Lane County Farmer’s Market

Friday Only Optional Field Trip:

Carrie Newell, an LCC faculty member, runs a whale watching business in Depoe Bay, Oregon and she is offering a 1-1/2 hour whale watching trip on Friday afternoon at a discounted rate of $30.00. The northward migrating gray whales will be passing our coast at that time of year. For more information visit and to book a trip, call Carrie at 541-912-6734. Participation is limited and travel time one-way from Eugene is up to 2-1/2 hours.