Tag Archives: Field Trip

Campus Tree Tour

Eugene/Springfield–Whitey Lueck, an instructor in the UO Department of Landscape Architecture, annually leads a two-hour walk called Campus Tree Tour at the University of Oregon to discuss the campus’s landscape history and especially its trees, usually in the fall. He has given campus tours for many other groups, too, from the Society of American Foresters to garden clubs, school groups, and Boy Scout troops, and is available to lead private groups. The university’s lovely tree-studded and mostly car free campus lends itself perfectly to this type of educational outdoor activity. Lueck never gets tired of “showing off” the university campus’s ever-changing landscape. The special tour for OLLI members will take place in August. Participants will meet at the Pioneer Mother statue south of Johnson Hall, at 10 a.m. The tour is limited to the first 25 people to preregister.

Archaeology Up Close: Field Trip to the Northern Great Basin Connley Caves

Eugene/Springfield—Dr. Dennis L. Jenkins, senior research archaeologist for the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and recent OLLI speaker, will conduct a 1.5 hour walking tour of the University of Oregon’s Archaeological Field School at Connley Caves. The site is composed of eight caves and rock shelters located in the Connley Hills of the Fort Rock basin 10 miles south of the town of Fort Rock. Material there has been radiocarbon dated to as much as 13,000 years ago. Dr. Jenkins will tell us what is known about each cave and answer questions as they come up.

The Connley Caves are very deep, requiring meticulous excavation, note taking, and field form recording procedures. Jenkins works closely with all students and will discuss site formation processes, sampling techniques, local archaeology, and the study of first colonization of the New World. Perishable artifacts were recovered during the 2001 field season. Archaeology course activities include instruction in excavation and survey techniques as well as archaeological record keeping and artifact processing in the field laboratory. Survey methods include development of observation skills, map reading, GPS usage, and note taking. The setting in the Northern Great Basin offers a rich environment for studying late Quaternary climatic and hydrologic changes and the effects of these changes on vegetation cover, geomorphic processes, and soil development. In addition, the region has experienced the effects of volcanic eruptions, faulting, and wind action.

Since the location is carefully controlled and participants need to be able to see and hear activities underway, registration will be limited to 20 OLLI participants. Participants will travel in private vehicles (detailed driving directions will be provided). Estimated travel time to Fort Rock is two hours 40 minutes—142 miles—then a short distance to the caves. Carpooling may be arranged by trip coordinators.

According to Jenkins, “Portions of the tour may be a challenge for some folks, but most can make it up the slopes with a little help and caution. There is something for everyone.” He recommends wearing comfortable walking shoes or boots, bringing plenty of water, sun protection, snacks, and lunch.

Registration will be available Friday, June 16–Friday, July 14, or until the trip is filled. Members may register with the Academic Extension office by phone, 541-346-0697, or in person. Online registration will also be available. Look for more information and an online registration link in upcoming e-minders.

Field Trip to Fort Rock Basin and Fort Rock Cave

Central Oregon—The Fort Rock area is a unique and spectacular part of central Oregon located approximately 65 miles southeast of Bend. This trip features a tour of the Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum which includes a reception center, artifact displays, and several buildings from the past century. We also tour the nearby Fort Rock Cave. This cave is a rich site of archaeological discovery and has yielded several 9,000 to 11,000 year-old sagebrush sandals from some of North America’s earliest inhabitants. We stop for lunch and explore the Fort Rock State Natural Area, which is an enormous near circle of volcanic rock walls that rise out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert.

The tour will be led by Leslie Olson, past president of the Archaeological Society of Central Oregon and an expert in her knowledge of the area.

Participants bring their own lunch, water, snacks, and hat. Museum charge is $5 at the time of preregistration. Difficult walking is not required. We meet at UO Bend Center at 8:15 a.m. and carpool to Fort Rock. A State van furnishes transportation to the cave site. Average elevation is around 4,500 feet. Preregistration begins May 25; limited to 18 participants.

Trip coordinator: Steve Hussey

High Desert Museum Tour—Nations of the Columbia River Plateau

Central Oregon—Join OLLI members Norma Montgomery and Jim and Sara Langton at the High Desert Museum for a little-known journey of the Plateau Indian Nations as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century. See the process of cultural change as the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama, Spokane, and Colville tribes made the passage to modernity.

By Hand through Memory portrays Native Americans as active historic players whose practical efforts to retain cultural memory enabled them to retain their ethnic identity, despite adaption to a cash economy and the federal policies aimed at assimilation.

The High Desert Museum possesses a collection of approximately 29,000 objects from the Great Basin, Plateau, and Pacific Northwest territories, from historic artifacts to cultural artifacts of various Native American groups – as well as outstanding contemporary works by regional masters such as Rick Barton, Pat Courtney Gold, and Lillian Pitt.

Preregistration begins May 24; cost for non-High Desert Museum members is $8. Participants should plan to meet at the museum entrance at 9:45 a.m.

Field Trip to Fort Rock Basin and Fort Rock Cave

Central Oregon–Plans are currently in the works to visit Fort Rock Basin and Fort Rock Cave, the site where North America’s oldest shoes were found—dating back 9,000 years. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961, the trip to Fort Rock Basin is sure to be a delight. Watch your e-mail and the fliers for more details to come this month.

Facilitator: Steve Hussey

Field Trip to Pendleton and Baker City

Central Oregon–Central Oregon member Marcia Stone and her committee are planning a three-day field trip to Pendleton and Baker City. The plan includes the Pendleton Underground Tour, tours of the Pendleton Woolen Mill and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, with free-time visits to Hamley Saddleshop, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Heritage Station Museum, or the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. In Baker City, a tour of the Oregon Trail Cultural Center and Interpretive Center and free-time visits to the Geiser Hotel, Baker Heritage Center, the Chinese cemetery or the Leo Adler House. The return trip home may include some strategic stops in Sumpter, John Day, and Prineville.

OLLI-UO staff is requesting commitments for this special field trip by June 15. A pretrip meeting will follow with all who plan to go. Fliers and e-mail notifications will be out in early May.

Coordinators: Marcia Stone and Suzanne Butterfield

International Relations: Field Trip to the Nobel Peace Park

Eugene/Springfield–All OLLI-UO members are invited to tour the Nobel Laureate Peace Park. The tour will be led by John Attig, founder of the project creating the first ever U.S. peace park honoring 24 American winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. They ended wars, prevented others, aided war victims, and saved millions of lives. The field trip is an opportunity to learn more about our nation’s internationally recognized peace makers. Instead of meeting at the Downtown Baker Center, travel directly to the main entrance of Alton Baker Park north of the Duck Pond for the 10:00 a.m. start.

Contacts: John Attig or Randall Donohue

Field Trip to the Crooked River Caldera and Lecture on Recent Research Connecting it to the Yellowstone Hotspot

Central Oregon–Jason McClaughry is the Eastern Oregon Regional geologist based in the Baker City field office of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. McClaughry serves as the Oregon coordinator for the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. He was the lead scientist to discover and document in 2006 a super-volcano site in Central Oregon known as the Crooked River Caldera. His recent research presents new information to address the challenge, combining regional tectonic models with chemical petrology in locating a hotspot track between the West Coast of North America and the Yellowstone caldera.

McClaughry received his MS in geology from Washington State University in 2003 and has been employed by the Oregon Department of Geology since that time. He has done extensive field geologic research and mapping.

McClaughry will lead a group of up to 18 OLLI members on a field trip to the Crooked River Caldera and specifically to geologic sites at Smith Rock State Park and Grizzly Butte. A lunch stop will be made at the top of Grizzly Butte. After the group returns to Bend, Jason will give a lecture on his recent work that connects the Crooked River Caldera to the Yellowstone hotspot.

Learn more about Jason McClaughry on his website: http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/FIELDOFFICES/profile-mcclaughry.htm

Facilitator: Fred Tanis

Preregistration is required for the field trip and will be announced via e-mail.

The Museum at Warm Springs Tour

4Central Oregon–Join in the fun as we take a field trip to the Museum at Warm Springs. With a museum tour guide, members have the opportunity to see both the 23rd Annual Warm Springs Tribal Member Art Exhibit and the permanent exhibit. Participants also watch a film in the beautiful 25,000-square foot museum. Afterwards, we take a short quarter-mile trail hike on the museum grounds. A no-host buffet lunch at the Indian Head Casino rounds out the day. We return to the UO Bend Center in the late afternoon. Of the Tribal Member Art Exhibit, the museum website says, “Tribal artists shine through their creations! Traditional and contemporary pieces bring visitors the opportunity to view the diversity of art from Warm Springs. Some art will be for sale.”

The discounted tour cost for our OLLI-UO group is $4.50 per person, payable to the museum. OLLI-UO is footing the bill for tour guide fees; however, a $5 contribution to carpool drivers for gas is requested. Field trip forms are required.

Preregistration opens the week of October 10 and closes October 26. Watch your e-mail for the announcement and registration link, or contact the OLLI-UO Academic Extension offices 541-728-0685 in Bend or 800-824-2714 in Eugene.

OLLI-UO On the Town at the Shedd

5Eugene/Springfield–Enjoy the final performance of On the Town. The 1944 musical written by Betty Comden and Adolf Green with the score by Leonard Bernstein, was a smash hit, running through the rest of the war and into 1946, with memorable songs like “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time.”

Please RSVP by Friday, July 15, for your On the Town group tickets (B tickets on the main floor at $24 each (a 20 percent discount). Contact OLLI-UO: 541-346-0697, e-mail osher@uoregon.edu, or register online.

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