Past Tours

Past 2017 Tours

Meadowlark East Management Unit Tour
Thursday August 31, 5:30-7pm  

Tour eastern Buford Park and learn about our habitat restoration and stewardship work from Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Director, Jason Blazar! This approximately 2 mile hike will showcase our recent work to restore and enhance prairie, savanna, and woodland habitat in the Meadowlark East Management Unit, as well as review the area of our upcoming ecological burn, and discuss Buford Park’s Habitat Management Plan. Photo Credit Kate Ritley Blazar


2017 Willamette Confluence Preserve Tours

Saturday, October 21, 10-1pm
Saturday, September 16, 9am-noon
  This tour cancelled due to poor air quality

Saturday, August 12, 9 am – noon
Saturday, June 24, 9 am – noon

Join The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Friends of Buford Park on a walking tour of the Willamette Confluence. This site features extensive habitats that are endangered in the Willamette Valley and includes six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie. The Nature Conservancy is working with partners to reconnect the river to its historic floodplain across 20 ponds in this former gravel mining site. During this 3-4 mile mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will lead you around the preserve highlighting the conservation efforts and natural wonders.

Registration for these tours is through The Nature Conservancy’s registration site. Once registered you will be sent a confirmation email with directions and a contact for TNC for additional information.


Past 2016 Tours

Meadowlark Tour, East Entrance of Buford Park
Saturday, November 5, 9 am – noon

Tour the eastern portion of Buford Park and learn about our recent habitat restoration work there. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Coordinator Jason Blazar will lead an approximately 2-3 mile hike through the Meadowlark Prairie. The tour will highlight accomplishments from phase 1 of the Meadowlark project as well as the very recent work of phase two. This tour will include a discussion of the desired future conditions and historic conditions of the area, as well as what steps are needed to achieve the desired state.


2016 Willamette Confluence Preserve Tour
Saturday, September 17, 9 am – noon– new route!
Sunday, May 1, 9 am – noon 
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am–noon
Saturday, February 6, 9 am–noon
Saturday, January 9, 9 am–noon

WCP_tourExplore new portions of The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve to see the recent excavation work and the remaining sites awaiting restoration! Tour participants will get the chance to see the property immediately adjacent to Buford Park (aka Mt. Pisgah) that is otherwise closed to the public. This three-hour, three-mile tour will cover the central portion of the 1,200 acre site, with a visit to Ski and Mile Long Ponds. Join Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and our experienced tour guide, John Helmer, on this first public tour since the excavation work this summer.

You will see former gravel mining ponds that have undergone an incredible transformation that includes being reconnected to the middle fork of the Willamette river. The sculpting of former pond edges has created miles of habitat for turtles, aquatic plants, fish and other aquatic animals. At this exciting stage in the restoration process, you’ll witness major invasive species eradication and bare ground awaiting plantings of thousands of native plants and seeds. Portions of the tour include some very uneven ground; sturdy hiking boots are strongly suggested. For those who have hiking poles or walking sticks, bring them along.


North Buford Park Habitat Management Planning Tour
Wednesday, June 1, 5 pm – 7:30 pm 

SunsetFromPisgah-10-08-2015-webresTour the northern portion of Buford Park and learn about habitat management planning and how you can participate in the process. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Coordinator, Jason Blazar, will lead a 1.5 mile loop hike with 800 feet of elevation gain and loss through recently enhanced oak savanna and other habitat types. This tour will showcase the impact of the Friends’ work to date, with a discussion of the desired future conditions and historic conditions, as well as what steps are needed to achieve the desired state. Participants will also learn about the current Habitat Management Planning process and the public comment period.


Meadowlark Prairie and Habitat Management Planning Tour
Wednesday, June 8, 5 pm – 7:30 pm 

Meadowlark TourTour the eastern portion of Buford Park and learn about habitat management planning and how to participate in the process. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Coordinator, Jason Blazar, will lead a 1.5-2 mile loop hike through the Meadowlark Prairie. Jason will highlight accomplishments from phase 1 of the Meadowlark project as well as objectives for phase two. This tour will include a discussion of the desired future conditions and historic conditions of the area, as well as what steps are needed to achieve the desired state. Participants will also learn about the current Habitat Management Planning process and and how to get involved through the public comment period.


Native Plant Nursery Tour
Saturday, April 16, 10:00–11:30 am 

Explore the hidden gem that is the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery as the wildflowers are bursting into bloom!

Plants for sale at the Friends Native plant Nursery

Plants for sale at the Friends Native plant Nursery

Manager, Hal Husbeck, and Development Director, Val Rogers, will weave the story of how and why we grow more than 100 native species from seed and how you can help provide food for wildlife and beauty for people.

The nursery (with volunteer labor and financial support from plot sponsors) provides the raw material for local restoration projects by the Friends and our nearby partners to restore native habitat. Check out which plots are available for sponsorship and learn how to be a part of bringing beauty and health back to the park! 


Turtle Flats Tour
Saturday, March 5, 9:30 am–11:30 am

Turtle Flats

Join board members Kevin Shanley and Greg Hyde for a morning tour of Turtle Flats, a 63-acre floodplain where the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River come together. The Friends recently purchased and are in the process of restoring the area. Come see the old gravel ponds which now are home to river otter, western pond turtles, and waterfowl and the willow wetlands where migratory songbirds flock.

Turtle Flats is extremely important because it connects two key parcels that provide conservation and recreation benefits to our community – Glassbar Island, owned by Oregon State Parks, and Willamette Confluence Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. You’ll learn about the cooperative efforts of the Friends and these two organizations to transform their adjoining parcels into a vibrant community amenity where fish and wildlife thrive and where people can enjoy nature.

The pace of this tour will be leisurely. However, to enjoy this tour, you must be able to walk comfortably over old gravel roads for approximately 2 miles and stand on your feet for 2 hours. As a reminder, no pets are allowed on the tour. For more information, contact volunteer @ bufordpark.org.


Past 2015 Tours

Turtle Flats Tour
Sunday, November 15, 9:30 am–11:30 am

Turtle Flats

Join Chaz Dutoit, Board President, for a morning tour of Turtle Flats, a 63 acre floodplain where the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River come together. The Friends recently purchased and are in the process of restoring the area. Come see the old gravel ponds which now are home to river otter, western pond turtles, and waterfowl and the willow wetlands where migratory songbirds flock.

Turtle Flats is extremely important because it connects two key parcels that provide conservation and recreation benefits to our community – Glassbar Island, owned by Oregon State Parks, and Willamette Confluence Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. You’ll learn about the cooperative efforts of the Friends and these two organizations to transform their adjoining parcels into a vibrant community amenity where fish and wildlife thrive and where people can enjoy nature.

The pace of this tour will be leisurely. However, to enjoy this tour, you must be able to walk comfortably over old gravel roads for approximately 2 miles and stand on your feet for 2 hours. As a reminder, no pets are allowed on the tour. For more information, contact volunteer @ bufordpark.org.


The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve
Saturday, October 10, 9 am–noon

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Please join us for a tour of The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve! Geta sneak peak at the Pudding Pond area restoration work that started last year. Currently closed to the public, the 1,200 acre Willamette Confluence Preserve features beautiful landscapes but also an extensive gravel extraction areas undergoing restoration. Rain or shine, we will cover approximately 3 miles over 3 hours, largely walking along an old gravel road that parallels the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.

Three former gravel ponds have undergone an incredible transformation that includes being reconnected to the middle fork of the Willamette river. The sculpting of former pond edges has created miles of habitat for turtles, aquatic plants, fish and other aquatic animals. Major invasive species eradication and the planting of hundreds of native trees can also be seen. Portions of the tour include some very uneven ground; sturdy hiking boots are strongly suggested. For those who have hiking poles or walking sticks, bring them along.


Turtle Flats & Glassbar Island Tour
Saturday, September 26 9 am–11:30 am 

IMG_6202-Turtle Flats

Join FBP board members Chaz Dutoit and Kevin Shanley on a tour of Turtle Flats and Glassbar Island State Park. We plan to tour the east and north perimeter of Glassbar Island;* see the confluence of the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River; and have a discussion about the upcoming Turtle Flats phase of the overall Confluence project on the Island and its role in fluvial flood plain dynamics.

The tour will include visiting several former gravel ponds on the Turtle Flats parcel to see some of the pre-restoration invasive vegetation mitigation the Friends have already accomplished.

* The Glassbar Island tour is dependent on low water levels on the Coast Fork to gain access to the island. Parts of the tour include very uneven ground and may include a shallow water crossing; sturdy hiking boots are strongly recommended. If you use hiking poles, bring them along.  In addition, Glassbar Island State Park continues to be used as a nude beach. We expect to be back on Turtle Flats property by 10:15 am, and do not anticipate lots of activity on the Island at that hour in late September. Nevertheless, please take that into consideration when signing up for this tour.


WILLAMETTE CONFLUENCE PRESERVE
Saturday, July 18, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Do you want to get an up-close and personal view of the Pudding Ponds restoration work done by the Nature Conservancy and the Friends? Board members, Chaz Dutoit and Kevin Shanley, will be giving a 3 1/2 hour tour of this section of the Willamette Confluence Project that has seen a dramatic change in the landscape.  Three former gravel ponds have undergone an incredible transformation that includes being reconnected to the middle fork of the Willamette river. The sculpting of former pond edges has created miles of habitat for turtles, aquatic plants, fish and other aquatic animals. Major invasive species eradication and the planting of hundreds of native trees can also be seen.

WCP Picfor 7.15

The walk is just under 3 miles out and 3 miles back for a total of six miles, with amoderately steep 430 foot climb up and down an access road.  Portions of the tour also include some very uneven ground; sturdy hiking boots are strongly suggested. For those who have hiking poles or walking sticks, bring them along. There will be a half hour break mid-tour for people to rest and talk or to explore the inlet and restoration work on the east end of the project. Beverages and light snacks will be provided at the break site; donations to cover the cost gladly accepted.


TURTLE FLATS
Saturday, June 6, 9:30 – 11:30 AM 

turtle flatsJoin Chaz Dutoit, Board President, for a morning tour of Turtle Flats, a 63 acre floodplain where the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River come together. The Friends are in the process of purchasing and restoring the area. Come see the old gravel ponds which now are home to river otter, western pond turtles, and waterfowl and the willow wetlands where migratory songbirds flock. Turtle Flats is extremely important because it connects two key parcels that provide conservation and recreation benefits to our community – Glassbar Island, owned by Oregon State Parks, and Willamette Confluence Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. You’ll learn about the cooperative efforts of the Friends and these two organizations to transform their adjoining parcels into a vibrant community amenity where fish and wildlife thrive and where people can enjoy nature. The pace of this tour will be leisurely. However, to enjoy this tour, you must be able to walk comfortably over old gravel roads for approximately 2 miles and stand on your feet for 2 hours. As a reminder, no pets are allowed on the tour.


NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
Saturday, May 9, 10:30 AM to Noon 

Spring nursery tourExplore the hidden gem that is the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery as the wildflowers are bursting into bloom! Nursery Manager, Hal Husbeck, and Development Director, Val Rogers, will weave the story of how and why we grow more than 100 native species from seed and how you can help provide food for wildlife and beauty for people. The nursery (with volunteer labor and financial support from plot sponsors) provides the raw material for local restoration projects by the Friends and our nearby partners to restore native habitat.


NATIVE PLANT NURSERY
Saturday, April 18th, 10:30 AM to Noon 

FBP nursery delphiniumExplore the hidden gem that is the Friends’ Native Plant Nursery as the delphinium and irises are bursting into bloom! Nursery Manager Hal Hushbeck, an
d Development Director Val Rogers, will weave the story of how and why we grow 100 species of natives from seed collected in the greater Mt. Pisgah area. With volunteers contributing a great deal of the labor, the nursery provides the essential plant material used in local restoration projects by the Friends and our nearby partners to restore native habitat. Learn how you can sponsor your very own plot to help bring beauty and health back to the park! Show up at 9 if you’d like to get your hands dirty by volunteering at the nursery prior to the tour.


TURTLE FLATS
Saturday, March 14th, 10:00 AM to Noon

IMG_6202Join Chaz Dutoit, Board President, for a morning tour of Turtle Flats, a 63 acre floodplain where the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River come together. The Friends are in the process of purchasing and restoring the area. Come see the old gravel ponds which now are home to river otter, western pond turtles, and waterfowl and the willow wetlands where migratory songbirds flock. Turtle Flats is extremely important because it connects two key parcels that provide conservation and recreation benefits to our community – Glassbar Island, owned by Oregon State Parks, and Willamette Confluence Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. You’ll learn about the cooperative efforts of the Friends and these two organizations to transform their adjoining parcels into a vibrant community amenity where fish and wildlife thrive and where people can enjoy nature. The pace of this tour will be leisurely. However, to enjoy this tour, you must be able to walk comfortably over old gravel roads for approximately 2 miles and stand on your feet for 2 hours. As a reminder, no pets are allowed on the tour.


THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S WILLAMETTE CONFLUENCE PRESERVE
Sunday, February 15th, 9:00 AM to Noon

tnc3Please join us for a tour of The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette Confluence Preserve! Get a sneak peak at the Pudding Pond area restoration work that started last summer. Currently closed to the public, the 1,200 acre Willamette Confluence Preserve features beautiful landscapes but also an extensive gravel extraction areas undergoing restoration. Rain or shine, we will cover approximately 3 miles over 3 hours, largely walking along an old gravel road that parallels the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.

 

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