Tours

Upcoming Tours

 Sign up for one of our free tours to discover the ways in which the habitat and trail work of the Friends is enhancing the greater Mt. Pisgah area! Our tours explore areas that are often unknown to or even otherwise closed to the public. Pre-registration is required, so check back regularly for new tours.

Friends’ Turtle Flats Tours

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10am-12pm–FULL (email us to be added to the wait list)

Additional dates for 2018 coming soon.

TNC’s Willamette Confluence Preserve Tours

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 9am-12pm–Register Here (Full, but you can request wait list)

Additional dates for  2018 coming soon.

About the Tours:

Turtle Flats Tours

Join Friends’ Executive Director Chris Orsinger for a morning tour of Turtle Flats, a 62 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 3 hours. As a reminder, no pets are allowed on the tour.

Willamette Confluence Preserve Tours

Join The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Friends of Buford Park on a walking tour of the Willamette Confluence. The Willamette Confluence 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 Conservancy is working with partners to reconnect the river to its historic floodplain across 20 ponds in this former gravel mining site. During this 4 mile mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will lead you around the Middle part of the preserve, highlighting the conservation efforts, human history, and natural wonders.

 

Our Tour Program is Growing!

The Tour Program is planned 3-9 months in advance. If you have ideas for tours you’d like to attend at Buford Park, or if you have an idea for a tour you’d like to lead, let us know! We are also recruiting volunteers to help with tours and events. Contact the Friends’ Outreach Coordinator with suggestions.

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