Past Events


2017 Events

Join Us for our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year! 

You’re Invited to our Fall Celebration, Sunday November 5th, 2017 5-7 pm

Thank you to everyone who has reserved their seats. Due to the limited seating, we are now full. We are accepting requests to be on the wait list Here. If you have RSVP’ed and need to make changes to your reservation, please contact Gretchen.


Location: The Unitarian Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave., Eugene

Fresh seasonal meal, local beer, cider, and wine. Jazz and blues piano music provided by Gus Russell

Food • Drink • Music • Friends • Stories • Inspiration • Fun!

Bring your passion and generosity! 

Keynote Address: Mary Christina Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, and author, Nature’s Trust. Mary’s talk is entitled “Community Stewardship: The Interdependence of Land and People.”

About our invited speaker: Mary Wood is an award-winning professor who has published extensively on public trust law, climate crisis, natural resources, and native law issues. Her most recent book, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, sets forth a new paradigm of ecological responsibility.  She originated the legal theory called Atmospheric Trust Litigation, which seeks to hold governments accountable to reduce carbon pollution within their jurisdictions.  Further, Professor Wood’s research is being used in cases brought on behalf of youth throughout the world.  Professor Wood is a frequent speaker on climate issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy.

The Great Willamette Clean Up at Turtle Flats

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9am – 12:30pm   

Please join us and for a fun work party at Turtle Flats! You can help us steward this special place as we restore turtle and salmon habitat at an old dump site! Sponsored by Willamette Riverkeeper.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party ~ September 14, 2017, 5 – 7pm

Please Join us for our Annual event where we celebrate YOU! Volunteers are our foundation ~ last year, we had over 500 volunteers donate over 13,000 hours to the Friends! To honor your hard work and dedication, we are hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5-7 pm at our Native Plant Nursery. All current volunteers are invited to join us for a fun evening of music, dinner, and locally produced beverages.

Not yet a volunteer but curious what we do? Aspiring volunteers are welcome too! Come check out our nursery, meet our staff and volunteers, and find out how you can put your passions and talents to work with the Friends. We have volunteers at every level of our organization, from data entry to trail building, from event support to habitat restoration ~ volunteers truly help us power our programs. Come see how much fun it is to be a part of the stewardship community of this beautiful place!

Music: We are very excited to announce that we will have Bluegrass music provided by Sugar Creek, featuring members from the Sugar Beets and Opal Creek!

Thank you to our generous local businesses supporters & sponsors for helping us appreciate our volunteers!

Cafe Yumm!  •  Wildcraft Ciderworks  •  Abbelone Winery  •  Sundance Natural Foods  •  Ninkasi Brewing Company  •  Mountain Rose Herbs

Join us on June 15, 2017 for our Cider Release Party!

2017 Native Plant Sale and Open House

Come one, come all, to our annual native plant sale at the Native Plant Nursery at Buford Park/Mt. Pisgah.

2016 Events

Annual Fall Celebration Fundraiser!

Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2016 5-7 pm
Unitarian Church
1685 W. 13th Ave., Eugene

  • Our biggest fundraiser of the year!
  • FREE food, drink, music, friends, stories, inspiration, & fun!
  • Fresh seasonal meal, local beer and wine.
  • Pianist Gus Russell.
  • Keynote Address: Julie Daniel, former executive director of Bring Recycling: “Turtle Flats & the Path from Bootstraps to Best Practices!”

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Thursday, September 15, 2016 5 pm –7 pm

Turtle Flats

We invite all volunteers to join us on the evening of September 15th at Turtle Flats for food, drink, good company, and a short walk through the property at this unique moment in the life of this place. The many volunteer hours spent clearing invasive species in preparation for machine work at Turtle Flats have paid off mightily. We’ve now revealed waters previously hidden by walls of blackberry-choked berms and created passages for young salmon to take refuge in backwater ponds and escape the main stem of the river’s churning winter waters. Turtle Flats is a landscape transformed, only to become more beautiful when the bare pond-edges are planted with native species grown by volunteers at our native plant nursery.

Haven’t volunteered this year? You still have time to pitch in so you can join the party! Take a look at our calendar for the many volunteer events taking place each week.

Pints for a Cause Benefit 

Ninkasi flyerBenefit for the Friends at Ninkasi Tasting Room
Tuesday, June 7th 2016 (all day)
The Deer and the Antelope Band, 5:30-7:30 pm

  • 272 Van Buren Street, Eugene
  • $1 off every pint sold in the tasting room going to the Friends, all day!

Native Plant Sale and Open House

Plant Sale Poster May2016
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 9 am – noon

Come one, come all, to our annual native plant sale:

  • Where: Native Plant Nursery at Buford Park/Mt. Pisgah
  • Plant list now available!
  • Additional info: Refreshments! 10:30 am nursery tour!

Plot Sponsorship Showcase: Wildflowers Instead of Weeds

WildflowersInsteadofWeedsCoverThursday, May 5th, 2016 5:30 pm

If all plots had a sponsor, the nursery could be sustained!

  • Enjoy pre-sale shopping with tea and a welcome gift from Mountain Rose Herbs.
  • Taste food and drinks made from native plants.
  • View plants needing a sponsor.
  • Hear how each is ecologically precious.
  • Give the gift that grows! Sponsor a plot and get free plants.

Contact Val at development @, or call 541-344-8350.

If you can’t attend, you can still sponsor a plot – contact Val. Everyone can shop for plants at the public sale on Saturday, May 7th.


Join us for our Annual Meeting!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Jazz Station

2015 Events and earlier

Join us for our Fall Celebration!

When: Sunday, November 8th,2015  5–7 pm
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church 

We’re looking forward to another delightful evening with friends for this year’s Fall Celebration benefit event.  Enjoy delicious food and drink, learn exciting news about Turtle Flats, and celebrate the Friends! Thanks to Agrarian Ales, Wildcraft Cider Works, Eugene Wine Cellars, Kiva Market, Me & Moore Produce, Sparhawk Farms and Trader Joe’s for their contributions!

Featuring: A Keynote Address by Pam Wiley, Manager, Pam Wiley, Willamette River InitiativeWillamette River Initiative, speaking on:

Turtle Flats to the Columbia:
Restoring a Healthy Willamette

Pam Wiley designed and now manages the Meyer Memorial Trust’s Willamette River Initiative. Pam has over 25 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, including planning and management positions with the State of Wisconsin, the Council of Great Lakes Governors, the Oregon Department of State Lands, The Nature Conservancy, and Sustainable Northwest. Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 25th anniversary Fall Celebrationmonarch and Anniversary Angel Fundraiser!

Sunday, November 9, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This event raised over $20,000 to help protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area!

Great Willamette Cleanup!

Saturday, October 4th, 10 am to noon, Turtle Flatsturtle flats

This event involved 40 volunteers to help prepare the site for extensive floodplain restoration.

We’re looking forward to partnering again with Willamette Riverkeeper on the Great Willamette Cleanup! Turtle Flats, near the confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette is a fantastic site to clean up both habitat and trash. Yes, this year we’re not just picking up debris, but also unsightly invasive species!

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Saturday, August 2nd, 10-11:30 am

Optional nursery work party beforehand at 8 am

We invite all volunteers to join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch! We want to show our gratitude for your hard work. Staff will be serving a delicious, homemade brunch and we’ll be recognizing the amazing accomplishments of our hundreds of volunteers. The event will be held at our Native Plant Nursery and is timed so those who wish to attend the work party at the Nursery beforehand can do so. New volunteers are welcome, even if your first day of work is at the nursery before the brunch! RSVP here.

“Stepping Lightly to the Summit” National Trails Day Ribbon-Cutting Celebration and Trail Etiquette Tour

Sat. June 7th, 9 AM to 12:00 PM Join the Friends for National Trails Day & learn how a 3-way partnership between government, business, and a non-profit gets the job done at Mt. Pisgah. Celebrate the dozens of volunteers who contributed 4553 hours worth $97,000 over 3 years to upgrade the north trail network.

Plant Sale & Pollinator Workshop

Saturday, May 3rd from 9 am to noon at the native plant nursery (map). Dozens of species of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees are available. Here’s our 2014 plants for sale. ! As part of celebrating our 25th year, the Friends hosted a special workshop on gardening for native pollinators on Saturday, May 3rd from 1 to 5 pm jointly taught by local ecologist and long-time Friend, Bruce Newhouse, and our own Stewardship Coordinator and ecological enhancement shaman, Jason Blazar! The plant sale and pollinator workshop raised nearly $5000 to support nursery operations!

Earth Day Appreciation Party

A thank-you event on Tuesday, April 22nd by invitation only for our Pisgah Patrons, Plot Sponsors and their guests.

Fall Celebration Fundraiser

Weaving the Wild into our Lives

Thursday, October 10, 6 – 8 pm
at the Veterans’ Memorial Building Ballroom
1626 Willamette Street, Eugene

Keynote address: Pollinators & Pisgah
with Scott Black, Executive Director of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Acoustic music provided by David Burham and Marty Chilla from The Sugar Beets! This event raised $16,000 to advance the Friends’ mission of protecting and enhancing native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area.

Feasting local & wild, a benefit dinner with Jenny Jonak & Mike Bragg.

Thursday, July 18 at the home of Jenny Jonak & Mike Bragg. This event featured native edibles from Mt. Pisgah, a locally sourced al fresco meal, local beer & wine, and included a traditional (Kalapuyan) acorn-flour making demonstration by ethnobotanist Margaret Mathewson. This event raised $2400 to help people and nature thrive together!

Pisgah Patron & Plot Sponsor Celebration

Thursday, May 30th, 5:30 pm to twilight at the Native Plant Nursery. We celebrate our sustaining supporters and all they are making possible!  All current and potential Pisgah Patrons and Plot Sponsors are invited!  As an incentive, we’re offering a coupon for $50 worth of native plants from our nursery to all new Pisgah Patrons and Plot Sponsors through June. Click on the buttons below to become a Patron or a Sponsor now, then come to the party and take home your plants!  

Friendly Party at Lively Farm

Swing into spring with a fun & friendly gathering of food, drinks, and inspiration!  Sample edible native plants along with other appetizers and learn how the Friends’ native plant nursery provides food for wildlife and beauty for people in the greater Mt. Pisgah area.  This free, fundraising event helps support nursery expansion.  Bring your generosity and bring a friend!  This event raised $1200 and made 12 new Friends!

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