Oregon’s Greatest Wetlands Tours 2018

Willamette Valley Wet PrairieWillamette Valley Wet Prairies Tour

“It’s a real treat just to get to see a restored wet prairie. There are so few examples of it, so just being there was inspiring. It was also amazing that just two people could mostly keep the weeds out of 550 acres. I was very impressed.” -2015 Tour Participant

Willamette Valley wet prairies are among the most endangered habitat types in the state of Oregon, and among the rarest of North American ecosystems. Come tour Mud Slough Wetland with wetland banker Mark Knaupp and TWC Executive Director Esther Lev.  Over the past 24 years Mark has restored 550 acres of Willamette Valley Prairie Wetland.  Now thousands of native prairie plants, including some rare species, have sprung up on their own and turned the wetlands into a tapestry of color and texture. The purple and white popcorn flower, common downingia, and veronica, dark green tufts of sedge, and delicate tufted hairgrass provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including the showy pink Nelson’s checkermallow that is listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.

WHAT: A guided walk through different sections of the Mud Slough property with property owner and steward Mark Knaupp and Esther Lev. Terrain is uneven. Lunch will be included.

WHEN: Early June 2018

COST: $80

NUMBER OF PEOPLE: Minimum: 5 / Maximum: 14

TRIP INCLUDES: Lunch and transportation to site from Portland



 Central Coast Tour 2017Central Coast Watersheds and Wetland Tour


Tour The Wetlands Conservancy’s Central Coastal Initiative Area (Yaquina estuary, Beaver Creek, and Alea Bay) with TWC Coastal Steward Paul Engelmeyer and Executive Director Esther Lev. This all day tour includes lunch and ends with a dinner with TWC coastal Parner. Tour will be limited to 8 people. Date to be mutally agreed upon. The tour will start in Newport, Oregon.


What: Full day tour of TWC’s central coast properties

When: Spring 2018, date to be mutually agreed upon by attendees

Cost: $80 per person.

Number of People: Minimum of 5/Maximum of 8

Trip Includes: The tour includes lunch and a potluck dinner

Malheur Birding Tour

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Join TWC Executive Director Esther Lev on a springtime tour of Malheur Wildlife refuge an 187,757 acre oasis of water in the high desert of southeast Oregon. This area is one of the premier sites for birds and birding in the US. These arid Oregon’s greatest wetlands provide livelihoods for farmers and ranchers, and critical habitat for large diversity of avian, plant and amphibian species. The spring birding is about both abundance and diversity, which makes the experience equally enjoyable for beginners and experts alike. Learn about TWC’s work with the refuge, ranchers and other conservation groups to conserve these critical wetlands. This 1.5 day tour includes lunch and ends with dinner at the Diamond Hotel.

What: 1.5 day tour of Malheur Wildlife Refuge

When: Spring, TBD, date to be mutually agreed upoon

Bring: Comfortable clothing, shoes, snacks

Cost: $150/pp, includes dinner at the Diamond Hotel



Refund Policy:

*Cancellations, if you need to cancel

 Less than 3 weeks before the trip    Full refund

14- 20 days before the trip                50% refund

13 days or less                                  No refund