Wetlands & Wellies

Wetlands & Wellies 2017

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Join us at McKay Creek Farm
October 8, 2017


McKay Creek Farm. 11200 NW Shadybrook Rd, North Plains OR

(Take Hwy 26 to Exit 57 turn onto Glencoe Rd, one mile, Glencoe Rd turns into Shadybrook Rd. Look for the Wetlands & Wellies Sign.)

We’re looking forward to celebrating the many ways wetlands contribute to our quality of life with you at this year’s Wetlands & Wellies. Come savor local food, wine, beer and spirits included with your ticket purchase. Learn more about our work. Bid on unique experiences. Mingle and socialize with other Wetlands Conservancy supporters and partners. Support our 2018 work to conserve Oregon’s greatest wetlands.


Schedule of Event

1:30 – 3:30 Tours

4:00 pm Festivities begin, mingle, eat, drink, learn about TWC, explore McKay Creek Farm wetlands

5:15 pm Program and Live Auction

6:30 Announcement of Raffle Winner

2017 Auction Preview

2 Nights at Minam River Lodge

Minam River Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s spectacular Eagle Cap Wilderness, the Minam River Lodge offers a unique escape in one of the state’s most beautiful natural areas.

You can reach the lodge by a pleasant 8.5 miles hike, a horseback ride, or a quick charter flight from Enterprise. Stroll from the Lodge down to the wild and scenic Minam River, explore one of the many scenic hiking trails and eat the incredible food grown at the lodge and at surrounding farms.

This auction package includes two nights in the newly remodeled lodge room and all your meals.



Wild Foraging in Yachats

Sunrise at the Overleaf


Learn about the wild foods of the Central Oregon coast while exploring Yachats, voted one of the best “Oregon Coastal Towns” in 2016.

Spend two nights in your oceanfront room at the Overleaf Lodge and Spa.  Join Northwest Eco Tours for a fun and relaxing stroll through the gorgeous coastal forest.  Learn how to identify, pick, store and cook your finds.  At the end of the day enjoy a meal at The Drift Inn with your $50 gift certificate.

Manzanita Getaway Package


Retreat and rejuvenate at the sweetest spot on the Oregon coast: Manzanita.  Spend the weekend in a 4 bedroom cozy cabin one block from the beach! Hot tub, wood stove, bikes and just a ten minute walk from town.

Top off the weekend with a massage at Spa Manzanita (gift certificate included)


Timbers Package

Portland Timbers

Cheer on the Timbers in one of the final home games of the season.  Two tickets to the Timbers vs. DC United on October 15th. Before the game enjoy a dinner at Por Que No with your $50 gift certificate.

Summer Lake Retreat

summer lake hotsprings

Find out what the Oregon outback really is by making the journey to Summer Lake hot springs.  Spend two nights at the Ranch House, soak in your own private hot springs after spending the day exploring petroglyphs, caves, hiking and bird watching in this remote gem of SE Oregon.

Take a tour with Marty St Louis, Summer Lake Wildlife Area Manager for the past 30 years, and bring your new Leupold & Stevens binoculars.  Depending on the season of your visit learn the ecology and see the migrating wildlife of this diverse 19,000 acre preserve.


Get Outside with REI

REI Outdoor School

Grab your new backpack and your favorite adventure partner and find a REI Outdoor class that excites you!  Learn to kayak, refresh your wilderness first aid skills, climb your first mountain.

Your REI Outdoor School gift certificate ($200) is your ticket to learning more about the outdoors!


Wetland Tour Descriptions

Half Mile Lane Tour SOLD OUT

Join Carol Murdock and Matt Brennan of Clean Water Services on a walk and talk through one of the most beautiful restored wetlands sites in the Upper Tualatin Basin.  Learn about the efforts to restore wetlands ecology in agricultural areas while also supporting sustainable farming practices are creating economic and ecological resiliency in the Tualatin Basin.

Roderick Creek at Half Mile Lane was historically channelized and ditched to facilitate farming. In 2011, a unique group of public-private partners came together to restore the natural ecology of the site by restoring natural flows with channel and floodplain wood; connecting and enhancing new and existing wetland habitats; creating a diverse mosaic of native vegetation and supporting sustainable farming practices at nearby Scholls Valley Native Nursery. This tour will be limited to 6 people.

When: October 8th 1:30-3:30

Where: Washington county

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

What to bring: Wellies (rubber boots)

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies. 


Fernhill Wetland Bird Walk

Join Joe Liebezeit of the Audubon Society of Portland and Jared  Kinnear of Clean Water Services  on a bird walk at Fernhill Wetlands to see some cool wetland birds and learn about the recent habitat rehabilitation work that transformed this site into a “working wetland”.  Joe will discuss how the birds are responding to these changes.

Fernhill Wetlands has historically been a popular birding location in the Portland Metro region. In 2014-15, Clean Water Services implemented an ambitious habitat restoration project that transformed 90 acres of unused sewage ponds into a complex of native wetland habitats designed to naturally treat wastewater. The surface was entirely restructured, and workers planted more than 750,000 native wetland plants and over 3 billion seeds. More than 180 logs and snags were introduced to create habitat and perches for birds and other wildlife. In 2015, the Audubon Society of Portland began working with CWS to understand how birds are responding to the habitat restoration effort at Fernhill Wetlands, through formal bird surveys and a community science effort involving local birders.

When: October 8th 1:30-3:30

Where: Fernhill Wetland

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

What to bring: Binoculars (if you have them)

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies. 


Maroon Ponds Tour

Join Metro Scientist Jonathan Soll on a walk through the Maroon Ponds wetlands along the Tualatin River – where Metro and Clean Water Services worked together to retire a failing farm pond  and restore floodplain wetlands.

When: October 8th 1:30-3:30

Where: Maroon Ponds

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies.


Upper Tualatin Watershed Bike Tour

Join Bruce Roll (CWS Watershed Management Department Director) on a bike tour of the Upper Tualatin watershed to learn about the collaborative regional partnership that has so far successfully placed more than 5,000 acres of land in the upper watershed in permanent conservation.  The tour will include visits to several ecological restoration sites from Fernhill Wetlands to Wapato Lake NWR.  Click to see map of ride.

When: October 8th 1:30 -3:30

Where: Bike Tour will begin Central School, 1728 Main Street Forest Grove

What: 15 mile bike ride

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies.


Hutchinson Wetland Reserve Project Tour

Join the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District for a tour of their Hutchinson Wetland Reserve Project (WRP). This WRP is  s 352 acre project located on O’Neil Creek and the Tualatin River south of Forest Grove. The project stretches 2,720 feet along the south side of O’Neil Creek and 10,480 feet along the northwest side of the Tualatin River. The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) was a voluntary program that offered landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.  Before the project area was enrolled in WRP, it was agricultural cropland.

When: October 8th, 1:30-3:30

Where: Tour will begin in Gaston

What: A walk through the WRP project with Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies.