The night sky in Trout Lake, photo by Brian Chambers Photography
Join us for a summer night under the stars.

 

Join us for a summer evening of stargazing at the base of Mount Adams for one of our most popular tours. The bucolic Mountain Meadows Dairy in Trout Lake Valley is one of Washington’s first organic dairies. We’ll meet the Schmid family and the dairy cows supplying 20-30 percent of organic milk to the Portland and Vancouver markets. We’ll stop by the farm museum to see pioneer artifacts and photographs collected by the family for five generations, and enjoy views of the White Salmon River running through the valley.

After touring the dairy, Land Trust executive director Glenn Lamb will share the story of the conservation easement that ensured the farmland would remain undeveloped. Before the sun sets, we’ll sit down for a farm style dinner with a stunning view of Mt. Adams. Once it’s dark, we’ll switch gears to enjoy the rural skies with local astronomer Jim White. He’ll share telescope views of the moon’s craters, constellations, and planets including Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.

EASY – Minimal hiking is involved, but walking off-trail and on uneven ground is required for part of this tour. Since this is a working dairy, there will be exposure to livestock.

All transportation, snacks, and dinner are provided. Transportation departs from the Columbia Land Trust Vancouver office at promptly 4:00 p.m. and returns at approximately 11:45 p.m.

Please note: A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email 1 week prior to the tour date. 

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