Explore and learn about native meadows at Mill Creek Ridge.
There are few springtime places quite as stunning as our Mill Creek Ridge property near The Dalles. Open meadows of blooming yellow balsamroot, purple and white lupine, and red Indian paintbrush stand against the backdrop of the East Cascades. The ridge’s woodlands and native grass prairies support pollinators as well as migratory and resident birds, including meadowlarks and woodpeckers.
We’ll spend the day exploring how you can create a native meadow in your own backyard while learning the value of conserving and restoring the native meadows of the Pacific Northwest. If you don’t garden simply learn to identify your favorite wildflowers. Backyard Habitat Certification Program Manager Susie Peterson and Columbia Land Trust Natural Area Manager Kate Conley will guide us through urban and suburban meadowscaping and discuss the Land Trust’s accomplishments in native meadow conservation. Board of Directors member Janet Gifford will also help identify plants along the way and discuss the importance of pollinators and hosting mason bees in an urban setting.
We’ll enjoy lunch at the highest point on Mill Creek Ridge, known as Jerry’s Knoll, to enjoy views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and the Columbia River sparkling below. To end the day, we’ll visit Humble Roots Nursery, where participants may purchase native plants at wholesale.
This is a tour nature enthusiasts won’t want to miss.
MODERATE – This tour will involve 2-3 miles of hiking, which will include some very steep sections and uneven terrain. The group will be moving at a moderate pace with time for pausing to admire wildflowers. Lunch time will offer another opportunity for a break. We recommend hiking boots that protect your ankles.
Transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from the Columbia Land Trust Vancouver office at promptly 8:00 a.m and returns at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Please note: A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email 1-2 weeks prior to the tour date. If you register anyone other than yourself for a Columbia Land Trust tour, you are confirming that the other persons you are registering are aware of and also agree to all the terms and conditions of the tour liability agreement (attached below)