Enjoy a beautiful and informative walk/hike through prairie and oak savannah, old Doug fir forest, wetland habitat, and along the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. We will stop at several beautifully crafted interpretive areas to learn about the ecology and history of the area as we take a journey through diverse native ecosystems. We will learn about the Kalapuya people and about how humans have been an integral part of maintaining the now rare prairie and oak savannah habitat. What is so special about this particular habitat? According to The Nature Conservancy, “the Willamette Valley’s native oak and prairie habitats are among the most endangered in North America, harboring 189 species at risk of extinction, some of which occur nowhere else on Earth. Less than two percent of these original habitats survive, and what remains is subject to intense development pressures.”
We will wander through a forest with towering Doug Fir trees and cross foot bridges over water to learn all about how the river breathes in and out of the wetlands creating a very specific habitat for plant and animal life that could not survive elsewhere. Why hire a local guide for this walk/hike? I walk the trails regularly in this near to Eugene nature/hiking area and can show you one of the most diverse and efficient routes in a maze of trails, guiding you to all the diverse highlights. The hike will be a little over 2 miles and the trail is easy to walk/hike. Price includes the required $5 parking pass.