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Lessons in the Learnscape Workshops

To register for a workshop click here or call 541-687-9699.

Participants in these workshops learn from the experts what they need to know about all sorts of fascinating topics, and leave with the tools and materials they need to take action. All workshops are held at the Nearby Nature Yurt and in the Learnscape. For current workshops, see our calendar. For past topic details, read below. Click here for materials from past workshops.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Workshops cost $30 for members/$35 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or click here.

Thanks to the Jill Heiman Vision Fund of the Oregon Country Fair for the original start-up grant that we used to pilot these workshops.

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Previous Workshops:

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 1-4 pm: Draw Your Own Nature-Themed Cards -- Taught by David Wagner

Participants in the Draw Your Own Nature-Themed Cards workshop will draw a picture and take home cards at the end of class. Photographs will be used as a template for making accurate ink drawings of natural objects with an emphasis on the traditional technique of stippling. This method also works well for making drawings for coloring. Participants will need microtip pens and are encouraged to bring a favorite nature photo and art materials as desired. Other materials will be provided

Pre-registration is encouraged and space is limited. The workshop cost is a sliding scale: $$30 for members, $35 for non-members. Work trades available. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or email info@nearbynature.org, or seewww.nearbynature.org/learnscape.

About the Instructor: David Wagner was a missionary kid raised in India, attending boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains from kindergarten through high school. Early in life he fell in love with mountains and nature. He collected ferns, beetles, and butterflies, tracked birds and mammals, and chased snakes. After returning to the USA he went through college and graduate school in Washington, earning a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University. From there he moved directly to Eugene, Oregon, where he has lived and worked for over 35 years. He specializes in ferns, mosses, and liverworts. He operates the Northwest Botanical Institute, dedicated to research, education, and public service. He is deeply involved with the Eugene Natural History Society, has created the Willamette Valley Nature Calendar for many years, and writes a monthly nature column, "It's About Time," for the Eugene Weekly newspaper.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1-4:30 pm: Draw Your Own Nature-Themed Holiday Cards -- Taught by David Wagner

Looking for a naturally creative way to usher in the holiday season? Why not join Nearby Nature for our next Lessons in the Learnscape Workshop: Draw Your Own Nature-Themed Holiday Cards, taught by David Wagner, on Saturday, December 1, from 1-4:30 pm.  The event will be held at  the Yurt in Nearby Nature's Learnscape in Alton Baker Park.

Participants in the Draw Your Own Nature-Themed Holiday Cards workshop will draw a picture and take home cards at the end of class. Photographs will be used as a template for making accurate ink drawings of natural objects with an emphasis on the traditional technique of stippling. This method also works well for making drawings for coloring. Participants will need microtip pens and are encouraged to bring a favorite nature photo and art materials as desired. Other materials will be provided

Pre-registration is encouraged and space is limited. The workshop cost is a sliding scale: $17-$30 for members, $20-$35 for non-members. Work trades available. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or email info@nearbynature.org, or see www.nearbynature.org/learnscape.

About the Instructor: David Wagner was a missionary kid raised in India, attending boarding school in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains from kindergarten through high school. Early in life he fell in love with mountains and nature. He collected ferns, beetles, and butterflies, tracked birds and mammals, and chased snakes. After returning to the USA he went through college and graduate school in Washington, earning a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University. From there he moved directly to Eugene, Oregon, where he has lived and worked for over 35 years. He specializes in ferns, mosses, and liverworts. He operates the Northwest Botanical Institute, dedicated to research, education, and public service. He is deeply involved with the Eugene Natural History Society, has created the Willamette Valley Nature Calendar for many years, and writes a monthly nature column, "It's About Time," for the Eugene Weekly newspaper.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1-4 pm: Making Drawings from Photographs: Nature Illustration for the Artistically Inept (Instructor David Wagner)

Use photographs as a template for making accurate, ink drawings of natural objects with an emphasis on the traditional technique of stippling. This method also works well for making drawings for coloring. Instructor: David Wagner

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The workshop costs $30 for members, $35 for non-members, or a work trade at the Nearby Nature Learnscape. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or click here for a registration form.


Sunday, June 5, 2011, 1-4 pm: Creating Natural Playspaces (Instructor Erin Lamb)


Saturday, May 21, 2011, 3-6 pm: Making Drawings from Photographs: Nature Illustration for the Artistically Inept (Instructor David Wagner)

Use photographs as a template for making accurate, ink drawings of natural objects with an emphasis on the traditional technique of stippling. This method also works well for making drawings for coloring. Instructor: David Wagner

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The workshop costs $30 for members, $35 for non-members, or a work trade at the Nearby Nature Learnscape. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or click here for a registration form.


Sunday, April 17, 2011, 1-4 pm: Designing Gardens for Food Security (Instructor Heiko Koester)


Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9 am-noon: City Chickens (cancelled)

Discover how you can start and care for an urban flock of chickens. Instruction will include breed selection, housing requirements and models, growing/mixing your own chicken feed, keeping a flock healthy, and using manure to maximize soil fertility. Participants will also learn about and discuss nutrient cycling with animals in a variety of landscapes, from human-oriented to wilder climes. Pre-registration required and space is limited. To register, click here, call 541-687-9699, or email info@nearbynature.org with City Critters in the subject line.

Instructor: Kris Woolhouse from Ruby and Amber's Organic Oasis, an organic farm that features Ruby and Amber, draft horses who help plow and till their farmer's fields.


Sunday, November 14, 2010, 1-4 pm, Backyard Habitats

November is the time to plant native trees, shrubs, and seeds so they develop root systems over the winter and spring before the dry Willamette Valley summer begins.  Join Nearby Nature at this fall workshop if you are interested in creating a backyard habitat for native birds, bees, and butterflies using native plants. Help our ecosystem, while having a great time and creating interest --  and perhaps you will create something beautiful, too! 

Instructor: Bruce Newhouse, Principal, Salix Associates and Nearby Nature Advisory Board Member.

Click below fo materials for the workshop:

Top 20 Native Butterfly Host and Nectar Plants

Native Pollinator Plant List

 

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 1-4 pm, Mushroom Identification and Medicinal Uses

Participants will learn mushroom identification basics and mushroom culinary and medicinal uses. Topics will include key mushroom characteristics, sustainable harvesting of wild mushrooms, and identification of distinctive wild species, including poisonous, edible, and medicinal mushrooms. The class will cover specific medicinal uses of mushrooms, how to make extracts from wildcrafted mushrooms, and how to start mushroom patches in your yard using a suitable wild mushroom. Finally, the instructors will go over the basics of cultivating culinary and medicinal mushroom on logs. Participant will each get to inoculate their own log to bring home.

Our October Lessons in the Learnscape workshop will be taught by Jennifer and Dustin Olson, the owners of the Mushroomery, a biodynamic, organic mushroom farm in Lebanon, Oregon. These folks grow different mushrooms throughout the seasons, are passionate about medicinals, and love educating people about the importance of mushrooms and ethical mushroom hunting.

 

 

Sunday, August 1, 2010, 1-4 pm: Seed Saving and Seed Stewardship

Our August Lessons in the Learnscape workshop will be hosted by the Seed Ambassadors. Topics covered will include: the history of this ancient tradition, why see saving is an act of social and ecological empowerment, information specific to the Willamette Valley, sources for seeds, strategies for planning your garden for seed saving, seed selection, harvesting and storing seeds, and re-localizing a seed stewardship community. See article in the Register Guard: http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/sevendays/25109780-35/seeds-seed-saving-project-open.csp

 


Sunday, July 18, 2010, 1-4 pm: Mushroom Gardening for Food and Medicine

Our July Lessons in the Learnscape workshop will be taught by Jennifer and Dustin Olson, the owners of the Mushroomery, a biodynamic, organic mushroom farm in Lebanon, Oregon. These folks grow different mushrooms throughout the seasons, are passionate about medicinals, and love educating people about the importance of mushrooms and ethical mushroom hunting. In this class, participants will learn mushroom basics as well as how to inoculate dowels, set up a mushroom garden in a small space, and use mushrooms as companion plants. The workshop will also cover food and medicinal uses of Reishi, Shiitake, White Elm, Garden Giant and Chicken of the Woods mushrooms and participants will taste a variety of mushrooms.

 

Saturday, June 12, 2010, 1-4 pm: Winter Cropping for Year-Round Fresh Vegetables

Participants in the Winter Cropping for Year-Round Fresh Vegetables workshop with Nick Routledge and Nathaniel Sperry will learn how they can eat fresh food out of the garden through late fall, winter and late spring. Learn to sustainably grow vegetables in our maritime Pacific Northwest climate through seeding strategies, timing of seeding and transplanting, varieties, harvest timing, protection, cover cropping, disease management, and more. Seed will be provided for several proven, locally adapted varieties of mainstay winter crops.

Nick Routledge, from the Seed Ambassador's Project, is a gardener who has co-led a major regional winter gardening workshop for the last seven years. Nathaniel Sperry of Sperry Tree Care is a long-time winter gardener

 

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 1-4 pm: Nature Journaling and Scientific Illustration

Work with Portland artist Kelly Casad to draw a scientific illustration of a native plant, bird, or scene in your own nature journal. Instructor Kelly Casad, a Portland artist, studied scientific illustration at the University of Washington. She has Kelly Casad's ocelotexpressed her artistic bent through recording Wyoming and Columbia River Gorge rock art for publication, private painting and drawing commissions, and practicing tattooing. She has taught art literacy to elementary students and basic drawing techniques to adults. If you have visited Nearby Nature, you may have noticed two murals by Kelly: the herons mural on the Nature Hut, and the Canoe Canal mural on the bathroom exterior.


Sunday, April 11, 2010, 1-4 pm: Creative Backyard Playspaces

At the Creative Backyard Playspaces workshop, participants will learn why kids need free play time in natural spaces and discover how to enrich the natural qualities of their own backyards. Design and implementation of small scale residential projects will be covered and plenty of examples of creative playspaces will be shared. Outdoor "test" playtime will be included!

The instructors for this workshop will be Sandra Koike and Erin Lamb. Sandra Koike is an environmental educator and landscape designer, and works with the Camas Educational Network promoting sustainability education by engaging students in schoolyard habitat restoration. Sandra investigated sustainable schoolyards in Kyoto and the western U.S. as part of her master's research in landscape architecture at the UO. Her research emphasized ways that together, education and design can further cultural lessons in sustainability. Erin Lamb, one of Nearby Nature's Alton Baker Park Hosts, is an avid gardener, landscaper, parent, and teacher.

Click here for resource materials from the workshop.


February 28, 2010, 1-4 pm: Urban Family Gardening

At the Urban Family Gardening workshop, participants will learn how to reduce their family food bills by growing their own healthy food on their own urban lots. They will also learn how to spend less time “working” in the garden and more time enjoying it! What and when to plant, how to get the whole family involved, growing food that kids will eat, age-appropriate garden chores, and keeping things simple are a few of the topics that will be covered.

The instructor for this workshop will be Angela André, the current farm manager for the Excelsior Restaurant's organic farm. Angela has over 30 years of experience gardening with children and had her own organic farm for twenty years. She taught for three years at the Laurel Valley Educational Farm and started the Northwest Youth Corps Youth Grow Program, a summer gardening program for kids ages 9-13.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The workshop costs $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Limited work trades are available. Childcare is available for $10/child. To register or for more information, call 541-687-9699 or click here for a registration form.


January 16, 2010, 9 am-noon: City Chickens and Other Critters: Nutrient Cycling with Animals

Discover how you can start and care for an urban flock of chickens. Instruction will include breed selection, housing requirements and models, growing/mixing your own chicken feed, keeping a flock healthy, and using manure to maximize soil fertility. Participants will also learn about and discuss nutrient cycling with animals in a variety of landscapes, from human-oriented to wilder climes. Pre-registration required and space is limited. To register, click here, call 541-687-9699, or email info@nearbynature.org with City Critters in the subject line.

Instructor: Kris Woolhouse from Ruby and Amber's Organic Oasis, an organic farm that features Ruby and Amber, draft horses who help plow and till their farmer's fields.


November 21, 3-6 pm: Backyard Habitats

November is the time to plant trees and shrubs so they develop root systems and naturalize before our dry Willamette Valley summer. Join Nearby Nature at this workshop for people interested in creating backyard habitats that support native wildlife. Learn about Willamette Valley habitats, plants, and pollinators and try some hands-on native plant propagation. Take starts and seeds home to plant in your own yard for beautiful spring color and to contribute to our regional natives restoration seed bank. Bring a drawing and photos of your yard and we will help you figure out the best places to plant your natives. To register, click here, call 541-687-9699, or email info@nearbynature.org with Backyard Habitats in the subject line.

Instructors: Bruce Newhouse (Principal, Salix Associates and Nearby Nature Advisory Board Member--salixassociates.com) and Yotokko Kilpatrick (Founder and Operational Director, Walama Restoration--walamarestoration.org)

 

December 12, 2009, 1-4 pm: Save Energy, Save Money

Learn how to maximize your energy and money savings before the cold season starts. Join Nearby Nature at a workshop for renters and anyone else interested in low-cost energy efficiency measures that start saving money the first year they’re installed. Learn how to do a home energy audit. Overview world energy sources and future technologies. Strategize longer-term energy saving strategies. Take home a resource list for renters and home-owners and a bag of materials and instructions for making your home more energy efficient. To register, click here, call 541-687-9699, or email info@nearbynature.org with Save Energy, Save Money in the subject line.

 

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