Events

Announcements & Registration

AFRANA events are announced here and in our calendar. As they expire, these posts are archived to our events log. Events that require sign-up or registration and payment include a link to the appropriate online form.

Upcoming Events

Experience Fort Hoskins

EVENT INFO

PRESENTATIONS

  • 10:00 am: Informal talks and park exploration
  • 10:30 am: Dr. David Brauner: Historical Overview of Fort Hoskins
  • 11:00 & Noon: Hike and discussion of the Natural Area
  • 10:00-2:00 Park Tours:

Reenactors on the Parade Ground: Canon will be fired on the hour and 1/2 hour

Frantz-Dunn House Open

Commander's House Open : Presentations throughout the day by Dr. Brauner and Dr. Bryant.

Free Digital Walking tour available:


Marys Peak Annual Conifer Pull

EVENT INFO

  • When = Saturday, 20 October 2018, 10am - 2pm
  • Where = Marys Peak Summit Parking Lot (See Directions Below).
  • Weather = This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly.
  • Contact = Andrew Esterson at andrew@appliedeco.org
  • Co-sponsors = AFRANA & Siuslaw National Forest

DESCRIPTION

Please join the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas (AFRANA), Marys Peak Alliance (MPA) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) on October 20h at the Marys Peak summit for our annual conifer sapling pull.

In addition, we are excited to have Ken McCall from the Marys Peak Alliance give a brief presentation on the history of Marys Peak. This is a great opportunity to see one of Oregon’s most spectacular sites.

Please remember to wear appropriate clothes (multiple layers, rain gear, etc.) and shoes (boots, rain boots, etc.). Marys Peak weather conditions may be considerably different then Corvallis weather conditions, so plan accordingly. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

No special skills are required for this work. IAE, AFRANA, MPA and FS staff will help identify plants that are going to be removed. IAE will provide hand tools and gloves (but you may want to bring your own gloves to ensure you have some that fit). We will be walking to the summit and through the meadows, so there will be some incline and potentially rough terrain.

Please RSVP to Andrew Esterson: andrew@appliedeco.org by October 19th. It is important to RSVP so we can bring sufficient tools

DIRECTIONS:

You are welcome to meet at the project site at 10:00 or meet at the IAE office (563 SW Jefferson Ave.) at 8:50 to carpool to the site.

If carpooling, please let Andrew know ahead of time.

Project Site: Follow HWY 34 west from Philomath for 10 miles, then turn north (right) onto Marys Peak Road. Continue up Marys Peak Road for 9 miles. Park at the Summit Parking area at the end of the road.

Marys Peak Weed Pull

EVENT INFO

  • When = Saturday, 19 May 2018, 10am - 2pm
  • Where = Marys Peak Summit Parking Lot (See Directions Below).
  • Weather = This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly.
  • Contact = Cindy McCain, mccaincynthia@msn.com
  • Co-sponsors = AFRANA & Siuslaw National Forest

Description

Let's Pull Together to remove weeds from the places we love!

Bring your friends, your family, your group, and meet at the Marys Peak summit parking area at the end of Marys Peak Road.

Marys Peak is the tallest point in the Coast Range. From the top (at 4,000 feet elevation), you can see the pinnacles of the Cascades, the beautiful Willamette Valley, and even the ocean.

The Siuslaw National Forest preserves the summit for scenic and the native plant communities.

Please bring a bag lunch to eat at the summit. We will spread out in the beautiful meadows to pull invading tree seedlings. Help protect the beautiful natural meadow community and the gorgeous views.

Directions

Follow HWY 34 west from Philomath for 10 miles, then turn north (right) onto Marys Peak Road. Continue up Marys Peak Road for 9 miles. Park at the Summit Parking area at the end of the road.

Marys Peak Hike

EVENT INFO

  • What = Interpretive, guided hike on Marys Peak
  • Date = Saturday, 5 May 2018
  • Time = 1:00pm
  • Location = Carpool from Corvallis
  • Contact = Contact & Register with Mike Neeley-Brown, snaebs@gmail.com
  • Host = Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club with AFRANA/MPA - Marys Peak Alliance

DESCRIPTION

This interpretive guided hike is from the Marys Peak Campground through Meadow Edge Trail and Summit Trail to the top and back down the other loop of Meadow Edge Trail. This is one of the most ecologically-rich trails near the summit. Register with Mike Neeley-Brown – snaebs@gmail.com – We will carpool from Corvallis.

MPA Celebration #20

EVENT INFO

  • What = 20th Bi-Monthly Marys Peak Celebration
  • Date = Tuesday, 17 April 2018
  • Time = 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location = Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis OR 97333
  • Contact = Dave Eckert, mpa@afrana.org
  • Host = AFRANA/MPA - Marys Peak Alliance

DESCRIPTION

The Charismatic Fauna of Marys Peak, by Deanna Williams, U.S. Forest Service

4th Annual MPA Interpreter Training

EVENT INFO

  • What = 2 day interpreter training
  • Date = Saturday and Sunday, January 27th & 28th, 2018
  • Time = 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location = Siuslaw National Forest Office, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331
  • Contact = Dave Eckert, mpa@afrana.org
  • Host = AFRANA/MPA - Marys Peak Alliance

DESCRIPTION

This two-day workshop brings together volunteers from the Marys Peak Alliance and other organizations to learn how to use interpretive methods to convey the region’s ecology, geology, and human history to various audiences. By the end of the workshop groups will develop and present interpretive programs that provide opportunities for audiences to connect to the scientific and societal importance of Marys Peak and the surrounding region.

MPA Celebration #19

EVENT INFO

  • What = 18th Bi-Monthly Marys Peak Celebration
  • Date = Tuesday, 23 January 2018
  • Time = 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location = Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis OR 97333
  • Contact = Dave Eckert, mpa@afrana.org
  • Host = AFRANA/MPA - Marys Peak Alliance

DESCRIPTION

Entomologist Loren Russell will present “The Oregon Funnybug and 5000 other arthropod species that live on the biological island we call Marys Peak.”

MPA Celebration #18

EVENT INFO

  • What = 18th Bi-Monthly Marys Peak Celebration
  • Date = Tuesday, 5 December 2017
  • Time = 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location = Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis OR 97333
  • Contact = Dave Eckert, mpa@afrana.org
  • Host = AFRANA/MPA - Marys Peak Alliance

DESCRIPTION

Bennett Hall and Anibal Ortiz, journalists from the Corvallis Gazette-Times will present “Covering the Eclipse: Local Journalists Report their Marys Peak Experience.

Jen Davis and Vicki Kulak of Cheldelin & Linus Pauling Schools will present “Students to the Peak” which will cover their teacher experience with our student field trips over the past 4 years. In addition, Phil Hays and Bob Lillie will talk about their behind the scenes work on the field trips.

Marys Peak Invasive Pull

EVENT INFO

  • When = Saturday, 28 October, 10am - 1pm
  • Where = Marys Peak Summit Parking Lot (See Directions Below).
  • Weather = This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly.
  • Carpooling = If you would like to carpool, we will be leaving IAE (563 SW Jefferson Ave., Corvallis OR) at 9:00am. Please contact Andrew Esterson for info.
  • RSVP by October 27th = Andrew Esterson, andrew@appliedeco.org (important, so we can be certain to bring sufficient tools for the day)
  • Co-sponsors = Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and the Marys Peak Alliance (AFRANA/MPA)

Description

We will be removing conifer saplings and oxeye daisy from the Marys Peak summit prairie. This is a great opportunity to see one of Oregon’s most spectacular sites. Mid-elevation prairies are continually threatened by conifer encroachment and invasive non-native species. Removing these species is critical for the preservation and maintenance of this unique ecosystem.

What to Bring

Please remember to wear appropriate clothes (multiple layers, rain gear, etc.) and shoes (boots, rain boots, etc.). Marys Peak weather conditions may be considerably different then Corvallis weather conditions, so plan accordingly. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

No special skills are required for this work. IAE and MPA staff will help identify plants that are going to be removed. IAE will provide hand tools and gloves (but you may want to bring your own gloves to ensure you have some that fit). The terrain is relatively flat, but we will be walking through a prairie so there may be uneven or rocky terrain.

Directions

Follow HWY 34 west from Philomath for 10 miles, then turn north (right) onto Marys Peak Road. Continue up Marys Peak Road for 9 miles. Park at the Summit Parking area at the end of the road.

Open House at Fort Hoskins

EVENT INFO

Commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Fort and the 5 year anniversary of the return of the Commanders House. Explore the Native, Natural and Military History of the Fort and see the restoration work to date.

Presentations:

  • 10am- 2pm - Informal talks and park exploration
  • 11am- Joseph Scott, Siletz Educator, Confederated Tribes of the Siletz: a native view
  • 12pm- Devon Durrant, Landscape & Habitat Specialist: Nature walk and meadow restoration
  • 1pm- Tour of HIstoric Houses: Dr. David Brauner and Dr. Kathleen Bryant at the Commanders House

Free Digital Walking tour available:


MPA Celebration #17

EVENT INFO

  • What = 17th Bi-Monthly Marys Peak Celebration
  • Date = 27 September 2017
  • Time = 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location = Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis OR 97333
  • Contact = Dave Eckert, mpa@afrana.org
  • Host = AFRANA/MPA - Marys Peak Alliance

Photo-documenting Marys Peak by Barry Wulff

Barry has begun photo-documenting Marys Peak from specific, recorded locations and angles that can be replicated in future years. He is logging the date and special conditions or observations. Some of these photos and other documents will be shown, as well as similar photos taken by others in the past. The audience will be asked to recommend Marys Peak sites for photo-documenting and to comment on other observations that should be included in the record. The photos will be posted on a website and donated to either the Benton County Museum and/or the OSU Special Collections & Archives.

The Wildflowers of Marys Peak by Dr. Steve Carpenter

Steve will present the release of his new and revised 2nd edition of this popular book and expand on the discussion of the diversity of flowers in this special plant community. Copies will be offered for sale.

From Pre-Contact to Termination: A Brief History of the Siletz Indians

EVENT INFO

  • Date = 21 September 2017
  • Time = 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location = Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis OR 97333
  • Contact = info@afrana.org
  • Host = AFRANA

Joseph Scott, Siletz Educator, Confederated Tribes of the Siletz will give a tribal view of history and display artifacts (see poster).

AFRANA Annual Disc-Golf Event

  • When = Saturday, 16 September 2017, 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Status = Event CLOSED (see the photo album)
  • Where = Adair County Park, Benton County, OR
  • Registration = Online Reg&Pay (link below), Onsite Reg&Pay (day-of event)
  • Fee = $20/Individual (includes a disc golf disc & lunch), $35/Family (up to 5 family members, includes 2 discs & lunch)
  • Contact = info@afrana.org
  • Hosts = AFRANA & the Willamette Disc Golf Club

Pay (after you register) at pay.afrana.org

DESCRIPTION

Disc golf instruction & play, snacks, prizes, and lots of fun. Bring your friends and family. Click the image below, for a glance at last year's event.

Eclipse Day on Marys Peak

EVENT INFO

DESCRIPTION

Viewing of the 8/21/2017 total solar eclipse from Marys Peak, at 4101 feet, the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range. Parking and shuttle bus transportation from Benton County Fairgrounds, see website for further detail.