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February 2014

Fledgling Fun – Sage Grouse

February 10, 2014 @ 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). This session, focusing on the endangered Sage Grouse, is from 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm. Fledglings (kids) must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Wolves: Social Ecology and Implications for Management

February 11, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Presenter: George Wuerthner, Ecologist and Author Wolves hold a special fascination for humans. Find out more about the history of wolf recovery and the potential for wolf recovery in Oregon. The social interactions of wolves, how humans view wolf behavior and respond to it have important implications for their re-establishment. Ecologist and author George Wuerthner will discuss these issues and how current wolf management contributes to greater human conflicts. Free and open to the public.  

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Birders Night: Northern Goshawk

February 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join Master Falconer and High Desert Museum Natural History Curator, John Goodell as he give us a closer look at the Northern Goshawk, it’s habitat, natural history and population status as one of the most secretive diurnal raptors in Central Oregon. John will be bringing a live goshawk to provide an up close and personal encounter during which you’ll also learn some little-known facts about goshawk behavior, prey, and amazing hunting strategies. John is a wildlife biologist with over 20…

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Lunch with LandWatch: Off Road Vehicle Impacts

February 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Wilderness guide, ecologist, and writer, George Wuerthner, will be discussing the impacts of Off Road Vehicles on public lands. George is the author of Thrillcraft: the Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation. Please RSVP here.

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COTA Membership Meeting

February 27, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Please join us for the February COTA monthly meeting. It’s the season when COTA volunteers can plan for the coming winter/spring work events. Among other topics, we will discuss plans for the winter/spring trail work season at the Maston, the Redmond Radlands, and the new Lower 66 trail in Prineville. All are welcome, we hope to see you then! Click here for more info.

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March 2014

Chasing Ice Film Screening

March 11, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join the Juniper Group Sierra Club for a free film screening of Chasing Ice. James Balog and his young team set out on a bold expedition to capture the receding of Iceland’s Solheim Glacier. Employing time-lapse photography over 3 years in harsh subzero Arctic conditions, we see undeniable evidence that these giants of ice are literally shrinking before our eyes. Winner of over 30 film festival awards, Chasing Ice delivers photography and adventure at its most spectacular. 6:30 pm gathering,…

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Reflections on Fifty Years of Bird Banding

March 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Birder’s Night – Reflections on Fifty Years of Bird Banding Enjoy an evening with Jim Anderson, one of the most esteemed storytellers and naturalists in Central Oregon, as he shares stories and photos of raptors he has known in his 50-years of banding birds. Jim’s stories will include how he got started with bird banding, his first encounter with a golden eagle, and insights into what causes raptor fatalities. Jim promises a lively program, with photographs and lots of time for…

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Growing Carbon

March 25, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join former Central Oregonian and natural resource advocate, Jeff Goebel, to hear about his experience internationally and at home on how planting trees and plants in the quickest way out of the global dilemma. Visit www.aboutlistening.com for more information about Jeff and his work abroad.

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April 2014

Earth Day Mask Making Workshop

April 5, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Saturday, April 5, at The Environmental Center $5.00 materials donation greatly appreciated! C.O. mask maker, OPB Art Beat Alumni and long time A.I.E. artist Debra Fisher will be volunteering her time to teach mask/costume workshops at The Environmental Centers for our Earth Day Parade held in downtown Bend on Saturday April 19, 2014. Being an animal not your thing? How about a plant, or create a portable mural of your favorite natural scene! Central Oregon is full of amazing artist and…

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Bling Your Bike for Earth Day

April 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Rowena Meyer-Allen, a local encaustic artist, fabric soft treatments designer, and founder of the C.R.A.F.T. (Creative Reuse: Art From Trash) Materials Exchange will be offering a “Bling Your Bike for Earth Day” workshop at the Environmental Center. Bring your bicycle, tricycle, unicycle, wagon or other human-powered mode of transportation and transform it into the species of your choice to ride in the Earth Day Parade! This is a free workshop. C.R.A.F.T. will be supplying materials. Donations of recyclable art materials…

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Bird Costume Workshop

April 13, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$5

Get ready for the Earth Day Parade by making a beautiful bird costume! We will be cutting, sewing, gluing, buttoning, and glittering old stuff into magnificent costumes that will turn you into a Central Oregon bird! This workshop will be fun for all ages – tiny toddlers to adults.   Choose the bird you’d like your costume to represent ahead of time, or decide at the workshop. At Camp Fire, we love the sage grouse, golden eagle, mountain quail, spotted…

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River of No Return Wilderness Film

April 16, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$3

Join Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest for an evening celebrating Wilderness! US Fish & Wildlife Wolf Coordinator, John Stephenson, will discuss wolves in Oregon and their connection with the wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness in the film. The Film, River of No Return, is set deep in the heart of Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. At 2.5 million acres, it is larger…

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Earth Day Fair & Parade

April 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Earth Day Fair Now in its 25th year, the Earth Day Fair is a community celebration of sustainable living that will include live music, local food, activities and games for children, non-profit organizations and green businesses. Earth Day Parade This colorful, creative procession filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite species will kick off the day. There are three parade rules: no written words, no motorized vehicles, and no live pets. Participants should gather at 10:30am on Louisiana…

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Spring Garden Work Party

April 26, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Help us get the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden into spring shape! We'll be cleaning up the garden, prepping our beds for planting, spreading compost and more. Come ready to dig in the dirt!

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May 2014

Lunch with Landwatch

May 12, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
free

Lunch with Landwatch at The Environmental Center. 12 noon. Topic: Fish & Flows in the Upper Deschutes Basin. Details and RSVP HERE. Please bring your own lunch.    

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Wilderness & Waldo

May 13, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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A Wilderness Ranger’s personal experiences in the wilds and the role of wilderness in our country’s legacy, celebrating wilderness and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Also featured, the Keep Waldo Wild campaign and its innovative approach to conserving 75,000 roadless acres in the Waldo watershed. When:         May 13, 2014 – 6:30 pm gathering, 7:00 pm program Where:        Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend Sponsor:      Sierra Club Who:          Free and open to the public Contact:      Gretchen, 541-389-0785

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Birders Night: Sandhill Crane film

May 15, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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May 15:“Raising Kid Colt – A Story of a Young Sandhill Crane” Gary Ivey invites us into the exciting world of a wild Sandhill Crane couple and their parenthood adventures with a showing of the nature film “Raising Kid Colt.” The film provides viewers with remarkable footage of an Alaska Crane family’s life as well as seldom seen perspectives of raising Sandhill crane colts, and the progression of colt development over a summer. Gary Ivey has worked with wildlife for…

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LandWatch Forum on Farms & Ranches

May 27, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703

Central Oregon LandWatch is hosting Deschutes County at a forum on farms & ranches in Central Oregon on Tuesday, May 27th 5:30 p.m. at the Environmental Center.

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In the Garden with Camp Fire Connects

May 28, 2014 @ 2:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703

Join Camp Fire and The Environmental Center in TEC’s Learning Garden to see firsthand where local food comes from!  We will tour the garden, plant wildflower seeds to attract pollinators, do some fun and light garden work, sample some fresh garden greens, and plant a seed to take home. Rain or shine! Meet up location: In the garden next to TEC. This event is for registered Camp Fire members and their families only. Become a member today by purchasing an individual or family membership,…

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Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Divide

May 29, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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A Community Conversation Led By Professors Ethan Seltzer & Michael Hibbard Every state has a legacy of truths—stories residents tell to explain why things are how they are. When those truths conflict, as they inevitably do, the result is political, social, and cultural tension. In Oregon, tensions manifest themselves as wet versus dry, the valley versus the east side, and, perhaps most fundamental, urban versus rural. Our state’s conflicting truths can bedevil and sometimes paralyze us despite our shared state borders and public processes. The aim of this conversation is to explore and imagine what…

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June 2014

Roy Zimmerman in Concert

June 5, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
$10 – $15

The Social Justice Center of Central Oregon invites you to an evening of "funny"-and heartfelt-songs about peace and justice. Satirical singer-songwriter, Roy Zimmerman, is on tour bringing his original-and unique-songs to cheer us on our various peace-and-justice endeavors. Possible themes he'll touch on: creationism, same-sex marriage, fracking, government shut-down, marijuana, immigration, and more! All "justice issue" groups are invited to have their literature available to share with others. Let's use this as a time to enjoy each other's company and…

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Becoming a Carbon Neutral City: Lancaster, CA Mayor Rex Parris to Speak in Bend

June 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - June 19, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Rex Parris is the popular three-term mayor of Lancaster, California, where he has put his city well on the way towards becoming a carbon neutral, zero net energy community. Parris will be in Bend on June 18th and 19th for several presentations about how his city has successfully developed a proactive strategy to reduce its contribution to climate change while providing substantial local economic benefits, including jobs. “We all may feel a bit helpless when we confront the facts of…

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Birder’s Night

June 19, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Birder’s Night  So Much White:  Is it Snow or Snow Geese Each spring over 200,000 Snow and Ross’s Geese migrate through the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  For the past sixteen years, Kelly Hazen has volunteered her time to study Ross’s and Snow Geese as they rest and feed at Malheur during their northbound migration.  She has read the neck collars of over 1,700 Snow and Ross’s Geese thus contributing to understanding adult survival rates, migration timing, and migration patterns. Join…

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Compost 101

June 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until June 28, 2014

The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Friday June 27th & Saturday June 28th, 2014, 10:00 – 11:00 am (same presentation each day) Join us in The Environmental Center’s Learning Garden to get an overview of composting. We’ll go over what to include and what not, pros and cons of different methods, and address common questions. This is great for the novice composter or those needing to address some issues with their own compost system. This event is free, and coffee will be provided! #WeCompost, Do You? If…

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July 2014

Lexicon of Sustainability Art Show

July 10, 2014 - August 31, 2014
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Come on down to The Environmental Center to view the ongoing pop-up art show of the Lexicon of Sustainability. This project is based on a simple principle: people can't be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don't know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability. By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it, the conversation about America's rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability educated, engages, and activates people to pay closer attention…

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Eco-Hero Summer Camp

July 14, 2014 @ 9:00 am - July 17, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703

During this all day camp July 14-17, 2014, your kids will discover what it takes to grow food, harness solar power, fix bikes, conduct an energy audit, get around by alternative transportation and enjoy swimming and tubing on the river! We will learn how to bike safely around town with Commute Options while learning about sustainable living in the community with The Environmental Center. Check out more at Summer and Afterschool Programs.

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Free Coffee Friday!

July 25, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Come join  us for a cup of free EcoRoast coffee (bought through fundroast in support of the local Bend Boys and Girls Club) from 8am-10am this Friday, and take a stroll through the building to see the Lexicon of Sustainability art show. The show will be hanging on the outside front porch and in the Audubon room, High Desert room, and hallway of The Environmental Center through the rest of July and August. Take your time looking through the art,…

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August 2014

Jack Johnson 2 FREE tickets Drawing!

August 18, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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2 FREE TICKETS for the sold-out Jack Johnson All At Once show on August 24th will be drawn from all submitted answers to our question at The Environmental Center: How are you Living the Green in Bend? Your answers can be inspired by the ongoing pop-up art show of the Lexicon of Sustainability, which will be hanging on the outside front porch and in the Audubon room, High Desert room, and hallway of The Environmental Center through the rest of July…

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Roy Zimmerman in Concert

August 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$15

Back By Popular Demand! Funny Songs about Peace and Justice Satirical singer-songwriter & Troubadour for the Truth, Roy Zimmerman, is coming back to Bend for a repeat performance! You won't want to miss him this time around! Possible themes he'll touch on: creationism, same-sex marriage, fracking, government shut-down, marijuana, immigration. Visit his website. Invite your Friends! Sponsored by the Central Oregon Social Justice Center and Jobs with Justice

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COTA General Meeting

August 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Trail Work Season is Right Around the Corner! It's our off season right now. It's hot. It's dusty. And we'd rather be riding or swimming in a cool lake. But we do have big plans for this fall. Come learn at our next general meeting.  

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September 2014

The Wonderlands of Oregon’s Wildernesses

September 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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We’ll be treated to views of Oregon’s Very Special Places through George Wuerthner’s photographs and stories of personal adventures, in honor of the 50thAnniversary of the Wilderness Act. 6:30 gathering and snacks, 7:00 program. 

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Living with Wildfire Presentation

September 10, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Free, RSVP Required

Living with Wildfire: a Presentation by George Wuerthner In light of this year's dramatic fire season, ecologist, writer, and photographer, George Wuerthner will speak about wildfire ecology, and how communities can be prepared for large, uncontrolled wildfire like Washington's Carlton Complex blaze. George is the author of 35 books about national parks, wilderness areas, mountain ranges, and conservation and wildlife issues, including wildfire. In light of this year's dramatic fire season, George Wuerthner will speak about wildfire ecology, and how communities…

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Beyond Coal Campaign Kickoff Meeting

September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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There’s a new gal in town—come meet our newly arrived Beyond Coal campaign field organizer, Victoria Leistman, at her kickoff meeting!  Did you know that 67% of Oregon’s electric power comes from coal plants located in other western states?  Knowing that coal plants throw tons and tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that will remain there affecting climate for thousands of years, we urgently need to move to clean energy.  Join Victoria in working on marshalling public support to …

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September Lunch with LandWatch

September 23, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Free, RSVP Required

Lunch with LandWatch: The Plight of Oregon's Golden Eagles Join legendary Central Oregon naturalist Jim Anderson for a presentation on the factors affecting the survival of Oregon's Golden Eagles and other raptors.   Please RSVP here!

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Take Back Our Sky!

September 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Learn more about Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth. Authur Elana Freeland's is hosting a multi- media lecture and book signing event. $10 suggested donation (no one will be turned away) We are entering a Space Age, but not the kind President Kennedy originally envisioned. This Space Age is replacing the resource wars and redefining Planet Earth as a "battlespace" in accordance with the military doctrine of Full Spectrum Dominance. Thus the title of writer Elana Freeland's book Chemtrails,…

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October 2014

Sustainability Awards Applications Due

October 1, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703

The Environmental Center is accepting applications for the 2014 Sustainability Awards, now through October 1.  Awards will be given to a citizen, small business, large business, and organization (agency or nonprofit) that are leading the way to a sustainable future in Central Oregon. For application materials and more information, go here.

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Disruption: Climate Change Film

October 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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DISRUPTION:  CLIMATE.  CHANGE, the film takes us behind the scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world Climate Summit—the story of our unique moment in history. It will look at the science, the broken political process, industry special interests, and the imperative need to leave fossil fuels underground.  We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to…

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UGB 101

October 8, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Ever wondered, "What's a UGB?" We have the educational event for you! Central Oregon LandWatch and The Environmental Center are hosting a UGB 101 discussion-based seminar to bring you up to speed on this critically important planning process for our City. Former City Planning Commissioner, Nathan Hovekamp, will give an overview of the UGB planning process and facilitate discussion. Representatives from the UGB Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) will be present to update participants on where we are in the planning process. There will…

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Garden Bed Build Out

October 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until October 11, 2014

The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join us in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden at The Environmental Center to start work on the garden design and build out this fall (supported by donors' generous support and the Jack Johnson Ohana Foundation). We're building 9 raised garden beds this fall, and we'd love your help! This is a great opportunity to get hands on and learn some tricks for making a sturdy raised bed. Join us on Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th from 9am-12pm. You can sign up…

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Water & Volcanoes in Central Oregon

October 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join the Central Oregon LandWatch for this presentation about our Central Oregon Volcanic Landscape. The volcanic landscape of Central Oregon has shaped the hydrology of this area in surprising ways. Daniele McKay, professor of Volcanology at OSU-Cascades will give an overview of Central Oregon’s unique hydrogeology and explore other questions related to water in Central Oregon.

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Educating for a Sustainable Future Workshop

October 23, 2014 - October 25, 2014
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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With support from the Gray Family Foundation, The Environmental Center is excited to offer a professional development workshop designed to increase K-12 educators’ understanding of sustainability and their capacity to integrate it into their curriculum using experiential and outdoor education techniques. Spend three days at a retreat style workshop at Skyliner Lodge, west of Bend Take home Project Learning Tree, Aquatic WILD and Project WILD Terrestrial curriculum Reflect on practice, collaborate with fellow educators and develop lessons to use in your classroom and in…

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Strategic Storytelling Workshop

October 28, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Strategic Storytelling Workshop: The Secret to Stories that Inspire Action Designed for Nonprofit and Business Leaders and Outreach Specialists alike, this workshop will help you harness the power of storytelling and strategy to inform, persuade, inspire, and engage audiences. In this one-day workshop, you'll create a "GAME Plan" for identifying, capturing, and sharing powerful stories that inspire deep connections among donors, volunteers, and others. You'll walk away with stories and tools you can use immediately to help you meet your…

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Trick or Treat Your Energy Art Show

October 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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The Sierra Club Presents: Trick or Treat Your Energy Art Show    Please join us as we invite local artists to represent what coal use and climate change means to them. This Halloween, envision how scary a world that continues to depend on fossil fuels like coal might look. Or imagine if we took the initiative to transition to the clean energy options that are available now. Art submission deadlines are due on Wednesday, October 22nd. For art submissions and further…

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Our Wild Ones: Oregon’s Amazing Wild Rivers

October 30, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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OUR WILD ONES, OREGON’S AMAZING WILD RIVERS.  Wild Rivers have their own vital energy and personality and are stunningly captured by Northern California photographer and author Tim Palmer. He is well known for his beautiful photos, books, stories of river adventure, and insights about the problems and promise of free-flowing waters. Not to be missed! 6:30 gathering and snacks, 7:00 program. Visit the Juniper Group of the Sierra Club's website for more information about this and other events.

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November 2014

Symphony of the Soil, the film

November 11, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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If you’re like me, as a kid you made little mud cakes and set them out to dry in the sun.  This requires digging up soil, throwing in some water, a handful of sandbox sand, and whipping up just the right blend so the cake won’t crack as it dries.  I was learning about soil.  Symphony of the Soil beautifully, lovingly, respectfully offers up this most basic source of life, the mother of nearly all plant life that in turn…

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Camp Fire Central Oregon: In the Garden with The Environmental Center

November 12, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join us for a little late afternoon garden preparation as we help the folks at The Environmental Center get ready for winter, and fill some of their brand new planters with fresh soil! Gardens require a lot of love and upkeep–so let’s all bring a friend, roll up our sleeves, and get our hands a little dirty! It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a great excuse to learn a little more about what it takes to maintain…

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CANCELLED: East Cascades Audubon Society Birders Night

November 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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When: Scheduled 9 times a year, 3rd Thursdays of month. Location: Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 N/W Kansas, Bend, Oregon 97701 Time: Social gathering time is from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and usually last until 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free and open to the public. You do not need to be a member of any group to attend. Sponsors: East Cascades Audubon Society. Contact: For more information contact Diana Roberts or Nancy Merrick.   November…

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December 2014

Central Oregon Flyfishers Board Meeting

December 4, 2014
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Monthly COF Board of Directors meeting at Environmental Center at 6:30 PM.

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Central Oregon Flyfishers Next Cast Committee

December 4, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Central Oregon Flyfishers Next Cast Committee

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January 2015

Mirror Pond Information and Answer session with Don Horton

January 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
Free

Come learn more about the Mirror Pond Project. In addition to the public comment options, Don Horton will offer an opportunity to provide more information and answer questions about the concept. The public comment period closes on Saturday, January 31st so come educate yourself now! The presentation will be at the Environmental Center on Wednesday January 7th from noon-1pm. For more information click here      

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February 2015

Tell It On The Mountain, the film

February 18, 2015 @ 6:45 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$3

Five months, 2663 miles, bone-dry deserts, raging rivers, snow-covered mountain passes, mosquitoes, blisters, torrential rains—see what challenges six hikers encounter during their brave Pacific Crest Trail journey. For more information call Gretchen Valido, 541-389-0785  

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Indian Ford Creek Restoration and the Birds of Calliope Crossing

February 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join Sisters U.S. Forest Service silviculturist Will Brendecke and wildlife biologist Julie York in an overview of the Sisters area “Indian Ford Creek Restoration Project.”  They will discuss the management history of the area, current condition of the aquatic and terrestrial habitat, and the long-term restoration objectives of the project. Of special interest to local birders is Calliope Crossing, a spot along Indian Ford Creek with excellent birding opportunities for spotting Calliope hummingbirds, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, multiple flycatcher species, and pygmy…

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Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) Course

February 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am - February 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$295

SHP is an interactive six-month accreditation program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build highperformance homes. Each two-day module integrates lecture and discussion, hands-on exercises and tours of certified homes. Module 1: Green Building Intro & Integrated Design Two day Module from 9-5pm This module provides an introduction to and exploration of the philosophy of sustainable building practices in the residential sector. Students will explore the details, benefits, and…

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The Dam Fiasco at Bull Flat: A History of Tumalo Reservoir

February 24, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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One hundred years ago the State of Oregon stepped in to help settlers in the Tumalo area salvage their crushed dreams after a rogue's gallery of grifters, chiselers, swindlers and cheats had left hundreds of settlers high and dry. The State's well intended plans to bring irrigation to the area went awry. Join Mike Berry, history enthusiast and Deschutes County Surveyor, as he recounts the follies and foibles of the Tumalo Project in the area now known as the Tumalo…

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March 2015

Kôr Community Land Trust Info Exchange

March 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Kôr Community Land Trust invites you to join us for cocktails, lite-bites  and some great information about our vision for affordable housing communities in Bend. The event is open to the public. Bring your questions and a friend!    

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Fledgling Fun: The Life Cycle of Birds

March 9, 2015 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Fledgling Fun: The Life Cycle of Birds 3:45-5:15 PM (3:45-4:15 pm: gathering & crafts; 4:15-5:15 pm: activities & presentation) March 9th: Cranes April 13th: Bird Migration May 11th: A Bird-Day Celebration ...(A celebration of what we have learned) Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). The February session, devoted to the Life cycle of Birds, is from 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm. Location is the Environmental Care Center,…

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Oregon Climate Meet Up

March 10, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Oregon Climate is a statewide, grassroots campaign to put a price on pollution in Oregon. We have one overarching goal: to pass a carbon price and dividend for our state. This simple system will charge polluters and give the money directly back to each and every taxpayer. Join the Oregon Climate Action Hub in Bend, where we'll be initiating and organizing action on the local level, to contribute to our ambitious campaign to put a price on carbon. The following…

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Oregon State Legislature Policy 101

March 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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On Wednesday, March 11th, join Central Oregon LandWatch, Friends of Family Farmers, and High Desert Food and Farm Alliance for a FREE workshop. Come learn how the Oregon Legislature works and get engaged with your government. Learn about relevant food, farm and Land Use Bills that will be addressed by the 2015 Legislature and how to use your voice to stand up for issues that matter to you! Seating is limited, so please RSVP. Light refreshments and beer from Worthy…

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Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) Course; Module 2

March 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$295

SHP is an interactive six-month accreditation program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build highperformance homes. Each two-day module integrates lecture and discussion, hands-on exercises and tours of certified homes. Module 2: Building Science Fundamentals This module provides an exploration of the fundamental laws that govern the dynamic flows within a building in order to understand the interconnectedness of house systems. These fundamentals are necessary tools to use when…

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Environmental Educator Training

March 16, 2015 @ 8:45 am - 3:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$40

North American Association of Environmental Educators – Guidelines for Excellence Workshop What?  A one-day workshop introducing participants to the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education series via two modules: Non-formal Environmental Education Programs and Environmental Education Materials– Guidelines for Excellence. These Guidelines offer a set of recommendations for developing and administering high quality non-formal environmental education programs. What you will receive?  Each participant will receive copies of Non-formal Environmental Education Programs –Guidelines for Excellence and Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines…

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Juniper Group Sierra Club Bee Block Workshop

March 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$18

.  You know about honey bees and how they're in trouble, but their sidekicks, native wild pollinators, are also vital in pollinating our flowers, vegetables, fruit and nut trees.  They need homes, too, because their natural habitat is disappearing.  Join us for this bee block building workshop, everyone welcome. We'll provide blank wood pieces cut to size, hardware, and some of the tools.  If you have a hammer, electric or battery drill, 1/4 or 3/8 inch drill bit, and/or sandpaper,…

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COTA Bend Bimonthly Membership Meeting

March 19, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Please join us for the March COTA bimonthly meeting. It’s the season when COTA volunteers can plan for the coming spring work events. The next meeting is from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., Bend, OR 97701.  COTA bimonthly meetings are usually held the third Thursday of odd numbered months; the next meeting is Thursday, March 19, 2015. Among other topics, we will discuss plans for the winter trail work season at the Visitor…

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Birders’ Night

March 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until June 18, 2015

The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Scheduled 9 times a year, 3rd Thursdays of month. Social gathering time is from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and usually last until 8:30 p.m. March 19: “Bird Friendly Native Landscaping."   Birders Karen Theodore and Rick Martinson of WinterCreek Restoration will share identify native plants, and share tips about landscaping, designed to transform any yard into a bird friendly sanctuary. April 16: “Birding Every Corner of Alaska” Crooked River Ranch locals John and Marilynne Keyser…

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Birders’ Night

March 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 19, 2015

The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Scheduled 9 times a year, 3rd Thursdays of month. Social gathering time is from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and usually last until 8:30 p.m. March 19: “Bird Friendly Native Landscaping."   Birders Karen Theodore and Rick Martinson of WinterCreek Restoration will share identify native plants, and share tips about landscaping, designed to transform any yard into a bird friendly sanctuary. April 16: “Birding Every Corner of Alaska” Crooked River Ranch locals John and Marilynne Keyser…

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Snowy Owls of Eastern Oregon

March 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$4 – $6

Come see the Snowy Owl Presentation at the Environmental Center! Join us Tuesday, March 24th for a lecture by Kelly Hazen on the natural history of snowy owls in Eastern Oregon. Tickets: $6 for non-members, $4 for SNCO members. All proceeds benefiting the Sunriver Nature Center. Reservations: Call the Sunriver Nature Center at 541.593.4394

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Spring Break Garden Work Parties

March 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until March 27, 2015

The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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On spring break? Join us in the garden anytime between 10am-4pm on Thursday 3/26 & Friday 3/27 to help get the garden in shape for the spring. We'll be adding soil to our new beds, prepping for spring construction projects, cleaning out fall yard debris, planning for spring plantings and more! Join us for an hour or the whole day. Refreshments, tools and gloves provided. Dress prepared for the weather and bring a water bottle. Questions? Contact denise @ denise@envirocenter.org…

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April 2015

Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP); Module 3

April 3, 2015 @ 9:00 am - April 4, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$295

SHP is an interactive six-month accreditation program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build highperformance homes. Each two-day module integrates lecture and discussion, hands-on exercises and tours of certified homes. Module 3: High Performance Building Envelopes Two day Module Friday & Saturday from 9-5pm This module explores various high performance wall and roof assemblies, including continuous exterior insulation, truss walls, double-stud walls, SIPS, staggered stud framing, I-joist, and more.…

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Fledgling Fun: The Life Cycle of Birds

April 13, 2015 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Fledgling Fun: The Life Cycle of Birds 3:45-5:15 PM (3:45-4:15 pm: gathering & crafts; 4:15-5:15 pm: activities & presentation) March 9th: Cranes April 13th: Bird Migration May 11th: A Bird-Day Celebration ...(A celebration of what we have learned) Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). The February session, devoted to the Life cycle of Birds, is from 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm. Location is the Environmental Care Center,…

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Beyond Forest Hardball, Can Enviros and Loggers Get Along in the Deschutes?

April 15, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$3

Learn how the Forest Service, local government, enviro groups and the logging industry are working together on the Deschutes NF Collaborative to create a healthy forest.  Find out what we’ve learned about the role of fire and about the upcoming West Bend restoration project.   Open to the Public. Contact:  Gretchen Valido, 541-389-0785 Collaborative Member Panelists: David Stowe, Sierra Club; Moderator Kevin Larkin, District Ranger, Deschutes Nat’l Forest Alan Unger, Deschutes County Commissioner Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild Ruth Williamson, Recreation…

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“Field of Flowers” Costume Workshop

April 18, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Get ready for the Earth Day Parade on April 25th! Artist Debra Fisher will host a "Field of Flowers" themed costume workshop. Choose your favorite flower or insect for the Earth Day Parade! There will also be wolf mask-making for adults wishing to join "the pack."

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2015 Earth Day Fair & Parade

April 25, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Earth Day Fair The Earth Day Fair is a community celebration of sustainable living that will include live music, local food, activities and games for children, non-profit organizations and green businesses. Earth Day Parade This colorful, creative procession filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite species will kick off the day. There are three parade rules: no written words, no motorized vehicles, and no live pets. Participants should gather at 10:30am on Louisiana Avenue by McMenamin’s to parade…

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May 2015

Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP); Module 4

May 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am - May 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$295

SHP is an interactive six-month accreditation program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build highperformance homes. Each two-day module integrates lecture and discussion, hands-on exercises and tours of certified homes. Module 4: Mechanical Systems & Performance Testing Two day Module Friday & Saturday from 9-5pm This module provides an overview of load reduction and an exploration of many design and product options for conditioning systems within a home. Just…

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Portfolio Manager Training

May 6, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Come learn about EPA's Portfolio Manager software that allows businesses to baseline and track their energy usage for buildings. The High Desert Collaborative of the Cascadia Green Building Council is presenting this training and demo session.  

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Garden Work Party

May 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join us for another community garden work party in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden! Swing by for 30 minutes or the entire two hours as we continue to get the garden ready for spring. Check out our spring 2015 garden update to learn more about upcoming projects.

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Fledgling Fun: The Life Cycle of Birds

May 11, 2015 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Fledgling Fun: The Life Cycle of Birds 3:45-5:15 PM (3:45-4:15 pm: gathering & crafts; 4:15-5:15 pm: activities & presentation) March 9th: Cranes April 13th: Bird Migration May 11th: A Bird-Day Celebration …(A celebration of what we have learned) Join Mary Yanalcanlin for an exploration of our local birds geared towards grades K-5 (though all ages are welcome). The February session, devoted to the Life cycle of Birds, is from 3:45-5:15 PM, doors open at 3:15pm. Location is the Environmental Care Center,…

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Bend Energy Challenge Volunteer Training

May 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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There are a million reasons to love the Bend Energy Challenge. Five million reasons, actually. You may have seen our AmeriCorps NCCC team around the community lately, perhaps at Springfest, outside a local business, or even on your own doorstep. They have been busy spreading the word about the Bend Energy Challenge, Bend’s chance to win $5 million for local energy conservation projects. They’ve also been educating Bend, providing easy tips and resources for lowering their own energy bills. However,…

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Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP); Module 5

May 29, 2015 @ 9:00 am - May 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$295

SHP is an interactive six-month accreditation program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build highperformance homes. Each two-day module integrates lecture and discussion, hands-on exercises and tours of certified homes. Module 5: Health, Materials, and Water Two day Module Friday & Saturday from 9-5pm This course provides an in-depth look at the rationale for designing and building a healthy indoor environment while conserving natural resources. Participants will explore various…

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June 2015

Video Tour of the Upper Deschutes River

June 9, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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What: A science-based video tour and panel discussion about the Upper Deschutes River. When: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. Program begins at 6:30pm. Where: The Environmental Center Why: The Deschutes River is the life-blood of Central Oregon, but it is in trouble. Learn about how the river functions and the issues affecting all of us, whether we can see them or not. How: RSVP by clicking here! Presenters: Scott Nelson: Digital Storyteller and Deschutes River advocate Kate Fitzpatrick: Deschutes River Conservancy…

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Citizen Advocacy 101

June 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Be a super citizen advocate for the environment! Are you passionate about protecting the Oregon you love? Don't miss this great opportunity to gain meaningful skills in citizen advocacy and activism. Democracy demands civic engagement to work well--learn how to be heard! Join seasoned activist and author Rex Burkholder for a special 2-hour training on Saturday, June 13 from 9 AM to 11 AM with Oregon Environmental Council and the Environmental Center. RSVP today for your free raffle ticket! This event…

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Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP); Module 6

June 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am - June 20, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$295

SHP is an interactive six-month accreditation program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build highperformance homes. Each two-day module integrates lecture and discussion, hands-on exercises and tours of certified homes. Module 6: Final Presentations and Certification Exam Two day Module from 9-5pm This module will utilize the knowledge and skills acquired in Modules 1-5 and will emphasize the integration of these into students’ own design and construction process. The…

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Happy Hour in the Garden

June 23, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 7, 2015

The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Free

Join us for happy hour in the garden this summer! Join us in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden (at The Environmental Center) on Tuesdays from 4-6pm this summer. Get your hands dirty during a garden project, enjoy a local refreshment, and spend some time with some great people in our community. Supplies provided. Bring water! Hope to see you there. Check our Facebook page for updates. *Please note there will not be an event on July 14th. Attend the Summer Repair Cafe at DIYcave…

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July 2015

Happy Hour in the Garden

July 21, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Free

Join us in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden Tuesdays from 4-6pm to help tend the garden and enjoy a local brew! Check our Facebook page for updates on what we'll be doing each week. This is a family-friendly event for people of all ages! The final happy hour event will be on August 25th. Join us for a fun celebration to thank all our summer volunteers and celebrate another season of successful garden projects. Check out the Bulletin's article featuring our…

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Recap of the 2015 Legislative Session

July 23, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Central Oregon LandWatch's public interest lobbyist, Jonathan Manton, will give an update on LandWatch's priorities and work as part of the 2015 Oregon legislative session. When: Thursday, July 23rd, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: The Environmental Center 16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend, OR RSVP: Click Here Bring a bag lunch to enjoy during this Lunch with LandWatch event. We'll see you there!

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Community Conversation on Volunteerism

July 27, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Who? Government, nonprofit, business, and faith-based organization leadership and volunteers; interested community residents; and national service participants in conversation with representatives of the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service What? An Open Discussion About Volunteering and Engagement as Community Building Strategies in Oregon Why? • To hear from Oregon community members about what is working well and what issues need to be addressed in order to strengthen local volunteer engagement capacity • To identify priority community needs that…

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August 2015

Eco Hero Adventure Camp

August 10, 2015 @ 8:30 am - August 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Discover what it takes to grow food, harness solar power, fix bikes, conduct an energy audit, get around by alternative transportation and be an outdoor guide! Together with the Environmental Center, Commute Options will teach you how to bike safely around town while learning about sustainable living right here in our community. We will explore parks, play games and enjoy the river at lunch time. Ages 10-14; Register through Bend Parks & Recreation District. REGISTER TODAY!

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Frankly Mule Deer (and Elk), We Do Give a Damn

August 12, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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It’s easy to think that deer and elk in Central Oregon are doing just fine when you see them munching your garden or crossing your street. However, their numbers have declined sharply in recent years, and their migration patterns have been altered. What’s causing this? What can you do to help local wildlife survive? What: A panel of experts will discuss mule deer and elk life cycle and habitat needs, and the impacts of urbanization and recreation. When: Wednesday, August 12th,…

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Is Your Beefsteak Destroying the Planet?

August 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Please join Central Oregon Bitterbrush Broads and Central Oregon Landwatch for this informative presentation:  Is your beefsteak destroying the planet? Linkages between land use, climate change and wetland ecosystems will be discussed by Boone Kauffman, Professor, Ecosystems & Habitat Ecology, OSU. When: Tuesday, August 18th 7pm-8:30pm Where: The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend, OR RSVP: Click Here

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September 2015

Volcanoes and Hydrology, Water in Central Oregon

September 16, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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VOLCANOES AND HYDROLOGY, WATER IN CENTRAL OREGON   Open to the Public Contact:  Gretchen Valido, 541-389-0785  What do volcanoes have to do with your water supply? The volcanic landscapes of Central Oregon have shaped the hydrology of this area in surprising ways, giving us one of the most unique groundwater systems in the western U.S.  Spring-fed rivers and streams in Central Oregon are directly connected to groundwater systems, which provide steady flows and cool water temperatures year-round.  How have volcanoes created…

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Solar Works! What Local Governments and Utilities Need to Know

September 23, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Learn how you can use solar energy to recharge the local economy, with presentations from solar installers, local governments, the State building codes division, and utilities. A Q&A Session will follow, with plenty of time to get your questions answered. Guest Presenters: The Oregon Department of Energy The Energy Trust of Oregon Sunlight Solar

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October 2015

Sharing The Earth: Conserving Biodiversity

October 21, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Open to the Public Contact:  Gretchen Valido, 541-389-0785  Author and ecologist George Wuerthner will discuss the critical role that parklands and wildernesses play in the conservation of biodiversity.  While some assert there is no need for protected areas, the overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that protected landscapes work better than any other land management to conserve Nature. The talk will discuss some of the critiques of protected areas and give examples from around the world of why protected areas are the best…

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Fall Garden Work Party

October 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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Join us in the Learning Garden on Saturday October 24th from 10-12 to help us clean up and winterize the Kansas Ave Learning Garden. Help complete fall projects, amend our soil, clean up the garden and more! We’ll have coffee and snacks on hand. This is a family friendly event. SoupCycle will also be on site giving tastings of their soups available weekly delivered to your home by bicycle.

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November 2015

Sierra Club General & Volunteer Meeting

November 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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We’ll update you on work the Juniper Group and Oregon Chapter are doing, our group aspirations and vision, volunteer and leadership needs, outings and children’s programs. This will be an open discussion and survey to hear from you about issues important to you, what program format/content you favor. Share with us your ideas and talents. There are a number of options for people to become engaged at different levels, and there’s a role for you whether as a team member…

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Video Screening: This Changes Everything

November 13, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$5

From November 9-15th, the New Economy Coalition will host New Economy Week - a public conversation around ideas that can transform society and build an economy where people and the planet matter. Come celebrate New Economy Week at a screening of This Changes Everything (a film based on Naomi Klein's bestseller) right here in Bend! Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed…

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Mile, Mile & a Half, a film about the John Muir Trail

November 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$3

What:   Mile, Mile & a Half, a film about the John Muir Trail When:  Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm Where:   Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend Sponsor:   Sierra Club Cost:   $3 donation at the door, popcorn and snacks Who:   Open to the Public Contact:  Gretchen Valido, 541-389-0785   In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the…

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December 2015

Juniper Group Sierra Club Holiday Pot Luck

December 16, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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We take this end-of-the-year time to gather for Pot Luck taste sensations of other people’s cooking, live music, nature and scenic photography slides and chatting with old and new friends. It’s festive fun, so bring an appetizer, main, side dish or dessert to share - we’ll supply the beverages. Music by the band NTT (pronounced “Entity”), played by Debby and Kevin. We’re in for a sound sensation where guitar, flute and percussion plus their unique harmony meld in songs ranging…

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January 2016

Love Thy Nature

January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$10

3EStrategies is partnering with Issue Magazine, Unity of Central Oregon and The Environmental Center to host a screening of the beautiful film, Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson. The trailer can be viewed here. When:  January 12, 2016.  6:30pm Where:  The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, Oregon. Cost:  $10.  All proceeds go to support Unity of Central Oregon. If you are in another part of the world but are interested in hosting a screening you find out how at http://www.lovethynature.com.

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This Changes Everything, the film

January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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$5

Climate champions Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis explore the premise that climate peril is not about carbon, it’s about capitalism.  Can we dominate nature, take what we want, and never pay the consequences?  Can we use the climate crisis to transform our failed economic system into something radically better? This film explores communities on the front lines of global warming, challenges entrenched policies, and considers how we can work with nature for a more just, sustainable economy and planet. “Klein and Lewis paint a…

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February 2016

Behind The Emerald Curtain

February 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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A documentary from Shane Anderson in collaboration with Pacific Rivers. The film examines logging practices in Oregon--especially the hidden impacts of industrial style clearcutting, road building and pesticide application, all of which are largely hidden behind propaganda and beauty strips. We will screen the video and then have a conversation with Chris Smith, our Conservation Program Coordinator for State Forests and with staff from Pacific Rivers. This promises to be an eye-opening look at forestry in Oregon.  Click here to watch…

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High Desert Design Council Hosts Ask an Expert Expo

February 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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The High Dessert Design Council (HDDC) is hosting the first annual Ask an Expert Expo event February 20 from 12-2pm at The Environmental Center, at 16 NW Kansas St., in downtown Bend. The HDDC offers this free event for residents of Central Oregon to get one-on-one guidance and feedback from local professionals in the design and construction industry. A minimum of one representative from a variety of professions including architecture, interior design, remodeling, stone fabrication, painting, tile installation, artwork and…

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March 2016

The Children’s Forest Volunteer Training

March 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Avenue
Bend, OR 97703
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The Children’s Forest is offering our first ever volunteer training for community members interested in working with environmental education and family programs. The training will provide skills for leading effective outdoor activities, group management in the outdoors, and natural history skills. Volunteers will learn about several education programs offered through Children’s Forest partners which provide ongoing volunteer opportunities this spring and beyond. Interested volunteers should: Have an interest and passion for working with youth outdoors Be able to attend all days of…

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