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Karen Hans and tourists at Dixon Creek/Willamette Confluence © H. Keirstead
Karen Hans and tourists at Dixon Creek/Willamette Confluence © H. Keirstead

Resources for Recreationist

With so many trails to visit and so much wildlife to view, we provide some resources to assist you in your recreational pursuits.

Two House Sparrows sitting on a rock wall. Photo: Lip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0
House Sparrows can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They aggressively take over the nests of swallows and bluebirds. Photo: Lip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0

Birding Resources

See Lauren Pharr blog posts!

Dixon Creek Trail at Jefferson Elementary © T. Matteson
Dixon Creek Trail at Jefferson Elementary © T. Matteson

Urban Creek Tours

Take a self-guided tour of an urban waterway with help from one of these tour brochures.

On the River

Whether you visit the river on your own or through a Love Your River event, our aquatic plant guide will help you learn about the plants you discover out there.

Area where new bike path will be constructed. © R. Southworth
Area where new bike path will be constructed. © R. Southworth

Trails

Check out these helpful resources:

  • Oak Creek Trails

    Oregon State University’s McDonald State Forest is a checkerboard of research plantings, timber plantations, and areas of the mixed natural forest native to the east side Coast Range foothills, some of it replacing the seasonal meadow burning practices of the native Kalapuyans.

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  • The Right Trail

    Explore nature in the mid-willamette valley!

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  • Benton County Trail Map

    Benton County Parks works with private landowners, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, the City of Philomath, Siuslaw National Forest, OSU Research Forests, the Greenbelt Land Trust and others to offer a trail system that provides health and recreation benefits for the citizenry.

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Related Blog Posts

Birdsongs 101: Tips on how to identify birds by song
Lauren Pharr | April 2, 2021

In this post, Lauren Pharr provides some useful tips that can help you begin identifying birds by their song

Birding 101: A Guide for New Birders
Lauren Pharr | March 2, 2021

Lauren Pharr shares her top tips for new and beginning birders!

Being Inclusive: Ways to Promote Diversity in Nature
Lauren Pharr | January 29, 2021

In this post, Lauren Pharr suggests three ways to make the outdoors more inclusive for all.

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