A Conversation on Conservation






Nature has value, but what is that value and how do we protect it? Given competing interests and visions of the public good, how do we conserve our common resources such as land, water, and air? Participate in a thought-provoking discussion facilitated by Oregon Humanities. This is part of a Conversation Project hosted by Greenbelt Land Trust. Join us as we sit outside at beautiful Bald Hill Farm and explore our environmental values and question how those values are reflected—or not reflected—in current local, national, and global environmental policies.

The discussion will be framed around two readings. Reading at least one in advance is recommended to participate meaningfully in the discussion:

Special guests this evening will include local writers and philosophers, Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Paul Nelson.


For more info and to sign up, email rebecca@greenbeltlandtrust.org or call the GLT office at (541) 752.9609.

The Conversation Project:

With their Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas.  The goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities. Facilitators are trained to connect their topic to the local community and to challenge participants to think in new ways.


Monica Mueller is an instructor of philosophy at Portland State University and specializes in ethical and political philosophy. She published the book Contrary to Thoughtlessness: Rethinking Practical Wisdom and is interested in discussing the seemingly overwhelming problems of living together in a world with others.

Nature Writing Workshop with Henry Hughes ***FILLED***

This event is currently full. Join Greenbelt Land Trust for a special writing workshop led by award-winning Oregon author and poet, Henry Hughes. This free workshop at the Little Willamette conservation area along the Willamette River will include a nature walk and writing discussion, personal writing time, and a group reading. Space is limited and this private conservation area is open only to GLT-led tours, so sign up today!


Thank you for your interest. This event is currently full.

Workshop Leader:

Henry Hughes grew up on Long Island, New York, and has lived in Oregon since 2002.   He is the author of four collections of poetry, including Men Holding Eggs, which received the Oregon Book Award. His memoir, Back Seat with Fish: a Man’s Adventures in Angling and Romance, was published in 2106 by Skyhorse.  An active angler, naturalist, and literary critic, he edited the Everyman’s Library anthologies Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing and Fishing Stories. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the Flyfishing and Tying Journal and Harvard Review. He teaches at Western Oregon University.





Get Outdoors Day 

This event celebrates the national Get Outdoors Day in Oregon and is sponsored by Greenbelt Land Trust and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

Oregon land trusts work to protect our rivers, farms, forests, wetlands, and wild places. Our land is not always easy to see or experience, but each acre benefits our diverse communities.  On Get Outdoors Day, we want you to experience these places, properties, and big open spaces.  Attend an event, bring friends, take pictures, and have fun outdoors! #GetOutdoorsOR