MUD 101: Outdoor Ed & Life Lessons

Greenbelt has partnered with Marys River Watershed Council, the Institute for Applied Ecology, and elementary schools in the Corvallis School District to provide 140 3rd-graders with hands-on environmental education- all at the perfect outdoor classroom location at Bald Hill Farm! Read on as Greenbelt’s own Elizabeth Records (Stewardship and Volunteer Specialist) reflects back on one of her favorite moments from last month’s education field days … “I fell in the mud!” The little boy was crying loudly, though he was less dirty than his classmates who had just trooped back from sampling macroinvertebrates in Mulkey Creek. “Just leave him be” said his teacher who was used to this Read More

And 3,000 miles later …

When I first entered Corvallis, the city’s population size sign was one of the first things to greet me besides the beautiful panorama. The sign says 56,535, but as of this week, this number can be increased by a whopping… wait for it…one! During a seven-day adventure from Connecticut to Corvallis, my dog Grover and I encountered an assortment of interesting obstacles and stunning scenery, including pronghorn antelope, the occasional free-ranging cow, a blizzard over a mountain pass, what felt like hurricane-force winds (creating white-knuckled driving and relentless mirror checking to insure the gear strapped to my car was not sprawled across the highway behind Read More

The WHY of conservation

Oftentimes I run into people who do not know what a land trust is – maybe it’s a distant family member or a high school acquaintance that I’ve run into over the holidays. Back in 2009 when I first started at Greenbelt Land Trust I remember fumbling my way through the description, watching eyes glaze over as I explained what a conservation easement was, or how we work with private landowners on voluntary conservation. I quickly realized that this wasn’t the way in for people to connect to our work. As I struggled to frame a definition of the work of conservation, I realized that Read More

Dark and Stormy

After nearly two months of rain, winds and darkness, I may be ready for spring and summer.  My tennis shoes seem to be perpetually soggy from jumping over numerous mud puddles and my sense of humor slightly dented because I have been walking hunched over for two months in the downpours.  After last year’s drought and heat, I was ready for some long bouts of Oregon winter rain, but maybe it is time for a little different mix of weather.  Perhaps we should have a few weeks of cold sunny days. I walked up the Mulkey Creek trail to Fitton Green on Martin Luther King Read More

The Next Generation

Emily, Kevin, Ryan, Tyler, Abby, Elizabeth, William … these are the names of Bill Beck’s grandchildren. They are names that I hear often as Bill relays graduation and swim-camp stories after Greenbelt Finance Committee Meetings, or when he stops by the office to drop off a load of tomatoes from his voluminous garden. To Bill, a board member of Greenbelt Land Trust from 2004 to 2010, his grandchildren are not only a source of pride, but they are a beacon of hope for the next generation – they hold the opportunity to pass along an appreciation for the natural world around us. Bill’s grandchildren who Read More