Oregon Eco-excursion: Enjoying and Tending God's Earth

Willamette Valley and Drift Creek Camp in Oregon

Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 19, 2021

Ready to get out with others? Come alone or get friends for a different vacation… an eco-excursion. Explore outdoor wild spaces in scenic Oregon. Learn about forests in ecosystems of God's creation. And help with newly planted trees along the Zena Forest.

During this 8 day excursion, we will . . .

  • Hike in lush forests with towering trees and falls,
  • Kayak on the Salmon River Estuary and see wildlife,
  • Learn about sustainable ecosystems in a working forest,
  • Work a day and a half with a Zena Forest tree project,
  • Go on a whale watching trip along Oregon's coast,
  • Stay in old growth forest at Drift Creek Camp,
  • Enjoy a restful retreat with God, trees and the Earth.

This venture will be an experience for men to be in the wild together and work with a tree project supported by Mennonite Men to convert a pasture to forestland. This project—part of our JoinTrees campaign to plant one million trees—will extend the Zena Forest, a model working forest managed by a Mennonite family in a region with extensive clear-cutting.

Accommodations will be at Cascara House at Oregon 4H Center Saturday—Wednesday night then Drift Creek (Mennonite) Camp Thursday—Saturday night. The trip will be coordinated by Steve Thomas, US director for Mennonite Men, certified arborist, and graduate student in urban forestry at Oregon State University.

Cost: $890. 
Fee covers 8 nights lodging, all meals, park entrances, kayak rental, whale watching tour (weather permitting), and ground transportation from Portland International Airport on and back to. Participants may also choose to donate an additional amount to the JoinTrees program to offset the carbon cost of the trip. Calculate your cost at https://climatestewardsusa.org/offset/ and donate HERE.

Reserve one of twenty spots on this excursion with a $200 deposit and complete registration form. Do not purchase tickets to Portland International Airport (if flying) until the trip is confirmed with the minimum registrations.