In June, 2022, Mennonite Men will host an eight-day eco-excursion in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The June 11- 19 trip provides an opportunity for a different kind of vacation that will give participants an opportunity to explore outdoor wild spaces and learn about forests and ecosystems in God's creation.
The excursion will include hiking in temperate rainforests, kayaking on the Salmon River Estuary, working on a Zena Forest tree-planting project, whale-watching along Oregon's coast, and staying in an old-growth forest at Drift Creek Camp.
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 pasture to forestland. The project – part of the Mennonite Men 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. Steve Thomas, US director of Mennonite Men, is coordinating the trip. Steve is a certified arborist and graduate student in urban forestry at Oregon State University.
Registration is open through April 11. Find more details and registration at oregon-eco-excursion.mailchimpsites.com/.