Family Fun with the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council!

Join Luke Westphal , Executive Director of the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC), for family-friendly native planting parties along Cozine Creek in McMinnville.

Bring the kids for great outdoor fun, all ages are welcome!

The GYWC will provide snacks, tools, work gloves, education about Cozine Creek and coordination of planting activities. Planting will take place rain or shine so please wear layers and be prepared to get dirty. Closed toed boots are highly recommended. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Contact Luke Westphal at (971)388-9200 or with questions or for more information.


Where: Linfield Cozine Creek

When: Saturday, March 14th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Parking: Parking lot at College Ave and Cowls or Linfield Ave and Pioneer Way


Where: Cozine Creek near South Yamhill River Confluence

When: Sunday, March 15th from 10 am to 1 pm

Parking; SE Ford ST and SE Hembree ST


Where: McMinnville 7th Day Adventist

When: Thursday, March 19th from 12:30 pm to 2 pm

Parking: SE side of church parking lot

Dammed to Extinction – The Life of the Pacific Coast Orca Whales

Dammed to Extinction

February 7 @ 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. Corvallis
Suggested donation $5/person, $10/family

For eons, a one-of-a-kind population of killer whales has hunted chinook salmon along the Pacific Coast of the United States. For the last 40 years, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed a deadly pattern, as salmon numbers plummet the orcas starve. The solution, says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams 500 miles away on the largest tributary to what once was the largest chinook producing river on earth.

After the one-hour film, you are invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q&A session. The film writer, Steve Hawley, along with Dr. Gordon Grant, Dr. Lisa Ballance (new Director Marine Mammal Institute in Newport), and Kirk Schroeder will also be on the panel.

View film trailer at

Spring into Gardening with Yamhill County Master Gardener’s

Join the Yamhill County Master Gardener Association and OSU for a day of educational gardening classes.

Topics include: Seed Saving, Attracting Birds to Your Garden, Growing Berries, Native Plants & Climate Change, Pruning Shrubs and more!

Saturday, March 21 from 8:45 am to 4pm at the McMinnville Community Center. $30/person if you register prior to the event.

For more information and to register visit

Tualatin SWCD Biochar 101 – 2 Day Workshop – FREE

Join Tualatin SWCD and presenter, Kelpie Wilson, for a FREE 2-day biochar workshop.

Thursday and Friday, February 27-28.

Workshop attendees will:

– Be introduced to the chemistry and biology of biochar at scales ranging from atoms to the atmosphere.
– Learn how biochar sequesters carbon while improving soil health and plant productivity.
– Understand available technology options for biochar production at different scales.
– Lean how to use biochar to manage farm wastes and create valuable organic fertilizers.
– Become familiar with the production of biochar through a hands-on demonstration.

For more information and to register visit:

Luckiamute Watershed Council hosts Free Winter Education Series

Join the Luckiamute Watershed Council for a series of educational events throughout the winter. All events are free to attend with a small suggested donation to help support this ongoing program.

January 22: Worm Bin Composting

January 25: Where does Your Drinking Water come from?

February 12: Protecting Salmon Strongholds around the Pacific Rim

Visit for information on each series and to register.

Think you know Miller Woods? Then this competition is for you!

Each week during the month of January, Miller Woods will be posting a photograph taken somewhere on the property.

Take a selfie at that location and you could win a weekly prize of Miller Woods swag! You will also be entered to win our Grand Prize of a wooden bench made from a fallen tree at Miller Woods!

You must be a Friend of Miller Woods to participate.* Not a friend yet?

Click here to join!

Contest begins Wednesday, January 1st and continues for 4 weeks. The weekly winner will be randomly selected from all the correct submissions received. All correct submissions will be entered to win our Grand Prize.

If no correct entries are received, that week’s location will continue until a correct entry is received.

Weekly competition runs Wednesday to Tuesday at midnight.
Weekly completions will be:
January 1- January 7
January 8-January 14
January 15- January 21
January 22-January 29

*Only one entry per member per week or one entry per family membership per week. Weekly photograph will be posted on Facebook and emailed to current members on Tuesday evening.

Submissions and questions may be sent to:

Grand Prize made from a fallen Douglas Fir Tree at Miller Woods by Mr. Rick Thomas:

Irrigation Efficiency Workshop

Join us for a morning of experts discussing irrigation innovations, incentives and conservation.

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9 AM – 12 PM

Location: The Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife HQ Office
4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE,
Salem, OR 97302

Register Today

Friendly Reminder: No Pets or Bikes at Miller Woods

Please note that pets, including dogs, and bikes are prohibited at Miller Woods. Thank you!

See All Property Rules

GYWC Yamhill Coho Salmon Presentation & Field Days

Yamhill Coho Salmon Presentation

Greater Yamhill Watershed Counsel invites you to a community presentation to learn about the Yamhill River Watershed’s naturalized, wild run of Coho Salmon (the largest population in the Upper Willamette!) and GYWC volunteer-led efforts to document local Coho spawning reaches and habitat.

Tuesday December 3rd

6:30pm  Social / Pizza
7pm – 8pm   Presentation & QA

McMinnville Public Library, Carnegie Room

225 NW Adams ST McMinnville, OR 97128 (Google Map)

Join GYWC in the Creeks November & December for Coho Salmon Spawning Field Days

Click to subscribe to the GYWC’s Coho Field Day Email List to receive notices (Nov – Dec) of opportunities to join GYWC staff and trained volunteers in the creeks to look for spawning Coho salmon and their habitat.  Timing is weather dependent and requires some good rains to bring the Coho up from the ocean and Willamette river.  You can also check our Facebook Events Page for updates as Field Days are posted.
Wading Gear available to borrow in Mens Sizes 7 – 13

Want to get the family out to the creeks to look for Coho? 
Click to inquire about scheduling a family-friendly visit to one of our Coho spawning survey areas where we can walk alongside the creek instead of in the water (or if you have your own youth-sized wading gear or rubber boots – then let’s plan to get in one of the smaller creeks!) 

Contact Us / Learn More
Luke Westphal, GYWC Executive Director
Office:  503-474-107
Mobile / Text:  971-388-9200

GYWC Habitat Work Party Volunteer Event: Cozine Creek @ Linfield College / MVA (11/9, 11/16)

Rain or Shine!

Join the Greater Yamhill Watershed Counsel for fun, family-friendly mornings to remove invasive weeds, plant natives, and clean-up trash along our Cozine Creek habitat project at Linfield College / Mid-Valley Advancements.

This Saturday 11/9   9am – 1pm
Next Saturday 11/16  9am – 1pm

Project Tour & Orientation @ 9am

Drop by anytime until ~1pm to help us work!

RSVP Online for an Event Reminder or Facebook

GYWC will provide snacks, tools / gloves,and educational project tour.

*Volunteers, Please bring* 
– Yourself and family / friends!
– Re-fillable waterbottle
– Weather Appropriate Outfit (Rain or Shine!)
–  Long pants and closed-toe shoes required
–  Long sleeves and rubber boots recommended  (Limited selection of rubber boots available to borrow, sizes Mens 9 – 13)

Meeting Location & Parking
Meet behind Newby Hall on Cozine Way, McMinnville, OR 97128
Google Maps Link to orientation meeting location

If joining the group late, follow the dirt path behind Newby Hall to find us!
Google Maps Link to dirt path trailhead

Nearby Parking Lots Available at:
— College AVE X Cowls ST
— Linfield AVE X Pioneer WY

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