Illinois River Natural History from a Raft CANCELLED

This course has been canceled by our rafting outfitter due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Instructor: Justin Rohde, M.S.
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Location: Meet at SFI to carpool to raft launching area
Tuition: $225 (includes raft trip and lunch)

Naturalist Certificate Credits: 8 hrs.



Cancelled due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned for future programming.

Immerse yourself in the ecology of the Wild and Scenic Illinois River on a raft trip through dramatic canyons, red rock rain forest and desert-like serpentine landscapes. Learn to identify many of the plants and animals found along this highly diverse portion of the Illinois River, ranked as the Rogue River’s largest and most productive tributary in terms of salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey. We will explore firsthand what makes this river one of the most diverse areas in Oregon, in addition to natural processes, geology and human influences that have shaped it.

Topics covered include geologic formations, stream ecology, river morphology, endemic plants and biodiversity, human history, past disturbance including fires and the potential effects of climate change.

Rafts and guiding provided by ARTA River Trips. Optional lodging at Illinois River Hideway Cabins off Illinois River Rd. Two off-the-grid cabins, each sleeps approximately 5 people. Email with lodging questions.