Saturday June 2nd, 7:30am  

Come and explore the Forest Ecology of the Clackamas River with us on June 2nd!  Dr. Keith Swenson, Professor of Natural Sciences at Multnomah, will lead this trip. The upper Clackamas River drainage in the Mt. Hood National Forest is an ideal place in which to study and enjoy Oregon’s west side forest. This field trip will be in the form of a mini-course on forest ecology, based on the material taught in the biology program at Multnomah University. Participants will observe old-growth forest as well as sites that have been clearcut logged. We will see the large 36 Pit Fire burn of 2014, learn how to core trees and measure their height, net aquatic organisms in the Clackamas River and identify the major forest plants. Discussion topics will include evidences for design in the forest ecosystem and biblical stewardship of forest resources. Hiking distance will be about 4 miles, some being off-trail.

We will meet at 7:30 am in the Science House at Multnomah University and carpool to the forest. Return time will be about 5:00 pm. Suggested donation will be $25 for families or $15 for an individual.

Please register by emailing Dr. Swenson directly at with your 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone number. More details will be sent prior to the trip.