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Rick McEwan


Our Mission: To inform, inspire, and involve residents and visitors in the conservation of ecosystems and landscapes that support and sustain rural communities throughout Eastern Oregon.

What We Do: At our Natural History Discovery Center in downtown Joseph, we invite participants to explore and discover Eastern Oregon's lands and waters through exhibits, workshops, and evening presentations by scientists, artists and others.  Wallowology's interactive outreach programs extend into the outdoors with guided Discovery Walks, day outings, visits to farms and ranches, and expeditions into the Wild!


Kids' Activities: Explore our Children's Play Area and participate in hands-on fun! Special C.O.D.E. Green kids' programs are provided throughout the year for all ages.


Wallowology is the public education and outreach division of the Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands, whose mission is to expand land conservation in Eastern Oregon through public education, landscape-level planning, and land acquisition

Wallowology is headquarted in Joseph, Oregon.


Summer Hours 2024:

Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

May 26 through September 1

Winter - Open by Arrangement:


Phone: 541-432-0112


James Monteith
Executive Producer

Native Oregonian Monteith is Chairman of Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands and Executive Producer of Wallowology. He attended MIT and received his BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford in 1972. He is co-founder of Wallowa Land Trust and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts. In 2015, he created Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC to purchase the Wallowa Lake Lodge.

Daniel Lincoln
Science Educator,
Facilities Manager

Daniel "DJ" Lincoln attended high school in Enterprise and received a BS in Physics from the University of Oregon. HIs interests range from tokamak fusion and astronomy to orbital 3D printing. He teaches science, whether designing a grading system for a Honduran physics class, or sharing a reason to care about the sinuosity of a stream under a bridge.

Professor Karen Antell
Director of Life Sciences

Professor Antell, with a PhD in Plant Systematics from Washington State University, has taught botany and biological sciences at Eastern Oregon University since 1987. Her professional interests include conservation and restoration biology, especially with riparian and wetland systems. She likes field trips, flowers, and bugs (especially moths).

Rob Kemp
Webmaster, Graphics Artist

With a Graphic Design degree from the University of Washington, Rob specializes in informational graphics and maps for Wallowology, and other clients from Microsoft to the Wallowa Land Trust. His work is published in national magazines and books by UW Press, Oxford Press and others. He has shown paintings and photos locally, and throughout the West.

Ralph Anderson
Social Media/Facebook Manager, Naturalist

Retired US Forest Service wildlife field biologist and field surveyor (archaeology) Anderson studied at Centralia Comm. College and Washington State University. Anderson has co-authored “Wildlife habitats in managed forests of the Blue Mountains of Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon” with Dr. Jack Ward Thomas, Evelyn Bull, and Chris Maser.

Michael McLean
Business Systems Manager

McLean's experience with designing and maintaining the complex management systems for the industrial and not-for-profit sectors now supports the strategic and tactical mission of the Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands Fund and Wallowology, where he assists the financial and infrastructure platforms, enabling faculty and staff to evolve educational and outreach programs.

Dr. David Mildrexler
Systems Ecologist

Native Oregonian Mildrexler holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Resources from Portland State University, an M.S. in Forest Science from The University of Montana, and a PhD in Forest Ecosystems and Society from Oregon State University. As an emerging leader in policy-relevant research, David was selected to receive the 2015 Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science.

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Charla Lower
Associate Director

Charla has a BS in Biology and Comparative Religion from Lewis and Clark College in Portland. She has worked as a pilot flying on forest fires, wildlife surveys, regional airlines and teaching flying for Oregon’s oldest flying club, Chief Joseph Flyers. Her love of the outdoors has led her to do research on buteos on the Zumwalt prairie and seabirds in the Klamath region and Bahamas. She has also worked as an outdoor wilderness guide and educator.

Joan Gilbert
Exhibits Director, Artist

Native Oregonian Gilbert, with a BA in Economics and BFA in Graphic Design, has worked as a graphic designer for numerous clients. She writes and illustrates children's books, which include Little Prince Spaghetti, 'Twas the Night Before Round-Up (Written by Nancy Garhen Attebury), and Wallowa Lake—the REAL Story. She also volunteers with local schools and summer camps.

Professor David Bridges
Director of Information Technology

Professor Bridges graduated from Reed College, and holds an MA in mathematics and a PhD in physics from the University of Oregon. He taught physics at Le Moyne College and consulted for Syracuse University. Currently he offers IT support for non-profits including Wallowa Land Trust and Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands Fund / Wallowology, and Lake Wallowa Lodge LLC.

Dave Jensen
Resident Photographer

For nearly forty years, Jensen has traveled the back roads and trails of the Pacific Northwest in search of photos of the region's social and natural history, which have appeared in numerous regional and national books and calendars by major publishers such as National Geographic and Time-Life, and in magazines such as Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer.

Rick McEwan
Resident Photographer

For the past nine years McEwan has dedicated his photography to conservation and the protection of our precious remaining natural habitats. His images have been included in numerous publications, including The Nature Conservancy, Sierra, National Wildlife, and has contributed to the conservation efforts of many organizations.

Gary Underwood
Artist and Architect

Since 1974, Wallowa County has been an influence on Underwood, developing his environmental and educational initiatives including energy/solar and earth friendly structures. His guiding thoughts flow from indigenous peoples who appreciated the simple beauty of our Earth, and their deep understanding, through many generations, of conservation.

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