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Reflection of the Month
"She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last."
-  Willa Cather

October 3, 7pm 

Exploring Wild Headwaters: A Study of Stream Networks, Geology, and Transpiration in the River of No Return  

John Whiting’s research to improve understanding of remote mountain watershed hydrology took place in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in 2014 and 2015.  Based out of the University of Idaho’s Taylor Wilderness Research Station on Big Creek, John bushwhacked up small headwater streams and determined water use of Douglas fir trees.  The collaborative effort between Idaho State University geologists and the Taylor Ranch crew sheds light on the question of what happens to snowmelt and rainwater in the rugged Salmon River Mountains.


West Fork of Wallowa River

David Jensen

Give a lifelong love of science, wildlife, and the outdoors!

Explore & Discover: Bears!

August 10, 11am-3pm

A kid focused, hands on, day long, Bear station setup in Wallowology. Taught by Jim Akenson.

All dates are Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am

March 20:  Explorative Play

April 3: Rock Science

April 17:  Explorative Play

MAY 1:  Flower Science

Bring your preschool-aged kids to Wallowology this Spring for some fun Science Playtime! We will alternate between guided science activities, and explorative play at stations around the Discovery Center. Adult supervision required.


More childrens' programs are planned for Summer 2019!

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May 9-10:

Fungi: Environmental 

Stewards in a 

Changing Climate

Tristan Woodsmith, Equipment and Cultivation Specialist, discusses fungal ecology, growing mushrooms and how fungi can support the environment and help offset climate change.

Check back soon for more information!



Wallowology is committed to encouraging people to care for our landscape through education, art and science. If you believe in this mission, help support us with a generous contribution. Thank you!

Your contributions are fully tax deductible. Wallowology is a public education project of Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation based in Joseph, Oregon. (EIN: 46-5536585)

Bu clicking the Donate button below, you can make your donation to Wallowology securely using PayPal. Major credit cards are accepted.

Wallowology Discovery Center opened to the public in June 2014.  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 is the public education division of Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public benefit nonprofit corporation whose purposes are scientific, educational, and charitable. Based in science and education, EOLLF's natural and cultural history programs include research, conservation planning, and policy development.

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.


Explore & Discover: Bears! 

August 10, 11am - 3pm

Jim Akenson, Wildlife Biologist, at Wallowology.

What Are We Up To?

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Compelling conservation reporting, inspiring quotes, poetry, events, and Ralph's Links!

To read the latest Tracks, or catch up on previous newsletters, click HERE

Condors in Hells Canyon Country
A Nez Perce Tribe Feasibility Study, by Conservation Biologist David Moen

Thursday, February 28, 7-8:30pm

Fun fact: How high are Condors known to soar? 
A: 15,000 Feet!

Check out photos and read about the recent Joseph Canyon Hike with Ecologist David Mildrexler, from June 9th, 2018!  Click Here!


December 16th, 10 a.m. to 3p.m.
Join us for Games, Treats, Story Telling and a Sneak Preview of the new Kids’ Loft!

Observations from Standing Rock

February 16

Wallowa County Photographer Joe Whittle shares experiences and photos from the protests at Standing Rock.


The Great Grey Owl

Unless you're a squirrel, you gotta love these big birds! Holly Akenson and Janet Hohmann will tell you why the Strix nebulosa is important to our local ecosystems. Plus a field trip!


The Solar Eclipse!

August 17th & 21st

Don't be left in the dark! Wallowologist Daniel Lincoln and the Astronomy Club will lead the presentation, and an Eclipse viewing party on the 21st!

Job Announcement!
Wallowology is seeking its first Executive Director, to be hired in early 2018! For more information, click HERE
Hudson Gardner
Web & Social Media

Hudson is an ecologically concerned writer, photographer, backpacker and long-distance off-road bike tourer. Since he was very young, his experiences in Wallowa County have fostered a deep respect for the landscape. His writing and photography has been published by The Sun Magazine, Patagonia, Taproot Magazine, American Public Media, and Collective Quarterly.

Ecologist David Mildrexler Will lead the hike into the huckleberry area along the Bear Creek trail, rich in old growth forest and wildlife habitat. We will discuss ecology and the Blue Mountains Forest Plan.

Pre-registration required: 541-263-1663



Seasonal, May through September

Thursdays:  1:30 p.m. at Wallowology Discovery Center

Nature Journaling is a way for people of all ages to connect with nature.  At Wallowology, we will help you explore the natural world around you through art and science.  You will learn how to make observations and record them using pencil, watercolor pencil and other techniques.  You don't need to be an artist!  Nature journaling is your path into the exploration of the natural world!


Wallowology's hallways are excellent venues for small exhibits of art and photography, and we have recently installed new lighting fixtures to show it off!


We will change the artwork regularly, with priority given to local artists and youth. In the past we have had children's drawings and paintings of duck stamps.