The Surfrider Foundation and representatives from OSU-Cascades Natural Resources Department, COCC-Outdoor Leadership, Environmental Center and Latino Outdoors are organizing the first Central Oregon Conservation Summit. The hope of this Summit is to connect everyday citizens, tourists, conservationists, recreationalists, researchers and volunteers in around the biggest challenges facing our region as population and climate change amplify.
We will feature leading researchers, scientists, activists, activities and organizations working to dwarf climate change and other environmental challenges and connect with potential concerned citizens, recreationalists and volunteers to look for ways to collaborate. We hope for this to be an avenue to catalyze involvement in conservation by connecting everyday Oregonians to organizations and participate in a clean-up at Sparks Lake the headwaters of the Deschutes River. All funds generated from this event, through sponsorship, ticket sales and donations, will help fund the event and research on algae blooms throughout the region in an effort to mitigate this problem which is critical to water conservation. Hear from amazing experts across our region, participate in fun activities, meet local non-profits ( just to name a few joining us at the reception: ONDA, UDWC, DLT, DTA, OAS, GOB, BOC, BPTA, LO) making a difference in our region, all attendees will receive a one year membership to Surfrider, conference t-shirt, Surfrider bag, morning and afternoon snack, lunch and great outdoor swag from local outdoor organizations, like HydroFlask, REI, Patagonia Bend, Pine Mountain Sports, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe and more! (A value way beyond the $38 registration fee!)
Drinks from 10 Barrel and humm and appetizers at the Closing reception with a closing BBQ after the clean-up on Sunday with food & free drinks and a band! Thanks to early support from Bend Outrigger Canoe Club, HydroFlask, REI, OSU, COCC, Patagonia Bend, Pine Mountain Sports, and Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe.
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