OMN Willamette Valley Ecoregion Course

The Willamette Valley Ecoregion Course is an annually-held series of field-based natural resource classes throughout the Willamette Valley. To become an Oregon Master Naturalist, one must complete the OMNP Online Course, at least one ecoregion course, and complete 40 hours of natural resource-related volunteer service. The Willamette Valley Ecoregion Course fulfills the second requirement. To learn more, visit our program website.


Oregon Master Naturalist Graduate Workshops

These workshops are free continuing education and skill-building opportunities for certified OMNs and OMN volunteers working towards their certification. Exceptions may be made for family and other naturalist volunteers depending on space, and there may be a small fee for non-OMNs to help cover workshop costs. 


A Journey Towards Home, By Gabrielle Haber
Mon, 2017-08-07 16:49
Barely 9 o’clock in the morning and we were already climbing, steeply moving up the switchbacks towards a ridgeline we couldn’t see, moving away from the crowded lakeside campsites, climbing farther into the wilderness. We hoisted our heavy packs over downed logs, the trail on either side of them matted with trampled fir branches. At 4600 feet we stopped to catch our breaths and turned to look behind us. Upslope, the... Read more
How a strange voice on the phone taught me a life lesson, By Deb Hanson
Wed, 2017-06-21 11:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: The interaction that Deb describes below was part of a Master Naturalist chapter effort to reach out to program graduates. I was very touched by this story because it reminded me that the work we do is not just about connecting people to nature, but also connecting with people themselves. In fact, I think part of growing up as a naturalist is... Read more
Elk Monitoring Project at Finley National Wildlife Refuge, By Roger Applegate
Thu, 2017-05-18 17:00
Finley Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis is home to a herd of Roosevelt Elk estimated at around 200 animals. In an effort to learn more about the age and sex distribution of the herd, as well as their movement patterns, volunteers have teamed up with Senior Biologist Brian Root to conduct a survey.  Surveyors use a standard data sheet & conduct the surveys every 1-2 weeks by visiting pre-determined  locations on the... Read more