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Stewardship Director Melissa Reich leads a walk down the boardwalk on the Wetlands Walk trail at Circle Creek Conservation Center.                                          

In 2004 North Coast Land Conservancy purchased a 364-acre cattle ranch and former dairy farm tucked between the Necanicum River and Tillamook Head and set out to restore it to its native condition as an active floodplain and rainforest. Circle Creek Conservation Center, as it is now known, has since become NCLC’s “living room,” open to the public daily, with walking trails and regular conservation-related events. On June 1 NCLC begins a summer-long celebration of Circle Creek’s 15th anniversary with guided walks and workshops, a concert, and the Conservancy’s fourth annual picnic.

On Saturday, June 1, NCLC launches its 2019 Summer on the Land series of walks and workshops with an exploration of the forest and floodplain at Circle Creek. NCLC Executive Director Katie Voelke will lead this guided walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s part of the statewide Get Outdoors Day, when land conservancies across Oregon offer events and outings on their lands. A bird walk and a hypertufa pot-making workshop are planned for later in June; additional events are planned through October. Nearly all events are free, and preregistration is required. For the complete schedule, visit NCLCtrust.org/on-the-land-summer-outings. Registration for June events opened May 1.

On June 15 the North Coast Chamber Orchestra will perform a program of “Music on the Land” at the first-ever Concert in the Barn at Circle Creek. This family-friendly event starts at 2 pm; tickets are $15 (children under 12 free) and are available at NCLCtrust.org/event/concert-in-the-barn.

Then on July 13 the Conservancy will hold its fourth annual Summer Picnic at the Barn. The public is invited to bring a picnic and lawn chairs or a blanket (and a pie to share) to this free event and enjoy guided walks, live music, a silent auction and more. Music and picnicking start at 2:30; guided trail walks start at 4:30 p.m. For the complete schedule and other details, visit NCLCtrust.org/event/picnic.

Circle Creek Conservation Center is at the end of Rippet Road at the south end of Seaside. From US 101, 0.7 mile north of the junction with US 26, turn west onto Rippet Road and follow it to the two barns at the end of the road. It is open to the public daily, dawn to dusk, conditions permitting.

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