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, conservationists, recreationalists, researchers and volunteers in Central Oregon around the biggest challenges facing our region as population and climate change amplify. We hope to highlight 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 people to organizations and participate in a clean-up at Sparks Lake.

9-10am                             Registration and morning snack

10am-10:45am               Opening and Keynote (Ken Meidell)

10:45am-11:15am          Tribal Stewardship (Tiyana Casey)

11:15-11:45am                 Accessibility in Recreation & Conservation (Ashley Schahfer)

11:45-12:15pm                Wildlife Conservation, Passages & Human Conflict (Lauri Turner)

12:15-1pm                        Lunch, Live Music by Lousea Lassen

1pm-2pm                         User Conflict in the Outdoors Panel (Gena Goodman-Campbell, Kolleen Miller, Kim McCarrel, Zavi Borja, Danielle MacBain and Lara Jensen)

2pm-3pm                         Climate Change Panel (Pam Hardy, Bryce Kellogg, Alex Enna and Bob Madden )

3pm-4pm                         Responsible Tourism Panel (Damon Runberg, Kevney Dugan, Krystal Marie Collins, Lisa Machnik, Kim Kinney and Rick Boatner)

4pm-4:30pm                  Importance of Youth in Conservation Activism (Julia Alvarado and Sydney Dedrick)

4:30-4:45pm                  Closing

4:45pm-6:30pm            Summit Closing Reception- Conservation Organization Bingo

Day 2: Sparks Lake Clean-up September 29, 2019

Meet 8:30am          At Miller Park (55 NW Riverside Blvd, Bend, OR) to carpool to Sparks Lake board bus at 8:45am.

9am-noon               Clean-up at Sparks Lake

12:30-2pm              Closing BBQ OUTSIDE at Miller Park (food and drinks included)

All Summit attendees will receive a vegetarian, gluten free lunch as part of registration fee to be environmentally supportive. The COCC cafeteria will be open if you want other options at your own costs. Due to shirts having to be ordered there will be small, medium, large and XL shirts first come first serve on sizes.


September 28, 2019


09:00 AM - 02:00 PM


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$25 - $35