Cascade Geographic Society's 
SPRING 2003 Tours

IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants must be prepared to begin on time and bring the following: sack lunch (if complimentary lunch is not included in the fee) & snacks; $10 for museum admissions or tour fees, if needed; extra money in case of emergencies; proper dress and shoes to fit the weather conditions & season; & camera & film -- optional.]

Please note regarding payment for classes: make out one check to the Cascade Geographic Society. Please call (503) 622-4798 (Michael P. Jones) or (503) 658-6233 (Nita Kreuzer) for information or registration.

There are two categories of tours, Yearly and Seasonal.  The first category (Yearly) are those tours which are offered on a fairly consistent basis and will likely be offered again next year. The second category (Seasonal) are those that are offered just this Spring. 


 

Cascade Geographic Society's Spring 2003 Tours

[Special tours and excursions through Cascade Geographic Society's "Oregon Trail Education Center"! Call us at 503-622-4798 for Registration!] ~ --- ~ --- ~ --- ~ --- ~

 

Please note regarding payment for tours:  make out check or money order to Cascade Geographic Society. Please call (503) 622-4798 (Michael) or (503) 658-6233 (Nita) for information or registration.

 

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Celebrating Our 24th Year of Offering Special Tours of Historical Sites & Natural Areas!

 

 Old French Prairie Historical Excursions

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $25 CGS Members/$30 Non-Members

 Date, Time, & Meeting Place:  April 5 (Sat.), 10-5:30 p.m. --- meet outside the Carnegie Art Center, 606 John Adams, Oregon City, OR.

          One of the richest heritage areas in the Pacific Northwest is "Old French Prairie" that stretched along the Willamette River south of Oregon City to the Pudding River and all the way to Salem.  Here, the history of Native Americans, the fur trade, the missionaries, and settlement is reflected in the natural landscape and historical sites of this portion of the Willamette Valley.  This unique multi-cultural "greenbelt" possesses the essential ingredients for learning, especially since this area encompasses the settlements of Aurora, Canby, Hubbard, Champoeg, Butteville, St. Paul, St. Louis, Gervais, Mission Landing, Newberg, and Yamhill which are waiting to be explored.  Participants will rediscover history by visiting important heritage sites -- the well-known and little-known places where history was made -- and follow in the paths of those who came here during Oregon's early years.

 

Skidmore Fountain-Chinatown Underfoot:

Famous & Infamous Sites of A Historic Waterfront

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $35 CGS Members/$45 Non-Members

 Date, Time, & Meeting Place:  April 12 (Sat.), 10-5:30 p.m. --- meet by ticket machine at the Gateway Lightrail Station (behind Fred Meyer) at N.E. 102nd & Halsey, Portland, OR. [Complimentary  lunch at a Chinese Restaurant for all participants in this class!]

            Prior to the turn-of-the-century, Portlandıs lower waterfront area was highlighted with gaslights and Victorian charm, and boasted operas and Shakespearan theatre, along with orchestras performing classical music. Everyone who was anyone would frequent this area that was graced by a beautiful fountain that allowed both humans and animals to drink from its thirst-quencing troughs and water spouts.  However, beneath the streets and behind the facade of its cast-iron front buildings, lurked a vast network of vice which made this area dangerous for those without the proper resources to protect themselves.  Bootlegging, prostitution,  gambling parlors, opium dens, saloons offering nickle beer and a free lunch,  and other "dives", helped the establishment of an infamous reputation for the "City of Roses" as being "the worst port in the world for shanghaiing".  Right from its vice joints and off its cobblestone streets, sailors, loggers, ranchers, sheepherders, and other unsuspecting victims were taken underground and placed in crude cells in tunnels that "snaked" their way beneath the city to the wharfs.   This tour explores the little-known and rarely discussed history of this former area of shanghaiing that comprised Skidmore Fountain and today's Chinatown.

  

 Old Portland Shanghai Tunnels & Haunted Places:

 Maritime History & Folklore

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $35 CGS Members/$45 Non-Members

 Date, Time, & Meeting Place:  April 19 (Sat.), 10-5:30 p.m. --- meet in the parking lot outside of Baja Fresh at Mall 205, located at S.E. 102nd & Washington Streets, Portland, OR.

         The shanghai tunnels of Old Portland stretched themselves along the Willamette River and overtook the harbors with vice and corruption that made some people rich, while others were sold to unscrupulous sea captains to fill a void in their crew. In Downtown Portlandıs Old Town and along the southwest waterfront areas, in addition to Lower East Portland, Northwest, Albina, St. Johns, Kenton, Linnton, and Sellwood, unsuspecting victims were dropped through trap doors and held in underground cells until taken through tunnels that "snaked" their way out to ships where the shanghaiiers collected their "blood money".  By the time the Victorian era had come to town,   the "City of Roses" had earned the reputation of being the "worst port in the world for shanghaiing".  This gave birth to the oral traditions that have lingered to this very day -- tales of ghosts and earthbound spirits -- all linked to the horrors of the "Portland Underground".  This tour explores the little-known tales of the shanghai tunnels, taking you into historic buildings around the city that have survived, along with those stories that were rarely told until now.

 

 Lewis & Clark-Native American Trail of Discovery:

 Sauvie Island to Deer Island

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                         Fee:  $25 CGS

Members/$30 Non-Members

 DATE, TIME, & MEETING PLACE:  Sat., April 26 (10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) -meet in the parking lot below the    Sauvie Island Bridge, Sauvie Island, Oregon.

         The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery explored the Columbia River during the years 1804 and 1805, following trails and canoe routes that had long been established by Native American populations of many thousands of years.  Today, of critical interest to historians is the area along this "Great River of the West" which includes Wapato Island (known today as Sauvie Island) and Deer Island (named for its abundance of Deer).  Both of these islands, as well as the area between them, represent rich multicultural landscapes that had ben utilized by indigenous people for over 10,000-plus years.  This heritage of both the native people and Lewis and Clark will be explored as you follow in their footsteps and study these diverse histories through a number of special site visits.   Also studied will be the relationship between natural areas -- such as Camas fields, Wapato beds, wetlands, lakes, beaver dams, etc. -- and cultural and historical sites.

 

 EXPLORING OLD GROWTH & NATURAL AREAS

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.            Fee:  $25 CGS Members/$30

Non-Members

 DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Sat., May 3 (10-5:30 p.m.) at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

            Old-Growth Forests and natural areas possess special educational and enrichment opportunities that can be utilized in teaching, either by bringing students directly to these habitats or by capturing the unique functions of these habitats and bringing them back into the classroom.  On Mt. Hood and elsewhere in the rugged Cascades, some of the best "natural laboratories" exist that can provide excellent teaching units for wildlife, fisheries, ethnobotony, and other environmental studies.  You will visit a diversity of habitats like Old-Growth Forests, wetlands, meadows, riparian zones, Beaver dams, lakes and ponds, biggame habitats, and more, and understand their natural functions. ~4~

 

 

 Storytelling and the Natural Landscape

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                 Fee:  $25 CGS

Members/$30 Non-Members

 DATE, TIME, & MEETING PLACE:  Sat., May 10 (10 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

          Traditionally, natural areas in North America, like in the rest of the world, represented more than just places of differing landscapes, environmental functions, and scenic beauty.  Many of these special sites, such as those in the Northwest United States, served not only as traditional cultural and religious sites that were utilized by indigenous people, but places where stories were born and mantained by oral tradition.  Although little known or understood by most people, Native American legends and mythology, not to mention history, are represented in the natural landscape. Explored will be the relationship of storytelling to the natural landscape and how this interplays in American Indian art, as well as the art of the storytelling process itself.

 

MT. HOOD'S OREGON TRAIL

 Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                                 Fee:

$25 CGS Members/$30 Non-Members

 DATE & MEETING PLACE: Saturday, May 17 (10-5:30 pm) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 E. Welches Road, Welches, OR.

            During the days of the Oregon Trail when thousands of emigrants ventured the 2,000-plus miles to the "New Eden" (the Willamette Valley), Mt. Hood proved to be the most difficult obstacle in their journey.  The many routes over this 11,235-foot Mountain became infamous as graves lined the trail.  Ropes were snubbed to trees and "Prairie Schooners" lowered down the steep slopes and cliffs of Big Laurel Hill and elsewhere; swamps -- seemingly bottomless -- had logs placed in it to create corduroy-like roads to allow wagon travel to continue; and dangerous stream crossings took many lives.  Cattle rustlers, horsethieves, and highwaymen added still even more danger.  Yet, this was a toll road (known as the Barlow Trail after its founder); it was the first one over the Cascade Mountain Range that still possesses one of the most fascinating histories in all of the Old Oregon Country, and is an ideal "educational laboratory" for multi-disciplinary study.  This tour allows participants to view these remnants of a sometimes nortorious history -- tollgates, graves, campsites, trail routes, homestead sites, stream "fords", and more.

 

Shanghaied In PORTLAND:  Exploring the Infamous

Underground & Its Maritime History

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.

Fee:  $50 CGS Members/$75 Non-Members

DATE, PLACE, TIME: Saturday,  May 24  --- 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mall 205, outside in the parking lot in front of Baja Fresh (the closest building to Washington St.), Portland, Oregon.  Pre-Registration via telephone a must! [Complimentary dinner at Hobo's Restaurant for all participants on this tour!]

    Shanghaiing in the city of Portland represents a unique and little-known maritime history has yet to find its way into the history books.  From the 1850's to as late as the early 1940's,  unsuspecting men were kidnapped and sold to sea captains, giving Portland the dubious notoriety of being the "worst port in the world".  Its survival in the "City of Roses" not only depended upon corruption and the availability of victims, but the existence of a unique underground network that consisted of inner-connecting basements and tunnels that stretched from the waterfront of the Willamette River located northwest and southwest of the downtown area.   More popularly known as the "Shanghai Tunnels", this class will take you into segments of this near-forgotten underworld, and provide you a unique glimpse back into this hidden past of the "City of Roses".  Through the use of oral history and exploration, participants will study the "heyday" of the shanghaiing trade, which represent the remnants of this little-told history of human rights violations at its absolute worst.  This class studies this shocking story that is revealed through a series of explorations of catacombs and forgotten darkened basements.   Unsuspecting victims -- most with little or no ties to their families, such as sailors, loggers, sheepherders, cowboys, ranchhands, and other working stiffs -- learned first hand about the "darkness and shadows" of this river town that was wide-open because of its unchecked corruption.  An intriguing way to enrich your curriculums and study units with this fascinating course that takes you into the "Underground" as you explore its incredible, fascinating, and shocking secrets. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

 

Tours & Other Special Educational Programs

 

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Tour Mount Hoodıs Infamous Oregon Trail

With Your Family or Group

   

    Through the years, it has become tradition to many families and groups to visit the Oregon Trail on Mount Hood with the Cascade Geographic Society, and this would be an ideal adventure for you, your class, and parent helpers.  Bring history alive by taking advantage of this field trip opportunity where you can follow in the wake of the "Prairie Schooners". The sites that will be visited during this day-long excursion include emigrant graves and campsites, wagon ruts and swales, primary and secondary routes, tollgates, stream "fords", and much more, including the infamous Big Laurel Hill where pioneers were forced to lower their covered wagons down over its dangerously-steep cliffs.  This special interpretative tour will be enhanced with multi-cultural stories of the past about the Indians, the emigrant travelers, and the African-American pioneers who came West.  This is a very popular tour so sign-up early and reserve a day by calling (503) 622-4798.

 

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Visit the  "Portland Underground" (Shanghai Tunnels)

with Your Family or Group.  Call (503) 622-4798 for Information!

website:  www.members.tripod.com/cgs-mthood.

 

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For Volunteer Opportunities, Call (503) 622-4798!

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157th Anniversary of the Infamous Barlow Trail

 

        The Autumn of 2002 marked the 157th Anniversary of the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range. Known as the Barlow Trail, this was the final overland link of the Oregon Trail that allowed emigrant travelers a cheaper but far more dangerous alternative to rafting their covered wagons down the Columbia River.

    In 1845,  the wagon parties of Samuel Kimbrough Barlow, Joel Palmer, and William Rector joined together and attempted to make the first crossing of the 11,235-foot Mt. Hood by widening an Ancient Indian trail.  From mid-September through December, they battled their way through the thick timber of the Mountainıs southern flank, and failed.  They had to cache their "Prairie Schooners" and most of their possessions in a crudely-made log cabin, and hiked out.  They didnıt reach Oregon City until Christmas Day.  The following year, after Barlow received a charter from the Provisional Government of Oregon, plus $4,500, he started charging a toll for the previlege of traveling over this rough wilderness path.  Travelkers taking this route was required, amongst other things, to lower their wagons down the steep cliffs of Big Laurel Hill with ropes.

    Today, with the expertise of an interpretor with the Cascade Geographic Society, experience this unique and colorful history by visiting emigrant campsites, graves, tollgates, wagon ruts and swales, and even the infamous Big Laurel Hill, the worst section of the 2,000-plus mile Oregon Trail.  Or, study Old-Growth Forests, wetlands, Wild Rivers, Salmon and wildlife habitats,  ethnobotany, environmental issues, and more, all located alongside this historic trail.

    Give the Cascade Geographic Society a call at (503) 622-4798 for further information and details.  Weıll work with you to develop just the right field studies experience for you and your family or group.

 

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Coming...Living History on the Oregon Trail at our  "Oregon Country Settlement "...

Call (503) 622-4798 for Information!

 

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Participate With Your Family or Group in "Mt. Hoodıs Old-Growth Wilderness Odyssey"

 

    Experience "Mt. Hoodıs Old-Growth Wilderness Odyssey" with your  family or group.  Participants will learn about both the Rivers and the Forests in this inter-disciplinary approach.  Spend the day in a 33-acre Old-Growth Forest, complete with a Lake,  a River, Wetlands, and lots of Wildlife and Salmon.  This unique outdoor classroom will allow you to study environmental science, fisheries, social studies, language arts, art, and more.  Weıll design a program to fit your needs.  A great winter season outing.  Call

(503) 622-4798 for specific details.

 

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Visit Mount Hood's Oregon Trail with Your Family or Group! Autumn, Winter, or Spring! Call (503) 622-4798.

 

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Want To Tour Portlandıs Infamous Underground

(the Shanghai Tunnels) With Your Family or Group?

 

    Beneath the streets of Downtown Portlandıs waterfront lie the remains of an infamous history that represents the remnants of an untold history of human rights violations at their worst.  Unsuspecting victims who had little or no ties to their families, and who frequented the saloons and other places of lesser reputations, would find themselves dropped through trapdoors into basements where they were held hostage for a period of time until they were finally taken through tunnels to the wharfs and sold to sea captains ready to leave port.  It was a time when the Rose City was "wide open" and police and political corruption were common but rarely discussed openly. 

    Roughly from 1850 to 1941, shanghaiers who sold men for "blood money", had little or no interference from the outside.  Commonly referred to as "Wharf Rats" or "Land Sharks", these merciless shanghaiers controlled the cityıs harbors to the point that Portland became known as the "Worst Port in the World" for this skullduggery.

    Today, you can visit the infamous "Portland Underground" with the Cascade Geographic Society.  We will adjust the historical information in this one and a half hour tour to fit the interest of your group.  This unique adventure into the historical world of shanghaiing is quickly becoming known as one of the best educational field trips around.

    If you would like to explore Portlandıs Shangahi Tunnels with your class, make your reservations today.  Special limited tours of Portlandıs infamous Underground are available.  This unique and secret history of the "City of Roses" is awaiting you and your family or group's discovery and exploration. 

    For additional information, please give the Cascade Geographic Society a call (503) 622-4798.  And, due to our workload, if you get our voicemail, to insure a quick response, be sure to leave both a daytime and evening number with the hours you can be reached.

 

 

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Located on Mount Hoodıs Oregon Trail,

"Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center"

is awaiting the arrival of you and your class!

For the study of western migration,

Native American culture,

wildlife, Old-growth, and other natural resources,

this is the place to visit.

Small, but packed with information,

set an appointment at (503) 622-4798.

 

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Storytelling is alive and well!

Call us at (503) 622-4798 today!

 

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How You and Your Family or Organization Can Keep

Wildlife From Being Killed On Our Roads

 

        You and your family or organization can assist the Cascade Geographic Society from keeping wildlife from being killed on roads in the Mount Hood Area by sponsoring a "Wild Animal Warning Reflector".  These unique devices are placed along roads in wildlife migration corridors and are beneficial to the animals during the high-kill periods, which is between dusk and dawn.  When the light of the on-coming traffic passes this section of road that has the "relector" mounted on a 3-foot post, Deer, Elk, Bear, Cougar, Bobcat, Coyote, Raccoons, and other wild animals will wait until the

vehicle(s) pass.  The cost is only $20 a reflector.  This is a great project.  Every reflector makes a difference.  This is a great and critical fund-raising project!  For additional information how you can help, please call (503) 622-4798 or email us at cgsmthood.teleport.com.  Or, write us at: Save Our Wildlife, P.O. Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon  97049.

 

 

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Learn More About Our Special

Educational Festivals & Events.

Call (503) 622-4798 for information or

check out our website at:

www.members.tripod.com/cgs-mthood.

 

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Environmental & Oregon Trail Projects

In Need of Volunteers

 

    Each year, over 350 dedicated volunteers from Portland Metropolitan Area has assisted us in restoring the natural environment, sections of the Oregon Trail, or in doing other important work that helps both history and Mother Nature.  However, much more work is left to be done.  If you want to contribute some volunteer time to benefit fish and wildlife, we could surely utilize you and your talents.

    Many things have contributed to the poor conditions of our Northwest, and we still have fish and wildlife habitats in need of enhancement or restoration.  Help Salmon and wildlife species by lending Cascade Geographic Society a hand.  Project sites vary and can range from Mount Hood (which is a major focal point), to the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to Sauvie Island.

    Important historical sites like the Barlow Trail (the Oregon Trail segment over Mount Hood) is being consumed by non-Native plants. Restoration is critical in order to bring native vegetation back.

    If interested, please get in touch with the Cascade Geographic Society. Give Nita Kreuzer, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (503) 658-6233 [evenings].

 

 

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The Cascade Geographic Society

is constantly always setting up

New Tours & Educational Opportunities.

To avoid missing out, please consider

having our class schedule emailed, faxed,

or even mailed to you directly.

Contact us at (503) 622-4798

or email us at: 

cgsmthood@onemain.com

 

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"Rhododendron Meadow" is a special place

that has been preserved by the

Cascade Geographic Society as part of their

 "Sanctuary Lands Program" for future generations.

This 14.5 acres  that is a natural, cultural, and historical treasure,is an ideal place for your family or organization for field research,whether its studying its Anadromous Fish Streams, Wetlands, Open Meadows, or Forests. If you have a research need, please give us a call at (503) 622-4798.

 

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Storytelling Programs

 

     The Cascade Geographic Society can provide a professional storyteller for your organization, workshop, seminar, or other gatherings.  Specializing in Native American myths, true stories of the Oregon Trail and the Mountain

Men- told in period clothing and utilizing the music and artifacts of those times of long ago, around a special indoor campfire --- history does come alive!  Reserve a performance for Northwest Indian Myths and Legends, a lone storyteller in period clothing or the complete program with Indian drumming, singing, dancing, and storytelling.  Or, Tales of the Oregon Trail, featuring a storyteller in period clothing, retelling the famous and infamous stories of this ancient 2000-plus mile trail of the Indians and the "Prairie Schooners".  In addition, there are many other programs that feature oral tradition such as the Following:  Tall Tales of the Pacific Northwest and Stories of Other Oddities (true or not, these stories are part of the folklore of this most unique geographic area); Taming the New Eden (Stories of Settling the Willamette Valley) (the oral history of the American Indians and the others who emigrated West --- the Oregon Trail pioneers, the missionaries, the Chinese, the African-Americans, the Gypsies, and others); Tales of Old Oregon (stories of its history and how this geographic region became a state); and more.

 

 

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Storytelling Workshop

 

     We offer a  special half day, one, two, or three-day workshop that teaches you how to not only tell stories, but how to write stories.  This special process, Writing Oral Tradition, combines various disciplines -- language arts, drama, speech, history, etc.  The sessions include storytelling performances, classroom presentations (such as oral traditions in the Northwest, North America, and around the world, the art and techniques of storytelling, the use of props, blending music and dance, the use of research in storytelling, the process of writing stories, editing stories, etc.), and more.  The production of a hardbound book of stories is also an option in this very unique workshop for both educators and their students.

 

 

 

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Tour Opportunities for Your Family or Group!

 

€ Portland Underground (Infamous Shanghai  Tunnels)

€ Mount Hoodıs Infamous Oregon Trail  Tour

€ Mount Hoodıs Old-Growth Wilderness Odyssey

€ Lewis & Clark  Trail  Tours € Pioneer  Cemetery  Tours

€ Custom-Designed  Tours (weıll create one to meet your needs!)

 

 

Special Programs!

 

€ Storytelling --- Native American Mythology,

        Tales of Oregon Trail, From Coyote Tales to Oregon Trail Dust,

        and More...

€ Storytelling Workshops € Holiday Tales From Old Oregon

€ Special Natural History Presentations

€ Living History Presentations

€ Custom-Designed  Programs

    (we create one especially for your needs)

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities for You & Your Class!

 

€ Mount Hoopıs Public Lands Clean-Up

€ Portland Underground Restoration Projects

€ Mount Hoodıs Oregon Trail  Restoration Projects

€ Fish & Wildlife Habitat Restoration Projects

€ And Much More...

 

 

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Call Cascade Geographic Society (503-622-4798)

for Additional Information or for Registrations!

 

 

İ 2003 by Cascade Geographic Society.

 

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Cascade Geographic Societyıs

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[Special tours and excursions are offered through the

Cascade Geographic Society's "Oregon Trail Education Center" located at "Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center", located at the junction of East Welches Road & Stage Stop Road  in the historic Village of Welches Oregon. Call us at 503-622-4798 for Registration & Additional Information!]

 

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Please note regarding payment for tours:  make out check or money order to Cascade Geographic Society.

 

[SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING TRANSPORTATION FOR THE TOURS:  These are all carpool tours.  The goal is to take as few vehicles as possible.  If you cannot stay the entire time or if you have special transportation needs that has to be met, then you need to provide your own vehicle.  If you have a two-way radio, please bring it because it could be very useful in assisting in the coordination of vehicles going from one site to the other.]

 

[IMPORTANT NOTE:  Participants must be prepared to begin on time and bring the following:  sack lunch (if complimentary lunch is not included in the

fee) & snacks; $10 for museum admissions or tour fees, if applicable; extra money in case of emergencies; proper dress and shoes to fit the weather conditions & season; & camera & film --- optional.  Also, when the tours are being held on Mount Hood, the restaurant Morgan's At The Mountain will make a special lunch for $7.50 which can be ordered when you arrive at "Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center" in the Village of Welches.]

 

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Celebrating Our 24th Year of Offering

Special Tours of Historical Sites & Natural Areas!

 

~ Cascade Geographic Society's ~

Summer 2003 Tours

 

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Oregon Trail & Fur Trade Settlements of the Lower Willamette Valley

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $25 CGS

Members/$30 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Friday, June 27 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Carnegie Art Center, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City, Oregon.

          The Oregon Trail and fur trade-era settlements in the lower Willamette Valley represent a rich heritage awaiting to be explored.  Aurora Colony, Oregon City, Canby, Canemah, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Sucker (today's Lake Oswego), Hubbard, Champoeg, Butteville, St. Paul, St. Louis, Gervais, Mission Landing, Newberg, Yamhill, Portland, and others are inter-related with the overland emigration, the early days of the fur trade, missionaries, and homesteading history.  Class participants will explore the history and related important sites of this "New Eden", by studying the relationship of settlement and statehood to Manifest Destiny, religious purposes, and economic incentives, as well as learning about multi-cultural interactions with indigenous people, including the impact of disease impacts on Native Americans, the cultural and religious sites that were destroyed by this early-day development, the treaties made and broken, the Indian wars, and more.  Participants in this tour will learn about history by exploring these important heritage sites.

 

Exploring Waterfalls, Old-Growth, Beaver Dams,

& Wild Rivers

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $25 CGS

Members/$30 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Tuesday, July 8 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, Oregon.

          Ecosystems make the best living laboratories for the study of environmental education.  Such is the case for Mt. Hood's spectacular waterfalls, old-growth forests, beaver dams, and wild rivers such as the Sandy, Salmon, and Zig Zag Rivers, its wetlands, lakes, beaver dams, and meadows.  All of these special places on the natural landscape provide special enrichment opportunities that can be utlilzed in teaching.  This tour will help you understand the natural functions of these ecosystems and how to live with them.

 

Exploring the Old Columbia River Highway:

Westside Heritage Sites

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $30 CGS

Members/$40 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Wednesday, July 9 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet in the parking lot outside Mikasa at the Columbia Gorge Factory Outlet Stores, Troutdale, Oregon.

    The scenic marvels and history of the Columbia River will be unveiled through an educational excursion along the Old Columbia River Highway, exploring the wealth of heritage sites just waiting to be discovered. Constructed between the years of 1913 to 1915, this early-day engineering wonder is

considered to be one of the most beautiful scenic roadways in all of the world.  From the mouth of the Sandy River eastward to Multnomah Falls, participants will venture forth, learning about the many special cultural, historical, and natural sites and features that depict the history of American Indians, the Euro-American explorers, the fur traders, the Oregon Trail pioneers, the homesteaders and miners, as well as the early-day tourist providers and recreationalists, and the history of this special road.  Visit waterfalls, scenic vistas, historic buildings and towns, natural areas, pioneer sites, and much more, as this historic highway unfolds before you.

 

Exploring the Old Columbia River Highway:

Eastside Heritage Sites

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $30 CGS

Members/$40 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Thursday, July 10 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet in the parking lot outside Mikasa at the Columbia Gorge Factory Outlet Stores, Troutdale, Oregon.

    The scenic Columbia River Highway has some of the most breath-taking sites anywhere in the world. Constructed between the years of 1913 to 1915, early-day road builders pushed this "modern" roadway through the rugged Gorge that plagued Oregon Trail pioneers and early-day homesteaders with its dramatic but treacherous terrain.  It was also the ancestral home for many indigenous people, whose heritage sites span this early road.  This class will allow participants to explore the many special cultural, historical, and natural sites and features that depict the culture and history of Native Americans, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and other Euro-American explorers, the fur traders, and much more.  Visit Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, Hood River, and steamboat landings, old military fort sites, and more. Participants will also cross over the Bridge of the Gods and travel Highway 14 to Skamania Lodge and Museum, Beacon Rock, and other sites of interest.

 

Mt. Hoodıs Other Oregon Trail: Infamous Lolo Pass

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $30 CGS

Members/$40 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Tuesday, July 15 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, Oregon.

    Mt. Hood stood as an obstacle to the Oregon Trail pioneers who wanted to bring their wagons through the Cascade Mountains as an alternative to rafting them down the Columbia River.  Until Samuel K. Barlow opened a toll road around the Mountainıs southern flank in 1846, emigrants had to travel over an Ancient Indian path along the northern side of the 11,235-foot peak. Known as the "Walk-Up Trailı and, later, the "Daniel Lee Cattle Trail", this route was so rugged that no covered wagon was said ever to have made it over this path.  Instead, those early travelers either rode horseback or walked in order to reach the Willamette Valley by dry land.  This class will take participants to various historic sites and routes associated with this little-known trail, from the Village of Zig Zag to Lost Lake in Hood River Valley.  This special interpretative tour will take you to some of the most scenic country in Oregon, making it an ideal educational excursion where you learn about the Indians, their history and mythology, the fur traders and Mountain Men, Lewis and Clark, miners, homesteaders, and early-day Forest Rangers and loggers, all of whom played a role in this special passage through the Cascade Mountains.

 

Oregon Trail Heritage Sites:  MT. Hoodıs Westside

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $25 CGS

Members/$30 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Wednesday, July 16 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, Oregon.

    The Oregon Trail segments that traversed over Mt. Hood were the most difficult in all of the 2,000-plus miles of this difficult path that was utilized by the overland emigrants.  Known as the "Barlow Trail", danger seemed to lurk at each and every step, although its most infamous site was Big Laurel Hill where travellers were forced to lower ther wagons with ropes down steep cliffs.  However, other places along this route were just as dangerous and claimed an equal number of lives.  Yet, it was promoted to be a relatively reasonable, not to mention cheaper, alternative, to the Columbia River to get to the "New Eden" (the Willamette Valley).  Today, over 150 years later, you can still follow in the wake of these pioneers and stand in their "footprints" as you study the incredible history of this crude path first hand.  Learn about the rich multi-cultural history, which dates back to some ten thousand years of Native American use prior to the coming of the first whites.  Participants will visit near-forgotten grave sites, stream "fords", places where the original wheel ruts and swales have left their mark upon the natural landscape, and many other special sites.

 

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Oregon Trail Heritage Sites:  Mt. Hoodıs Eastside

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $25 CGS

Members/$30 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Thursday, July 17 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, Oregon.

    The infamous Oregon Trail segment over Mt. Hood --- known as the "Barlow Trail" -- that maneuvers up and over the mountain's rugged eastern landscape, follows a dangerous scenic route through Dufur, Tygh Valley, Wamic, Smock Prairie, White River, Devil's Half Acre, and Barlow Pass. Utilized by Native Americans for its first ten thousand years, over 150 years ago it became the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range. This class will guide its participants on a special interpretative excursion over this infamous wilderness path, guiding them to a former tollgate, campsites, little-known routes, cabin sites, solitary graves and cemeteries, in addition to an old frontier hotel, pioneer schoolhouse, an octagon barn, and much more.  This is an opportunity to travel to some little-known sections of the Oregon Trail from the comfort of your car, while learning about the terrible ordeal that thousands of emigrants had to endure in order to reach the Willamette Valley.

 

Sacred Sites, Mythology, & Cultural History Of

Mt. Hood's Natural Landscape

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $30 CGS

Members/$40 Non-Members

DATES, TIMES, AND MEETING PLACES: Tuesday, July 22 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, Oregon.

    Mt. Hood's natural landscapes represent a cultural identity of Native American cultural and religious sites, including their history and mythology and legends.  This class explores the rich heritage that dates back some 10,000-plus years, highlighting the role that the natural physical environment played in their day-to-day way of life and survival. Participants will visit a number of sites, travel segments of indigenous trails, and learn about oral tradition and some religious practices, as well as gain a better understanding of Northwest Indian culture.  There will be a strong emphasis on the legal protection of archaeological and cultural sites; the politics of protecting sacred sites; methods to evaluate natural sites for their cultural heritage, such as wetlands, riparian areas, rock outcroppings, meadows, etc.

 

Living History & Frontier Living Experience

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $40 CGS

Members/$50 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Wednesday, July 23 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, OR.

    Experience some of the chores and tasks that faced the pioneers and early-day homesteaders in the Old Oregon Country through this unique "hands-on" experience of the past in a unique 1840's setting.  Participants will come to understand the challenges of the Wilderness that taxed the endurance and emotional stability, as well as the physical strength of the Oregon Trail emigrants and settlers.  During those times, survival was based not only upon the intelligence that they employed in doing their daily tasks and chores, but how they lived, cooperated, and worked with others. This class allows the participants to experience some elements of the workday on the frontier, such as dutchoven cooking, fashioning metal in a blacksmith shop, candle- and soap-making, making fire without the use of matches, splitting shakes, cutting wood with a bowsaw and crosscut saw, fashioning furniture with a foot-powered lathe, and other old-fangled skills.  Learn about constructing temporary shelters and architecture, pioneer clothing, and quilting, as well as about folklore and folkways, village life, and much more.  Use historical artifacts and taste pioneer foods and step back into time.

 

Columbia River Gorge Petroglyphs &

Native American Heritage Sites & History

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $40 CGS

Members/$50 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Friday, July 25 (8-3:30 p.m.) --- meet in the parking lot outside Mikasa at the Columbia Gorge Factory Outlet Stores, Troutdale, Oregon.

**Please note early meeting time on July 18***

    The Columbia River Gorge is world reknowned for its scenery and geologic wonders, drawing millions of tourists and recreationalists each year.  Yet, this spectacular natural landscape has over 10,000 years of Native American history that has been interwoven into this area with special heritage sites representing a unique history worthy of exploration.  Participants will visit petroglyph and petrograph sites, areas utilized by the Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" during the years of 1805-1806, pioneer forts, scenic vistas, natural areas, and much more.  A special focus will be on indigenous culture, religion, oral traditions, and the role of the salmon in their culture, way of life, and survival.  Participants will explore a wealth of heritage treasures like Horse Thief Lake, Stone Henge, Maryhill Museum, Celilo Village, and other places.

 

 

Shanghaied In Portland:

Exploring the Infamous Underground & Its Maritime History

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $50 CGS

Members/$75 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Saturday, July 26 (10-5:30 p.m.) --- meet outside Baja Fresh at Mall 205 on S.E. Washington Street, Portland, Oregon.

    Shanghaiing in the city of Portland represents a unique and little-known maritime history has yet to find its way into the history books.  From the 1850's to as late as the early 1940's,  unsuspecting men were kidnapped and sold to sea captains, giving Portland the dubious notoriety of being the "worst port in the world".  Its survival in the "City of Roses" not only depended upon corruption and the availability of victims, but the existence of a unique underground network that consisted of inner-connecting basements and tunnels that stretched from the waterfront of the Willamette River

located northwest and southwest of the downtown area.   More popularly known

as the "Shanghai Tunnels", this tour will take you into segments of this near-forgotten underworld, and provide you a unique glimpse back into this hidden past of the "City of Roses".  Through the use of oral history and exploration, participants will study the "heyday" of the shanghaiing trade, which represent the remnants of this little-told history of human rights violations at its absolute worst.  This special tour assists one to study this shocking story that is revealed through a series of explorations of

catacombs and forgotten darkened basements.   Unsuspecting victims -- most

with little or no ties to their families, such as sailors, loggers, sheepherders, cowboys, ranchhands, and other working stiffs -- learned first hand about the "darkness and shadows" of this river town that was wide-open because of its unchecked corruption.  An intriguing way to venture into the "Underground" as you explore its incredible, fascinating, and shocking secrets.

 

Mt. Hood Wilderness Storytelling Camp

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $40 CGS

Members/$50 Non-Members

DATES, TIMES, AND MEETING PLACES:  Tuesday, July 29 (9 a.m.-Noon) at Deep Creek Lodge, 25580 SE Rebman Rd., Deep Creek (just outside of Boring); & Tuesday, July 27 (9-4:30 p.m.) --- meet at Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center, 24525 East Welches Road, in the Village of Welches, Oregon.

    This is a special camp that blends the history of the Native Americans of the Northwest with their mythology, along with the stories of the Oregon Trail, pioneer settlement, and tall tales of the Pacific Northwest. Participants will visit some of the actual sites where legends and myths of indigenous people were born, as well as the places where invading emigrants came and certain events took place shaping their own special stories. Participants will learn about the art of storytelling, how to gather and develop stories, understand the role of art in oral tradition, and experience storytelling sessions held in a special building that depicts a Northwest plank lodge.

 

 

Lewis & Clark On the Pacific Coast

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $30 CGS

Members/$40 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Friday, August 1 (10-5:30 p.m.) --- meet outside the main doors of the Columbia River Maritime Museum (meet outside in the front door), Astoria, Oregon

    The history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Pacific Coast will be explored through this class, which will take the participants to places of history that werecaptured in their journals.  A primary focus will be on the rich multi-cultural heritage of those indigenous people living at the mouth of the Columbia River and along the Pacific Ocean with whom they came into contact during their stay in this area during the Winter of 1805-1806. Participants will visit a wide variety of sites which include the Northwest Maritime Musueum, Fort Clatsop, Fort Columbia, Fort Stevens, the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center, the Astoria Column, and other sites.

 

Lewis & Clark's Long Beach & Willapa Bay Heritage Sites

Tour Guide:  Michael P. Jones, M.S.                      Fee:  $30 CGS

Members/$40 Non-Members

DATE, TIME, AND MEETING PLACE:  Saturday, August 2 (10-5:30 p.m.) --- meet outside the main doors of the Heritage Museum, 115 SE Lake in Ilwaco, Washington.

    Explore the rich heritage sites of the Long Beach Peninsula and Willapa Bay, in Washington State, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition ventured during 1805-1806.  Study the indigenous people, their ways of life, art, mythology, and religion, as well as the Euro-American explorers, the maritime fur traders, the missionaries, the Oregon Trail pioneers, and the early-day homesteaders, fishermen, oystermen, and resort builders, as well as the anthropologists who came and studied the Native Americans who inhabited this culturally rich region of the Pacific Coast.  Participants will venture to Fort Columbia, Fort Canby, Dead Man's Cove, Leadbetter Point Wildlife Refuge, wetlands, bayside mud habitats, pioneer cemeteries, and towns and settlements like Oysterville, Ocean Park, Illwaco, Nahcotta, and others.

 

 

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Tour Mount Hoodıs Infamous Oregon Trail

With Your Family or Group

   

    Through the years, it has become tradition to many families and groups to visit the Oregon Trail on Mount Hood with the Cascade Geographic Society, and this would be an ideal adventure for you, your class, and parent helpers.  Bring history alive by taking advantage of this field trip opportunity where you can follow in the wake of the "Prairie Schooners". The sites that will be visited during this day-long excursion include emigrant graves and campsites, wagon ruts and swales, primary and secondary routes, tollgates, stream "fords", and much more, including the infamous Big Laurel Hill where pioneers were forced to lower their covered wagons down over its dangerously-steep cliffs.  This special interpretative tour will be enhanced with multi-cultural stories of the past about the Indians, the emigrant travelers, and the African-American pioneers who came West.  This is a very popular tour so sign-up early and reserve a day by calling (503) 622-4798.

 

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Visit the  "Portland Underground" (Shanghai Tunnels)

with Your Family or Group.  Call (503) 622-4798 for Information!

website:  www.members.tripod.com/cgs-mthood.

 

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For Volunteer Opportunities, Call (503) 622-4798!

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157th Anniversary of the Infamous Barlow Trail

 

        The Autumn of 2002 marked the 157th Anniversary of the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range. Known as the Barlow Trail, this was the final overland link of the Oregon Trail that allowed emigrant travelers a cheaper but far more dangerous alternative to rafting their covered wagons down the Columbia River.

    In 1845,  the wagon parties of Samuel Kimbrough Barlow, Joel Palmer, and William Rector joined together and attempted to make the first crossing of the 11,235-foot Mt. Hood by widening an Ancient Indian trail.  From mid-September through December, they battled their way through the thick timber of the Mountainıs southern flank, and failed.  They had to cache their "Prairie Schooners" and most of their possessions in a crudely-made log cabin, and hiked out.  They didnıt reach Oregon City until Christmas Day.  The following year, after Barlow received a charter from the Provisional Government of Oregon, plus $4,500, he started charging a toll for the previlege of traveling over this rough wilderness path.  Travelkers taking this route was required, amongst other things, to lower their wagons down the steep cliffs of Big Laurel Hill with ropes.

    Today, with the expertise of an interpretor with the Cascade Geographic Society, experience this unique and colorful history by visiting emigrant campsites, graves, tollgates, wagon ruts and swales, and even the infamous Big Laurel Hill, the worst section of the 2,000-plus mile Oregon Trail.  Or, study Old-Growth Forests, wetlands, Wild Rivers, Salmon and wildlife habitats,  ethnobotany, environmental issues, and more, all located alongside this historic trail.

    Give the Cascade Geographic Society a call at (503) 622-4798 for further information and details.  Weıll work with you to develop just the right field studies experience for you and your family or group.

 

 

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Coming...Living History on the Oregon Trail

at our

"Oregon Country Settlement "...

Call (503) 622-4798 for Information!

 

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Participate With Your Family or Group

in "Mt. Hoodıs Old-Growth Wilderness Odyssey"

 

    Experience "Mt. Hoodıs Old-Growth Wilderness Odyssey" with your  family or group.  Participants will learn about both the Rivers and the Forests in this inter-disciplinary approach.  Spend the day in a 33-acre Old-Growth Forest, complete with a Lake,  a River, Wetlands, and lots of Wildlife and Salmon.  This unique outdoor classroom will allow you to study environmental science, fisheries, social studies, language arts, art, and more.  Weıll design a program to fit your needs.  A great winter season outing.  Call

(503) 622-4798 for specific details.

 

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Visit Mount Hood's Oregon Trail with Your Family or Group! Autumn, Winter, or Spring! Call (503) 622-4798. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 

 

Want To Tour Portlandıs Infamous Underground

(the Shanghai Tunnels) With Your Family or Group?

 

    Beneath the streets of Downtown Portlandıs waterfront lie the remains of an infamous history that represents the remnants of an untold history of human rights violations at their worst.  Unsuspecting victims who had little or no ties to their families, and who frequented the saloons and other places of lesser reputations, would find themselves dropped through trapdoors into basements where they were held hostage for a period of time until they were finally taken through tunnels to the wharfs and sold to sea captains ready to leave port.  It was a time when the Rose City was "wide open" and police and political corruption were common but rarely discussed openly. 

    Roughly from 1850 to 1941, shanghaiers who sold men for "blood money", had little or no interference from the outside.  Commonly referred to as "Wharf Rats" or "Land Sharks", these merciless shanghaiers controlled the cityıs harbors to the point that Portland became known as the "Worst Port in the World" for this skullduggery.

    Today, you can visit the infamous "Portland Underground" with the Cascade Geographic Society.  We will adjust the historical information in this one and a half hour tour to fit the interest of your group.  This unique adventure into the historical world of shanghaiing is quickly becoming known as one of the best educational field trips around.

    If you would like to explore Portlandıs Shangahi Tunnels with your class, make your reservations today.  Special limited tours of Portlandıs infamous Underground are available.  This unique and secret history of the "City of Roses" is awaiting you and your family or group's discovery and exploration. 

    For additional information, please give the Cascade Geographic Society a call (503) 622-4798.  And, due to our workload, if you get our voicemail, to insure a quick response, be sure to leave both a daytime and evening number with the hours you can be reached.

 

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Located on Mount Hoodıs Oregon Trail,

"Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center"

is awaiting the arrival of you and your class!

For the study of western migration,

Native American culture,

wildlife, Old-groewth, and other natural resources,

this is the place to visit.

Small, but packed with information,

set an appointment at (503) 622-4798.

 

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Storytelling is alive and well!

Call us at (503) 622-4798 today!

 

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How You and Your Family or Organization Can Keep

Wildlife From Being Killed On Our Roads

 

    You and your family or organization can assist the Cascade Geographic Society from keeping wildlife from being killed on roads in the Mount Hood Area by sponsoring a "Wild Animal Warning Reflector".  These unique devices are placed along roads in wildlife migration corridors and are beneficial to the animals during the high-kill periods, which is between dusk and dawn. When the light of the on-coming traffic passes this section of road that has the "relector" mounted on a 3-foot post, Deer, Elk, Bear, Cougar, Bobcat, Coyote, Raccoons, and other wild animals will wait until the vehicle(s) pass.  The cost is only $20 a reflector.  This is a great project.  Every reflector makes a difference.  This is a great and critical fund-raising project!  For additional information how you can help, please call (503) 622-4798 or email us at cgsmthood.teleport.com.  Or, write us at:  Save Our Wildlife, P.O. Box 398, Rhododendron, Oregon  97049.

 

 

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Learn More About Our Special

Educational Festivals & Events.

Call (503) 622-4798 for Information or

check out our website at:

www.members.tripod.com/cgs-mthood.

 

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Environmental & Oregon Trail Projects

In Need of Volunteers

 

    Each year, over 350 dedicated volunteers from Portland Metropolitan Area has assisted us in restoring the natural environment, sections of the Oregon Trail, or in doing other important work that helps both history and Mother Nature.  However, much more work is left to be done.  If you want to contribute some volunteer time to benefit fish and wildlife, we could surely utilize you and your talents.

    Many things have contributed to the poor conditions of our Northwest, and we still have fish and wildlife habitats in need of enhancement or restoration.  Help Salmon and wildlife species by lending Cascade Geographic Society a hand.  Project sites vary and can range from Mount Hood (which is a major focal point), to the Columbia and Willamette Rivers to Sauvie Island.

    Important historical sites like the Barlow Trail (the Oregon Trail segment over Mount Hood) is being consumed by non-Native plants. Restoration is critical in order to bring native vegetation back.

    If interested, please get in touch with the Cascade Geographic Society. Give Nita Kreuzer, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (503) 658-6233 [evenings].

 

 

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The Cascade Geographic Society

is constantly setting up

New Tours & Educational Opportunities.

To avoid missing out, please consider

having our class schedule emailed, faxed,

or even mailed to you directly.

Contact us at (503) 622-4798

or email us at: 

cgsmthood@onemain.com

 

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"Rhododendron Meadow" is a special place

that has been preserved by the

Cascade Geographic Society as part of their

 "Sanctuary Lands Program" for future generations.

This 14.5 acres  that is a natural, cultural, and historical treasure is an ideal place for your family or organization for field research, whether studying its Anadromous Fish Streams, Wetlands, Open Meadows, or Forests. If you have a research need, please give us a call at (503) 622-4798.

 

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Storytelling Programs

 

     The Cascade Geographic Society can provide a professional storyteller for your organization, workshop, seminar, or other gatherings.  Specializing in Native American myths, true stories of the Oregon Trail and the Mountain

Men- told in period clothing and utilizing the music and artifacts of those times of long ago, around a special indoor campfire --- history does come alive!  Reserve a performance for Northwest Indian Myths and Legends, a lone storyteller in period clothing or the complete program with Indian drumming, singing, dancing, and storytelling.  Or, Tales of the Oregon Trail, featuring a storyteller in period clothing, retelling the famous and infamous stories of this ancient 2000-plus mile trail of the Indians and the "Prairie Schooners".  In addition, there are many other programs that feature oral tradition such as the Following:  Tall Tales of the Pacific Northwest and Stories of Other Oddities (true or not, these stories are part of the folklore of this most unique geographic area); Taming the New Eden (Stories of Settling the Willamette Valley) (the oral history of the American Indians and the others who emigrated West --- the Oregon Trail pioneers, the missionaries, the Chinese, the African-Americans, the Gypsies, and others); Tales of Old Oregon (stories of its history and how this geographic region became a state); and more.

 

 

 

Storytelling Workshop

 

     We offer a  special half day, one, two, or three-day workshop that teaches you how to not only tell stories, but how to write stories.  This special process, Writing Oral Tradition, combines various disciplines -- language arts, drama, speech, history, etc.  The sessions include storytelling performances, classroom presentations (such as oral traditions in the Northwest, North America, and around the world, the art and techniques of storytelling, the use of props, blending music and dance, the use of research in storytelling, the process of writing stories, editing stories, etc.), and more.  The production of a hardbound book of stories is also an option in this very unique workshop for both educators and their students.

 

 

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Tour Opportunities for Your Family or Group!

 

€ Portland Underground (Infamous Shanghai  Tunnels)

€ Mount Hoodıs Infamous Oregon Trail  Tour

€ Mount Hoodıs Old-Growth Wilderness Odyssey

€ Lewis & Clark  Trail  Tours € Pioneer  Cemetery  Tours

€ Custom-Designed  Tours (weıll create one to meet your needs!)

 

Special Programs!

 

€ Storytelling --- Native American Mythology,

     Tales of Oregon Trail, From Coyote Tales to Oregon Trail Dust,  and More... € Storytelling Workshops € Holiday Tales From Old Oregon € Special Natural History Presentations € Living History Presentations € Custom-Designed  Programs (we create one especially for your needs)

 

Volunteer Opportunities for You & Your Class!

 

€ Mount Hoopıs Public Lands Clean-Up

€ Portland Underground Restoration Projects

€ Mount Hoodıs Oregon Trail  Restoration Projects

€ Fish & Wildlife Habitat Restoration Projects

€ And Much More...

 

 

Call Cascade Geographic Society (503-622-4798)

for Additional Information or for Registrations!

 

İ 2003 by Cascade Geographic Society.