Summer Is Coming. Explore With Us.

Land use is your community, your home, your street. It's where your food comes from and how you get where you're going. It's a place of possibility, if you know what to look for. This summer, we'd like to take you out to see land use in action, with our new line-up of field trips!

Officially we're calling them the "Loving Oregon" Field Trips. We've got six trips planned, from ghost freeways of Portland to thriving farms of Helvetia and French Prairie.

Everyone is welcome on these affordable adventures. But space is extremely limited--so sign up soon!

Click on any of the trips below to learn more.

  • Ghost Freeways Walking Tour: Wednesday, June 25, 5:30-7:30 PM. Join us for a walking tour around downtown Portland to talk about failed freeway projects and how they affect Portlanders getting around today. $10.
  • Helvetia Community Bike Ride: Saturday, June 28. Join us on a bike ride led by Tara Sulzen to explore Helvetia, one of Washington County’s scenic farming communities, to learn more about its history, its people, and why it's vital that we protect it. FREE!
  • French Prairie Field Trip: Saturday, July 12. Friends of French Prairie's Ben Williams comes along a van tour through the historic French Prairie and Champoeg State Park to discuss the area's rich history and its role in the state's farming economy. $10
  • Headwaters Farm Tour: Thursday, July 17. Visit this unique "incubator" farm near Troutdale, helping a new generation of farmers plant roots in the business. $10.
  • Portland Brownfields Bus Tour: August 2 or 3. 1000 Friends teams up with Know Your City and Groundworks Portland to talk about Brownfields: what they are, where they’re at, and how to turn them from polluted liability to community asset. $20.
  • Equity in East Portland Van Tour: Wednesday evening, August 20. 1000 Friends hosts a van tour through East Portland to look at failed promises, dangerous roads, and how local communities are working to improve health and livability. $10.

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