“Know Flora and Fauna” this May with Deschutes Public Library

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/19/2023

From single-celled algae to megafauna that once ruled earth, explore how these organisms create diverse ecosystems. Connect to the world around you through nature journaling and share in the playful and creative experience of Dutch Iris Folding. Gear up for a guided flora hike through Paulina Creek Preserve and join a tasting of locally crafted botanical spirits. Discover medicinal herbs grown locally and ponder the meaning of ancient petroglyphs and pictographs. All programs are free and open to the public. Programs marked with an asterisk (*) require registration.

Dutch Iris Folding: A Colorful, Creative Craft*

Thought to have originated in Holland in the 1900s, Dutch Iris Folding is an intricate pattern resembling the iris diaphragm of a camera. Share in the creative folding experience to make custom art. Registration required.

Spirits Tasting at Gompers Distillery

Enjoy a guided tasting of locally crafted gin and vodka using handpicked Oregon juniper berries, golden pear, and Central Oregon lavender. First come, first served. Limited to first 30 attendees. Ages 21+

Nature Journaling for Beginners*

Learn how to record and sketch the world around you. In this workshop, Lee Kellogg introduces the three element—curiosity, wonder, and attention—that makes nature journaling so fun. Registration required.

Rock Art: More Than Just Images at Sisters Firehouse

Ponder the meaning of petroglyphs and pictographs, images created by Indigenous peoples, with the Archaeological Society of Central Oregon.

Gin Tasting at Oregon Spirit Distillers*

Learn about locally made gin, and how ingredients, types of botanicals, botanical macerations, and distillation methods lend to the uniqueness of each individual gin. Registration required. Ages 21+

Medicinal Herbs in Central Oregon

Central Oregon is home to many herbs used by pioneers and Native Americans. Discover the beneficial herbs that could be growing outside your front door with clinical herbalist Holly Hutton.

William Sullivan's New Hikes in Central Oregon

Author and hiking guru William L. Sullivan takes us on an armchair tour of new or dramatically changed trails between Bend and Eugene. Along the way, expect anecdotes about local history, plants, and outdoor lore.

Come to Your Senses at Becky Johnson Center*

Incorporate nature into your writing that employs all five senses. Marina Richie is the author of Halcyon Journey; In Search of the Belted Kingfisher, winner of a 2022 National Outdoor Book Award. Registration required.

OSU Cascades Digital Flora & Fauna Reading

Local artists and OSU-Cascades MFA students unveil a new collaborative digital project that exemplifies flora and fauna found throughout Deschutes County. Attend this program in-person or online via Zoom.

Regenerative Viticulture at Arome*

Learn about conservation and rehabilitation in agriculture featuring wines from around the world. Sample wines paired with light snacks while we talk about the benefits of promoting biodiversity in a vineyard. Registration required. Ages 21+

Guided Plant Hike through Paulina Creek Preserve*

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Tom Wainwright for a hike to learn about the plants of Paulina Creek Preserve.  Registration required.

For more information about these programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz Goodrich at or 541-312-1032.


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