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Workshops on the Gorge offered

Interpretive Center offers series starting May 5

Learn more about the place where you love to live as well as recreate.

Four workshops are being offered relating to the geology, flora, fisheries and early man of the Columbia River Gorge at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson.

This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts, residents, and visitors to experience the Gorge from a physical and natural perspective.

Les Hastings, retired teacher and museum volunteer, organized the workshops consisting of four evening sessions followed by Saturday field trips that will present new information and re-enforce the evening session presentations.

The lectures will be in the Creation Theatre of the museum starting at 7 p.m. Those participating in the Saturday field trips need to meet in the public parking lot of the museum by 8:30 a.m.

Hastings said, "Be sure to bring a lunch, water, and wear appropriate hiking clothes. I recommend we car pool in four-wheel drive rigs. And please, no pets."

The first session, "The Geology of the Gorge," will be presented by Pat Pringle, geologist, Washington Department of Natural Resources, on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The accompanying field trip is on Saturday, May 7, to the Red Bluff area, north of Stevenson.

John Weinheimer, fish biologist from Carson, will present the second session, "The Fisheries of the Gorge," on Thursday, May 12. The field trip will be to the Klickitat River on Saturday, May 14.

The third session on Thursday, May 19, will be "Early Man of the Gorge," presented by Marge Dryden, archaeologist from Hood River. The field trip Saturday, May 21, will be to Columbia Hills State Park.

The final session's topic is "The Flora of the Gorge," presented by Dr. David Shaw, botanist at the University of Washington Wind River Canopy Crane research facilities in Stabler. It will be on Thursday, May 26. The field trip will be to Katherine Creek on Saturday, May 28.

The fee for participating in one or all the sessions plus the field trips is $25 for individuals and $50 for a family. Children are welcome to attend but need to be accompanied by an adult.

Register by calling the museum, 427-8211.


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