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Explore The Gorge Through Workshops

Stevenson museum plans year-long series

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson is offering a series of workshops through 2006 to provide an opportunity for Columbia Gorge enthusiasts, residents and non-residents, to explore the Gorge from a physical and natural perspective.

The workshops are a continuation of those offered in 2005 with somewhat a different format. There will be one topic offered each remaining month of 2006 rather than once a week for four weeks.

The lecture will be provided on a Thursday evening, followed by a field trip on next Saturday, and will attempt to bring to life the physical and natural aspects of the Gorge to the participants.

The field trip will present new information and re-enforce what was presented in the evening session.

The exact dates and topics of each workshop for the remainder of the year have not been finalized. However, the first workshop will begin on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Les Hastings on "The Return of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery to the Cascades."

On Saturday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m., a field trip will be made to the Cascades to view the areas that the Corps traveled through.

The workshop coincides with the traveling exhibit, "Corps of Discovery II: The Tent of Many Voices," the Bicentennial program being held at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson Friday, April 7, through Monday, April 10.

A different workshop and field trip will be presented each month throughout the year. The topics will be varied to take advantage of the various seasons experienced in the Gorge.

Some of the possible topics, all specific to the Gorge, will be: the wildflowers, history of the steamships, the railroad systems, birds, night skies, fisheries, scenic highway, the geology and the archaeology.

Les Hastings, retired teacher and museum volunteer, organized the workshops and related field trips. The lectures will be held in the Creation Theatre of the museum on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Those participating in the field trips need to meet in the museum's parking lot at 8:30 a.m. with a departure time of 9 a.m.

All sessions and field trips are free to museum members. For non-members, a fee of $15 per adult and $10 per session citizen or child will be charged for each workshop/field trip combination. Children are welcomed with accompanied by an adult.

Register by calling the museum, 427-8211.

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