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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Octobert 9, 7 pm

Paul Bogard, The End of Night

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Free and open to all

Saturday, October 19, 7:30 pm

Robin Kimmerer, Alison Hawthorne Deming, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Science and Creative Writing"

LaSells Stewart Center C&E Auditorium
Free and open to all



Now Hiring:
Spring Creek Project Student Intern

Cool job. Inspiring Prjects. Up to 10 hours per week.
Applications due Monday, October 7, 2013





Best of the 2013 Campus Creature Census

The first annual Campus Creature Census has been a big success. We plan to do the Census every year from here to eternity. Keep your eyes and hearts open year-round and be thinking about what creature you'll introduce to the community next spring. Meanwhile...

CLICK HERE to scroll through a sample of the wonderful artwork, photography, poetry and prose we received.


Residency News

     Winners of the Spring 2013 residencies announced.

   Chosen for the Andrews Forest Residency: Jeff Fearnside (Corvallis, OR) and Michael Smith (Santa Fe, NM).

    Chosen for the Collaborative Retreats at Shotpouch Cabin:

Visual artist Laura Young (Nashville, TN) and writer Michael Smith (Santa Fe, NM); and writers Beth Gilstrap-Barnes (Charlotte, NC) and Erin Rhodes (Syracuse, NY). Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who appliced.

    Application deadline for Fall 2013 residencies is May 15, 2013.

>Click here Application Andrews Forest Residency

>Click here for Collaborative Retreat Application

See "Residencies" page for more information.

OSU Grad Student Residency

OSU faculty members are invited to nominate graduate students in the humanities or environmental sciences for a writing retreat to work on a place-based writing and/or research project such as a thesis or dissertation project DETAILS HERE


Blue River Declaration: Ethics for a Changing Planet 

  A truly adaptive civilization will align its ethics with the ways of the Earth. A civilization that ignores the deep constraints of its world will find itself in exactly the situation we face now, on the threshold of making the planet inhospitable to humankind and other species. The questions of our time are thus: What is our best current understanding of the nature of the world? What does that understanding tell us about how we might create a concordance between ecological and moral principles, and thus imagine an ethic that is of, rather than against, the Earth? read the full document


Thinking Community Event

In A Sand County Almanac, conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote, “Nothing so important as a land ethic is ever written. It evolves in the mind of a thinking community.” Spring Creek and the OSU Environmental Humanities program hosted at Thinking Community event in October 2011 to 'ground truth' the new ethical insights presented in "the Blue River Declaaration" VIEW THE VIDEO of this event here (~60 mins).

More information about the Thinking Community Event

Winning Writings Chosen for Great Work Contest


Six OSU students have been chosen as winners of the second annual, "The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes" contest. Congratulations and gratitude to Rob Blenk, Harmony Burright, Elliott Finn, Elizabeth Records, Zak Weinstein, and Alexis White.


The Great Work contest encourages students to imagine new ways to create a truly adaptive civilization, and to share stories that will empower us to respond to a changing planet and create environmentally and socially just communities.


Other News


Kathleen Dean Moore and co-editor Michael Nelson have collected testimony by moral leaders from around the globe in the new book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.

Moral Ground brings together the writings by over eighty visionaries— theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturalists, activists, and writers—to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet.



Forest Log

   This month's feature from the H.J. Andrews Long Term Ecological Reflections Forest Log:

Gary Paul Nabhan

Light Gaps/Dark Gaps//Andrews Forest/Tumamoc Hill

I have been dreaming of dark gaps    in the desert heat
& light gaps in the freezing shade of temperate more


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