Get Outdoors at Circle Creek

April 22, 2016

When: Saturday, June 9, 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
Led by: Tom Horning and Mike Patterson


Join geologist Tom Horning and naturalist Mike Patterson for an exploration of the forests in the Necanicum River floodplain forest and lower reaches of Tillamook Head in their many stages: newly planted, dead and decaying, and everything in between! We will begin at Circle Creek, one of NCLC’s largest habitat reserves and also one of the most dynamic. From there we will venture up Tillamook Head and into 340-acre Boneyard Ridge, another large NCLC habitat reserve serving as a bridge between Circle Creek and Ecola State Park.

This outing is part of Get Outdoors Day, a statewide effort by the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts to encourage Oregonians of all ages to explore, discover and learn about Oregon’s special places.


TOM HORNING grew up in Seaside and earned his master’s degree in geology at Oregon State University. He returned to Seaside in 1994 and opened Horning Geosciences, a geological consulting service. Tom joined the board of NCLC in 1996 and has been actively involved with the land conservancy ever since.

MIKE PATTERSON is a biologist, educator, and professional counter of things—birds, butterflies, flowers. “The goal is to take these disparate bits of data, stitch them together, and find some portion of the ecological whole,” he writes. Mike lives in Astoria and blogs about birds and more at

Hike info: We will hike between 2.5 and 3 miles on mown grass path, dirt or gravel trail, wooden boardwalk, and overgrown forest road. We will be crossing creeks on narrow footbridges. Expect some elevation gain. No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Binoculars are always a good idea for spotting birds and wildlife! Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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