Sensing Kinship

April 20, 2018

When: Tuesday, June 26, 10 am to noon
Where: Spirit Lake Habitat Reserve, Warrenton
Led by: Neal Maine


“Indigenous philosophy recognizes other beings as our relatives,” writes Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and a member of the Potawatomi Nation. “Maybe now, in this time when the myth of human exceptionalism has proven illusory, we will listen to intelligences other than our own, to kin.” Naturalist Neal Maine takes that notion—our innate kinship with beings other than humans—as a starting point for a contemplative experience at this special place in the Clatsop Plains. North Coast Land Conservancy has acquired Spirit Lake, near Ridge Road in Warrenton; it is a site sacred to the Clatsop-Nehalem people and “a place where a lot of forces come together,” as Neal puts it. Come prepared to rethink how you ordinarily relate to the wild world and, guided by Neal, to practice the art of seeing—and listening, and otherwise sensing—the land and its inhabitants in this exceptional setting.

NEAL MAINE followed a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School with becoming the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he had co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion to make deeper connections to the coastal system, using photography to record some of his experiences and to develop greater public appreciation of living in what he considers paradise. Through his photography business PacificLight Images, a partnership Fairweather House and Gallery, he raises funds to support NCLC’s conservation mission and attempts to raise awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with which we share this region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands, and forests.

Outing info: Minimal walking required. Come prepared for the possibility of mosquitoes (for example, wear long sleeves and pants, and consider bringing repellant). No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: A fold-up camp chair, water, and snacks.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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