Wallowa Funders Tour

Wallowa County, Oregon || $150 Members
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018

GOSW, in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation, is excited to offer the Wallowa Funders Tour on June 13-15, 2018. The Wallowa Funders Tour will be a fascinating look at one of Oregon’s most beautiful communities.

Wallowa County is the historic homeland of the Nez Perce tribe. The Nez Perce are the Indigenous people of the Plateau who have lived on the Columbia River Plateau in the Pacific Northwest for at least 11,500 years. As a part of this experience, we will have an opportunity to meet with members of the Nez Perce tribe, hear their stories and deepen our understanding of the history and culture of the tribe.

Wallowa County is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, a biomass campus that is converting previously un-usable trees into jobs and wood products, and new economies like brew pubs. We will also learn about how this community has successfully generated 100% high school graduation rates and high quality early childhood programs, while getting to know the community leaders who are making it happen.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more about an interesting part of our region, as well as the opportunity to get to know some of your colleagues in philanthropy!

Lodging Details

Attendees must book their own lodging. Wallowa Lake Lodge is offering reduced rates for this special event:

Standard room: $115
Deluxe room: $125
2-room unit: $175
1 bedroom cabin: $195
2 bedroom cabin: $229

To book your lodging, call 541-432-9821 and ask for June Newburn (General Manager), or Dave Early (Front Desk Manager).


Wallowa County Funders Tour June 13, 14, 15, 2018

Date and Time



WED. 6/13



3:00 p.m.

Optional pre-event.  Tour of the Wallowa Biomass campus led by Nils Christoffersen, Director Wallowa Resources

An amazing example: creates jobs, improves forest health, produces quality wood products

5 p.m.

Arrive Wallowa Lake Lodge and check in


5:30 p.m.

Welcome reception and dinner hosted by the Nez Perce Tribe and Eastern Oregon Legacy Land.  Welcome by Nez Perce Tribal Chairman and Tribal elders

Get oriented to the community and the issues; learn the Tribal background; network with fellow funders

6:15 p.m.

Dinner at conversation size tables with a Tribal table captain at each

Learn about Nez Perce Tribal culture and issues; make friends


Free time to walk and explore


THUR. 6/14



7:00 to 8:00

Breakfast available


8:00 to 10:00

Experience the land and learn about the culture and science of the Wallowa Lake easement including walk to the shore with Otis Half Moon, famed storyteller.

Led by Tribal biologists


Understanding of the deep cultural roots of the Nez Perce Tribe, the importance of the land and the fish and the opportunity for philanthropy to play a role in recovery

10:00 to 1:00

A short walk to ride the Wallowa Lake Tramway to ascend 3700 feet up the steepest tram in North America.  On top of Mt. Howard see breathtaking views of the Wallowa Mountains, Lake and Valley, go for a short walk with a naturalist, learn about conservation efforts and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Led by Kathleen Ackley, Director, Wallowa Land Trust

Visual orientation to the mountains, lake and upper valley; understand role of land trusts and the many local conservation efforts; opportunity for a short hike; social time at lunch

1:30 to 4:30

Travel by vans to one of two community tours:

Joseph Oregon

“Land, Arts and Culture Build Community”


Enterprise Oregon

“Community Vitality and Economy” 

Deeper dive into community; learning about innovative nonprofit work and needs; time to explore these small, charming communities.

See below for detail


Vans depart for Lodge


6:00 to 8:00

Informal reception and dinner with community members

Welcome by Mike Hayward, former Wallowa County Commission Chair

Follow up with some of the wonderful leaders you met during the day, and others

FRI. 6/15



7:00 to 8:00

Breakfast available


8:00 to 9:30

Reflection and wrap up by funder participants

Led by Kendall Clawson

Reflection on possible collective action and next steps; feedback


Check out and go……or stay another day!



Extend Your Stay

For those who want to stay for a little longer in “god’s country”, as the locals call Wallowa County, there is plenty more to do!  The local tour organizers have prepared a map of possible points of interest and activities to explore on your own.  Possible activities include a trip to Zumwalt Prairie or Joseph Creek, hiking up the Hurricane Creek trail to Slickrock, touring a bronze foundry, hiking the Lake moraines, having lunch on the lawn at Terminal Gravity Brewery, exploring cutting edge design at M. Crow and Company General Store and visiting the Wallowa History Center and the Wallowa Homeland Project including a longhouse and interpretive center.  And a lot more!


Produced in Partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation and the Nez Perce Tribe



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