Summer Base Camp: Session 2

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 5:00pm to Monday, September 12, 2016 - 5:00pm

Bark's Summer Base Camp 2016

 Session 2 - Aug 30-Sept 12

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This event will be open to all participants who wish to join for any length of time (even if it’s just one day)!

Bark staff and volunteers invite the public to camp with us along the Clackamas River, near Bagby Hot Springs. Our group campsite will be free of charge and family-friendly, and thanks to generous donations from our supporters and local businesses - breakfast and dinner will be provided! We will be holding a wide variety of free workshops and activities each evening at camp, from live improv theatre to climate action training! This camp out is our way of encouraging more people to get involved to advocate for the protection this amazing forest. The primary goal of this camp out is to bring people together to gather on-the-ground information about the area threatened by the Forest Service's Hunter Timber Sale project.

SIGN UP HERE to recieve more information about location, preparation, and events schedule for Session 2 of Base Camp!

Base Camp is a public campout in the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, during which campers will support Bark's work by contributing time to gather critical field information on proposed logging projects, pollinator species, and the effects of road building in the surrounding woods. We've also invited speakers and presenters from around Mt. Hood to participate and share their work so that as we spend time together in the forest we can build connections and find intersections between our work and that of other environmental, social, and other place-based movements.

Bark's Base Camp artwork by Audie FullerJoin us to experience the joy of living in the forest! For those of us living around Mt. Hood, the forest is key to our quality of life! Mt Hood is currently one of the top carbon-storing forests in the country, placing its future management at the forefront of averting the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Mt. Hood also brings nearly five million visitors to our region each year, and provides a domestic water supply for 1.1 million Oregonians. This forest provides habitat for culturally iconic salmon and steelhead, and countless other wildlife species. The immediate area around our camp has spectacular scenic beauty including majestic waterfalls, intact ancient forest, high mountain lakes, and dazzling native plant species such as the endemic Clackamas Iris.

We envision the forests of Mt. Hood as a symbol of inclusivity and the public good. Mt. Hood's forests are public, meaning they belong to us all. Through our work to protect the forests, we witness our future compromised by the constant pressure of an insatiable economy and the same corporate dominance that tears apart communities and ecosystems worldwide. What better place to meet and discuss the work to be done in order to create a better world for us all?

What to expect:

Please review the Ground Rules for Base Camp here.

Check the Carpool Page to offer or find a ride! Before your carpool leaves please call the office to see if there are supplies you can help transport to camp! (503) 331-0374. If you plan to drive please review Bark’s Expectations for all Drivers, here.

Schedule:Checking in at Base Camp

People can arrive as early as 5pm on Tuesday, August 30th for Session 2 to set up group camp. We will begin field work and activities the following day. Each day will begin with a morning orientation for new participants to help prepare for the day ahead. A full schedule will be posted here throughout the camp!

We will provide:

  • A beautiful, free, & primitive campsite (NW Forest Pass will not be necessary to park)
  • Drinking water
  • Basic breakfast (oatmeal)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Dinner - We can accommodate many diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free), but please come prepared to meet your own more specific dietary needs
  • Childcare during field checking, as capacity allows (if you have questions about kids at Base Camp, or want to help with childcare, contact
  • Training and information, field guides, etc.
  • Supplies for groundtruthing and other group activities.

    Whether or not you are a seasoned camper, please CLICK HERE FOR WHAT TO PACK FOR BASE CAMP.

Since our campsite will be primitive (to allow free camping for all), please come prepared for:
No electrical hookups,
No cell service or wifi,
No garbage pickup,
No plumbing (although we will have plenty of water available on site)
No flush toilets (we will be using dug latrines).

**CLICK HERE to view our donations wish list**

SIGN UP HERE for details about Base Camp or call (503) 331-0374 for more information. You can add specific questions and comment ON the sign up page. If possible, please let us know approximately which days you are interested in attending!

Special thanks to the Mountaineers Foundation and Mazamas Conservation Committee for supporting Basecamp!