Catch up with OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board (events, summer getaways, and more!)
Guest blog by ELB Member Jessie Kochaver
Between planning three awesome events coming up this fall (don’t miss the details at the bottom of this page!) and exploring Oregon’s incredible natural places, OEC’s newest Emerging Leaders Board cohort is keeping busy this summer!
Oregon Summer Getaway Inspiration from the ELB
From iconic classics like Smith Rock to favorite backyard trails, here’s a roundup of the ELB’s top places to soak up summer and spend time surrounded by the beauty and diversity of Oregon’s natural places.
The Oregon Coast
North to South, with almost too many gems to mention, the Oregon Coast is a shared favorite among the ELB.
Juliáe’s favorite spot is the Hobbit trail in Florence because of the beautiful lighthouse view, while you can find Ariel jumping off the rocks in Hunter Creek or hiking in the Samuel H Boardman Corridor. Ana, being from Hawaii, also can’t spend too long away from the ocean, and likes Cannon Beach for its balance of fun restaurants and window shopping with awesome views and trails.
Go Find A Lake!
Oregon’s lakes are a wonderland of recreation opportunities and perfect places to just take in some jawdropping views.
Between camping at Meditation Point, hiking on nearby trails, and paddleboarding or swimming in the lake, Eric poses, what doesn’t Timothy Lake have?!
For Jessie, climbing at Smith Rock is a summer favorite. Between climbs, she can often be found swimming in the river or sunbathing on the rocks.
With so many lakes, rivers, and streams, Ana recommends exploring Oregon with a canoe.
Go Where the Wildflowers Grow
And last but not least, it’s not summer in Oregon without wildflowers. Becky enjoys exploring all the pops of color around Mt Hood, while Matt loves the wildflowers (and secret chanterelle spots) of Jefferson Park.
UPCOMING ELB EVENTS
You can meet the ELB at three fun events they’re planning for this fall!
- Thorns Match on Saturday, September 16th
Hang out with the ELB at a Portland Thorns match! $5 of each discounted ticket you purchase will be donated to OEC. Buy your tickets now!
- Trivia Night on Tuesday, October 24th
“Oakshire Inspires” Trivia Night in Portland, with a portion of proceeds going to OEC! More details to come…
- Documentary Screening, date and details TBD
Did you hear? Movies are back! Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. You won’t want to miss it.
Keep an eye out on OEC’s Instagram page for more event details.
Emerging Leaders Board
OEC’s “ELB” is a team of 21-35 year old’s who share the mission and values of OEC, have a strong interest in environmental protections, and want to grow their networks and gain hands-on experience. Today’s cohort is made up of nine members with a broad and diverse set of backgrounds from advocacy and organizing to policy and law; natural resource management to sustainable business; and transportation electrification to public health. The ELB plans and hosts events and projects that focus on outreach, education, and advocacy for Oregon’s environment.
Learn more about OEC’s Emerging Leaders Board and ways you can support the next generation of environmental leaders.
OEC’s work to champion the next generation of environmental leaders is made possible through the support of people across the state.