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Date(s) - Friday, June 12, 2020 - Sunday, June 14, 2020
All Day



The Summer Lake basin is one of Oregon’s hidden treasures – home to extraordinary birds, incredible scenery, fascinating geology, and some of the most important archaeological sites in North America. This June, Pepper Trail is offering a natural history weekend in this amazing place – with wonderful accommodations at the PLAYA residency center. If you love Eastern Oregon – or want to explore it for the first time – don’t miss this opportunity. Why not sign up with a small group of friends? For more information, go to

https://playasummerlake.org/event/birding-the-oregon-outback/ or email Pepper at ptrail@ashlandnet.net

About PLAYA: Located at the northwestern edge of the Great Basin in south-central Oregon, PLAYA sits at the base of Winter Ridge, which rises to 7,200 feet. PLAYA’s campus, at an elevation of 4,200 feet, borders Summer Lake to the west and includes a large pond, wetlands, grass fields, and walking paths. Summer Lake is 20 miles long and five miles wide and is defined as a playa, which is a seasonal desert lake, shallow in the winter and spring, and dry in the summer and fall. Weather varies with wind, snow, rain, and sun. Since its founding, the nonprofit PLAYA has provided residencies to hundreds of artists and scientists. The 75–acre property includes six fully equipped and spacious cabins, two fully equipped live/work studios, three studio/research spaces (including one shared living quarters), a large open shed/studio, and outdoor field research areas.

DATE: June 12–14, 2020

PLACE: Summer Lake, Oregon

COST: Varies depending on date of registration and occupancy; see website

INSTRUCTOR: Pepper Trail