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ZenaFest 2017

Join us for our annual fall event showcasing our Zena Forest property in the Eola hills, ten miles from campus.

Saturday October 7, 2017

1:30-5:30 p.m.

ZenaFest is our annual fall event that connects the Willamette University Community, including family and friends, with our 305 acre Zena Forest property, and showcases the work of faculty, students, staff, and our partners to advance our ecological and educational missions. We welcome all students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and guests to come spend a few hours exploring, learning, and having fun!

Plan your ZenaFest!

There are a number of things to do while at ZenaFest, but some are limited and require reservations. Feel free to plan or just show up! 

1:30pm: Buses leave campus (Hatfield fountain), arrive at Zena by 2:00pm (reservations required)

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Apple cider pressing with the Farm Club. 

2:00pm - 2:30pm: Demo and Q&A of drone ecological monitoring with AirViewMapping  

2:30pm - 3:15pm: Faculty-led tour of ecological forest and prairie restoration projects, dendrochronology, wildlife, and more (no limit)

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Tour of farm at Zena Forest (no limit)

2:30pm - 5:00pm: Wine tasting at neighboring St. Innocent Winery and Zenith Vineyards (reservations encouraged; 21 and over only)

2:45pm - 3:45pm: Tour of neighboring Zena Forest Products Mill, 1of2 (reservations required)

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Sample 100% locally sourced food, including from the farm at Zena Forest

3:30pm - 4:15pm: Faculty-led tour of ecological forest and prairie restoration projects, dendrochronology, wildlife, and more (no limit)

3:45pm - 4:45pm: Tour of Zena Forest Products Mill, 2of2 (reservations required)

4:00pm: Bus leaves for campus (arrives 4:30pm)

5:00pm: Last bus leaves for campus (arrives by 5:30pm)


Getting to ZenaFest

Willamette University's Zena Forest property entrance is approximately ten miles Northwest of campus, and directly across the street from Zenith Vineyards and St. Innocent Winery (5657 Zena Rd NW, 97304). Parking is available in the Zenith Vineyard parking lot directly across from our entrance.

We also have two 50-passenger buses to conveniently transport people from campus to Zena Forest and back, and reservations are required. Buses are open to all attendees, but thank you for helping us prioritize students who lack access to private vehicles. Buses will leave campus from Hatfield fountain at 1:30pm (arriving at Zena Forest by 2pm). Buses will leave Zena at 4pm (arriving at campus 4:30p) and 5pm (arriving by 5:30). Return buses are first-come, first-served. The schedule of buses returning to campus may be adjusted in the event of inclement weather and/or to better meet the needs of our students.

Come Prepared!

Please dress according to the weather, and bring an umbrella and/or a rain jacket if the forecast includes the chance of rain. To make the most of the event, wear shoes that you can hike in. Most of all, come prepared to have a good time!

Please contact Joe Abraham, director of Willamette University's Sustainability Institute, if you have questions.