The Conservation, Science and Education Committee presents programs based on the activities of the other committees of the Club and on any other conservations, scientific or educational material relevant to the interests of the Club.



You are cordially invited to attend our ExploraTalk programs. You do not have to be a member of the Obsidians to attend. You need only to bring your interest in the topic and your willingness to enjoy meeting and socializing with people in a lodge nestled among the trees.

ExploraTalk programs are normally held the third Tuesday of each month. They begin at 7:00 p.m. at our lodge.  Directions to lodge.

Questions about ExploraTalk programs?
Contact Jorry Rolfe - 541-206-9501


ExploraTalk Programs

Tuesday, January 16, 2018—Paradoxes in Measurement

We will look at a few historic examples of the mysterious connection between perception and conception in modern physics with Obsidian, Tom Rundle

Tuesday, February 13, 2018—Forest Ecology

Whitey Lueck will be showing slides from his master’s work on forest ecology at Oregon State University. He lived on Bachelor Butte in the Deschutes National Forest and studied the whitebark pine tree at its highest elevation. His interesting and amusing observations include the critical role and close relationship of the Clark’s nutcracker with the whitebark pine.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018—Teaching Leadership Through Storytelling

Unfortunately, the March ExploraTalk, Teaching Leadership Through Storytelling, is cancelled. Our speaker has had a work commitment spring up for that evening and is disappointed he cannot make it. The next talk on geology will occur April 17th. Original escription - UO and NOLS (a nonprofit global wilderness school) instructor, Eric Boggs will talk with us about how to use storytelling as a powerful way to teach leadership. By reflecting on our stories, we will learn how to share each other’s experiences, channeling emotions to help shape lives and promote understanding, meaning, and gratitude in a more nuanced perspective. Since 2001, Eric has been working for NOLS and he is currently the director of the UO Lundquist College Honors Program.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018—Geology and Rocks

Obsidian Tom Rundle has a passion for geology and has taken time to collect many rocks over the years. He has led very interesting geology hikes for the Obsidians using geologic maps and talking about the geologic history of an area. For this ExploraTalk, we will look at rocks as indicators of tectonic geologic processes and terranes, or fault-bounded areas with distinctive stratigraphies and structures.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018—Lizards Tales

Tom Titus is a biologist, instructor, and author of the memoir “Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace”. Tom will address how a pair of 12,200-year-old lizard mummies excavated from Paisley Caves, his University of Oregon course “Amphibians and Reptiles of Oregon,” and his popular writing coalesced into the grassroots and dirt-poor Sagebrush Lizard Genome Project. Along the way he’ll delve into the natural history of reptiles of the Northern Great Basin, how to sequence a novel genome, and the world of ancient DNA. Tom will conclude with a short reading from his spring 2017 Oregon Quarterly essay “Lizard Tales”.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018—Waterfowl

Local naturalist and Obsidian Rick Ahrens has birded on all seven continents. He always delivers a lively and informative slide show! This presentation will focus on ducks and geese.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018—The Geology of the McKenzie River

Former river guide, research hydrologist, and “water guru” Gordon Grant will weave tales about the unique geology of the McKenzie River.



See you at the Lodge on the third Tuesday (usually) evening  each month (usually).