Holiday Wreath-making on Oregon Coast Via Wildlife Officials
(Pacific City, Oregon) – Once again the holidays start descending on the Oregon coast, and this time around there's something a little different in the season. This year, you can learn how to make holiday wreaths near the beaches, including two sessions near Pacific City and another in Lincoln City. (Photo by Ram Pampish).
Refuge volunteer and master wreath maker Lee Sliman will teach you how to combine conifers and shrubs, native to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, into a beautiful wreath that is yours to keep. Holiday wreaths are beautiful, easy to make, and a fun and engaging activity for the whole family.
"We always have a great time at the wreath-making workshops and I was very impressed at the talent of the visitors,” said Sliman.” I’m excited to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host the workshops again this year and because of their popularity we’ve added a third workshop to our calendar," said Refuge Volunteer Lee.
The first happens on December 7 at the Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City, from noon to 2:30 p.m.
The other two happen at the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Pacific City from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 13 and 14.
Workshops will use greens from native trees and shrubs like Western red cedar, Douglas Fir, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and Salal. All materials are provided free of charge, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and include fresh-cut greens, wreath ring, wires, and ribbons. Bring special decorating items to personalize your wreath if you have them. Pruning shears or gardening gloves are encouraged. The workshops at the wildlife refuge are free; however, the workshop held at the Connie Hansen Garden will ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of the room rental. Pre-registration is required as space and supplies are limited. Register by contacting refuge volunteer Lee Sliman at (503) 812-6392.
Directions to Nestucca Bay NWR: it is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. Workshop attendees will meet here.
The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy is located off of Highway 101 in Lincoln City. To visit the Garden, turn west onto 33rd street, proceed 0.1 miles and the Garden will be on the right.
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