Champoeg State Heritage Area
Visitor Center


Begins: 03/25/2017 at 12:00 PM
Ends: 03/25/2017 at 3:00 PM


A winter series of live demonstrations, presentations and exhibits of the history, people and crafts of early Champoeg. A series of talks on Ethno Botany or how landscapes were managed by early indigenous people for foods and medicines. Cultural Resource Manager David Harrelson, from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will give a talk about talk about the tools used by native people to manage the landscape of the Willamette Valley. Jim Kiser will speak on the historic presence of milkweed in the local area and how it has vastly diminished, as well as his efforts to help re-establish the plant in local yards and gardens of the Willamette Valley.Milkweed is an essential part of the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, which have greatly decreased in numbers, partly due to the loss of milkweed as a food source.