About the Eugene Natural History Society
Since its inception in the early 1940s, the Society has served as a coordinating group for the sharing of knowledge and experiences concerning various fields of natural history among its members. The phrase "Natural History" refers to an inquiry into the workings of the natural world and includes such topics as plants, animals (including humans), geology, anthropology, astronomy, ecology, conservation and other subjects related to earth's natural environments.
The Society sponsors a monthly program meeting highlighted by a lecture from a distinguished speaker on one or more aspects of Natural History. These talks educate our membership and the general public about the inhabitants, characteristics, and conditions of the animate and inanimate features of our natural environments. Recent lectures have covered a broad range of interesting topics including the Anthropology and archeology of the Tibetan peoples, elephant seals of the Oregon coast, Antarctic exploration, and the history of forest fires and climate change in Yellowstone. These free-of-charge meetings are open to the public and, with one exception in December, take place on the third Friday of each month from September through June at 7:30 PM in 100 Willamette on the University of Oregon campus. The upcoming lecture schedule can be found elsewhere on this web site.
The Society also offer occasional field trips that emphasize observation and nature study related to the topic of the monthly lecture series.
Our Society newsletter, Nature Trails, is published 9 times a year and contains a wide range of articles pertinent to our Society's objectives. Current and back issues of Nature trails can be found on this web site. The Society encourages new members and offers several levels of membership. Membership information is located on the Membership page on this web site.