Roddy Scheer presents Oregon and Washington's Roadside Ecology: 33 Easy Walks Through the Region’s Amazing Natural Areas

Discover natural history secrets hiding in plain sight!


Third Place Books welcomes journalist and photographer Roddy Scheer to our Lake Forest Park store. Scheer will give a multimedia presentation in celebration of his new guidebook, Oregon and Washington's Roadside Ecology: 33 Easy Walks Through the Region’s Amazing Natural Areas. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Oregon and Washington's Roadside Ecology will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Oregon and Washington's Roadside Ecology. . .

Roddy Scheer reveals 33 of Oregon and Washington's lesser-known but exquisite landscapes of spectacular natural beauty that are easily accessible from nearby roadsides.

Have you ever seen a raging river disappear completely into a lava tube? Petrified subtropical plants in the middle of a high desert? Do you know how a 10,000-year-old argillite boulder can wind up 800 miles away from any similar rocks? In this insightful guide, environmental journalist and photographer Roddy Scheer reveals the hidden stories of the Pacific Northwest’s unique ecosystems and teaches you how to “read a landscape,” as you explore 33 spectacular natural areas. All hikes are within easy walking distance of the road, less than two miles long, and include clues to deciphering the terrain—making Oregon and Washington’s Roadside Ecology a must-have guide to some of the area’s most spectacular and unusual natural sights.

Featuring walks through. . .

WASHINGTON: Kalaloch Beach; Quinault Rain Forest; Hurricane Ridge; West Beach Sand Dunes; Tideland Ecology Trail; Penrose Point; Nisqually Vista Trail; Magnuson Park Wetlands; Traditional Knowledge Trail; Layser Cave; Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; Deception Falls; Fire & Ice Trail; Ginkgo Petrified Forest; Dry Falls; Pine Lakes Loop; Steptoe Butte; Palouse Falls.

OREGON: Yaquina Head; Tahkenitch Dunes; Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area; Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside; Limpy Botanical Trail; Cliff Nature Trail, Oregon Caves; Rogue River Natural Bridge; Erratic Rock; Camassia Preserve; Salt Creek Falls; Trail of the Molten Land, Lava Lands; Rimrock Trail, Smith Rock State Park; Geologic Time Trail, John Day Fossil Beds; Islands in Time, John Day Fossil Beds; Zumwalt Prairie.

Roddy Scheer is a journalist and photographer specializing in environmental issues, the outdoors, and travel. When he is not out in the field taking pictures, Roddy runs, a weekly environmental newsletter that is syndicated to 1100 media outlets and reaches 6 million readers. He has served as a regular contributor to E-The Environmental MagazineSeattle MagazineNorthwest TravelAmerican PhotoPhotoMediaWildflower, and others. He is a three-time Society of Professional Journalists “Excellence in Journalism” winner.

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