Free tour of Alder Creek Farm and natural area with Max Broderick, Aug. 27

Imagine a place on the Oregon Coast preserved forever where elk roam, eagles soar, river otters play, great blue herons fish and volunteers tend a vast community garden and orchard.

You’ll discover just such a place for yourself when Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Stewardship Coordinator, Max Broderick, leads a tour of the Trust’s natural area and wildlife sanctuary at Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem. Join Max on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. for a 1.5 mile, easy hike. Alder Creek Farm is located at 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem.

Max Broderick

Visitors will tour the barn, as well as the Farm’s diverse habitats, which include Alder Creek where otter and beaver live, and the grassy meadow and pond where elk roam and blue heron hunt. Max will lead a discussion of the Farm’s unique ecosystem and the Community Trust’s restoration progress and goals. Bring binoculars, wear long pants and hiking boots; there are bathroom facilities at the Farm.

This is a free tour, open to the public and registration is not required. For more information, visit

This program is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and nature-based events offered in Tillamook County throughout the year. Created by Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, Tillamook Bay Watershed Council, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the Watershed Councils of Neskowin, Nestucca and Sand Lake, these meaningful, outdoor experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to protect the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economies. This effort is partially funded by the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County and Visit Tillamook Coast. Learn more about the Explore Nature series at

With a vision to protect wildlife habitats on the Nehalem Estuary, a small group of local residents purchased the farm in 2002 from William and Carole Anderson who ran a family dairy there beginning in the late 1950s. Founders Vivi Tallman, Tom Bender, Lane DeMoll, Judy Sorrel, Gareth and Georgenne Ferdun, and Doug Firstbrook didn’t know exactly how it would all work out when they purchased the Farm. But many showed up to help out, and with generous donations from local supporters, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lower Nehalem Community Trust was born.

Lower Nehalem Community Trust is a community land trust dedicated to preserving land and nurturing conservation values in partnership with an engaged community in the Nehalem Region of the Oregon Coast. Its community garden at Alder Creek Farm is that rare place where 40 volunteers come together to grow food to share with families and neighbors served by the North County Food Pantry in Wheeler.

Every year the community garden donates more than a ton of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. In addition to the garden, the Farm hosts a native plant nursery, greenhouse, fruit orchard, and ethnobotanical trail. After the farm tour, guests are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the native plant nursery, community garden, and orchard.