Explore Themes

Explore Themes

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Spring Creek Project brings people together from many backgrounds and disciplines to explore questions about our relationship with the natural world. Over the years, ongoing themes have emerged from our inquiries.

Browse Our Projects

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Environmental Activism & Imagination

Fighting with our whole hearts and imagining new ways of being in the world

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Environmental Writing 

Honoring storytelling as essential to helping us understand the world and imagine a better future

rally with audience holding signs about climate change

Human Rights & Climate Change 

Working for environmental justice in a time of profound planetary change

aerial shot of rivers and streams

Ethics & Environment 

Exploring the moral urgency of living in an interdependent world

roots and base of trees in a pacific northwest forest


Reflecting on how people and forests change together over time

wildfire on the horizon

Catastrophe & Renewal

Probing the resilience of ecosystems and humans in times of disturbance, from wildfire to eruptions

leah wilson listening to the forest

Art & Science

Integrating many ways of knowing the world, from visual storytelling and poetry to observation and experiment

person logging data in a forest

Music & Environment

Listening and responding to the world around us through music and sound

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On Kalapuya Land

Place-based programming that forges deep connection with the land in and around Corvallis, Oregon

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Looking Inward

From personal resilience to our spiritual and contemplative paths, our inner work can transform our outer actions

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Our Creative Community

Workshops, community-based residencies and responses to creative calls for submissions

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Our Publications

Books, chapbooks, article series and other works created in collaboration with the Spring Creek Project