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Regional STEM Businesses

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area


59116 Pierce Rd., La Grande, OR 97850

Tours may begin at a number of different locations on Ladd Marsh. Contact wildlife area staff to determine the best location for your activity.

Contact Us.

Main office phone: 541-963-4954

Main person of contact:

Cathy Nowak, Wildlife Biologist

Areas of expertise: Habitat management, birds, wildlife found on the area, sandhill crane satellite telemetry, painted turtle use of the area, and history of Ladd Marsh.

Phone: 541-963-4954

Email: (preferred way of contact)

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area features the largest hardstem bulrush marsh remaining in Northeast Oregon. As the concept of waterfowl flyway management was endorsed and developed, wildlife areas were acquired and managed as part of a larger plan focused on migratory waterfowl needs. Because this area is intended to protect nesting and migrating waterfowl, public access is limited to viewpoints and a one-mile nature trail, except during hunting season.

For Students

Ladd Marsh provides the following for grades 4th – 6th, middle school, high school, and college students:

  • Spring Field Trip or Tour
  • Guest Speaker
  • Fall Job Shadows
  • Summer Student Internships

Ladd Marsh can accompany 50 people per tour and welcome them to learn about a variety of different topics. Tipics will vary depending on the focus of the trip. Be aware that staff have a limited time available for these activities. Call well ahead of time to schedule an activity. Not all requests can be accommodated. For field trips, visitors should bring and wear the following:

  1. Binoculars (if possible)
  2. Long pants
  3. Closed-toe shoes
  4. Clothing appropriate to the weather
  5. The wind nearly always blows on Ladd Marsh so visitors should have one more layer than they believe necessary

For more information about Ladd Marsh click here.


Union County


Natural Resource Management

For Students:

Field Trip or Tour, Guest Speaker, Job Shadows, Student Internships

Age Range:

4th - 6th grade, Middle school, High school, College

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