NEDC Events – Fall 2021


NEDC’s Annual Retreat at Camp Westwind


We’re sorry to announce that NEDC’s Annual Retreat at Camp Westwind has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Delta variant and Oregon’s worsening capacity to deal with the increase in cases. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Austin Starnes at

What is Westwind 2021?

Every year, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) holds its two day annual retreat on the Oregon north coast at a place called Camp Westwind. This retreat is an opportunity for students interested in NEDC, NEDC staff and board members to come together in a beautiful, wild place to celebrate NEDC’s work, listen to presentations on regional environmental issues and participate in group activities.

Who can Participate in Westwind 2021?

The annual retreat is open to all law students with an interest in NEDC’s work, law faculty, NEDC staff and board. Children are welcome to attend – but there is no onsite childcare. Sorry, no pets other than registered service animals. Pre-registration is required.

When is Westwind 2021?

Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17. Participants are encouraged to arrive at the camp Friday afternoon and stay through Sunday morning. There are one night stay options and late arrival/early departure options with prior notification to NEDC event planners.

What is the cost of attendance?

  • Student Cost: $85 both nights; $45 one night (scholarships available for students upon request)
  • Regular Cost: $120 both nights; $70 one night
  • Children: $35 both nights; $20 one night

The cost includes lodging and vegetarian meals (including vegan options). The meals will be catered by the Camp Westwind staff and will be held in the Wilson Lodge at the camp. Lodging is either staying in rustic/minimal cabins that sleep up to 8 people or camping on the beach if you bring your own tent and gear. The cabins have bunk beds with mattresses, a ceiling light and a small heater which provides minimal heat. The cabins do not have water. Participants should bring their own sleeping bag/bedding. For an additional $10, bedding can be provided by Westwind (although they recommend you bring an extra blanket in case the weather is cold). Bathrooms and showers are available on site.

Where is Camp Westwind?

The camp is a 2 hour drive from Portland on the Oregon Coast near Otis, Oregon. Located next to the Salmon River Estuary, this 529 acre camp, farm and wilderness area is set in the middle of the UNESCO Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve. The camp is located on the end of the peninsula at the mouth of the river.

How do I get there?

Westwind attendees will be given directions from Portland to the parking area at the Westwind farm which is north of Lincoln City. NEDC staff will work with participants to help coordinate carpooling options. From the parking area participants walk about a mile into the camp on a maintained gravel road – so make sure to pack and plan accordingly. Participants who arrive in the parking area before 3 pm on Friday can leave their luggage to be shuttled into the camp. Upon pre-arrangement, NEDC staff will be available to provide rides into the camp for those who need it. On Sunday morning a luggage shuttle will take participants’ luggage back to the parking area and participants will walk back to the parking area. NEDC staff, upon pre-arrangement, will also be available to provide rides out of the camp for those who need it.  If your schedule or situation requires other arrangements please contact NEDC staff.

What do I need to bring?

The cabins are separate from each other, the bathrooms and the main lodge/eating area so participants need to expect to spend time outdoors and dress appropriately for the weather. If possible, pack your belongings in a backpack or a bag that has a carry strap and that can be closed to avoid losing items during transport.  Wheeled bags/suitcases are not recommended since many of the trails at the camp are made of sand. Items to bring include:

  • Sleeping bag/bedding material
  • Towel
  • Walking shoes/hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • Water bottle

  • Toiletries/medications
  • Rain coat
  • Warm coat/under-layers
  • Headlamp/flashlight


NEDC will have a variety of speakers who will talk about their work or some aspect relating to environmental law throughout the weekend. NEDC will also offer group activities such as beach walks, hiking, tide pool exploring, yoga and evening board games and/or an evening bonfire.


Contact Austin Starnes at