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Season 28 Episode 4: Crossing The Urban-Rural Divide

Oregon Field Guide revisits a story that originally aired in 2009. When it seemed that Oregon's urban-rural divide had grown into an unbridgeable chasm, a handful of ranchers from rural Grant county invited Portland school students to live and work alongside them, to see their side of life.



For 28 years, Oregon Field Guide has been OPB’s weekly TV news magazine exploring the ecological issues, natural wonders and outdoor recreation of the Northwest.

Join us this week on the air or online! Oregon Field Guide revisits a story that aired back in 2009 when we followed a group of Portland school students who spent a week living face to face with a group of ranchers in rural Grant county. Lessons learned during that week are as relevant today as when we first shared that story.

Great News! We are pleased to announce that "Oregon Field Guide" received a number of nominations for this year's Northwest Regional Emmy Awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The awards recognize excellence in programming and individual craft achievement in television and media arts.

The stories acknowledged include Who’s Watching Oregon’s Wildlife, Bull Run Earthquake Science, Columbia River Bar Pilots, Discovering Valhalla: An Oregon Field Guide Special and Wenaha River Packrafting.

Congratulations to the Field Guide team and a huge thank you to the supporters and our viewers that have continued to enjoy the program over the many years!

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Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

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Major Support Provided By: Dorothy D. Gage

Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan