Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wednesday photo of the week: logging some time at the edge of Oregon

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Upcoming nature events for Portland and region

Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks & Recreation Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden Story and Strolls & Guided Nature Hikes (see pg. 14) at Tryon Creek State Park June 1st – Portland Children’s Museum is free from 4pm-8pm. Check … Continue reading

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Field trip to Tryon Creek State Park

On May 25th, my son’s kindergarten class took a field trip to Tryon Creek State Park. I was not able to be a parent that went along, but another parent sent me this photo of Patrick (on the right, stomping) … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a little free reign

A thought: Give kids a little free reign. Let them climb that tree, ford that creek, peer under that log… We must acknowledge that letting kids play in nature—following their own lead with some gentle guidance—will increase the footprint. That boulder … Continue reading

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Canoeing at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

This was Patrick and my first time at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park () in NE Portland, in mid-May. It is part of the Columbia Slough, and hence the place that the Columbia Slough Watershed Council uses a lot for environmental education. … Continue reading

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Nature walk at the Tualatin River Bird Festival

The day after that night time bat walk at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (), Patrick and I headed back there to participate in a nature walk, all part of the annual 2012 Tualatin River Bird Festival, this was back in … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: canoeing

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Great Blue Heron Week, May 30th – June 10th

The Audubon Society of Portland () and The Intertwine has many events lined up to celebrate Great Blue Heron Week, which gives a nod to the 26th anniversary of Great Blue Heron being the Portand city bird: 26th Annual Great Blue … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: a culture of learning

A thought: Nature needs to be an integral part of our culture of learning. The outdoors is best seen both as a venue for learning, as well as a source of content. Stepping outside the classroom to reinforce a concept, … Continue reading

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Bat Walk at 2012 Tualatin River Bird Festival

This bat walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge () on May 18th, part of the 2012 Tualatin River Bird Festival, was with Chris Hein of Bat Conservation International, who also did the one we attended at the Audubon … Continue reading

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