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 2nd – Oregon State Parks Day: Free day-use and one-night free camping, activities for kids.
June 3rd – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is having a $2.00 Sunday. See an exhibit of ocean photography, an exhibit about animal intelligence, and their newest exhibit all about natural disasters.
June 5th – Witness a rare celestial event at OMSI: the Transit of Venus! A transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes in front of the sun, and they occur in pairs. One happened in 2004 and its pair is this year, while the next to occur will be in 2117 and 2125! Here’s a nice video about ToVs, and a very informative website.
June 8th – A free evening nature walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm: “One of the best times to experience nature is when the sun goes down. Come learn about the adaptations animals have which allow them to be most active at night and discover the sights and sounds for yourself on a guided walk through one of the few urban refuges in the country. This event is family friendly. Limited spaces available and advanced registration is required. To register or for more information please contact Jenna Mendenhall: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
June 9th – National Get Outdoors Day at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 9am to 5pm, free: “National Get Outdoors Day is an exciting national event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun! Participants from federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. On Saturday, June 9, 2012, these diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities throughout the United States — and right here in Vancouver, Washington! Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.”
June 16th – Free flower walk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, from 9:00am to 11:00am: “Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt, for a spring flower walk. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments. To register contact: Jenna_Mendenhall@fws.gov.”
June 23rd – Great American Backyard Campout
June 23rd – Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens will host a nature games program at Oxbow Regional Park from 10am to 1pm, free.
June 24th – Sundays Trailways: “On Sunday, June 24, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., join us for Sunday Trailways, a new event to celebrate active lifestyles on the beautiful Fanno Creek Trail. This fun new neighborhood event will showcase the trail to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and activity levels. Walk, run or bike with us, and enjoy more than four miles of fun, family-oriented activities and fitness (map of scheduled activities).