Upcoming nature events in Portland and region

July 21 | Family Adventure Day, 10am-1pm: “The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge will host this family-friendly event once a month during the summer. Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to discover the wonders of the refuge. Volunteer Naturalists will be leading short drop-in activities along the year-round trail. Visitors can look for birds; sneak up on grasshoppers; or bound like river otters! This program is free and open to the public. Please refer any questions to Gardiner at gardiner_platt@fws.gov or             503.625.5944      .”

July 21-22 | Terwilliger Parkway Centennial Festival: “Saturday, July 21, 2012 – 9:30am – 8:30pm, Come celebrate the 100th birthday of Portland’s beloved Terwilliger Parkway! Guided hikes, restoration work party and music concert “Trashcan Joe.” Terwilliger Parkway Centennial Festival, “100 years of nature and history”, is organized by Friends of Terwilliger: http://terwilligerfriends.org/. Event schedule: http://terwilligerfriends.org/centennial-events/.”

July 22 | Southwest Portland Sunday Parkways, July 22, 2012 ~ 11am-4pm, 7.8 miles: “Introducing our NEW Southwest route! There are so many exciting highlights for the Southwest route – rolling hills, beautiful views, and Hillsdale and Multnomah business districts. Activities, music, food, and vendors will be located in Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village and the Hillsdale Business District. Click here for route map.”

July 27 | Portland Art Museum free evening

July 28 | Terra Tempo Time Travel Day at Crown Point State Park: “Journey to the end of the Ice Age and experience the great Missoula Floods! The creators of the graphic novel Terra Tempo, Ice Age Cataclysm! will be at the Vista House at Crown Point State Park signing books and sharing the story of how the Columbia River Gorge was sculpted by the biggest floods to ever rip across the face of the earth.” Saturday, July 28. All Ages. Free! 12-3 PM

August 3 | Portland Children’s Museum free evening

August 3 | Bat Chat Night Hike at Tryon Creek State Park: “Friday, August 03, 2012, 07:30pm – 09:30pm, Signup for a free, night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek up close and personal. We will talk about the amazing adaptations that allow bats to survive. We will be walking in groups to the creek and the meadow to listen to echo locating bats with the Bat Detector. Parents must accompany children on all hikes.” Register here.

August 5 | OMSI $2 Sunday

August 11 | Muddy Boots Family Trail Day, Tryon Creek State Park, Saturday, August 11th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., free, requires registration (see link): “Families hitting the trail with the Friends of Tryon Creek have the option of taking guided hikes or self-guided hikes in the park. Experienced guides stationed along park trails will engage parents and children in fun, interactive nature investigation techniques that are designed to be useful in a variety of outdoor environments. ‘There’s so much to learn through observation of the natural world, and while observation sometimes comes naturally there are things we can do to enhance what we see and experience’, says Matthew Collins, Education Director for the Friends of Tryon Creek. ‘The Friends are excited to share tips, techniques and activities that will provide families with a multitude of ways to connect with the nature.’”

August 11 | Migratory Dragonfly Short Course, Hillsboro, Oregon, August 11, 2012, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm: “Migratory Dragonfly Short Courses will educate participants about dragonfly life history, ecology, and migratory behavior, and provide training in MDP project protocols. The courses will include both a morning classroom and afternoon field component, and participants will receive a resource packet with migratory dragonfly publications, fact sheets, protocols, and identification guides. For information on other MDP short courses in North America, visit the Xerces Society Events page (www.xerces.org/events/) to view up-to-date short course information. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming dragonfly short courses or request one in your area, please email alexa@xerces.org. Be sure to include the following information: name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and the state(s) for which you would like to receive announcements.” Sorry, registration is full for this event.

August 14 | Oregon Zoo $4 day

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