Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

Ladybug Nature Walks from Portland Parks & Recreation are back on – printable schedule here

Now playing at OMSI’s Empirical Theater in 3D: National Parks Adventure

Upcoming OMSI Science Pubs about ocean tides, glaciers, ice age floods, and volcanoes

Nature classes at Portland area parks from Tinkergarten

Discovery Hikes with the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Winter tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Free Metro Parks Days on March 8, March 31, May 5, and June 21

Winter/Spring nature programming from THPRD

Winter/Spring nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Winter/Spring nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro), including their regular Lunch with the Birds and Sunset Sit, Moonrise Smile outings

Winter/Spring nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center (watch for announcements

Winter/Spring nature programming at the Leach Botanical Garden

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird walks with Backyard Bird Shop

February 25 | Classroom Discovery Days: The Owls of Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

 

March 1 | Owl Prowl | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

March 1 | Book talk: Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains | Powell’s City of Books

March 3-4 | National Day of Unplugging (everywhere) | Reboot

March 4 | Watershed Wide Event (stewardship volunteering) | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

March 4 | EcoBlitz: Salamanders! | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

March 4 | Local Refuges Get “Wild in the City” (Vancouver)

March 8 | Puddle Stompers | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

March 9 | Book talk: Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains | Powell’s on Hawthorne

March 11 | Owl Fest | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 12 | Nature Days in the Park: Summercrest Park | THPRD

March 13-14 | Children, Nature & Schools Symposium & Green Schools Tour (Oregon Zoo) | Intertwine

March 14 | Puddle Stompers | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

March 18 | Clark County Youth & Nature Symposium (Clark College) | Intertwine

March 25 | Classroom Discovery Days: The Wonderful World of Water | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 27-31 | Nature-based camps for Spring Break 2016

April 1 | Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup | SOLVE

April 8 | Opening Day for Trails | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

April 22 | Earth Day at the Refuge! | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

April 22 | Nature Days in the Park: Vista Brook Park | THPRD

April 22 | SOLVE IT for Earth Day (stewardship volunteering projects TBA) | SOLVE

April 22 | March for Science – Portland

April 29 | Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

May 1-7 | Screen-Free Week (everywhere) | Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

May 14 | Nature Days in the Park: Pioneer Park | THPRD

May 20 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

May 27 | Classroom Discovery Days: Pollination: insects, birds, and bees | Friends of Tryon Creek

June 8 | Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids | Hillsboro Public Library

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from THPRD’s Natural Resources
Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden
Story and Strolls and Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek State Park
Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks Environmental Education
Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
Guided hikes at Columbia Springs in Vancouver, WA (third Wed. of most months)
Tillamook Tales at the Tillamook Forest Center

Did you know?
– $2 admission at OMSI the first Sunday of every month
– $3 admission at the World Forestry Center the first Thursday of every month
– $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo the second Tuesday of every month
– FREE admission at the Portland Art Museum the first Thursday of every month, 5-8pm
– FREE admission at the Portland Children’s Museum the first Friday of every month, 4-8pm
– FREE admission at the Oregon Historical Society & Museum every day for Multnomah County residents

*My friend Laura posts a monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. February’s list is here.

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Two upcoming Portland area children & nature events

Attention parents, teachers, school administrators, and informal educators, here are two events of interest being put on by The Intertwine next month:

Children, Nature & Schools Symposium (Oregon Zoo)
March 13 (Mon), 9a-6p
$50, register by 3/8

Clark County Youth & Nature Symposium (Clark College)
March 18 (Sat), 9a-5p
FREE, register by 3/13

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Wednesday photo of the week: planting with a hot cocoa face

Have you ever volunteered with a local nature organization or park district? If you’re interested in doing such a thing with your kids, let me know!

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Monday thought of the week: experiences not entertainment

A thought:

Children need experiences, not entertainment, in play. The more kids can do, see, feel and experience for themselves in play, the more connected they will feel to the world, and less overwhelmed.

Kim John Payne (Simplicity Parenting)

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Wednesday photo of the week: crossing

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VIDEO: Columbia Gorge geology

This is a fantastic overview of the geologic history of the Columbia Gorge!

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Wednesday photo of the week: immersed

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Monday thought of the week: all the world

A thought:

Whatever landscape a child is exposed to early on, that will be the sort of gauze through which he or she will see all the world afterward.

– Wallace Stegner

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Nature-based camps for Spring Break 2016

The Portland area has much to offer for kids to learn about many aspects of nature and be active outside. Here’s a list of organizations that offer nature-based camps for Spring Break 2017 (March 27-31). Be sure to contact each place to find out about availability and prices, and please comment below if I have missed any…

Audubon Society of Portland
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Spring Break at Hancock Field Station, grades 4-8)
Oregon Zoo (no info online yet)
Rewild Portland
Trackers Earth PDX
Tryon Creek State Park
Tualatin Hills Nature Park (Beaverton; p. 166)
Zenger Farm

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Monday thought of the week: attention is the beginning of devotion

A thought:

Teach the children. We don’t matter much. But the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen. The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin flowers. And the frisky ones – inkberry, lamb’s-quarters, blueberries. And the aromatic ones – rosemary, oregano. Give them peppermint to put in their pockets as they go to school. Give them the fields and the woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit. Stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms. Attention is the beginning of devotion.

– Mary Oliver, Upstream (New York: Penguin Press, 2016)

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