Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for summer camps!
Nature-based summer break camps in the Portland area

The Tillamook Forest Center is back open for the spring – check out their upcoming events

Hike series with the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Portland branch of Hike It Baby

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Summer nature programming  from THPRD

The Bug Chicks programs at Multnomah County Library locations

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

November-June | Lunch with the Birds! | Hillsboro Parks & Recreation

Nov. 12-Aug. 29, 2015 | Exhibit: In the Footsteps of David Douglas | Washington County Museum

April 30 | Bring Your Own Canoe Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

April 30 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 30 | Hannah Viano Art Gallery Opening (nature art) | Portland Children’s Museum

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

May-August | Amazing Arthropods (programs with The Bug Chicks) | Multnomah County Library (various)

May 1 | Kids Nature Night Out: Disappearing Act | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

May 2 | Kids Fishing Festival | Columbia Springs

May 2 | Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 4-10 | National Wildflower Week | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

May 9 | International Migratory Bird Day | Environment for the Americas

May 9 | Brownie Day: The Wonders of Water at Greenway Park | THPRD

May 10 | Nature Days in the Park: Roger Tilbury Memorial Park | THPRD

May 10 | Family Nature Walk at Elowah & Upper McCord Falls | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 10 | Guided Nature Walk: Sproinggg! Spring has Sprung! | Friends of the Refuge

May 15 | Kids Nature Night Out: Treasure Hunt | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 16 | Kids to Parks Day | National Park Trust

May 16 | Grand Opening Celebration | Kʰunamokwst Park

May 16 | Cully Critter Cruise | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 16 | Children’s Nature Fair | Leach Botanical Garden

May 16 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Friends of the Refuge

May 16 | Firsthand Oregon: Native Turtle Habitat Tour | Oregon Wildlife

May 16 | Winter Steelhead Release | Tillamook Forest Center

May 17 | Honoring Our Rivers student showcase | Powell’s City of Books

May 17 | Metro Annual Trails Fair | Metro/American Trails

May 17 | Nature Studies: Birds of Cooper Mountain | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 21 | Evening Canoe the Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 23 | Damselflies + Dragonflies at Fairview Creek Headwaters | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

May 27-June 4 | 29th Annual Great Blue Heron Week | Audubon Society of Portland

May 30 | Discovery Hike: Firelane Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

May 30 | Book talk: Nikki McClure on In | Powell’s City of Books

May 31 | Talk: Christine Colasurdo on 35 Years later: Mt. St. Helens eruption | Garden Home Community Library

June | Great Outdoors Month | American Recreation Coalition

June 6 | National Trails Day | American Hiking Society

June 6 | State Parks Day (free day use & camping) | Oregon State Parks

June 6 | Family Nature Fest | Columbia Springs

June 13 | National Get Outdoors Day | GetOutdoorsUSA!

June 13 | 2015 National Get Outdoors Day | Fort Vancouver

June 3 | Discovery Hike: Habitat Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

June 13 | Explorando el Columbia Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 14 | Guided Nature Walk: Wild in the Wetland! | Friends of the Refuge

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week | Pollinator Partnership

June 20 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

June 23 | Bring Your Own Boat Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

July-August | Tall ship visits to ports in the Columbia River Gorge | Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

July 7 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

July 10 | Moonlight Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

July 11 | Firsthand Oregon: Pika Discovery and Viewing | Oregon Wildlife

July 18 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 8 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 14-16 | Return from the Burn – A Step Back in Time Event | Tillamook State Forest

August 17-21 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

October 24 | Discovery Hike: Fall Park Tour | Forest Park Conservancy

Oct. 10-Jan. 10, 2016 | Exhibit – Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection | Portland Art Museum

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 & Recreation
Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop
Audubon Story Time (1st/3rd Saturdays starting May 2nd
Free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
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 fourth Friday 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. April’s list is here.

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Wednesday photo of the week: spring hike

Spring hike

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Monday thought of the week: a brief opportunity

A thought:

We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole.

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2005), p. 316.

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BOOK REVIEW: Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure & Portland events in April

Last year we shared about a new book for children from Seattle-based artist Hannah Viano, S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet. Viano’s beautiful paper-cut art combined with learning about Pacific Northwest natural history made for a handsome little book about the ABCs. Her new book likewise combines colorful and both sharp and flowing images with aspects of Pacific Northwest life.

Hannah Viano, Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2015), 32 pp.

The story in Arrow to Alaska follows Arrow, an outside-going young boy who wants so much to travel from his home in Seattle. A visit from his grandfather in Alaska provided that opportunity, but it was not to be. Then, an aunt offers to take Arrow along on her salmon fishing boat Angie through the inside passage to Alaska. And they were off! Arrow is treated to wildlife sightings, seeing how fishermen work, and when they reach his grandfather, how he lives on a houseboat. After days of fishing and messing about on boats, it is time for Arrow to go back home to Seattle. But, his adventure was about to continue…

Viano is in Portland this spring as an artist-in-residence with the Portland Children’s Museum, doing nature art workshops with kids and producing art pieces for the museum inspired by their nature-based play area Outdoor Adventure. Here are the remaining dates, including a storytime at Powell’s downtown:

April 18 | Kids’ Storytime with Hannah Viano: Arrow to Alaska | Powell’s on Burnside
April 19 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 20 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 21 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 21 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 30 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 30 | Hannah Viano Art Gallery Opening (nature art) | Portland Children’s Museum

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Wednesday photo of the week: springtime splash

Springtime splash

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BOOK: Step Into Nature & reading at Annie Bloom’s Books on April 16

A new book will interest readers of this blog, and the author will do a reading at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village on April 16 at 7pm.

Patrice Vecchione, Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life (New York/Hillsboro, OR: Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2015), 272 pp.

Publisher’s description Step outside your door and reconnect with nature. From the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life comes a guide that will replenish your connection to the earth and inspire you to develop and strengthen your imagination.

The natural world has inspired artists, seekers, and thinkers for millennia, but in recent times, as the pace of life has sped up, its demands have moved us indoors. Yet nature’s capacity to lead us to important truths, to invigorate and restore our imagination and equilibrium, is infinite.

Step into Nature makes nature personal again by stimulating awareness and increasing our understanding of the environment. But being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—and opening your heart to the sky above, the miniature gardens that push their way up between the sidewalk cracks in our cities, and the small stream just down the road.

Patrice Vecchione demonstrates how nature can support and enhance your creative output, invigorate your curiosity, and restore your sense of connection to and love of the earth. Included throughout the book is “The Cabinet of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways to stimulate your imagination, deepen your relationship with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity and the natural world.

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Wednesday photo of the week: nature play stickers

Get your “Slow: Children at Nature Play” stickers here!

Children at Nature Play stickers

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Two recent articles about nature play

Just want to share with you, dear reader, two recent articles about nature play, one written by me and the other about me and my Children at Nature Play sign efforts.

– Amy Wang wrote a piece about me and my nature play signs for The Oregonian on April 2nd. Click here to read “Q&A: Creator of ‘Children at Nature Play’ signs hopes to get more kids outdoors.”

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Photo: Amy Wang/The Oregonian

– I wrote an article for the April issue of Metro Parent magazine all about nature play areas in the Portland region. Pick up an issue around town (community centers of libraries are your best bet), view it online in the whole issue, or read the PDF on my blog.

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Monday thought of the week: from the outside in

A thought:

Children milk the environment to build themselves from the outside in, filling themselves with their own sensations of the world and the sense of their actions in it.

– Sara Stein, Noah’s Children: Restoring the Ecology of Childhood (New York: North Point Press, 2001), p. 45

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for summer camps!
Nature-based summer break camps in the Portland area

The Tillamook Forest Center is back open for the spring – check out their upcoming events

Hike series with the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Portland branch of Hike It Baby

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

The Bug Chicks programs at Multnomah County Library locations

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

November-June | Lunch with the Birds! | Hillsboro Parks & Recreation

Nov. 12-Aug. 29, 2015 | Exhibit: In the Footsteps of David Douglas | Washington County Museum

April 3 | Kids Nature Night Out: Pirates’ Treasure | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 3 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 4 | Grand Opening Celebration | Nadaka Nature Park

April 4 | Nature Studies: Spring Plant Walk | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 4 | Women in Science Day (Girl Scout program) | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 8 | Native Plants of the Hoyt Arboretum | Hoyt Arboretum

April 9 | Brunch with the Birds | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

April 9 | Community Nature Walk: Boise-Eliot Neighborhood | Friends of Trees

April 10 | Portland Arbor Day Festival – Bucket Truck Rides | Portland Parks & Recreation

April 11 | Portland Arbor Day Festival | Portland Parks & Recreation

April 11 | Critter Count | Columbia Spring

April 11-12 | Trillium Festival | Friends of Tryon Creek

April 12 | Cathlapotle Plankhouse – Spring Opening Celebration and Guided Hikes | Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

April 12 | Nature Days in the Park: Greenway Park | THPRD

April 12 | Finding David Douglas, A film by Lois Leonard | Hoyt Arboretum

April 12 | Guided Refuge Walk – Birds, Nest, and Babies, Oh My! | Friends of the Refuge

April 14 | Nature Night: California Condors in the Pacific Northwest | Audubon Society of Portland

April 15 | Community Nature Walk: Lents Neighborhood | Friends of Trees

April 16 | Patrice Vecchione presents Step Into Nature | Annie Bloom’s Books

April 17 | Kids Nature Night Out: Cat Prowl | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 18 | SOLVE IT Earth Day Event | Various

April 18 | Family Eco-Fair Celebration | The Stream Team (Vancouver)

April 18 | Story Time: Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms | Audubon Society of Portland

April 18 | Storytime: Hannah Viano reads Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Journey | Powell’s City of Books

April 18 | World Record Bulb Planting (Camas) | White Oak Savanna Park (West Linn)

April 18 | Nature Studies: Animal Tracking | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 18-25 | National Park Week | National Park Foundation

April 19 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 19 | Kids’ Nature Walk: Water Bugs at Whitaker Ponds | Backyard Bird Shop

April 19 | Advanced Nature Observation Skills | Nature Connection (Meetup group)

April 19-25 | National Environmental Education Week | NEEF

April 20 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 21 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 21 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 22 | Earth Day | Earth Day Network

April 22 | PSU Earth Day 2015 Celebration | PSU Blocks

April 22 | Earth Day Celebration | Portland Children’s Museum

April 22 | Author event: Thor Hanson on The Triumph of Seeds | Audubon Society of Portland

April 23 | Advanced Nature Observation Skills | Nature Connection (Meetup group)

April 23 | Nature Walkabout for Kids | Nature Connection (Meetup group)

April 23 | Book talk: Thor Hanson on The Triumph of Seeds | Powell’s on Hawthorne

April 24 | Arbor Day | Arbor Day Foundation

April 24 | Nature Walkabout for Kids | Nature Connection (Meetup group)

April 24 | Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 25 | Spring bird walk with Sarah Swanson & Max Smith (8am-10am)| Friends of April Hill Park

April 25 | Bird Watching Discovery Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

April 25 | Community Nature Walk: Portsmouth Neighborhood | Friends of Trees

April 25 | Earth Day Portland | Normandale Park

April 25 | Save the Frogs Day | Save the Frogs

April 25 | Advanced Nature Observation Skills | Nature Connection (Meetup group)

April 25 | Salmonids + Macroinvertebrates at Jenne Butte Park | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

April 25 | Classroom Discovery Day: Pollinating the Park | Tryon Creek State Park

April 25 | Spring Blossoms | Hoyt Arboretum

April 26| Animal Camouflage at Mary S. Young Park | Backyard Bird Shop

April 26 | Advanced Nature Observation Skills | Nature Connection (Meetup group)

April 30 | Bring Your Own Canoe Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

April 30 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 30 | Hannah Viano Art Gallery Opening (nature art) | Portland Children’s Museum

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

May-August | Amazing Arthropods (programs with The Bug Chicks) | Multnomah County Library (various)

May 1 | Kids Nature Night Out: Disappearing Act | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

May 2 | Kids Fishing Festival | Columbia Springs

May 2 | Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 4-10 | National Wildflower Week | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

May 9 | International Migratory Bird Day | Environment for the Americas

May 9 | Brownie Day: The Wonders of Water at Greenway Park | THPRD

May 10 | Nature Days in the Park: Roger Tilbury Memorial Park | THPRD

May 10 | Family Nature Walk at Elowah & Upper McCord Falls | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 10 | Guided Nature Walk | Friends of the Refuge

May 15 | Kids Nature Night Out: Treasure Hunt | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 16 | Kids to Parks Day | National Park Trust

May 16 | Grand Opening Celebration | Kʰunamokwst Park

May 16 | Children’s Nature Fair | Leach Botanical Garden

May 16 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Friends of the Refuge

May 16 | Firsthand Oregon: Native Turtle Habitat Tour | Oregon Wildlife

May 16 | Winter Steelhead Release | Tillamook Forest Center

May 17 | Metro Annual Trails Fair | Metro/American Trails

May 17 | Nature Studies: Birds of Cooper Mountain | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 21 | Evening Canoe the Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 23 | Damselflies + Dragonflies at Fairview Creek Headwaters | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

May 27-June 4 | 29th Annual Great Blue Heron Week | Audubon Society of Portland

May 31 | Talk: Christine Colasurdo on 35 Years later: Mt. St. Helens eruption | Garden Home Community Library

June | Great Outdoors Month | American Recreation Coalition

June 6 | National Trails Day | American Hiking Society

June 6 | Family Nature Fest | Columbia Springs

June 13 | National Get Outdoors Day | GetOutdoorsUSA!

June 13 | 2015 National Get Outdoors Day | Fort Vancouver

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week | Pollinator Partnership

June 20 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

July-August | Tall ship visits to ports in the Columbia River Gorge | Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

July 7 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

July 18 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 8 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 14-16 | Return from the Burn – A Step Back in Time Event | Tillamook State Forest

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

Oct. 10-Jan. 10, 2016 | Exhibit – Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection | Portland Art Museum

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 & Recreation
Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop
Free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
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 fourth Friday 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. April’s list is here.

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