Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

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

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

Fall tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Fall nature programming (pp. 165-170) from THPRD

Fall nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Fall nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)

Fall nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center (watch for announcements

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird walks with Backyard Bird Shop

Oct. 1 – Jan. 15 | Exhibit: Very Eric Carle | Portland Children’s Museum (this Eric Carle animal story exhibit would make a fun outing in conjunction with play time in the museum’s Outdoor Adventure!)

Oct. 6 – Dec. 17 | Exhibit: Extraordinary Playscapes | Design Museum Portland/PNCA

Nov. 19 – Dec. 11 | Exhibit: papercut artwork from Nikki McClure’s 2016 calendar | Land Gallery (opening reception with the artist on Nov. 19 from 6-9pm)

December 6 | Community Talk on Science and Cultural Significance of Pacific Lamprey | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

December 6 | Making the Connection: Alaska’s Refuges, Native Tribes, and Tualatin River NWR | Friends of the Refuge

December 7 | Trackers Forest School – Open House | Trackers Earth PDX

December 7 | Owl Prowl | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

December 13 | Nature Night: Saving Amphibians and Reptiles in the Midst of the Earth’s Sixth Great Extinction | Audubon Society of Portland

December 17 | Winter Solstice | Friends of Tryon Creek

December 17 | Winter solstice sunset walk (at Cooper Mountain) | Metro

December 23 | Free Metro parks day (no parking fees) | Metro

January 14 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

February 4 | Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island | Audubon Society of Portland

February 11 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

February 17-20 | Great Backyard Bird Count | Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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. December’s list is here.

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BOOK REVIEW: Waiting for High Tide, by Nikki McClure

Readers of this blog know that my family and I love the papercut art of Nikki McClure. Her annual calendar graces the space above my wife’s desk every year. And I recently posted on Instagram these two images, one showing a favorite scene from the 2009 book All In A Day, for which she illustrated, and the other showing her VOTE! image that her distributor produced as newsprint posters and mailed out for free.

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Previously I have posted about a book she wrote and illustrated ( In, 2015) and another she illustrated ( May the Stars Drip Down, 2014), as well as her art on display at Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2011, which for me exudes the theme of connecting children to nature. I was delighted to learn that McClure has authored and illustrated another book centered around children and nature:

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Nikki McClure, Waiting for High Tide (New York: Abrams Books, 2016), 48 pp. $19.95, hardcover.

Publisher’s description For one young boy, it’s a perfect summer day to spend at the beach with his family. He scours the high tide line for treasures, listens to the swizzling sound of barnacles, and practices walking the plank. But mostly he waits for high tide. Then he’ll be able to swim and dive off the log raft his family is building. While he waits, sea birds and other creatures mirror the family’s behaviors: building and hunting, wading and eating. At long last the tide arrives, and human and animal alike savor the water. Another beautiful ode to life lived in harmony with nature, and by the labor of one’s own hands, from an artist of great warmth and clarity.

Crabs, barnacles, gulls, clams, a heron, and kids. These are the wild creatures that so patiently await the rising of high tide.

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McClure’s words and images bring life, if only for one day, to these words from the naturalist and environmentalist Rachel Carson:

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be. (The Edge of the Sea)

There’s something about bringing kids to the coast. Their sense of wonder is heightened within this space between land and sea.

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In Waiting for High Tide, McClure captures the curiosity of a child exploring a well-loved natural landscape (seascape, too!) and sharing the experience with family.

Purchase Waiting for High Tide through the publisher, the author’s distributor, or the independent Powell’s City of Books. And we were thrilled to see McClure this month at the Audubon Society of Portland’s annual Wild Arts Festival:

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#OptOutside on Black Friday, Nov. 25

Go with #trailsnotsales on Friday, Nov. 25 and #OptOutside with REI and families across the country. There are much better ways to spend the day after Thanksgiving than joining the masses in stores.

In Oregon, all Oregon State Parks that normally charge a day-use parking fee will not be doing so on Nov. 25. Also, “To help celebrate, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation is hosting special events at L.L Stub Stewart State Park, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Champoeg State Heritage Area and Silver Falls State Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hot drinks and snacks will be available, and visitors will be able to deposit entry forms for drawings to win prizes from Columbia Sportswear, Keen Footwear, REI and Leatherman Tools. Entry forms are obtained by registering at www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org. Completed forms must be brought to one of the four participating parks 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. that day.”

Metro is also dropping parking fees at all their Portland area sites. (Oxbow Regional Park is particularly beautiful this time of year)

Or use The Intertwine’s map of Portland area parks, trails, and natural areas to find a new place to explore.

Let us know if you will go out with us!

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Wednesday photo of the week: forest treaures

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

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— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

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

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

Fall tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Fall nature programming (pp. 165-170) from THPRD

Fall nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Fall nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)

Fall nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center (watch for announcements

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird walks with Backyard Bird Shop

Oct. 1 – Jan. 15 | Exhibit: Very Eric Carle | Portland Children’s Museum (this Eric Carle animal story exhibit would make a fun outing in conjunction with play time in the museum’s Outdoor Adventure!)

Oct. 6 – Dec. 17 | Exhibit: Extraordinary Playscapes | Design Museum Portland/PNCA

November 15 | Puddle Stompers: Ducks and Geese | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 16 | Crossroads Lecture: Lake Missoula Flood in Your Backyard | Washington County Museum

November 17 | Book Talk: Robert Michael Pyle on Through a Green Lens | Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing

November 17 | UNITE: How Portland Does Play (panel discussion) | Design Museum Portland/PNCA

November 19 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

November 19 | Geology in action: Newell Creek Canyon | Metro

Nov. 19 – Dec. 11 | Exhibit: papercut artwork from Nikki McClure’s 2016 calendar | Land Gallery (opening reception with the artist on Nov. 19 from 6-9pm)

November 19-20 | Wild Arts Festival | Audubon Society of Portland

November 20 | Thanksgiving walk at Oxbow | Metro

November 23 | Owl Prowl | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 25 | Free Metro parks day (no parking fees) | Metro

November 26 | Classroom Discovery Days: Mushrooms | Friends of Tryon Creek

December 3 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

December 3 | Waterfowl Watch | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

December 7 | Trackers Forest School – Open House | Trackers Earth PDX

December 7 | Owl Prowl | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

December 17 | Winter Solstice | Friends of Tryon Creek

December 17 | Winter solstice sunset walk (at Cooper Mountain) | Metro

December 23 | Free Metro parks day (no parking fees) | Metro

February 4 | Raptor Road Trip on Sauvie Island | Audubon Society of Portland

February 17-20 | Great Backyard Bird Count | Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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. November’s list is here.

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Monday thought of the week: to instill these values

A thought:

My kids go outside daily because they want to go outside daily. In fact, they love being outside. It is easily their happy place. So how did I get so lucky? Is it genetic? The fact is, I have worked with purpose to instill these values in my kids and it is not a coincidence that they have grown into who they are today. But it’s also not that hard.

– Kate Koch-Sundquist, “How to Raise Nature-Loving Kids in a Media-Loving World,” 365Outside.org (March 13, 2016)

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Wednesday photo of the week: whittling

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Monday thought of the week: no different

A thought:

In the twentieth century, we underwent a fundamental change in our relationship with the planet. When I was a boy growing up in London, Ontario, my parents, my three sisters, and I lived in a house with about a thousand square feet of living space it had one bathroom but I don’t ever, ever remember fighting with my sisters about using the bathroom. The constant refrain from my parents was “David, go outside and play.” If I pleaded, “But Mommy. It’s raining outside,” I got no simple sympathy, only “You’ve got a raincoat. Put it on and call Bobby to play with you.” And I did. I remember a puddle as a place of great delight, whether to jump and splash in or to divert through a system of canals and dams. We would toss in chunks of wood or twigs as boats. We had a wonderful trait called imagination, and today’s children are no different.

– David Suzuki, Letters to My Grandchildren (Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, 2015), p. 106

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Wednesday photo of the week: moss viewer

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Monday thought of the week: borrow

A thought:

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

– source unknown, but often credited as a Native American proverb

 

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