Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

Have you checked out The Intertwine’s new mobile app Daycation to learn about things to do in nature around the Portland area?

Also check out the new Metro Park Finder!

Nature Night lecture series from Audubon Society of Portland

Upcoming Family canoe paddles with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Upcoming OMSI Science Pubs about the OR/WA geology, protecting Oregon’s biodiversity

Upcoming events with the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (in WA)

Upcoming Sunday Parkways events around the city

Nature classes at Portland area parks from Tinkergarten

Discovery Hikes with the Forest Park Conservancy

Family-friendly hikes with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge (click on the family-friendly filter to the right of the screen)

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Fall nature programming from THPRD (Beaverton area)

Summer nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Summer nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)

Summer nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center

Summer nature programming at the Leach Botanical Garden

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird and kid’s nature walks with Backyard Bird Shop

Aug. 25-Sept. 25 | Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary| Audubon Society of Portland

September 19 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

September 23 | SOLVE’s annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup | SOLVE

September 23 | The amazing geology of Chehalem Ridge | Metro

September 23 | Hogan Butte Grand Opening | City of Gresham

September 24 | Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park | Johnson Creek Watrshed Council

September 24 | Nature Days in the Park: Melilah Park (Aloha) | THPRD

October 1 | Tracktoberfest: Celebration of Nature & Community | Trackers Earth

October 11 | Free Metro parks day | Metro

October 11 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

October 13 | Spooky Streamside Community Celebration (Dirksen Nature Park) | Tualatin Riverkeepers

October 13 | Fall Family Farm Day | Sauvie Island Center

October 15 | Morning and afternoon mushroom discovery hikes at Scouters Mountain Nature Park | Metro

October 17 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

October 21 | Nature Days in the Park: Barrows Park | THPRD

October 21-22 | Salmon Homecoming at Oxbow Regional Park (Sat. or Sun.) | Metro

October 24 | Introduction to mushroom identification (at Oregon Zoo) | Metro

October 28 | No Ivy Day | Portland Parks & Recreation

October 28 | Hike: Lichen Loop: Exploring Lichens As Indicators Of Air Quality | Forest Park Conservancy

October 29 | 2017 Fall Mushroom Show (at World Forestry Center) | Oregon Mycological Society

November 4 | Newt Day at Tualatin Hills Nature Park | THPRD

November 11 | The secret life of birds (Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

November 12 | Morning and afternoon mushroom discovery hikes at Mount Talbert Nature Park | Metro

November 12 | Nature Days in the Park: Foothills Park | THPRD

November 12 | Morning and afternoon mushroom discovery hikes at Oxbow Regional Park | Metro

December 2 | Fantastic mosses and where to find them (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
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
Nature Mobile from THPRD’s Natural Resources
Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden
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

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BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Rodney?

Not every child can sit still in a classroom setting all day long. Children need to move their bodies and explore their environment.

A new book from the Yosemite Conservancy follows young Rodney, an elementary-grade student who just can’t remain at his desk. and focus on what the class is learning.

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Carmen Bogan, Where’s Rodney? (San Francisco: Yosemite Conservancy, 2017), 32 pp. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Age: 4-8 (preschool-2nd grade)

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Publisher’s description Rodney was inside, but he wants to be outside. Outside is where Rodney always wants to be. Rodney is that kid who can’t sit still. Then Rodney gets the chance to be more outside than he’s ever been before. And that makes all the difference.

This is a charming story – a boy has difficulty focusing and remaining at his desk at school, but is completely in tune when outdoors. As the environmental educator Erin Kenny said, “You can’t bounce off the walls if there are no walls.” Children are not meant to be confined to indoor spaces. And it’s a notion that I wish more teachers and school administrators would grab on to and move their students outside for greater portions of the school day (it’s surely a reason many parents opt to homeschool, unschool, or wildschool their kids, or send them to nature-based preschools or forest schools in their younger years).

Many teachers DO know the benefits of increased time outside, for play and instruction, yet are held back by the school system that wants them to push more and more work on students to ready them for standardized testing. But, students can and do learn subjects better when outside and can be more engaged in the subject at hand.

In this book, Rodney is asked during class what the word majestic means. He doesn’t know, and the teacher ends up telling him.

Then, after exploring all there was to see during their field trip (to Yosemite, it appears), his teacher asks Rodney if he liked the park. His answer: “It’s majestic.” It’s a simple yet powerful message: put learning outdoors and everyone will benefit from it!

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BOOKS: Six recent titles from Dawn Publications about the natural world

I am incredibly tardy in sharing about these new books from Dawn Publications, a publisher that focuses on books about nature for kids. I always enjoy getting these from them and sharing about them here!

Here are the three books they published in the fall of 2016:

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Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna, by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin. This book continues the “Over in the…” series. Following the classic rhythm “Over in the Meadow,” readers will gallop with zebras, graze with hippos, and dig with aardvarks on the plain. Seven more animals from African grasslands are represented, and there is more detailed information about the animals and savannas at the end of the book for parents and educators to use for learning opportunities. (order through Powell’s City of Books or Amazon.com)

Octopus Escapes Again!, written and illustrated by Laurie Ellen Angus. Octopus are incredibly interesting ocean creatures, and this book does a great job at showing how they defend themselves from animals that might want to eat them. At the back of the book are pages that cover the anatomy of an octopus, all about its defense strategies, activity suggestions, and information about all the other animals that the octopus is escaping from. (order through Powell’s City of Books or Amazon.com)

A Moon of My Own, by Jennifer Rustgi and illustrated by Ashley White. Beautiful silhouettes of a young girl and animals and notable places from around the globe contrasted with the glow of the changing moon make for a pleasing reminder that this large chunk of rock orbiting our planet is ever present in our night sky. Information about the various places in the book and the phases of the moon, as well as some actiivty suggestions, follow the story. (order through Powell’s City of Books or Amazon.com)

And the three books that came out in the spring of 2017:

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There’s a Bug on My Book!, written and illustrated by John Himmelman. Do you ever get interrupted while trying to start reading a book? You’re about to immerse yourself in learning some new knowledge and your ability to do that is stopped…. a bug? Yes, this clever book about insects and other small animals does just that. The fun illustrations go along with interactive text to make an enjoyable read that is best done outside. (order through Powell’s City of Books or Amazon.com)

Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young, by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Who can resist baby animals? General cuteness aside, this book looks at how a variety of animals move around with their offspring in tow. Young kids who still get carried or pushed by their parents will find this book familiar. (order through Powell’s City of Books or Amazon.com)

Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You, by Karin Ireland and illustrated by Christopher Canyon. Learning about nature is more than just science and facts, or the human relationship with the natural world.  Observing nature can also help us with our emotions, challenges, and self-identify. The rhythms in nature can speak to the rhythms in our own lives. (order through Powell’s City of Books or Amazon.com)

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

List of Summer Camp 2017 opportunities

Have you checked out The Intertwine’s new mobile app Daycation to learn about things to do in nature around the Portland area?

Summer fun days at Blue Lake Park, every Tues, Wed and Thurs, July 11-Aug. 10, 11:30am-2:30pm

Family canoe paddles with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Upcoming OMSI Science Pubs about the total solar eclipse, volcanoes, PNW geology, and protecting Oregon’s biodiversity

Upcoming events with the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (in WA)

Upcoming Sunday Parkways events around the city

Upcoming community paddles with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Nature classes at Portland area parks from Tinkergarten

Discovery Hikes with the Forest Park Conservancy

Family-friendly hikes with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge (click on the family-friendly filter to the right of the screen)

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Summer tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Summer nature programming from THPRD (Beaverton area)

Summer nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Summer nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)

Summer nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center

Summer nature programming at the Leach Botanical Garden

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird and kid’s nature walks with Backyard Bird Shop

July 19 | Bat Chat at Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

July 22 | Walking among the giants (at Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

July 22 | Help clear out 2,200 square feet of pavement to make way for a nature-playscape | Depave

July 25 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

July 26 | Bat Chat at Sauvie Island | Friends of Tryon Creek

August 2 | Bat Chat at Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

August 4 | Families in the field: winged wildlife discovery (Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

August 6 | 23rd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 9 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

August 10 | Twilight Thursday (Smith and Bybee Wtlands Natural Area) | Metro

August 12 | Nadaka Park Festival | Friends of Nadaka & Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 12 | The wild side of the wetland (Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

August 12 | Backyard Bats Family Program (at Cooper Mountain) | THPRD

August 12 | NW Fossil Fest | Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals

August 13 | Bat Chat at Sauvie Island | Friends of Tryon Creek

Aug. 25-Sept. 25 | Swift Watch at Chapman Elementary| Audubon Society of Portland

August 26 | Sneak peek of Newell Creek Canyon (in Oregon City) | Metro

August 26 | 10th Annual Johnson Creek Cleanup | Johnson Creek Watrshed Council

August 30 | Bat Chat at Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

September 2 | Vulture Awareness Day | Audubon Society of Portland

September 13 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

September 15 | Free Metro parks day | Metro

September 15 | Friday night hike (at Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

September 19 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

September 23 | The amazing geology of Chehalem Ridge | Metro

September 24 | Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park | Johnson Creek Watrshed Council

October 11 | Free Metro parks day | Metro

October 11 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

October 17 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
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
Nature Mobile from THPRD’s Natural Resources
Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden
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

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BOOK: Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest

Most books that discuss flora and fauna for a particular geographic region are usually geared toward adults. This new book provides descriptions and beautiful illustrations to many of the neat things kids can see in a variety of habitats of the Pacific Northwest. While the sections on Forest, Beach, and Freshwater are good, the section on Backyards and Urban Parks is particular great. Kids need to learn that nature does exist in cities and where they live. Curious Kids Nature Guide should be on the bookshelf of every family in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia – it’s a great guide for kids to learn about the natural world outside their homes!

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Fiona Cohen, Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2017), 96 pp. Recommended age: 5-9. Illustrated by Marni Fylling.

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Publisher’s description Filled with fun facts and 100 full-color, beautiful, and scientifically accurate illustrations, this nature guide will inspire kids to go outdoors and discover the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Did you know that baby raccoons are smaller than a bar of soap? Or that salmon smell using little pits in the front of their eyes? Curious Kids Nature Guide is filled with full-color illustrations and fun facts about the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, encouraging kids to discover and explore nature in their own backyards and beyond. Organized by habitat–forest, beach, fresh water, and backyards and urban parks–this book will teach kids about some of the most intriguing flora, fauna, and natural phenomena of the region while also sharing ecological lessons.

 

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BOOK: Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Fans of the series of Pacific Northwest field guides from Timber Press in Portland might like to know that they have published a new guide for birds (it joins their guides covering wildlife, insects, wildflowers, trees & shrubs, mushrooms, and the natural history of Pacific Northwest mountains).

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John Shewey and Tim Blount, Birds of the Pacific Northwest (Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2017), 560 pp. 934 color photos, 3 illustrations, 357 range maps.

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Publisher’s description Birds of the Pacific Northwest describes and illustrates more than 400 bird species commonly encountered in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. This comprehensive, full-color guide is organized to follow the order in which groups and species are presented by the American Union. Range maps for each species provide valuable information for identification.

This is a beautifully produced guide to either take with you when out in nature looking for birds or to have on the shelf as an as-needed go-to resource.

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Guest Post: Super Nature Adventures & a Giveaway

What is hiking like with your kids? If it’s anything like it is with us, sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s…well…not so much. We know what it’s like to have a kid throw a fit on a trail because we’ve been there ourselves, trying anything we can to turn a stressful situation around.

We are parents in Portland who believe strongly in the power of nature to transform kids’ lives. We know that time outdoors can stimulate creativity, build self-reliance, and foster a greater humility towards the larger world. But we also know that hiking with kids often doesn’t go quite as planned.

That’s where Super Nature Adventures comes in. Super Nature Adventures is a new business my husband and I launched this spring for Portland area families with preschool and elementary-aged kids. Our goal is to help ignite kids’ love of nature with materials that make family hiking engaging and fun.

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How does Super Nature Adventures Work?
At Super Nature Adventures, we offer fun subscription packets that are delivered by mail at the end of every month. Each packet focuses on a different family-friendly trail in the Portland area that we have selected for more in-depth exploration. For every month that you sign up, your kid(s) get a packet filled with hands-on materials designed to motivate and engage them on the trail. The contents include:

  • A map for the trail with “nature find” scavenger stickers
  • A field guide with coloring and learning activities
  • A kid-friendly Code of the Trail to help with rules for hiking
  • A “Super Nature Hero” sticker to celebrate the trail
  • A newsletter with information for parents about the trail

All the materials are hand illustrated in a whimsical style that borrows loosely from both the comic book and zine genres. The maps and stickers are both waterproof and are packaged in protective plastic that kids can use to carry them on the trail. Currently, we offer three different kinds of purchase options: a 1-month, 3-month, or 6-month subscription. The longest subscription is the best deal.

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Choosing Each Month’s trail
We take the trail selection process seriously. We want the hikes that we focus on to be fun for everyone involved. We scout every trail multiple times with kids to ensure it meets their standards as well as ours – that it has a variety of wonders that delight kids and adults alike. Our process also involves researching the habitats, history, and geology, with an eye for trails that allow us to support engagement from multiple frameworks for the kids. Another goal is to showcase the wide variety of parks and trails that Portland offers.

We also want to help kids recognize how habitats change with the changing seasons. We love offering a subscription because it allows us to celebrate what makes each season special, whether it’s trilliums, or slugs, or bumblebees. Plus, with our waterproof maps and stickers, we have created a subscription plan to support getting outdoors no matter what the weather.

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This month we are selling a packet for a trail in Powell Butte Nature Park (pictured above). We love this trail as a summer adventure because it’s one of the best parks in the city to view Portland’s surrounding mountains. We also chose it for the wide variety of wildlife and some of the best butterfly viewing in the city in the summer. Powell Butte is an extinct cone volcano; we’re really excited about this packet because you can use it to explore volcano geology with your kids.

Some Deals and a Giveaway!
Interested in trying our packets out? Right now we have a couple of great deals going to celebrate summer vacation. If you are interested in getting a 1-month subscription, you can get 15% off when you use the discount 15FORSUMMER at checkout. Even better, get 25% any 3-month or 6-month subscription with the discount code SUPERNATURESUMMER. Hurry, these deals will end on June 27!

We are also excited to announce a fun giveaway for one lucky reader here at Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas! Follow the instructions below for a chance to win a one month subscription!

  1. Join Michael’s Facebook group PDX Kids in Nature.
  2. Like the Facebook page for Super Nature Adventures.
  3. In the PDX Kids in Nature group, answer the question in this post: “What is a nature location in the Portland you haven’t visited but really want to?”
  4. If you are already in Michael’s group or like our Facebook page, you just have to complete the other elements.
  5. If you already own a subscription you can still win an extra month.

Enter by Wednesday, June 28th at 5pm PST Sunday, July 2 at 5pm PST. The winner will be randomly picked from the entries that evening.

UPDATE (7/3/17): the winner of the Super Nature Adventures giveaway is Eleni O’Neill – congrats! 

-Bryna Campbell, co-founder of Super Nature Adventures
bryna@supernatureadventures.com
www.supernatureadventures.com

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BOOK: Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

I have long had a 1931 edition of the book Handbook of Nature Study (1911) that I treasure, handed down to me from my grandfather. It’s author, Anna Comstock, was always a lover of nature. But she decided to major in English and history at Cornell University. However, she was so fascinated by learning about insects in a zoology course that she changed her studies to natural history. She assisted her husband in illustrating and editing his entomological publications, and would soon start to write her own articles and books. She organized programs to instruct teachers in New York and beyond in the proper methods for nature study. Her legacy, to this day appreciated by many who work to instill a love of nature in their children or students, is that the most important way to teach kids about nature is to take them outside into nature (her book remains in print). I am delighted to see a new children’s book about Anna Comstock and her mission:

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Suzanne Slade, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story (Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2017), 32 pp. Illustrated by Jessica Lanan.

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Publisher’s description This picture book biography examines the life and career of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science. From the time she was a young girl, Anna Comstock was fascinated by the natural world. She loved exploring outdoors, examining wildlife and learning nature’s secrets. From watching the teamwork of marching ants to following the constellations in the sky, Anna observed it all. And her interest only increased as she grew older and went to college at Cornell University. There she continued her studies, pushing back against those social conventions that implied science was a man’s pursuit. Eventually Anna became known as a nature expert, pioneering a movement to encourage schools to conduct science and nature classes for children outdoors, thereby increasing students’ interest in nature. In following her passion, this remarkable woman blazed a trail for female scientists today.

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Monday thought of the week: the play room

A thought:

… I think it’s fine for kids to pick, pluck, move, squish, haul and use the physical equivalent of their “outdoor voices” outdoors. If we want kids to have any true, deep feelings for nature, they can’t grow up thinking of it as the living room. It has to be the play room, the one where happy memories were made. That love, that connection, will serve the kids AND the environment far better in the long run.

– Lenore Skenazy, “Treating Nature Like a Snooty Museum,” Free-Range Kids (June 30, 2015 )

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

List of Summer Camp 2017 opportunities

Upcoming OMSI Science Pubs about ice age floods, the total solar eclipse, volcanoes, and PNW geology

Upcoming Intertwine Regional Eco-Blitz events

Upcoming events with the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (in WA)

Upcoming Sunday Parkways events around the city

Upcoming community paddles with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Nature classes at Portland area parks from Tinkergarten

Discovery Hikes with the Forest Park Conservancy

Family-friendly hikes with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge (click on the family-friendly filter to the right of the screen)

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Spring tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Free Metro Parks Day on June 21

Spring nature programming from THPRD

Spring nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

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

Spring nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center

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 and kid’s nature walks with Backyard Bird Shop

June 3 | National Trails Day | American Hiking Society

June 3 | Oregon State Parks Day | Oregon State Parks

June 3 | Free Family Fun Day on the Farm | Schoolyard Farms and Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors

June 3 | Curious Kids Nature Guide Reading and Craft | Green Bean Books

June 5 | World Environment Day | #NatureForAll

June 7 | Conversation & Cocktails: Inspiring the Next Generation of Nature Enthusiasts | NWF

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

June 11| Animal tracking adventure (Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

June 14 | Puddle Stompers | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

June 20 | Puddle Stompers | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

June 24 | ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough! | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 24 | Urban Kids Fishing Derby (at Mt. Hood Comm. College) | Urban American Outdoors/

June 24 | Farmington Paddle Launch grand opening and Tualatin River Discovery Day | Metro

June 24 | Gathering at Gateway Green | Friends of Gateway Green

June 24 | Howell Pollinator EcoBlitz | Metro

June 24 | Stayin’ Alive: Survival fires (Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

June 24 | Bug Out With Don Ehlen! | Paxton Gate PDX

July 12-15 | National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in Vancouver, WA

July 13 | Twilight Thursday (Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

July 14 | Families in the field: forest adventure (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

July 15 | Herons and eagles of River Island (Barton Park) | Metro

August 4 | Families in the field: winged wildlife discovery (Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

August 6 | 23rd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 10 | Twilight Thursday (Smith and Bybee Wtlands Natural Area) | Metro

August 12 | Nadaka Park Festival | Friends of Nadaka & Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 12 | The wild side of the wetland (Blue Lake Regional Park) | Metro

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
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
Nature Mobile from THPRD’s Natural Resources
Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden
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

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