In mid-April Patrick and I joined a large group of nature-loving families to explore at Mount Talbert Nature Park () in North Clackamas County. This was the first in Metro‘s new series of outings called Family Nature Explorers. They are intended to “brings kids and adults together for open-ended nature exploration in Metro natural areas. Families meet other families with the same interests in nature and the outdoors. Kids meet other kids who love to touch, smell and study all things natural. Led by Metro naturalists and volunteers, each adventure explores a special theme – but trip leaders seize the moment when nature presents any unexpected learning opportunity.” There are FNEs scheduled for June 30, July 7, and July 21. You’ll need to call Metro at 503-797-1650 (option 2) to see if any spots are still available. The cost is $11 per family, see the links for more details.
As you will see from the pictures, there were many critters caught by little hands.
Here’s the group following naturalist James Davis up the trail:
Davis pretending to be a fungus sending its underground system through this boy’s hair (soil):