July 7 | Library Story Walk: “Bring the whole family for a StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park led by the Capitol Hill Library youth librarian. This special storytime will explore a nature book and the park at the same time. A nature scavenger hunt will be included. Made possible by the Southwest Neighborhoods Small Grants Program. Hosted at Spring Garden Park, 3332 S.W. Spring Garden St., Saturday, July 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m.”
July 9 | An OMSI Science Pub at the Bagdad Theater will explore Cascadian volcanoes: “‘Volcanoes in our Backyard: Hazards, Risks, and What We Can Do’ – Oregon and Washington are home to literally hundreds of volcanoes. They provide stunning landscapes, wonderful places to hike, some of the best skiing in the West coast, and continual naming inspiration for high-quality locally-produced beers. However, a small percentage also have the potential to erupt in our lifetimes, and because human population is increasing and moving to locales that are ever closer to these volcanoes, such eruptions have increasing potential to cause casualties, significant infrastructure damage, and major economic losses. In this talk, Seth Moran will discuss the hazards and risks associated with Cascade volcanoes, illustrated with examples from volcanoes around the world, and will also present the monitoring and research efforts that the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are presently engaged in to help mitigate these risks.” 7pm, $5 suggested cover charge, Bagdad Theater: 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland.
July 14 | Family Day at Zenger Farm: “Saturday, July 14th, Drop-In Visiting 10am-4pm, Work Party 10am-12:30pm
Enjoy a summer day at Zenger Farm. Stop by and take a self-guided tour anytime between 10am and 4pm. Join the work party at 10am and get dirty with farm projects. RSVP for the work party to Prairie at email@example.com”
July 17 | Water Bugs at Whitaker Ponds: “Bring your family with kids ages 3+ for water bug discovery! Join Education Director Sheilagh Diez for an hour of games and water bug hunting with nets and buckets. Learn how damselfly larvae breathe underwater and how water boatmen swim. $5 suggested donation; limited to 25 people; pre-registration required.” July 17, 2012, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM, Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland, OR 97218.
July 18 | Michael Houck and M.J. Cody will talk about their edited book, Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (my review), at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village, 7-8:30pm, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR 97219.
July 21 | Family Adventure Day, 10am-1pm: “The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge will host this family-friendly event once a month during the summer. Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to discover the wonders of the refuge. Volunteer Naturalists will be leading short drop-in activities along the year-round trail. Visitors can look for birds; sneak up on grasshoppers; or bound like river otters! This program is free and open to the public. Please refer any questions to Gardiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.625.5944.”
July 21-22 | Terwilliger Parkway Centennial Festival: “Saturday, July 21, 2012 – 9:30am – 8:30pm, Come celebrate the 100th birthday of Portland’s beloved Terwilliger Parkway! Guided hikes, restoration work party and music concert “Trashcan Joe.” Terwilliger Parkway Centennial Festival, “100 years of nature and history”, is organized by Friends of Terwilliger: http://terwilligerfriends.org/. Event schedule: http://terwilligerfriends.org/centennial-events/.”
July 22 | Southwest Portland Sunday Parkways, July 22, 2012 ~ 11am-4pm, 7.8 miles: “Introducing our NEW Southwest route! There are so many exciting highlights for the Southwest route – rolling hills, beautiful views, and Hillsdale and Multnomah business districts. Activities, music, food, and vendors will be located in Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village and the Hillsdale Business District. Click here for route map.”
July 27 | Portland Art Museum free evening
August 3 | Portland Children’s Museum free evening
August 3 | Bat Chat Night Hike at Tryon Creek State Park: “Friday, August 03, 2012, 07:30pm – 09:30pm, Signup for a free, night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek up close and personal. We will talk about the amazing adaptations that allow bats to survive. We will be walking in groups to the creek and the meadow to listen to echo locating bats with the Bat Detector. Parents must accompany children on all hikes.” Register here.
August 5 | OMSI $2 Sunday
August 14 | Oregon Zoo $4 day