Upcoming nature events in Portland

Since summer is nearly over, folks probably begin to think that opportunities to get outside and explore in nature will cease. Not true!

Ladybug Nature Walks continue into the Fall season with Portland Parks & Recreation.

Honeybee Hikes continue at the Leach Botanical Garden.

Here’s the Fall guide for Tyron Creek State Park, lots of hikes and story and strolls to partake in, as well as a Creatures of the Night program on October 20th.

The Fall issue of Metro Greenscene is not out yet, but I’ll provide a link here when it is. [it’s now up, here]

Lots of programming through the Natural Resources division of THPRD, at both Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Cooper Mountain Nature Park. Take a look starting on page 148 in their Fall registration guide.

Swift Watch | Sept. 1-30 | Chapman Elementary School
Every year in late August, one of Portland’s most spectacular natural events begins: Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the city as they prepare to migrate south. Swifts use the Chapman chimney as an evening roost during the fall migration, so find a spot on the school lawn or in neighboring Wallace Park to observe the birds gathering overhead. More

Nature Night: The Mysterious World of Bats | Tuesday, Sept. 11 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Learn about the mysterious world of Pacific Northwest bats at our September Nature Night presentation, featuring bat expert Pat Ormsbee. Each monthly Nature Night is free and open to the public, so grab a seat and get ready to learn more about the natural world. More

Aquifer Adventure | Sat, Sept 15, noon – 4pm | NE 166th & Airport Way, Portland | Free!
Have a little one who’s crazy for pirates? Bring them on Saturday, Sept 15th to Aquifer Adventure in NE Portland.  This free family event has everything your little pirate might wish for: canoe rides, treasure hunts, sea shanties, and free plunder to take home.  Parents will appreciate the groundwater-focused educational topics, appropriate for kids aged 4-12. Food vendors, face painting, and a scavenger hunt round out the fun.  Hosted by the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council – get more information at www.columbiaslough.org.

3rd Annual Howl at the Moon Harvest Night Friday, Sept. 28 | 5-10 p.m.
A Benefit for the Audubon Society of Portland – Welcome the fall migration with a fun-for-everyone Howl at the Moon Harvest Night at Kruger’s Farm Market! Just $10 a carload benefits Portland Audubon and gets you: Music by Jawbone Flats, trips through Kruger’s Crazy Corn Maze, hay rides, face painting, harvest bonfire, and a visit with Portland Audubon’s education birds. More

Author Event: Robert Michael Pyle Sunday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m.
The Nature Store welcomes longtime Portland Audubon favorite Robert Michael Pyle to Heron Hall on Sunday, Sept. 30. Pyle will be at Audubon to celebrate the publication of his work “The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion,” newly released by Oregon State University Press. More

Tryon Creek Video Contest
Why do you love Tryon Creek? The Friends want to know! Beginning August 1 amateur and professional videographers are invited to enter the “Why I Love Tryon Creek State Natural Area” video contest. Whether you are inspired by the hiking trails, the park’s majestic trees, the winding creek, or the simple joy of communing with nature, we invite you to capture your relationship to Tryon Creek and what you love about it in a 30 – 45 second video. Videos are due by October 31st. More

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