Upcoming nature events in Portland

Got your calendar ready?

Regular nature outings:
Puddle Stompers and Owl Prowls at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from Tualatin Hills Park & recreation Center’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 & Recreation
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Bird Walks and Owl Prowls through Backyard Bird Shop
Library events with The Bug Chicks
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA

Check out events from:
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Willamette Riverkeeper (including a Portland Bridge Paddle on January 19th)
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Forest Park Conservancy
Audubon Society of Portland
The Intertwine
Metro Greenscene
OMSI’s Science Pubs

Local event calendars from family magazines/websites:
Stag Beetle Power!’s January events
PDX Kids Calendar
Red Tricycle Portland
Metro Parent
NW Kids
Portland Family
Around the Sun blog
Portland on the Cheap blog

Don’t forget:
OMSI has $2 admission on the 1st Sunday of every month
Portland Art Museum is free on the 4th Friday of every month
Portland Children’s Museum is free on the 1st  Friday of every month
Oregon Zoo has $4 admission on the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Oregon Wildlife’s “Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series” begins on January 16th with Bats of the Northwest (registration required). Please join us for a series of presentations by biologists about Oregon’s fascinating wildlife! These slide shows are followed by a question and answer forum with the speaker. All presentations are at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room in the Ecotrust building, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person. Free if you’re a member of Oregon Wildlife. Registration is required. Oregon Wildlife members always register first! (Wednesday, February 20th – Snakes of the Willamette Valley; Wednesday, March 13th – Beaver; Wednesday, April 17th – California and Steller Sea Lions; Wednesday, May 15th – Black Bear)

David Shapiro lecture on Missoula Floods | January 17, 2013 | Tualatin Heritage Center (with Ice Age Institute)
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin OR
7:00 PM – Take a temporal trip back through time with Terra Tempo author and naturalist David Shapiro as he explores the natural history of the earth from the Big Bang to yesterday. President of Craigmore Creations, David and the team also authored the book: Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm! Book signing to follow meeting. Event is free to the public but a $3.00 donation is appreciated. (via)

Wild Wednesday: Uncage the Soul multimedia presentation | January 23, 2013 | Rontoms (with Oregon Wild)
6:30-8:00pm. We’re excited to be heading back to Rontoms in Southeast Portland for a special multimedia presentation from John Waller and Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Video Production. Best known for their work on OPB’s Oregon Field Guide, Waller and Canales have worked on over a decade’s worth of productions, from commercials to award-winning adventure documentaries, and are technical pioneers in the use of telling conservation-themed stories through dazzling visual media, including the use of modern time-lapse and nighttime photography. The duo’s Wild Wednesday presentation will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Uncage the Soul creates their incredible video productions and films, with clips from some of their best known works like Finding Oregon, Finding Portland, Treeverse, and others. (details)

Local author speaks on Up Fanno Creek | January 27, 2013 | Tualatin Riverkeepers Annual Meeting
Tualatin Riverkeepers is excited to invite the public to hear Eric Lindstrom, local nature photographer and author as the guest speaker at their annual meeting on January 27. Eric will show photos and read from his newly released book, Up Fanno Creek: Confessions of an Accidental Advocate. (details)

Wildlife Care Center Open House | January 27, 2013 | Audubon Society of Portland
12:00 pm to 04:00 pm. Once a year, Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center opens its doors and welcomes interested people in to see what goes on behind the scenes in Oregon’s oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation center. On Jan. 27, the public is invited to meet wildlife veterinarians, naturalists, and Audubon volunteers, who will answer your questions about native wildlife and introduce you to the Wildlife Care Center. If you would like to go on a tour of the care center – one of the activities listed below – please schedule your tour ahead of time by calling the care center on Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., at 503-292-0304. (details)

Nature Kids Open House | January 31, 2013 | Tualatin Hills Nature Park
4-6:30pm. The Nature Park Interpretive Center will host an open house for anyone interested in learning about Nature Kids and companion preschool programs offered throughout the year. Stop in to meet the teachers, experience the programs, ask questions, and register for the 2013-14 school year. Children are welcome. (via)

Family Trail Day: Celebration of Crawdads | February 2, 2013 | Tryon Creek State Park
Saturday, February 2, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: “Do crawdads really swim backwards?” Learn the answer to this question and more as we observe live crawdads, participate in a crawdad relay race, and join one of our nature guides on an evening hike down to the creek. Dress to be outside and bring flashlights. $6/person (non-member), $5/person (member) This is a family friendly event, but there will also be a hike just for adults at 7:30pm. Pre-registration required.

Festival of the Bees 2013 | February 2, 2013 | Shining Star Waldorf School of Portland, Oregon
Come celebrate BEES with us at Shining Star Waldorf School, Saturday Feb 2nd, 10am to 3pm, 2120 NE Tillamook Street, Admission $5 per adult or $10 for the whole family, we have crafts, arts, displays, vendors, baked goods, lectures about bees, nature spirits, and hives, all day film room with four prominent BEE movies including Queen of the Sun, and others, also this year purchase your HONEY TRAIL TOUR TICKET for beautiful all day Bee Tour to be held in May 2013, visit many sites with hives, bee gardens, and much more! Come dip a honey scented beeswax candle, roll up and decorate pretty candles, paint with artist Laura Johnson bees, learn to do a bee dance, all welcome, this is a wonderful way for a family to learn about the bees and how to create or support hives, raw honey, and beekeepers. (via)

Hidden Habitats: Nesting Birds on Your Land Workshop | February 2, 2013 | WMSWCD
This FREE half-day workshop will provide valuable information on nesting birds, how to create quality habitat and how to avoid harming them during critical nesting periods. The class will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Sauvie Island Grange, 14443 NW Charlton Road, Sauvie Island. (via)

20th Annual Children’s Clean Water Festival | March 13, 2013 | University of Portland
The Clean Water Festival is designed for 4th and 5th grade students to learn about water and how it relates to our world. Water experts from Oregon and Washington will work with your 4th and 5th graders to explore water science and watershed ecology. (details)

Welcome Back Vulture Day | March 16, 2013 | Leach Botanical Garden (with Audubon Society of Portland)
12:00 pm to 03:00 pm. Did you notice that you only see Turkey Vultures in the metropolitan area in the spring and summer? That’s because they migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but it’s time to welcome them back. Come help us celebrate the beauty of vultures and meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture, along with many of Audubon’s other education birds. This family-friendly event will keep kids of all ages engaged with fun hands-on activities focused on increasing their knowledge of these amazing creatures. FREE (via)

Spring Break Exploration Days | March 26-29, 2013 | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Tuesday-Friday, March 26th-29th, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come discover the natural wonders of wildlife at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge! This family-oriented event will feature hands-on nature activities and crafts for kids of all ages. Each day will offer a different theme, so feel free to drop in any or all days. We will carry on rain or shine. This event is free and does not require registration. Please meet at the Wildlife Center. (via)

33rd Annual Trillium Festival | April 6-7, 2013 | Tryon Creek State Park
Every spring, leading nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native northwest plant inventory available for purchase. “The festival has built a wonderful legacy as a place to find unique native plants for your garden, to connect with others who cherish our urban natural spaces, and to celebrate the arrival of spring in Oregon”, says David Cohen, Executive Director of the Friends of Tryon Creek. (details)

Fourth Annual Garden Home Sustainability Fair | April 30, 2013 | Garden Home Rec Center
4-6pm. Free and open to the public – family friendly. Peruse booths on various sustainable topics and businesses from natural gardening to recycling to resource conservation to green living to saving money in your home. This year the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Dept. is a partner and will be participating! Previous participants include: Master Recyclers, One Stop Sustainability Shop, Portland Purple Water, Tualatin Valley Water District, Regional Green Building Hotline, New Seasons Market, Happy Baby Organic Baby Food, and Green Depot. (via)

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3 Responses to Upcoming nature events in Portland

  1. Laura says:

    My local kid’s event list kicks the butts of all the ones you mentioned, if I do say so myself. I’ve been posting it monthly at the end of each month for the upcoming month since February 2010; January’s is here: http://stagbeetlepower.blogspot.com/2012/12/january-events.html I include many more events than I have found on any other local event list, but don’t include most events that aren’t low cost, have no educational value, are intended primarily to sell something, and most events exclusively for preschoolers because we’ve consistently found them to be dumbed down.

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