Upcoming nature events in Portland

January 3-February 4 | Exhibition: The Slough | Newspace Center for Photography

January 15 | 10 Years in the Watershed Event | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

January 15 | Screening of UK children and nature documentary Project Wild Thing | McMenamins Mission Theater

January 16 | Insatiable Voracity: Telling David Douglas’ Story through Birds | Audubon Society of Portland

January 18 | Build a Birdhouse Family Program | THPRD/Cooper Mountain Nature Park

January 18 | Scout Trail Day: Girl Scout Coyote Night | Friends of Tryon Creek

January 22 | Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series: Natural History of Pika in Oregon | Oregon Wildlife

January 25 | Wapato Nature Walks | Friends of Tryon Creek

January 25 | Audubon Kids Day | Audubon Society of Portland

January 25 | Healthy and Fun Choices Family Event | Alpenrose Dairy

January 25 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | THPRD/Tualatin Hills Nature Park

January 26 | Stories in the stones on Mount Talbert | Metro

January 26 | Riverkeepers Host Champion Tree Climber: Brian French of Ascending the Giants will Speak About Oregon’s Biggest Trees | Tualatin Riverkeepers

January 29 | Wild Wednesday With Oregon Field Guide’s Ed Jahn | Oregon Wild

January 30 | Nature Kids Preschool Open House | THPRD/Tualatin Hills Nature Park

January 30 | Mount Scott/Scouter Mountain Trail open house | Metro

February 1 | Winter walk at Newell Creek Canyon | Metro

February 1 | Festival of the Bees | Shining Star Waldorf School

February 1 | Family Trail Day: Douglas Squirrel and his Relatives | Friends of Tryon Creek

February 1 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | THPRD/Cooper Mountain Nature Park

February 4 | Kids in Nature Tuesday Series: Animals in Winter | Friends of Tryon Creek

February 4 | Kathy Masarie presents Face to Face: Cultivating Kids’ Social Lives in Today’s Digital World | Annie Bloom’s Books

February 4 | Nerd Nite Portland #12 – Then and Now: The Transformation of Portland Landscapes | Nerd Nite OR/WA

February 6-April 5 | Inside Wildwood: Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, with a little Decemberists thrown in… | Central Library

February 6 | Celebration and Champion Building Event: KEEN HQ in Portland | Willamette Falls Legacy Project

February 8 | Raptor Road Trip 2014 on Sauvie Island | Metro/Audubon Society of Portland

February 8 | Ecological Explorations: Douglas Squirrels | Friends of Tryon Creek

February 8 | Basic Bird ID & the Great Backyard Bird Count | Friends of Tryon Creek

February 8 | Winter Party with Depave | Friends of Outdoor School

February 10 | Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood | Fairview-Columbia Library

February 13 | JCWC Science Talk: Dwellers in the Deep: Freshwater Mussels of Johnson Creek | JCWC

February 14 | Kids’ Nature Night Out: Rabbit Tales | THPRD/Tualatin Hills Nature Park

February 14-17 | Great Backyard Bird Count | Cornell Lab of Ornithology/National Audubon Society

February 19 | Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series: Natural History of Red Tree Voles in Oregon | Oregon Wildlife

February 22 | Wapato Nature Walks | Friends of Tryon Creek

February 22 | Winter birds at Smith and Bybee Wetlands | Metro

March 1 | Build a Birdfeeder | THPRD/Tualatin Hills Nature Park

March 1 | Owl Fest | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 1 | Stayin’ alive: Winter survival shelters for families at Oxbow Regional Park| Metro

March 2 | Winter twigs of Graham Oaks Nature Park | Metro

March 8 | Winter birds at Smith and Bybee Wetlands | Metro

March 8 | Ecological Explorations: Owls of Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 15 | The spring hike season with Friends of the Columbia Gorge will kick off on Saturday, March 15. Registration will begin mid-February at http://www.gorgefriends.org/hikes.

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling): Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’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, Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop, free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers, Library events with The Bug Chicks, Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm, and Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA.

– $2 admission at OMSI the first Sunday of every month
– $3 admission at the World Forestry Center the first Wednesday of every month
– $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo the second Tuesday of every month
– FREE admission at the Portland Art Museum the fourth Friday 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

*My friend Laura posts a monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. January’s list is here.

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