Upcoming nature events in Portland

Always check with the organization/place holding an event prior to going to confirm that it is still happening!

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

February 6-April 13 | Exhibit: Ansel Adams: Masterworks | Oregon Historical Society

February 7-May 4 | Exhibit: Peanuts… Naturally | World Forestry Center

February 22-August | Special Exhibition: William L. Finley: Father of Oregon’s National Wildlife Refuges (Sat/Sun) | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

March 6 | First Thursday with the Willamette Falls Legacy Project | Willamette Falls Legacy Project

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

March 8 | Welcome Back Vulture Day | Audubon Society of Portland at Leach

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

March 8 | Local Author Presentation and Book Signing: Must see birds of the Pacific Northwest | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

March 10 | Meteorite Petting Zoo | North Portland Library

March 11 | 21st Annual Children’s Clean Water Festival | University of Portland

March 11 | Nature Night: Keeping Oregon’s Eagles Soaring | Audubon Society of Portland

March 13 | Children’s Nature Program (spiders) | Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing

March 15 | Slough 101: Get to Know Your Watershed | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

March 15 | March into Spring! Discovery Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

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

March 16 | Name That Tree! Get to Know the Trees in Your Neighborhood | Gregory Heights Library

March 17 | Spring Nature Walk | Hillsboro Main Library

March 18 | Lecture: Rocks & Minerals of the Pacific NW | Walters Cultural Arts Center (Hillsboro)

March 19 | Lecture: Conserving Purple Martin in the Willamette Valley | Oregon Wildlife

March 20 | Tiny Talk: Dead Woods for Wildlife | Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

March 20 | Nature Walkabout for Families | Nature Connection (Meetup Group)

March 22 | World Water Day – Walk For Water | City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center

March 22 | Book reading with author Hannah Viano: S is for Salmon | Powell’s Books

March 22-29 | Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast | Oregon State Parks

March 23 | Book reading and nature activity with author Hannah Viano: S is for Salmon | Green Bean Books

March 24-28 | Nature/science camps for Spring Break

March 29 | Nature Discovery Days: Woodpeckers | Tryon Creek State Park

March 29 | Forest Habitat Discovery Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

March 29-30 | Better Living Show | Portland Expo Center

March 30 | Sunday Nature Stroll | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

April | Arbor Month (Festival on 4/26) | Portland Parks & Recreation

April 1 | Nerd Nite Portland #14 – Waterborne Wonders: Aquatic Insects and Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest | Mission Theater

April 5 | Conifers 101 Tour | Hoyt Arboretum

April 9 | Lecture: Parenting With Nature in Mind | Lewis & Clark College

April 22 | 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration | PSU

April 26 | Earth Day Celebration at Kenton Park | Portland EARTH DAY Coalition

April 26 | Arbor Day Festival | Portland Parks & Recreation

May 5-11 | Celebrate Screen Free Week | Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

May 11 | Sunday Parkways: East Portland | PP&R/Metro

May 17 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

May 21 | Lecture: Oregon’s Wolves and the Oregon Wolf Plan | Oregon Wildlife

June 22 | Sunday Parkways: North Portland | PP&R/Metro

July 27 | Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland | PP&R/Metro

August 24 | Sunday Parkways: Southeast Portland | PP&R/Metro

September 28 | Sunday Parkways: Southwest Portland | PP&R/Metro

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. March’s list is here.

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