Upcoming nature events in Portland (lots to do for National Get Outdoors Day on 6/14!)

Nature-themed summer programs with Multnomah County Library: All About Bugs with The Bug Chicks, Deep Woods Naturalist with Red Yarn, Flying Squirrel Superheroes with Tryon Creek, and Worm Composting with the Oregon Zoo

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Canoe paddle series with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Canoe or kayak paddle series with Tualatin Riverkeepers

June 12 | Book talk: Mark Turner on Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest | Audubon Society of Portland

June 14 | National Get Outdoors Day | Everywhere

June 14 | StoryWalk | Friends of Spring Garden Park

June 14 | Ecological Explorations: Banana Slugs | Tryon Creek State Park

June 14 | Explorando El Columbia Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 14 | Kalmiopsis Discovery Day | Leach Botanical Garden

June 15 | Father’s Day animal tracking at Oxbow | Metro

June 16-22 | National Pollinator Week | Everywhere

June 20 | Summer Solstice | Tryon Creek State Park

June 20 | Park After Dark: Family Bat Outing | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

June 21 | Spring bird walk at Smith and Bybee | Metro

June 21 | Painted turtle walk at Smith and Bybee | Metro

June 21 | Pollination Celebration | Sauvie Island Center

June 21 | Bird Hike with Graham Klag | Forest Park Conservancy

June 21 | Outdoor workshop: What Is That Tree? | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

June 21 |  Summer Solstice Morning Hike | Friends of Marquam Nature Park

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

June 24 | Twilight Tuesdays at Cooper Mountain | THPRD

June 27 | Kids Nature Night Out: Bats: Fact vs. Fiction | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

June 28 | Habitat Hike with Marcy Houle | Forest Park Conservancy

June 28 | Classroom Discovery Days: Slugs | Tryon Creek State Park

June 28 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

June 28 | 25th Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day | Tualatin Riverkeepers

June 29 | World Forum International Mud Day | Everywhere

June 29 | Bird and Wildflower Walk at Cooper Mountain | THPRD

July 12 | Hug a Tree at Hoyt 2014 | Hoyt Arboretum

July 16 | Library StoryWalk | Midland Library

July 18 | Kids Nature Night Out: Cat Prowl | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

July 18 | Moonlight Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

July 19 | StoryWalk | Friends of Spring Garden Park

July 19 | Park After Dark: Family Bat Outing | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

July 20 |  Nature and Plant Identification Hike | Friends of Marquam Nature Park

July 26 | Backyard Bats Family Program | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

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

July 29 | Twilight Tuesdays at Cooper Mountain | THPRD

July 30 | 4th Annual Trails Fair | Intertwine

August 2 | Backyard Bats Family Program | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

August 2 | Park After Dark: Family Bat Outing | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

August 8 | Kids Nature Night Out: Mystery Night | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

August 9 | StoryWalk | Friends of Spring Garden Park

August 13 | BYO Picnic Dinner & Evening Hike | Friends of Marquam Nature Park

August 17 | Family Geocaching Adventure | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

August 22 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

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

September 1-30 | Swift Watch | Audubon Society of Portland

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. June’s list is here.

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