Upcoming nature events in Portland

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

Garden learning at Blue Lake Regional Park in the Natural Discovery Garden (July 18,19,20 and August 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,29,30,31, from 1-5pm)

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild (also, three OW/Outdoor Project hikes)

Canoe paddle series with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Canoe or kayak paddle series with Tualatin Riverkeepers

July 30 | 4th Annual Trails Fair | Intertwine

August 2 |  Central Hike with Marcy Houle | Forest Park Conservancy

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

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

August 3 | Columbia Slough Regatta 2014 | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

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

August 9 | StoryWalk | Friends of Spring Garden Park

August 12 | Lecture: The Biology, Behavior and Benefits of Bats | Friends of Fernhill Wetlands

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

August 14 | Bat Chat | Tryon Creek State Park

August 16 | Stories in the stones on Mount Talbert | Metro

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

August 28 | Scouters Mountain Nature Park grand opening | Metro

August 29 | Bat Night | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 30 | Classroom Discovery Days: Ethnobotany | Tryon Creek State Park

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

September 5 | Howl at the Moon! Harvest Night | Audubon/Kruger’s Farm

September 6 | Vulture Awareness Day | Audubon Society of Portland

September 7 | Naturalist in the park (Scouters Mountain Natural Area) | Metro

September 11 | Bat Chat | Tryon Creek State Park

September 13 | Fall birds (Smith and Bybee Wetlands) | Metro

September 13 | Aquifer Adventure | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

September 27 | Animal tracking for beginners (Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

September 27 | Classroom Discovery Days: Birds of a Feather | Tryon Creek State Park

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. July’s list is here, August here.

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