Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for winter break camps! Nature-based winter break camps in the Portland area

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

November-June | Lunch with the Birds! | Hillsboro Parks & Recreation

December 27-31 | Whale Watching Week on the Oregon coast | Oregon State Parks

January 3 | Christmas Bird Count | Audubon Society of Portland

January 8 | Book talk: Living with Thunder by Ellen Morris Bishop | Audubon Society of Portland

January 10 | Audubon Kids Day | Audubon Society of Portland

January 14 | Lecture: Raptors and Lead Poisoning with wildlife biologist John Goodell | Oregon Wildlife

January 15 | Digging deep: Exploring the region’s geologic history ($50 class and day-long field trip) | Metro

January 17 | New Years Hike with Marcy Houle | Forest Park Conservancy

January 17 | Nature Studies: Build a Birdfeeder | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

January 21 | Regional discussion about outdoor education in Oregon | Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition

January 24 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

February 3 | Lecture: Shaken, Not Stirred: The Coming Great Cascadia Earthquake | Science on Tap

February 8 | Owl Prowl at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park | Backyard Bird Shop

February 13 | Kids Nature Night Out: Owl Outing | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

February 14 | Nature Days in the Park: Matrix Hills Woods | THPRD

Feb. 19-Mar. 5 | Celebrate Chinese New Year 2015—the Year of the Ram | Lan Su Chinese Garden

February 21 | Nature Studies: Beneficial Bees | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

February 21 | Park After Dark: Owl Prowl | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

February 22 | Owl Prowl at Tualatin Hills Nature Park | Backyard Bird Shop

March 6 | Kids Nature Night Out: Frog Chorus | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

March 10 | Lecture: California Condors in the Pacific Northwest | Oregon Wildlife

March 14 | Nature Studies: Build a Birdhouse | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

March 14 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

March 28 | Nature Days in the Park: Lowami Hart Woods | THPRD

March 20 | Kids Nature Night Out: Care of Magical Creatures | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 3 | Kids Nature Night Out: Pirates’ Treasure | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 3 | Park After Dark: Coyotes | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 4 | Nature Studies: Spring Plant Walk | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 4 | Women in Science Day (Girl Scout program) | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 12 | Nature Days in the Park: Greenway Park | THPRD

April 17 | Kids Nature Night Out: Cat Prowl | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

April 18 | Nature Studies: Animal Tracking | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

April 24 | Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

May 1 | Kids Nature Night Out: Disappearing Act | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

May 2 | Park After Dark: Sounds of the Night | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 9 | Brownie Day: The Wonders of Water at Greenway Park | THPRD

May 15 | Kids Nature Night Out: Treasure Hunt | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 17 | Nature Studies: Birds of Cooper Mountain | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

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 (seasonal), Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (seasonal), Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop, free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers, Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council (seasonal), 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 puts together a huge monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. While she previously posted the list to her blog, she is experimenting with offering the monthly list for a small fee. December’s list is here.

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