Upcoming nature events in Portland

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

The Tillamook Forest Center is back open for the spring – check out their upcoming events

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

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

Nov. 12-Aug. 29, 2015 | Exhibit: In the Footsteps of David Douglas | Washington County Museum

March 5 | Free Jon Young Talk! Why Bird Language? How Listening to the Language of Birds Awakens Nature Awareness | 8 Shields PDX

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

March 6-7 | National Day of Unlpugging

March 7 | Guided Nature Walk at Tualatin Hills Nature Park | THPRD

March 7 | 2015 Annual Owl Fest | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 8 | Guided Refuge Walk – Signs of Spring | Friends of the Refuge

March 9-15 | National Wildlife Week | NWF

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

March 10 | Talk: Spring Hiking: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland w/ Paul Gerald | REI Tualatin

March 12 | Lecture: Snags in Your Backyard: Creating Wildlife Habitat | Audubon Society of Portland

March 14 | Family Day (David Douglas) | Washington County Museum

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

March 14 | Rosewood Nature Discovery Day | City of Gresham

March 14 | Firsthand Oregon: Amphibian Viewing and Egg Mass Discovery | Oregon Wildlife

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

March 14 | Ecological Explorations – EcoPsychology | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 14 | Former Blue Heron Mill site tours | Willamette Falls Legacy Project

March 17 | Talk: Adam Sawyer on Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon | Lake Oswego Library

March 19 | Workshop: Rewilding for Human Flourishing | Lewis & Clark College

March 20 | Former Blue Heron Mill site tours | Willamette Falls Legacy Project

March 21 | International Day of Forests

March 21 | River Discovery Paddle Trip: Scappoose Bay | Willamette Riverkeeper

March 21 | Welcome Back Vulture Day | Leach Botanical Garden

March 21 | Audubon Story Time: Birds | Audubon Society of Portland

March 22 | Guided Nature Walk at Tualatin Hills Nature Park | THPRD

March 24 | Book talk: Tim Palmer on Field Guide to Oregon Rivers | Tigard Public Library

March 26 | Family-Friendly Nature Hike: Eagle Creek to Lower Punchbowl Falls | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

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

March 28 | Reptiles and Amphibians Workshop | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

March 28 | Classroom Discovery Days – Bird House Building | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 28 | Nature Walk: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge | Backyard Bird Shop

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

April | Let’s G.O.! Play Serve Celebrate | Children & Nature Network

April 1 | Lecture: Oregon’s Rivers | Oregon Wildlife

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

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

April 4 | Grand Opening Celebration | Nadaka 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 9 | Brunch with the Birds | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

April 11 | Critter Count | Columbia Spring

April 11-12 | Trillium Festival | Friends of Tryon Creek

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

April 12 | Guided Refuge Walk – Birds, Nest, and Babies, Oh My! | Friends of the Refuge

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

April 18 | Bird Watching Discovery Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

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

April 18-25 | National Park Week | National Park Foundation

April 19 | Kids’ Nature Walk: Water Bugs at Whitaker Ponds | Backyard Bird Shop

April 19-25 | National Environmental Education Week | NEEF

April 22 | Earth Day | Earth Day Network

April 22 | Author event: Thor Hanson on The Triumph of Seeds | Audubon Society of Portland

April 24 | Arbor Day | Arbor Day Foundation

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

April 25 | Save the Frogs Day | Save the Frogs

April 25 | Salmonids + Macroinvertebrates at Jenne Butte Park | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

April 26| Animal Camouflage at Mary S. Young Park | Backyard Bird Shop

April 30 | Bring Your Own Canoe Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

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

May 2 | Kids Fishing Festival | Columbia Springs

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

May 4-10 | National Wildflower Week | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

May 9 | International Migratory Bird Day | Environment for the Americas

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

May 10 | Family Nature Walk at Elowah & Upper McCord Falls | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 10 | Guided Nature Walk | Friends of the Refuge

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

May 16 | Kids to Parks Day | National Park Trust

May 16 | Grand Opening Celebration | Kʰunamokwst Park

May 16 | Children’s Nature Fair | Leach Botanical Garden

May 16 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Friends of the Refuge

May 16 | Firsthand Oregon: Natuve Turtle Habitat Tour | Oregon Wildlife

May 16 | Winter Steelhead Release | Tillamook Forest Center

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

May 21 | Evening Canoe the Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 23 | Damselflies + Dragonflies at Fairview Creek Headwaters | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

May 31 | Talk: Christine Colasurdo on 35 Years later: Mt. St. Helens eruption | Garden Home Community Library

June | Great Outdoors Month  American Recreation Coalition

June 6 | National Trails Day   American Hiking Society

June 6 | Family Nature Fest | Columbia Springs

June 13 | National Get Outdoors Day   GetOutdoorsUSA!

June 13 | 2015 National Get Outdoors Day | Fort Vancouver

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week   Pollinator Partnership

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout   NWF

July-August | Tall ship visits to ports in the Columbia River Gorge | Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

August 14-16 | Return from the Burn – A Step Back in Time Event | Tillamook State Forest

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

Oct. 10-Jan. 10, 2016 | Exhibit – Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection | Portland Art Museum

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from THPRD’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
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
Tillamook Tales at the Tillamook Forest Center

Did you know?
– $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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