Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for summer camps!
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 the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Portland branch of Hike It Baby

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Summer nature programming  from THPRD

The Bug Chicks programs at Multnomah County Library locations

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

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

April 30 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum

April 30 | Hannah Viano Art Gallery Opening (nature art) | Portland Children’s Museum

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

May-August | Amazing Arthropods (programs with The Bug Chicks) | Multnomah County Library (various)

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 | Nature Days in the Park: Roger Tilbury Memorial Park | THPRD

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

May 10 | Guided Nature Walk: Sproinggg! Spring has Sprung! | 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 | Cully Critter Cruise | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

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

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

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

May 16 | Winter Steelhead Release | Tillamook Forest Center

May 17 | Honoring Our Rivers student showcase | Powell’s City of Books

May 17 | Metro Annual Trails Fair | Metro/American Trails

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 27-June 4 | 29th Annual Great Blue Heron Week | Audubon Society of Portland

May 30 | Discovery Hike: Firelane Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

May 30 | Book talk: Nikki McClure on In | Powell’s City of Books

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 | State Parks Day (free day use & camping) | Oregon State Parks

June 6 | Family Nature Fest | Columbia Springs

June 13 | National Get Outdoors Day | GetOutdoorsUSA!

June 13 | 2015 National Get Outdoors Day | Fort Vancouver

June 3 | Discovery Hike: Habitat Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

June 13 | Explorando el Columbia Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 14 | Guided Nature Walk: Wild in the Wetland! | Friends of the Refuge

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week | Pollinator Partnership

June 20 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

June 23 | Bring Your Own Boat Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

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

July 7 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

July 10 | Moonlight Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

July 11 | Firsthand Oregon: Pika Discovery and Viewing | Oregon Wildlife

July 18 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 8 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

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

August 17-21 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

October 24 | Discovery Hike: Fall Park Tour | Forest Park Conservancy

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
Audubon Story Time (1st/3rd Saturdays starting May 2nd
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 Thursday 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. April’s list is here.

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