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

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

Feb. 1-July 11 | Exhibit: Portland’s Rivers: Contemporary Art Views | Pittock Mansion

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

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

May 20 | Madrona Park Nurse Log Dedication | PP&R Neighborhood Tree Stewards

May 21 | Official unveiling of great blue heron statue, 2:30pm | Corner of SW Vermont Street and Bertha Boulevard (Hillsdale)

May 21 | Nadaka Basic Birding Class | Audubon/Friends of Nadaka 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 23 | Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area Outing | Outdoor Afro

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 10 | River Professors: History of the Tualatin River | Tualatin Riverkeepers

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

June 13 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

June 13 | Marshall Park Playground Dedication | Portland Parks & Recreation

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 20 | Dedication of Roger Tilbury Memorial Park (nature play area) | THPRD

June 21 | North Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

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

June 23 | Vancouver Lake Community Paddle | Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

June 27 | 26th Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day | Tualatin Riverkeepers

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

July 18 | Sunset Paddle | Tualatin Riverkeepers

July 25 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

July 26 | Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

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

August 11 | Lecture: Kristin Ohlson on The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet | Friends of Family Farmers

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

August 16 | Family-Friendly Paddle | Tualatin Riverkeepers

August 17-21 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 23 | Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

September 12 | 10 Years of Trackers | Trackers Earth

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

September 27 | Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

October 3 | Autumn River Paddle Trip | Tualatin Riverkeepers

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. May’s list is here.

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