Upcoming nature events in Portland

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

Family canoe paddle outings with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Summer calendar from the Tillamook Forest Center

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

May 29-August 30 | Metro family activities at the Oregon Zoo’s Backyard Makeover exhibit (F/S/Su, 10am-2pm)) and Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden (F/S/Su, 1pm-5pm)

June | Great Outdoors Month | American Recreation Coalition

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week | Pollinator Partnership

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

June 20 | Audubon Story Time – nests & eggs | Audubon Society of Portland

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

June 21 | North Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

June 21-28 | International Build a Fairy House and Den Week | Marghanita Hughes

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

June 28 | Naturalist in the Park (Graham Oaks Nature Park) | Metro

June 29 | International Mud Day | World Forum Nature Action Collaborative for Children

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

July 5 | Naturalist in the Park (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

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 11 | Graham Oaks park day | Metro

July 12 | Naturalist in the Park (Smith & Bybee Wetlands) | Metro

July 17 | Sunset Walk (Smith & Bybee Wetlands)| Metro

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

July 18 | Tree Hug PDX | Hoyt Arboretum

July 18 | Sunset Paddle | Tualatin Riverkeepers

July 19 | Fanno Creek Greenway Trail Walk | Metro

July 19 | Naturalist in the Park (Mount Talbert Nature Park) | Metro

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

July 25 | Guided Nature Walk | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

July 25 | Stories in the Stones on Mount Talbert | Metro

July 26 | Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

July 26 | The Big Float | Human Access Project

July 26 | Naturalist in the Park (Graham Oaks Nature Park) | Metro

July 31 | Sunset Walk (Smith & Bybee Wetlands)| Metro

August 1 | Introduction to the Language of Birds | Metro

August 2 | Rock Creek Regional Trail Walk | Metro

August 2 | Columbia Slough Regatta | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

August 2 | Naturalist in the Park (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

August 7 | Sunset Walk (Graham Oaks Nature Park)| Metro

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

August 9 | Naturalist in the Park (Mount Talbert Nature Park)| Metro

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 12 | Bats of the Night | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

August 14 | Families in the Field (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

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

August 16 | Family-Friendly Paddle | Tualatin Riverkeepers

August 16 | Naturalist in the Park (Smith & Bybee Wetlands) | Metro

August 16 | Seaport Celebration | Port of Portland

August 17-21 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 21 | Families in the Field (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

August 22 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

August 23 | Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

August 23 | Naturalist in the Park (Graham Oaks Nature Park) | Metro

August 30 | Naturalist in the Park (Smith & Bybee Wetlands) | Metro

September 5 | Blue Lake park day | Blue Lake Regional Park

September 6 | Naturalist in the Park (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

September 12 | 10 Years of Trackers | Trackers Earth

September 12 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

September 20 | Naturalist in the Park (Cooper Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

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

October 3 | Autumn River Paddle Trip | Tualatin Riverkeepers

October 17 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

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. June’s list is here.

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