Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

Nature-based camps for Summer 2016 – now registering!

Now playing at OMSI’s Empirical Theater in 3D: National Parks Adventure

Starting April 2: 10-part “Explore Your Natural Areas” program from Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland-Vancouver Regional Eco-Blitz Series: April 23 at Sandy River Delta in Troutdale; May 7 at Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville; May 14 at Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove; May 21 at Powell Butte Nature Park in Portland; and May 21 at Fort Vancouver

Nature classes at Hoyt Arboretum, Summerlake City Park (Tigard), and Mary S. Young Park (West Linn) from Tinkergarten

Sunset nature programs & Lunch with the Birds with Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve (Hillsboro)

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Winter & spring and summer nature programming (pp. 165-170) from THPRD

Winter & spring nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Winter & spring nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)

Spring nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird walks and Owl prowls with Backyard Bird Shop (p. 5)

March 8 | Nature Night: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – Past, Present and Future | Audubon Society of Portland

March 9 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

March 12 | Owl Fest | Friends of Tryon Creek

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

March 12 | Urban Wetlands Exploration (Tualatin Watershed) | The Wetlands Conservancy

March 13 | Nature Days in the Park: Evelyn Schiffler Park | THPRD

March 19-26 | Spring Whale Watch Week | Oregon State Parks

March 19 | Puddle Stompers (special theme) | Friends of the Refuge

March 19 | Welcome Back Vulture Day | Nadaka Nature Park

March 29 | Puddle Stompers | Friends of the Refuge

March 26 | Classroom Discovery Days: Build a Bird House (supplies included) | Friends of Tryon Creek

March 30 | Program for educators: Fixing Outdoor Education: Remembering Our Roots While Moving Forward | Trackers Earth

March 31 | Book talk: Day Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge | Powell’s Books on Hawthorne

April 2-3 | 36th Annual Trillium Festival | Friends of Tryon Creek

April 8 | Stayin’ Alive: Winter Survival Shelters for Families at Oxbow | Metro

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

April 9 | Mushroom Discovery Hike at Oxbow (16+) | Metro

April 9 | River Professors: Nature on the Tualatin River: Wildlife from the Paddler’s Perspective | Tualatin Riverkeepers

April 16 | Family Eco-Fair Celebration for Earth Day | Stream Team (Clark Public Utilities)

April 22 | Earth Day 2016 | Earth Day Network

April 22 | Brunch with the Birds | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

April 22 | Guided Nature Walk | Friends of the Refuge

April 22 | Guided Nature Walk | Friends of the Refuge

April 23 | Volunteer with SOLVE IT for Earth Day! | SOLVE

April 23 | Earth Day Celebration | Friends of the Refuge

April 23 | Guided Nature Walk | Friends of the Refuge

April 23 | Guided Nature Walk | Friends of the Refuge

April 24 | Nature Days in the Park: Camille Park | THPRD

April 24 | Nature Days in the Park: Camille Park | THPRD

April 30 | Elowah & Upper McCord Family Hike | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 7 | Graham Oaks Nature Park Eco-Blitz | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

May 7 | Mushroom Discovery Hike at Oxbow (16+) | Metro

May 14 | Nature Days in the Park: Whispering Woods | THPRD

May 15 | Sunday Parkways: East Portland | Portland Bureau of Transportation

May 21 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Friends of the Refuge

May 26 | Evening Canoe the Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 4 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

June 14 | Kalmiopsis Discovery Day | Leach Botanical Garden

June 20 | Toothrock Full Moon Hike | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

June 26 | Sunday Parkways: North Portland | Portland Bureau of Transportation

June 26 | Dry Creek Falls Hike and Sternwheeler Days | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

July 24 | Sunday Parkways: Northeast Portland | Portland Bureau of Transportation

August 21 | Sunday Parkways: Southeast Portland | Portland Bureau of Transportation

October 2 | Sunday Parkways: Sellwood-Milwaukie | Portland Bureau of Transportation

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 Environmental Education
Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
Guided hikes at Columbia Springs in Vancouver, WA (third Wed. of most months)
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 first Thursday 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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