Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

Ballot measures related to nature for the Nov. 2016 election:
Metro Measure 26-178: Metro’s Parks and Natural Areas Local Option Levy that “protects clean water, restores fish and wildlife habitat, and connects people with nature across 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas.” More details here.
State Measure 99: “Creates ‘Outdoor Education Fund’ continuously funded through Lottery, to provide outdoor school programs statewide.” More info here.
Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District Measure 34-269: for Clean Water and Healthy Soil in Washington County, “Vote YES to protect clean water, maintain healthy soil, and enhance wildlife habitat with stable funding.” More details here.

List of Portland-Area Pumpkin Patches from PDX Parent

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

October is Walktobercalendar of walks all month long

Upcoming paddle events with Tualatin Riverkeepers

Nature classes at Portland area parks from Tinkergarten

Discovery Hikes with the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Fall tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Fall nature programming (pp. 165-170) from THPRD

Fall nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Fall nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro)

Fall nature programming at the Tillamook Forest Center (watch for announcements

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird walks with Backyard Bird Shop

Oct. 1 – Jan. 15 | Exhibit: Very Eric Carle | Portland Children’s Museum (this Eric Carle animal story exhibit would make a fun outing in conjunction with play time in the museum’s Outdoor Adventure!)

Oct. 6 – Dec. 17 | Exhibit: Extraordinary Playscapes | Design Museum Portland/PNCA

October 28 | Farm Friday | Zenger Farm

 

 

October 29 | Nature through a different lens (at Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area) | Metro

October 29 | No Ivy Day | Portland Parks and Recreation

October 29 | Classroom Discovery Days: Spiders | Friends of Tryon Creek

October 29 | Creatures of the Night | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

October 28 | Fall Open House | Zenger Farm

October 30 | 2016 Fall Mushroom Show at the World Forestry Center | Oregon Mycological Society

November 5 | Newt Day (p. 124) | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

November 5 | Waterfowl Watch | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 5 | Bug out with Don Ehlen! | Paxton Gate PDX

November 5 | Discover Rock Creek education/work event | SOLVE/Clackamas River Basin Council

November 6 | Morning or afternoon mushroom discovery hike at Mount Talbert | Metro

November 6 | Kids Design Days: Pop-Up Adventure Playground | Design Museum Portland/PNCA

November 9 | Puddle Stompers: Busy Beavers | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 9 | Forest Fungi – Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek State Natural Area | Friends of Tryon Creek

November 9 | Owl Prowl | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 11 | Free Metro parks day (no parking fees) | Metro

November 12 | Nature Day in the Park: Autumn Ridge Park | THPRD

November 13 | Morning or afternoon mushroom discovery hike at Oxbow | Metro

November 15 | Puddle Stompers: Ducks and Geese | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 16 | Crossroads Lecture: Lake Missoula Flood in Your Backyard | Washington County Museum

November 17 | Book Talk: Robert Michael Pyle on Through a Green Lens | Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing

November 17 | UNITE: How Portland Does Play (panel discussion) | Design Museum Portland/PNCA

November 19 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

November 19 | Geology in action: Newell Creek Canyon | Metro

Nov. 19 – Dec. 11 | Exhibit: papercut artwork from Nikki McClure’s 2016 calendar | Land Gallery (opening reception with the artist on Nov. 19 from 6-9pm)

November 19-20 | Wild Arts Festival | Audubon Society of Portland

November 20 | Thanksgiving walk at Oxbow | Metro

November 23 | Owl Prowl | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

November 25 | Free Metro parks day (no parking fees) | Metro

November 26 | Classroom Discovery Days: Mushrooms | Friends of Tryon Creek

December 3 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

December 3 | Waterfowl Watch | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

December 7 | Trackers Forest School – Open House | Trackers Earth PDX

December 7 | Owl Prowl | Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

December 17 | Winter Solstice | Friends of Tryon Creek

December 17 | Winter solstice sunset walk (at Cooper Mountain) | Metro

December 23 | Free Metro parks day (no parking fees) | Metro

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. October’s list is here.

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