Upcoming nature events in Portland

— Please check for any schedule changes or registration requirements —

Ladybug Nature Walks from Portland Parks & Recreation are back on – printable schedule here

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

Upcoming OMSI Science Pubs about glaciers, ice age floods, and volcanoes

Upcoming Intertwine Regional Eco-Blitz events

Nature classes at Portland area parks from Tinkergarten

Discovery Hikes with the Forest Park Conservancy

Guided hikes at Camassia Natural Area with the Nature Conservancy of Oregon: April 15, April 22, April 23, and May 14

Family-friendly hikes with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge (click on the family-friendly filter to the right of the screen)

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Winter tours at the Hoyt Arboretum

Free Metro Parks Days on May 5 and June 21

Spring nature programming from THPRD

Spring nature programming from the Friends of Tryon Creek

Spring nature programming at Jackson Bottom Wetlands (Hillsboro), including their regular Lunch with the Birds and Sunset Sit, Moonrise Smile outings

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

Spring nature programming at the Leach Botanical Garden

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

Bird watching outings with Audubon Society of Portland

Bird walks with Backyard Bird Shop

April 8 | Opening Day for Trails | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

April 9 | Celebrate Our Gateway to Nature | Friends of April Hill Park

April 9 | Morning/afternoon mushroom discovery hike at Smith and Bybee | Metro

April 11 | Nature Night: Dynamic Geology of Oregon | Audubon Society of Portland

April 13 | Free Author Event: Daniel Mathews Presents Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains | Audubon Society of Portland

April 13 | Experience Vancouver Lake: an open house | Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

April 14 | Film screening: Love Thy Nature | Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)

April 15 | Cultural Day: Traditional Lifeways of NW Oregon Tribes | Friends of Tryon Creek

April 15 | Open house to comment on designs for new Forest Park Entrance and Nature Center | Portland Parks & Recreation

April 15-23 | National Park Week | National Park Foundation

April 16 | Cathlapotle Plankhouse Spring Celebration | Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

April 21 | Earth Day Crew | Hoyt Arboretum

April 22 | Earth Day at the Refuge! | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

April 22 | Earth Day | Friends of Tryon Creek

April 22 | Arbor Day 2017 at Mt. Scott Park | Portland Parks & Recreation

April 22 | Nature Days in the Park: Vista Brook Park | THPRD

April 22 | SOLVE IT for Earth Day (stewardship volunteering projects TBA) | SOLVE

April 22 | March for Science – Portland

April 22 | Naturalist in the park (Cooper Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

April 22-29 | Native Plant Appreciation Week (series of events)| Portland Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon

April 23 | Morning/afternoon mushroom discovery hike at Oxbow Regional Park | Metro

April 23 | Earth Day Spring Festival in SE PDX | PSU Learning Gardens Laboratory

April 23-29 | National Environmental Education Week | NEEF

April 24 | History Pub at McMenimans Kennedy School: Natural History of the Cascades and Beyond | Oregon Historical Society

April 29 | Fantastic mosses and where to find them (Smith and Bybee) | Metro

April 29 | Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek | Friends of Tryon Creek

May 1-7 | Screen-Free Week (everywhere) | Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

May 6 | Kids Fishing Festival | Columbia Springs (Vancouver)

May 14 | Nature Days in the Park: Pioneer Park | THPRD

May 11 | Wild Gresham: A Community Talk on Wildlife | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

May 20 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

May 20 | Fantastic mosses and where to find them (Scouters Mountain Nature Park) | Metro

May 20 | Kids to Parks Day | National Park Trust

May 21 | Turtle walk in the wetlands (Smith and Bybee) | Metro

May 27 | Classroom Discovery Days: Pollination: insects, birds, and bees | Friends of Tryon Creek

June 3 | National Trails Day | American Hiking Society

June 8 | Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids | Hillsboro Public Library

June 11 | Animal tracking adventure (Oxbow Regional Park) | Metro

July 12-15 | National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in Vancouver, WA.

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. April’s list is here.

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