Welcome to Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas, a blog devoted to doing just that: getting outside and visiting the many natural areas in Portland, Oregon and beyond. We believe that kids live healthier and more-fulfilled lives when they spend more time playing outside and exploring in nature than with video games or plastic toys (Lego bricks excluded!). Our guide to nature in Portland is Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine: The Portland-Vancouver Region’s Network of Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas, edited by Mike Houck and M.J. Cody (Oregon State University Press, 2011), reviewed here.
Michael – lover of science, student of history, product of evolution, collector of more books than he’ll ever read, and advocate for connecting children to nature. He is a stay-at-home dad and occasionally writes for local publications like Metro Parent. Currently he welcomes guests into our home through Airbnb. He also blogs less frequently at The Dispersal of Darwin, and is co-editing volume 6 of The Correspondence of John Tyndall with his favorite Darwin biographer. Online CV here.
Catherine – librarian, outreach manager, made of star stuff, lover of food, and while also a lover of books, does not have as many as Michael because she can just check them out from the library. She has a Facebook page for local interests.
Patrick – 10-year-old fan of nature (especially learning about surviving in the wild and fishing), books, and (sigh) Pokemon. Happy to go to school in the morning; even more happy to go to the park after school.
Afton – 4-year-old fan of being outside and doing whatever it is her older brother is doing. Active and curious young mind. Daniel Tiger is a good friend. Seizure-free since March 4, 2016!
I’ll point you to an Introductory post for Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas to continue learning about us.
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We hope that by visiting this site you’ll be encouraged to get outside – either by yourself, with friends, or with kids – and if you already spend a good amount of time outside, perhaps you’ll discover a new place to visit. Thanks for stopping by!
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All writings and photographs on this site are, unless otherwise noted, © Michael D. Barton.