UPDATE (April 1, 2018): Blog retirement (a thank you & how to stay connected)
I started Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas in the fall of 2010, having recently moved to the city with my family. The creation of the blog was due in response to not finding a whole lot online about exploring in local nature with kids. After 7 1/2 years, it’s time to hang up my hat here. I thank everyone who has followed along, commented, and found useful the information that I provided. The blog will remain online, and the posts left up for anyone to still read. On that note, you can find me online:
- the Facebook group PDX Kids in Nature (please request to join!)
- on Twitter as @darwinsbulldog and Instagram as @darwinsbulldog78
- NaturePlaySign.com (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- The Nature Book Nook (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- More about Michael here
I hope you continue to get your family or students outside in nature – happy exploring!
~ Michael D. Barton
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.
Online CV here.
I’ll point you to an Introductory post for Exploring Portland’s Natural Areas to continue learning about us.
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!
Have a question or suggestion? Interested in using one of my photos? Drop me a line at michaeldavidbarton AT gmail DOT com.
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All writings and photographs on this site are, unless otherwise noted, © Michael D. Barton.