Many of the plants which we ignore on our walks in the woods actually played an important part in the everyday lives of North American indigenous people. And many people are surprised to learn what they considered as delicacies, such as grubs, baby birds and grasshoppers. Roger will also talk about how they used various trees for housing and weapons as well as the challenges of foraging for their livelihood. Among this seemingly primitive existence, indigenous people knew how to make aspirin, which they used for headaches and soothing aches and pains encountered at the "office."
Join us in becoming a volunteer guide at Hoyt Arboretum for our kids tour/Tree Buddies program. You will learn about the arboretum and environmental science, hike our trails, and receive teaching pointers for outdoor education. If you love science, the outdoors, and working with kids, this will be a great opportunity for you.
Have you ever taken a winter walk in the woods and wondered what those deciduous trees are? Join an arborist to learn the clues in twigs, bark, and fruit that allow you to identify species without their leaves.
February marks the beginning of a rapid increase in daylight. Experience how the birds react to the expanding daylight by ramping up their vocal activity and learn how to recognize many of their distinct songs and alarm patterns.
Ages: 8 and up
Register: Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, 503-629-6350
Some say the ducks and beavers will never get along. Come see for yourself at Blue Lake's best-kept secret: a wetland that hosts our rival species. Beavers ramp up territorial marking at this time of year, and the ducks are warming up for a long journey north.
Ages: All ages
Lichen and moss are all around, living on trees, rocks, houses and sidewalks. This class will focus on the natural history of lichen and moss and how to identify them. Magnification lenses and field guides will be provided. Put on your rain gear and let's take a walk in the woods!
Ages: 12 and up
Volunteers will be able to identify 30 native trees and shrubs via winter twig identification.The class is taught by Sage Jensen, environmental consultant, and experienced botanist. Being able to identify native plants in the winter is a fun adventure and not as diffiicult as one might think. Join Sage along with fellow plant lovers for a fun afternoon . Easy to access study materials provided.There will be a field trip to a nearby SOLVE restoration site. Let's geek out together. Refreshments and snacks provided.
Register online here: http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/winter-twig-identification-wo...
GO WILD and join Willamette Riverkeeper on Thursday, December 10th when once again we host the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Hollywood Theater in Portland!
Considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation....Plus, it's a benefit for Willamette Riverkeeper!
Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the films will begin at 7:00 pm.
Films to be screened include:
Teton Hooping Contingency
A Line in the Sand
The Little Things
There will be a raffle, including 2 kayaks and other great items.
Tickets will be available for advance purchase at REI for $10 and at the door for $12.
Willamette Riverkeeper, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, the Island Station Neighborhood, and the North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council invite you to join us for a fall planting event at Spring Park Natural Area. The park is currently undergoing a major restoration to both the trail system and the Willamette River side channel adjacent to the park. This planting event will be your first opportunity to see all the major improvements and learn more about this details of this exciting restoration project. Ultimately, the project will be of great benefit to fish, wildlife, and our community- and this is your chance to get involved by helping us to plant the old trail!
When: Saturday, 11/21 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Details: Please wear sturdy and shoes, dress for the weather and bring water! Gloves and other planting tool supplies will be provided. By volunteering at this event you will receive a discount on dinner at Amadeus Manor. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend, and better yet, lunch will be provided by Cha-Cha-Cha!
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Visitors of all ages come to the Hoyt Arboretum and we are excited to offer a new way for our younger visitors to learn about this Living Museum. We are developing a tour program focused on teaching environmental science and conservation to kids, but to make it a success, we need to train up some amazing tour guides - that's where YOU come in. If you are interested in leading groups of kids through the arboretum, playing fun nature games, and helping a new generation learn about the wonders of nature, please consider coming to our training on Tuesday, November 17th, from 3:30 pm to 6 pm at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center.