Nan Laurence, a senior planner for Eugene, explores how downtowns can represent a community’s ideals and aspirations. Join her at Milwaukie’s Riverfront Park – where a Metro nature grant is helping launch a major transformation – to talk about the changing character of downtown activities, urban forms and public spaces. This program kicks off a special series of The Conversation Project, with Oregon Humanities and Metro unplugging this summer to bring some of Oregon’s most fascinating thinkers to voter-protected natural areas. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy; Metro will bring the pie. Conversation is free, no registration required. Co-hosted by the City of Milwaukie.
At the juncture of suburban neighborhoods and rolling farmland, Metro's Cooper Mountain Nature Park isn't a typical jazz venue - but it's the perfect place to discuss the value of risk, collaboration and individual voice in this highly democratic art form. Scholar and musician Tim DuRoche will look at the literature, economics and history of jazz. This discussion continues a special series of The Conversation Project, with Oregon Humanities and Metro unplugging this summer to bring some of Oregon's most fascinating thinkers to voter-protected natural areas. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy; Metro will bring the pie. Conversation is free, no registration required.
Help native trees survive summer’s hot sun! SOLVE and its partners are working to enhance sites throughout the Portland-metro area. Volunteers will be assisting with site maintenance by removing invasive plants, and mulching and watering native plants. Over time, this work will improve water quality, create wildlife habitat, and store carbon to slow climate change. SOLVE will provide all tools and gloves for this project.
- When: Saturday, 07/14/2012 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Where: Dairy Creek Tributary - NW Arborpark Loop and NW Elmhurst in Banks, OR
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- For questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-844-9571 ext. 332
SOLVE’s mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship.
VOLUNTEER FOR TRAILS!
Become a trail counter for the 5th annual Intertwine Regional Trail Counts by volunteering for a two-hour shift.
Stop the alien invaders threatening to take over the Environmental Learning Center (ELC).
Blackberry, yellow flag iris, and ivy - these are just a few of the weeds that have gone
wild on our site, threatening the health of this living laboratory.
Bring gloves and water bottle. Snacks provided.
The ELC is a five-acre site located on the Clackamas Community College campus in
Oregon City. It is home to a variety of plants and animals and is where Newell Creek
bubbles to life. The ELC serves as an outdoor learning laboratory for a variety of programs,
classes, and tours. It also demonstrates what people can do to reclaim industrial
sites and restore wildlife habitat in urban areas.
Suitable for individuals ages 18 years and over; younger than 18 with parental supervision.
Call 503-594-3696 for more information and to register.
There are more different kinds of insects and other arthropods on Earth than all other living things combined. From pollinators to decomposers, predators to parasites, and pests or even human food, they are “the little creatures who run the world” (E.O. Wilson). Yet many people find them icky and scary and wonder what good they are.
The 12th annual Bug Fest, a partnership between the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and Metro, is a celebration of invertebrates and the critical roles they play in our environment. The event combines interactive discovery stations, crafts, games, and family entertainment with a range of activities that help attendees experience the boneless/spineless creatures that keep the world going. There are also plenty of live bugs to inspect and admire. Catch your own or bring them with you from home and have them identified by experts.
This year’s theme is “Meet the Beetles” and the discovery lab will have plenty of live examples of local beetles. Appropriate for all ages. Allow a couple of hours to see everything! Come to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center in Beaverton. $3 per person; free for ages 2 and under. For more information, visit www.thprd.org.
Bees do it and so can you! At Graham Oaks Nature Park, join papermaker Laurel Ann Bower and learn who invented papermaking, and how to make your own decorative paper from recycled materials. Suitable for ages 5 and older; children 16 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Free. Advance registration required. Register online or call 503-797-1650 option 2.
Come to Graham Oaks Nature Park to make candles using an old-fashioned method. Learn the technique and then make yours unique. Suitable for ages 5 and older; children 16 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Free. Advance registration required. Register online or call 503-797-1650 option 2.
At Cooper Mountain Nature Park discover the secret life of native bees – from carpenter bees to leafcutters. These gentle bees almost never sting and provide critical pollination, but they need your help. Learn to identify bees and the plants they eat, and how to install a bee nursery. $8 per person, ages 11 and older; under 11 free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Advance registration required; call 503-645-6433.
Dusk is one of the best times to see wildlife, especially in summer. On this relaxing walk, a Metro naturalist teaches basic techniques of wildlife watching and identification. Some mammals you may see: rabbits, deer, coyote, raccoon and bats. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site. Meet at the Nature House. Suitable for ages 10 and older; participants must be able to be quiet, sneaky and patient. Registration and payment of $10 per person required in advance; call 503-629-6350.