Bring your kids and learn about bats, then build your own bat house to place in your yard. Learn to separate bat myths from facts as you learn about these creatures that fly the night skies and have voracious appetites for insects. The $33 fee includes one adult and up to two additional family members (child or adult) and supplies for a backyard bat house. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced registration required, call 503/629-6350.
Join us for this family program to learn about worms and how they can work for you. Check out real live worms and build a worm bin for you to take home. The fee includes one adult and up to two additional family members (child or adult) and supplies for building a kitchen worm bin. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced registration required, call 503/629-6350.
Learn about Oregon's bats and how to attract these flying bug eaters to your yard. See a slideshow and head outside to look for live bats in action and listen for their echolocation calls using a bat detector. Fee is a family rate and covers one adult and up to two additional family members (children or adult). Advanced registration required, call 503/629-6350.
Explore Cooper Mountain Nature Park in search of birds high and low. We will be on the lookout for birds-of-prey, woodpeckers, and maybe even Western Bluebirds. Join a naturalist on a guided hike through one of the many different habitats at Cooper Mountain Nature Park. All ages. Preregistration required for participants 11 years old and older, call 503/629-6350. Up to two children (0-10) are welcome to accompany each registered adult. Strollers are discouraged due to terrain.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Oxbow Regional Park is rich in tracks at this time of year, when mink, beaver, otter and black bear often leave clear footprints in the sand. Learn to read the ground like a book. Metro naturalist and tracker Dan Daly introduces you to basic track identification and interpretation, and the stealth skills needed to watch wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children 10 and older. Bring water and a snack and meet at the floodplain parking area. Leave pets at home. Registration and payment of $11 per adult or family required in advance. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle payable at the park. You can now register and pay online for Metro activities. Go to Metro’s online calendar (www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar), find your event by searching or browsing, and follow the instructions. For questions or to register by phone, call 503-797-1650 option 2.
How do endangered young salmon find food and refugia from floods and predators? Join Russ Plaeger from the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to learn the science behind a side channel restoration project at Oxbow’s Happy Creek that will create deep pools, bubbling riffles and plenty of places to hide for juvenile Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. Learn about the characteristics of good habitat and get some tips on native plants and salmon-friendly practices that can be implemented where you live. Suitable for adults and children age 8 and older. Meet at Alder Shelter (group picnic area A) at 1:45 p.m. Free with a $5 parking fee per vehicle and registration is not required. Leave pets at home. For more information, call 503-797-1650 option 2.
Beginning mushroom classes 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, and 20 Spicy scents of autumn trees, giant golden leaves on maples and the silvery chatter of American dippers in the river. These are the smells, sights and sounds of Oxbow Regional Park in the autumn. Witness the return of wild salmon to one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier rivers – the glacier-fed Sandy – just 45 minutes from downtown Portland.
Celebrate the abundance of fall by exploring the incredible diversity of fungi in Oxbow’s ancient forest. In this beginners mushroom class learn the basics of mushrooms and other fungi and how to go about identifying this complicated group of strange and fascinating life forms. This hands-on introduction will get you started identifying mushrooms and deepen your appreciation of the amazing variety of shapes, colors, textures and smells that make these life forms so intriguing. Suitable for adults and children age 12 and older. Meet at Alder Shelter (group picnic area A) at 1:45 p.m. Free with a $5 parking fee per vehicle and registration is not required. Leave pets at home. For more information, call 503-797-1650 option 2
Spicy scents of autumn trees, giant golden leaves on maples and the silvery chatter of American dippers in the river. These are the smells, sights and sounds of Oxbow Regional Park in the autumn. Witness the return of wild salmon to one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier rivers – the glacier-fed Sandy – just 45 minutes from downtown Portland.
Naturalists are on hand at the river’s edge to help spot spawning salmon and interpret their behavior and life cycle. Special salmon-viewing glasses are available on loan. Salmon viewing proceeds rain or shine. The trail is unpaved and fairly level; wear good walking shoes. Inquire at the entry booth for starting location of the salmon viewing then follow the signs to the salmon! Suitable for all ages. Free with a $5 parking fee per vehicle and registration is not required. Leave pets at home. For more information, call 503-797-1650 option 2.
Join us for an immersion into the world of mushrooms and mushroom cultivation. Learn how to grow mushrooms at home, using simple, low-tech methods that utilize free and easily obtainable resources. Set up your back yard garden patch and keep your mushrooms thriving! Also learn basic mushroom taxonomy, ecological niches, and common edible and medicinal mushrooms that you can grow or harvest locally. Everyone receives printed instruction materials. A limited number of spawn kits will be available for purchase for $10-20.
Cathlapotle Plankhouse and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge present: Archaeology in the Northwest
Another Second Sunday event is fast approaching! This month's theme: Archaeology in the NW.At 1:00 Dr. Ken Ames, anthropology professor at PSU and one of the lead investigators of the Cathlapotle Archaeological site, will be speaking on recent findings in archeology along the lower Columbia river. A Q&A will follow the presentation.From 12-4 there will be hands on activities for aspiring archaeologists and their families, our GPS guided Geo Adventure, and of course the Plankhouse will be open for visitation.There are ways for everyone to connect to the past this Sunday!
Contact Sarah Hill at Sarah_Hill@fws.gov or call (360) 887-4106 for more info.
Directions: Exit 14 off of I-5, head west towards downtown Ridgefield. Go through Ridgefield and take a right at the light (turning onto Main Ave). Proceed north for 1 mile, the refuge entrance road is located on the left side of the road. The event is free, but there is a $3.00 per vehicle parking fee.