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Evening Ramble at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department

As the sun settles into the western sky and temperatures begin to cool off just a bit, this is a great time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Preserve. Be prepared to walk up to two miles on level trails and be steered by nature's whims as we view wildlife, explore habitats and listen to the heartbeat of the Tualatin.  Meet at the Education Center. Free. Call 503-681-6283 to reserve a spot.

All ages

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Staff and volunteers

Thu       7/2 -- 7/30        7 pm -- 8:30 pm

Contact Name: 
Steve Engel
Contact Phone: 
503-681-6283
Contact Email: 
steve.engel@hillsboro-oregon.gov
Venue: 
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Education Building
Venue Details: 
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a facility of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department bordering the Tualatin River in SW Hillsboro. Features include: 635 acres of wetlands undergoing an active restoration program and riparian forest with four miles of walking trails. Over 200 species of birds recorded. A designated Important Bird Area for wintering waterfowl. Open dawn to dusk. Pets are not allowed. Education Center Building open 10am-4pm daily: real bald eagle nest, interpretive displays, nature store, classroom, restrooms.
Cost: 
FREE

Gateway Green Community Cross

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Friends of Gateway Green
Address: 
United States

The Friends of Gateway Green presents Community Cross - a family friendly cyclocross exhibition race for all ages and abilities! Please join us in celebrating and support Portland's first recreational bike park in the making!

On-site registration will begin at 9 AM. $20 race entry donation supports the Build Gateway Green capital campaign. Exhibition racers are eligible for raffle prizes regardless of race finishing placement. Non-racers may also purchase raffle tickets for $20. 

The day's schedule:
9:00 AM - Registration begins
10:00 AM - Welcome Announcement
10:10 AM - Kiddie Cross opens (remains open throughout the day)
10:10 AM - Men's C (45 min)
11:05 AM - Men's B (45 min)
12:00 PM - Women's B & C and Juniors (45 min)
12:55 PM - Women's A (60 min)
2:05 PM - Men's A (60 min)
3:15 PM - Single Speed (45 min)

Please consider riding your bike or taking transit to the event. Parking is available at The Oregon Clinic (1111 NE 99th Ave). Community Cross will be set up approximately .25 miles north of the Gateway/NE 99th Ave TC MAX station.

 

Contact Name: 
Jocelyn Gaudi
Contact Email: 
jbgaudi@gmail.com
Venue: 
Gateway Green
Venue Details: 
Gateway Green is envisioned as an open space and recreation area, as well as a working test site for "green" innovation. Connected to Portland's famed 40 Mile Loop (a pedestrian and bike route originally proposed by the Olmstead Brothers in 1904 and now nearly complete), Gateway Green stands to become a regional destination for locals, tourists, and green industry professionals. The land is located where I-84 and I-205 cross paths and was once the site of Multnomah County's Rocky Butte Jail. Gateway Green is unique in that the park is only accessible by foot, bike and light rail via the I-205 path. It's located approximately a .25 miles north of the Gateway Transit Center.

Metro's Winter twigs of Graham Oaks Nature Park

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Metro
Address: 
Southwest Wilsonville Road
adjacent to Inza R. Wood Middle School
Wilsonville, OR
United States

1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24


Have you ever wished you could tell one evergreen from another, or identify a tree in winter by its bark or buds? Can you read the history of a piece of land by looking at its forest? Join Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens for a walk in the woods to unravel these mysteries and more. The forest at this natural area is a living laboratory of Northwest trees. Suitable for ages 12 and older.


Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per family required in advance. You can register and pay online for Metro activities. Go to www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar, find your event by searching or browsing, and follow the instructions. For questions, call 503-797-1650 option 2.

Contact Name: 
Metro Parks
Contact Phone: 
503-797-1650
Contact Email: 
parks@oregonmetro.gov
Venue: 
Graham Oaks Nature Park
Venue Details: 
Explore trails, restored oak woodlands, a conifer forest and rich wildlife at Metro's new Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville. Ride your bike on the Tonquin Trail, stroll through a conifer forest or spot birds from a wetland overlook at Metro's Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville.
 
 This 250-acre destination is a playground not just for people, but also for wildlife. With restored oak woodlands growing bigger every year, Graham Oaks provides important habitat for native birds and mammals. Bring your family, bring your camera, bring a picnic to the sustainable new picnic shelter. Bring your curiosity, and learn how voters helped renew this special landscape.
 
 Three miles of trails traverse Graham Oaks, allowing visitors to explore several habitats in a single park. Cyclists and joggers can take the paved Tonquin Trail, which eventually will connect Wilsonville, Tualatin and Sherwood. A spur trail leads to a wetland overlook, perfect for bird-watchers; Coyote Way meanders through young oak woodlands. For a bit of shade, follow the Legacy Creek Trail through a rich conifer forest where thousands of species thrive. Be sure to visit Graham Oaks’ five plazas – perfect spots to rest, reflect and learn about the park. Be on the lookout for native wildlife such as white-breasted nuthatch, Western bluebird, orange-crowned warbler and Western gray squirrels.
 
 A historical landscape
 Graham Oaks has a long and storied history, from the Kalapuyan tribes who gathered food here to the family that farmed the land – and the voters who helped purchase the site, restore its habitat and open it as a nature park. 
 
 Greening Graham Oaks
 Did you know Graham Oaks is one of the region’s greenest parks? At Graham Oaks, pervious pavement in the parking lot manages stormwater and removes pollutants. Solar panels on the restroom feed into the City of Wilsonville’s electric grid, and the beautiful stonework at the plazas and overlooks is Columbia River Gorge basalt stone. Find out about sustainable strategies used in the design, materials and construction. 
 
 A living laboratory
 Graham Oaks serves as an outdoor classroom for Inza Wood Middle School, Boones Ferry Primary School and CREST, the environmental education center operated by the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Students study the rich wildlife, habitat and cultural history of Graham Oaks – an undertaking that helped create artwork and books showcased at the grand opening.
 
 Access
 Graham Oaks Nature Park is free and open from 6:30 a.m. to legal sunset. Many of the park features are wheelchair accessible, although some trails offer a higher level of challenge. There is limited parking at the park entrance. Parking is not allowed at any of the schools. There is a permanent bike parking structure at the entrance of the park, accommodating a total of six bikes. Bikes are permitted only on the Tonquin Trail.
 
 Typically, dogs are not allowed at Metro parks and natural areas in order to protect sensitive habitats, local wildlife and plants. Metro is making an exception by allowing dogs on the Tonquin Trail at Graham Oaks because it is a regional throughway. Dogs must be on-leash at all times, and are not allowed anywhere else in the park.
Cost: 
$6 per adult or $11 per family, required in advance

Metro's Winter birds at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Metro
Address: 
5300 N. Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97203
United States

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Saturdays, Feb. 16 and March 16


Winter is an active time at the wetlands with lots of water birds - ducks, geese, coots and grebes. Raptors such as red-tailed hawks and bald eagles are common; sightings of falcons and other hawks are possible. The wetlands' year-round residents as well as a few winter songbirds are easier to see because all the leaves are gone. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair on site; spotting scopes provided. Suitable for ages 9 and older. Meet Metro naturalist James Davis in the parking lot at 5300 N. Marine Drive. Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per family required in advance. You can register and pay online for Metro activities. Go to www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar, find your event by searching or browsing, and follow the instructions. For questions, call 503-797-1650 option 2.

Contact Name: 
Metro Parks
Contact Phone: 
503-797-1650
Contact Email: 
parks@oregonmetro.gov
Venue: 
Smith and Bybee Wetlands
Venue Details: 
Home to beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles, this 2,000-acre natural area offers accessible wildlife watching, a canoe launch and more.
 
 At nearly 2,000 acres, Metro’s Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is the largest protected wetlands within an American city. This beautiful natural area is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, hiding in a part of Portland surrounded by port terminals, warehouses and other commercial developments. Most visitors to the natural area are surprised to find beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles living only minutes from downtown Portland.
 
 Recent improvements at the wetlands include a new canoe launch area and improved access for paddlers as well as restrooms, interpretive displays, a covered shelter, parking for 40 cars, a bus drop-off and public art.
 
 Wind your way through the wetlands on the Interlakes Trail, a paved, accessible trail that includes two wildlife viewing platforms. Another great way to explore the natural area is by boat.
 
 Another interesting feature of the natural area is the now-closed St. Johns Landfill, a former wetland that was filled and served as the region’s primary garbage disposal site from 1940 to 1991. Since then, Metro has been implementing environmental protection measures to safely reintegrate the 238-acre landfill site into its natural environs.
Cost: 
$6 per adult or $11 per family, required in advance

Raptor Road Trip

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Metro
Address: 
Kruger’s Farm Market
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd
Portland, OR 97231
United States

Annual event celebrates birds of prey


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9


Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent bald eagles, hawks and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts host activities and answer questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close and sharpen hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and doughnuts are available in the morning. Have breakfast with the birds!


How does the road trip work?


Begin at Kruger's Farm Market and pick up an event map and raptor identification guide. The event fee is $10 per vehicle, cash only, and includes a Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit, which is needed to park at the sites. To reach Kruger's, take Highway 30 to the Sauvie Island Bridge and go straight on Sauvie Island Road 1.5 miles (past Howell Territorial Park). Kruger's Farm Market is located on the right. Carpooling is encouraged. Three of the four event locations offer wheelchair access.


Spotting scopes help with raptor identification and are provided, with naturalists on hand to point out the birds. Field guides are available. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine. The road trip is suitable for birders of all ages and skill levels, and families are welcome. While you don't have to be an early bird and get up at the crack of dawn to see these birds of prey, allow approximately three hours to visit all four locations.


What will you see?


It all depends on what nature has in store. Regularly sighted raptors include bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels and Northern harriers. With a little luck, you might spot a rough-legged hawk, Cooper's hawk, merlin or peregrine falcon. Beautiful snow geese, sandhill cranes and great blue herons are commonly seen at this time of year, as well as abundant waterfowl.


Sponsored by Metro, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and HawkWatch International. For more information, www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar.

Contact Name: 
Metro Parks
Contact Phone: 
503-797-1650
Contact Email: 
parks@oregonmetro.gov
Venue: 
Metro's Howell Terrirotial Park
Venue Details: 
Located on Sauvie Island, Howell Territorial Park is a great place for picnickers, bird watchers and history buffs.
 
 Visit a piece of Oregon history on Sauvie Island. Within this 120-acre park, the region's natural and cultural history come together in one serene, pastoral setting.
 
 Attractions include reservable picnic areas, a pioneer orchard, large natural wetlands and an authentically restored farmhouse built in the 1850s.
Cost: 
$10 per car

SW Trails PDX Monthly Urban hike

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 9:00am
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SW Trails PDX
Address: 
SW Sunset Ave and SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR
United States

Cole Trusty will lead the walk on Saturday, Jan. 12.  It will be about 6 miles with about 500 feet elevation gain.  We will meet at Wilson High School and walk on parts of SW Trails 6, 3, 7 and 1 and some parts of the soon to be constructed Red Electric Trail.  The walk is steep in places and has some muddy downhill sections.  Bring clippers to remove a few overhanging branches.  It will be a very interesting and somewhat challenging hike.

Bring a snack and water and dress for the weather.  Well behaved dogs are allowed.  They must be on leash.  For health reasons, there is no smoking on SW Trails hikes.  Meet behind the bleachers at Wilson High School and be ready to leave at 9:00 am. (Sunset Blvd. and Capitol Highway)  For more information contact Sharon Fekety (fekety@hevanet.com).

Contact Name: 
Sharon Fekety
Contact Email: 
fekety@hevanet.com
Venue: 
North side of Wilson High School
Venue Details: 
We meet behind the bleachers.
Cost: 
Free

REI Outdoor School: Hiking Portland's Best Places (Hoyt Arboretum)

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:00am to 11:30am
REI
Address: 
4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221
United States
Park/Trail: 

 

Join a REI Outdoor School Instructor for a guided hike to one of Portland's natural gems. We'll teach you about the 10 essentials of backcountry travel and introduce you to the 7 Leave no Trace principles. In addition, we'll share a few tips to making hiking more comfortable and help you hike at your own pace. We will cover the following on this outing:

 

  • Learn about local hiking venues
  • Learn about the 10 essentials
  • Learn the 7 Leave no Trace principles
  • Learn tips for making hiking more comfortable
  • Learn a bit of natural and cultural history
Contact Name: 
Stephen Hatfield
Contact Phone: 
503-867-4589
Contact Email: 
portland-os@rei.com
Venue: 
Hoyt Arboretum
Cost: 
$20 for REI members; $40 for non-members. Pre-registration required.

REI Outdoor School: Hiking Portland's Best Places (Tryon Creek)

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 9:00am to 11:30am
REI
Address: 
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
United States

Join a REI Outdoor School Instructor for a guided hike to one of Portland's natural gems. We'll teach you about the 10 essentials of backcountry travel and introduce you to the 7 Leave no Trace principles. In addition, we'll share a few tips to making hiking more comfortable and help you hike at your own pace. We will cover the following material on this hike:

  • Learn about Portland's best local hiking venues
  • Learn about the 10 essentials
  • Learn the 7 Leave no Trace principles
  • Learn tips for making hiking more comfortable
  • Learn a bit of natural and cultural history
Contact Name: 
Stephen Hatfield
Contact Phone: 
503-867-4589
Contact Email: 
portland-os@rei.com
Venue: 
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Cost: 
$20 for REI members; $40 for non-members. Pre-registration required.

Birding Fernhill Wetlands with Mike Houck

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Clean Water Services
Address: 
Forest Grove, OR
United States
Park/Trail: 

Exploring The Intertwine: Birds and Beer at Fernhill Wetlands - Saturday, October 6th

Birding Fernhill Wetlands with Mike Houck: Join Mike Houck, Eric Brattain of Friends of Fernhill Wetlands, and staff from Clean Water Services on a birding foray that combines birding and a tasting of McMenamin's newly released Fernhill Pale Ale. The trip celebrates the inaugural release of Fernhill Pale Ale and improvements to one of the region's premier birding spots, especially if you're into shorebirds and waterfowl and bald eagles at Fernhill Wetlands, the crown jewel of Forest Grove's "Emerald Necklace.” Efforts are afoot to connect the wetlands to trails along the Upper Tualatin River, Gale's Creek, and ultimately, to the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail. 

Recent improvements at Fernhill Wetlands include a new information kiosk , benches, and at long last, a restroom and picnic shelter near the parking lot. While great for human visitors the most exciting development will be Clean Water Services' creation of a world class demonstration wetland with water features designed by renowned landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu's to cool and aerate the water that will spill into Fernhill Lake. 

 

Contact Name: 
Sheri Wantland
Contact Email: 
WantlandS@cleanwaterservices.org
Venue Details: 
Meet promptly at 4:30 pm Directions: Fernhill Wetlands are located on SW Fern Hill Road, just south of Forest Grove. Go to Forest Grove and continue south on Highway 47 past Forest Grove, crossing Highway 8 and in one-half mile turn left onto SW Fern Hill Road. Look for the parking lot on your left just south of the water treatment plant. Post birding we'll retire to McMenamins for Fernhill Pale Ale tasting. Bring binoculars, scopes, and dress for the weather. We go rain or shine. If you migrate to Fernhill from afar keep an eye out for special overnight packages at the Grand Lodge.
Cost: 
The tour is free. The beer tasting is paid.

Downtown River Ramble

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
City of Portland Office of Healthy Working Rivers
Address: 
Portland, OR
United States
Park/Trail: 

Join the City's Rivers Office as it makes a break for the River! July's River in Focus brownbag goes riverside with Chet Orloff, Director of the Museum of the City, and Director Emeritus of the Oregon Historical Society. Take an hour-long stroll in Waterfront Park and enjoy Chet's observations about the intertwined history of our City and River. We'll start at the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain in Ankeny Plaza and end at Salmon Springs. Bring your lunch and top-off the walk with a picnic by the Willamette.

Contact Phone: 
503.823.0275
Contact Email: 
river@portlandoregon.gov
Venue Details: 
Gather @ the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain in Ankeny Plaza: 11:30-Noon Rain or shine!
Cost: 
Free

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