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Date of Program

Activity Number

Natural Area

Ecology Lesson

Meeting Location

September 17

CANCELLED!

 Cancelled as of 9/13/16

Marshall Park

We're Rockin' It!

Meet at the picnic tables by the playground at the SW 12th Dr entrance to the park. From SW Taylor's Ferry Rd, take 

October 22

10am-Noon

1058247

Mt Tabor Park

Spider Science!

Meet at the amphitheater at Mt Tabor Park. From SE Yahmill & 69th ave, take the road up and to the right from the intersection and park in the parking lot near the bathroom building. 

November 19

9am-3pm (Full Day option)

 1058249

Whitaker Ponds Natural Area

 

A Bird's Eye View + Bird Blind Construction

Meet at the covered gazebo at Whitaker Ponds (7040 NE 47th Ave) - just a block north of NE Columbia Blvd on 47th Ave. Park inside the fence or in the spots just outside the fence. Please be careful!

 November 19

9am-11:30am (Morning only option)

 1061313  Whitaker Ponds Natural Area  A Bird's Eye View (Hands-on ecology lesson portion only!)  Meet at the covered gazebo at Whitaker Ponds (7040 NE 47th Ave) - just a block north of NE Columbia Blvd on 47th Ave. Park inside the fence or in the spots just outside the fence. Please be careful!

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR MARQUAM PARK: Forests from floor to ceiling
Every part of a forest plays a specific role in the ecosystem! The forest floor is a place where many things crawl & live, and the ceiling is made of leaves & needles that impact what's underneath. Learn who hides in all the forest layers along the trails of Marquam Park. Get to know this hilly, hidden natural area! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR ERROL HEIGHTS: Beavers - Master Architects
Errol Heights Natural Area is a recent property of Portland Parks, but it's inhabitants are not! Beavers are a well-adapted mammal, full of interesting features and habits, but their presence changes the landscape. Come and see how they do it! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR HOYT ARBORETUM: Plants - Who's Who?
Did you know that even plants have families? At Hoyt Arboretum, trees & plants are placed deliberately to teach us. Become familiar with a few families, see how they interact along the trails and begin to understand how animals, birds & insects connect to them. BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR OAKS BOTTOM: Frogs & Salamanders
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a place with healthy wetlands and forested hills - the ideal habitat for native frogs & salamanders! Come and learn about the life cycles and habitats of our local skin-breathers! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR GABRIEL PARK: It's all Downhill From Here!
There's a delicate balance when natural areas bump up against busy, urban environments. Spend this class learning what a watershed is and how plants & animals are connected to them. Discover why it's everyone's job to help protect them! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR POWELL BUTTE: Butte-a-ful Birds!
Powell Butte has a rich natural history - everything from floods to landslides to apple orchards. Each phenomenon changed the butte in some way, and now it's home to a myriad of species. Come and meet as many as you can! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR COLUMBIA CHILDREN'S ARBORETUM: Biodiversity - Adapt or Die!
Columbia Children's Arboretum contains fields, forests, waterways & wetlands - this combination (along with the added state trees planted at this park) make it an amazing place to be an insect, bird, amphibian, reptile or mammal! Learn what makes this park diverse, and how it impacts the ecosystem as a whole! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR MARSHALL PARK: Stream Critters!
Did you know that the health of a stream is directly related to the plants & trees in and around it? And the ones who tell us how healthy a stream is are the tiny insect larvae crawling we find in the water. Explore the creeks at Marshall Park and decide for yourself how healthy the ecosystem is! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR WHITAKER PONDS: It's a Pond's Life
The ponds and slough are wonderful places to spot our water-loving friends! Search for pond turtles, and meet our native mussels! Look for birds & dragonflies too! BACK TO TOP

ECOLOGY TOPIC FOR FOREST PARK: Pollinators in the Parks!
Did you know that bees, birds & butterflies pollinate 40% of the food that we eat? Recent work at Forest Park includes pollinator gardens that demonstrate ways to attract these important species, and explore the park to learn firsthand how their presence impacts this huge natural area! BACK TO TOP