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Get Out and Explore Tryon Creek

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Tryon CreekTryon Creek is Oregon’s only urban state natural area, located on the border of SW Portland and Lake Oswego along Terwilliger Blvd.  The 650-acre park is home to many different species of native plants and wildlife, including owls, woodpecker, beaver, deer, coyote and many more. 

The Friends of Tryon Creek work with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to support education and stewardship programs in this unique forest.  Join them this summer for some of their activities and learn more about this amazing park and creek. 

“Friends” groups like this are important partners for cleaner rivers and streams in Portland and the region.

A few activities are highlighted below, but there are many upcoming activities for adults and children.  To learn more and stay up to date on what’s happening with the Friends, check out

Please Note: the Tryon Creek State Natural Area parking lot will be under construction through mid-August and parking will be very limited.  Please plan on carpooling or taking transit to events when possible.

pollinating insect on flowerForest Inhabitants Working Together: An Interpretive Nature Hike

Sunday, July 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Tryon Creek State Natural Area – 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219

The idea of reciprocity is familiar to most, and whether you call it karma, giving back, symbiosis, or paying it forward, we often look for ways to reciprocate services provided to us by others.  This evening walk in the park will look at how ecosystem services are reciprocated in the landscape and how we can actively involve ourselves in this process.

This is a free event for all ages; no registration is required.  We encourage lively discussion and brainstorming as we share our thoughts, experiences and ideas over light snacks, beverages and a short stroll through the park!

Tryon Creek Book Club

Start reading now for Saturday, August 6th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Tryon Creek State Natural Area – 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219

The Tryon Creek Book Club is excited to begin our second book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Moss (2003), by Dr. Robin Kimmerer for next month's book club as a follow-up to our discussion of Dr. Kimmerer's second book, Braiding Sweetgrass, which we wrapped up this past weekend.

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Wall Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly and artfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us. 

You can purchase the book at the Friends of Tryon Creek Bookstore or online from major retailers. Limited copies are also available through Multnomah County Library or libraries in Clackamas County.

Please send an email to to express your interest in Book Club so we can plan accordingly. Thank you, and happy reading!

native fernSpanish Language Interpretive Hike

Friday, July 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Tryon Creek State Natural Area – 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219

Both Spanish and English speakers alike are invited to join us for a nature hike at Tryon Creek.

Tanto los hablantes de español e inglés están invitados a unirse a una caminata interpretativa en Tryon Creek State Natural Area .

This is a free event for all ages; no registration is required. 

Este es un evento gratuito para todas las edades, no se requiere ningún registro.

For more information about these or other events, contact Gabe Sheoships: or 503 636 4398 extension 108

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Constance Gebhardt

August 24, 2020 at 9:35 AM

I wd like to purchase a book about Tryon Creek for my grandtr, a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. A paperback wd be nice. Does ARCADIA Publishers have anything on Tryon? They publish a series,’IMAGES of AMERICA’!!! Thank u

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