Saturday Morning Nature and Art Program

What: Once again the Friends of Mt Tabor Park Nature Center (the visitor center) will offer a series of outdoor Saturday morning activities emphasizing the natural beauty of Mt Tabor Park and the joy of having a large urban forest in our everyday lives.  Activities will include guided walks, nature presentations, art workshops, and hands-on projects.


Where: All activities will take place at Mt. Tabor Park. Meet at the Visitor Center in the main parking lot.


When: Saturdays starting at 10:00 am and going for 1-2 hours.


Program Details: A volunteer activity leader will head each activity and the activity will last approximately 1-2 hours.  Supplies for various activities will be provided except for the bird walks (see below), where we ask you to bring binoculars if you have a pair (not required). Weather conditions can be unpredictable this time of year, so come prepared with appropriate clothing, walking shoes, etc.  Activities are designed to accommodate children (generally 8 years old and above), adults, and families.


Registration: Register here. Got questions? Contact Hap Pritchard (, 503-880-4383).


April 9
  • Tree Survey with Hap Pritchard: Participate in a survey of trees of Mt. Tabor Park (note that parking may be a problem that day).

April 16
  • Beginners Bird Walk with Bing Wong and Hap Pritchard: Observe and hear some of the spring migrants at Mt. Tabor Park (bring binoculars if you have them – not required).

  • Geology, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes with Bill Burgel: Learn about the geological history of Mt Tabor and the Portland area.

April 23
  • Origami Birds with Dianne Wessel: Learn to make origami birds.

  • Ivy Basket Making with Lise Gervais: Use English Ivy to make baskets of your design.

April 30
  • Post Cards from the Park with artist Georgina Ottoviano: Create your own postcard inspired by the natural beauty of Mt. Tabor Park.

  • What Kids Can Learn About Mt Tabor’s Trees with Rick Sany and Hap Pritchard: Examine several common evergreen trees in the park and see how they are different.

May 7
  • Mt. Tabor Park Bingo with Hap Pritchard: Search for natural features in Mt. Tabor Park, take a picture, find five in a row for bingo and collect a prize (access to cell phone camera required).

  • Nature Photography with Susan Baumgardner: Venture into Mt Tabor Park for things to photograph and learn about composition, color, and imaging (camera or cell phone required)

  • Watercolor Magic with Jean Blatner: Create your own watercolor artwork using a special technique.

May 14
  • Mount Tabor in 2100 with Julio Escarce: Use your imagination to draw what you would like to see Mt Tabor to look like in 2100.

  • Beginners Bird Walk with Bing Wong and Hap Pritchard: Observe and hear some of the spring migrants at Mt Tabor Park (bring binoculars if you have them – not required).


May 21
  • Drawing Scavenger Hunt with Lise Gervais: Find and sketch a variety of natural objects in the park and win a prize for completing the hunt.

  • Tissue Art with Emily Pritchard: create your own artwork using colored tissue paper layering.

May 28
  • The Hungry Owl with Meredith Dinsdale and Kelsey Madison: Learn about owls and what they eat using owl pellet dissection.

  • From Bull Run to Your Glass for Kids with Hap Pritchard: Learn about Portland’s drinking water and how it is purified in nature.