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Urban Nature Series

What: A series of outdoor activities emphasizing the natural beauty of Mt. Tabor Park and the importance of large urban forests in our everyday lives. Activities will include guided walks, nature presentations, and hands-on projects.

Activities take place outdoors in the park, so please dress for the weather. 

 

Where: All activities will take place at Mt. Tabor Park and we meet at the bench in front of the Visitor's Center.

 

When: Most activities take place Sundays from 2–4 p.m. (see schedule below).

 

Registration: Please register here! Got questions? Email UrbanNatureSeries@gmail.com

Want to lead an event?: Submit your event or talk idea here and we'll be in touch!

 

Schedule

 

June 2024

4th Sunday of the month, 6/23, 2-3 pm

Northwest Geology - Paul Edison-Lahm

Have you ever wondered why there are RIVER ROCKS at the top of Mt. Tabor, a volcano? Portland is one of only three cities in the United States that has a volcano within its city limits. Do you worry that it might come back to life? Find out the answers to these and other questions you and others may have when we talk about the geological features of Mt. Tabor Park.

5th Sunday of the month, 6/30, 2-4 pm

Nature Photography - Susan Baumgardner

Venture into Mt. Tabor Park and learn about composition, color, and imaging. Camera or cell phone required.

July 2024

1st Sunday of the month, 7/7, 2-4 pm

Invertebrate Identification and Macro Photography - Andy Harmsen

Learn how to find invertebrates in the park, identify them, and take great pictures of them with a camera or smartphone that can help aid in identification. 
 

Beginner Friendly Bird Walk - Jasper Lieber

Join us for a leisurely stroll through the park identifying birds by sight and sound.  We'll meet at the visitor center, timeframe is 2pm to 4pm.  We will walk on trails and stairs through the park, there will be some steep sections.  Please bring binoculars if you have them.  Suitable for all ages, and all-levels of birders.  There's a good chance we'll see everything from tiny hummingbirds to giant raptors, and hear some lovely bird songs as we stroll over our urban volcano (!).

2nd Sunday of the month, 7/14, 2-4 pm

Native Plants Walk - Marisa Morby

Get to know some of the plants you see along the trails at Mt. Tabor Park.

3rd Sunday of the month, 7/21, 2-4 pm

Natural History of Trees Walk - Rick Sany

We will walk to several areas in the park and talk about the biological characteristics of specific trees and some of their cultural history. Trees have been used for a variety of purposes including food, medicine, construction, and beautification. They have also been the source of major conservation issues and restoration programs.
 

4th Sunday of the month, 7/28, 2-3 pm

Northwest Geology - Paul Edison-Lahm

Have you ever wondered why there are RIVER ROCKS at the top of Mt. Tabor, a volcano? Portland is one of only three cities in the United States that has a volcano within its city limits. Do you worry that it might come back to life? Find out the answers to these and other questions you and others may have when we talk about the geological features of Mt. Tabor Park.

Nature Photography - Susan Baumgardner

Venture into Mt. Tabor Park and learn about composition, color, and imaging. Camera or cell phone required.

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