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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.


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


When: Sundays from 2:00–4:00 p.m. (see schedule below).


Series Details: Participants must come with appropriate clothing and walking shoes for all types of weather and terrain. Activities are designed to accommodate children, adults, and families who can manage walking on dirt paths and up and down small hills. Most activities will last approximately 2 hours or less. All activities will start at the Mt. Tabor Visitor Center where you will connect with the Activity Leader. See the schedule of events below.


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


ON HOLD UNTIL SUMMER: 1st Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm

History of Portland's Drinking Water - Hap Pritchard

Walk to some of the park's reservoirs and learn about Mt. Tabor's part in the history of Portland's drinking water.

2nd Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm

Native Plants Walk - Lise Gervais

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

3rd Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm

Natural History of Trees - 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, 2-4 pm

Northwest Geology; Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Floods - Bill Burgel

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.

5th Sunday of the month, 2-4 pm

Ivy Basket Making - Lise Gervais

Using simple techniques, make something unique and beautiful out of a pesky, invasive plant.

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