2021 Spring 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.

 

When: Saturdays in April and May 2021 (see schedule below). Activities will begin at 10:00 am unless noted otherwise.

 

Series Details: Each activity will be limited to about 10 persons due to COVID restrictions. All participants will be required to wear masks. 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 (pritchap@spiretech.com, 503-880-4383) or Mo Klein (moklein74@gmail.com, 503-704-4488).

Schedule:

April 10 - Nature’s First Aid Kit – Candace Gossen; generally ages 8 and above. We will talk about the 10 essential items needed in everyone’s first aid kit, and what we find in nature that can make up a Nature first aid kit. This will include learning about the medical benefits of plants typically found in the northwest and in Mt Tabor Park.

 

April 10 - Trees and Medicine Walk – Candace Gossen – 4:30 pm, generally ages 8 and above. We will hike through the trees on Mt. Tabor and learn a little history and ethnobotany. We will share the knowledge of plant medicine along our journey. Bring your cameras, as we will finish the hike with the greatest sunset view on the eastside.

 

April 17 - Ivy Basket-Making Workshop – Lise Gervais; all ages. Come learn simple basket making techniques and turn invasive English ivy into something unique and functional in this family-friendly workshop. We will harvest our basket materials, so wear clothes that can get a bit muddy. Gloves, tools, and instructions will be provided.

 

April 17 - Trees and Medicine Walk – Candace Gossen – 4:30 pm; generally ages 8 and above. We will hike through the trees on Mt. Tabor and learn a little history and ethnobotany. We will share the knowledge of plant medicine along our journey. Bring your cameras, as we will finish the hike with the greatest sunset view on the east side.

 

April 17 - Drawing the Feeling of Nature – Candace Gossen; all ages. We will set off into the Park with drawing utensils to find unique features of Mt Tabor’s forest ecosystem that we can draw or sketch as we personally view or imagine them. Everyone’s shared interpretation will be a way to feel the beauty and uniqueness of nature. Bring drawing paper, pencils, charcoal (vine or pencil) and an eraser (kneaded is better). This will be a guided art class teaching some fun techniques. 

 

April 17 – A Day in Dirt - Caroline MacKenzie; kids. A series of activities to teach about soil, how it’s made, what type it is and what it can do for us. Dig into the many properties of soil through fun creative activities such as making your own dirt through compost, discovering the different properties of soils in our own backyards and how nature cleans our water and how we can use it to craft water filters. Create your own Soil. Acidic of alkaline soils and what’ s the difference! Experiment! Use your surroundings to make a water filter and see how clean you can get your water.

 

April 24 - Bountiful Big Leaf Maple Walk – Liza Nelson; All ages. Discover the gifts of this iconic Pacific Northwest tree. Taste its edible flowers as well as syrup made from its sap. Hike the trails of Tabor to identify Big Leaf Maples, learning the science and lore of this admirable native tree. 

 

April 24 - Volcanic History Walk – Bill Burgel; generally ages 8 and above. 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.

 

May 1 - Ivy Basket Making Workshop – Lise Gervais; all ages. Come learn simple basket making techniques and turn invasive English ivy into something unique and functional in this family-friendly workshop. We will harvest our basket materials, so wear clothes that can get a bit muddy. Gloves, tools and instructions will be provided.

 

May 1 – Queer Nature Writing Walk – Julio Escarce; all ages and all genders. Bring your notebooks and writing utensils! We will be taking a stroll around Mt. Tabor and stopping a few times to listen to the words of queer nature writers and write in response to prompts. Julio Escarce is a local nonbinary artist and poet. We will have paper, clipboards, and writing utensils for those who are unable to bring their own supplies. 

 

May 8 - Volcanic Geology for Kids – Bill Burgel; kids and parents. 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.

May 15 - Mt. Tabor Reservoir History Walk – Hap Pritchard; generally ages 8 and above. We will walk to the Mt Tabor Reservoirs and point out the key features and talk about the history of the reservoirs. Old photographs of the reservoir construction will accompany the talk. The system for bringing water to Portland neighborhoods will be covered. 

 

May 15 – Open to Interpretation – Julio Escarce; all ages and genders. On this walk around Mt. Tabor participants will be presented with primary sources related to zoning, access, and Portland's history of discrimination. Participants will be encouraged to consider the ways that this history has impacted Mt. Tabor as well as their own lives. There will be time provided to write in response to the thoughts and feelings that arise during the walk. Julio Escarce, a local nonbinary artist and poet. We will have paper, clipboards, and writing utensils for those who are unable to bring their own supplies. 

May 22 - Native Plants Walk – Lise Gervais; generally ages 8 and above. Take a walk in Mt Tabor Park and get to know the native plants that flourish there. We’ll talk about their names, strategies they use to thrive, and how they benefit the ecosystem. Route will be partially level and partially moderately steep uphill and down.

 

May 22 - Volcanic History Walk – Bill Burgel; generally ages 8 and above. 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.

May 22 – A Day in Field Ecology – Caroline MacKenzie; generally ages 8 and above. Discover a field of science you may not know about—one where you work outdoors, hike many landscapes, and collect knowledge of the ecosystems around you. Ask questions of a professional ecologist as you work around Mount Tabor in citizen science projects to trap beetles, measure trees, and record elements of Mount Tabor’s rich ecosystem, all while discovering a science.

 

May 29 – Biology and Cultural History of Trees – Bob Rodgers; generally ages 8 and above. We will walk to several areas in the park and talk about the general 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.

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