Fall 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 (pritchap@spiretech.com, 503-880-4383) or Mo Klein (moklein74@gmail.com, 503-704-4488).

Schedule:

December 26, 2:00–4:00 pm – Volcanic History of Mt Tabor Park and Surroundings Walk, ages 8 and above (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.

January 2, 2:00–4:00 pm – Mt. Tabor Reservoir History Walk, ages 8 and above (Hap Pritchard)

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 brining water to Portland neighborhoods will be covered. 

January 9, 2:00–4:00 pm – Ivy Basket and Ivy Wreath Making, ages 6 and above (Lise Gervais)

Using simple techniques, learn to make invasive English ivy into something unique and wonderful.  We will be harvesting our materials and working outdoors in a covered area, so please dress warmly and wear clothes that can get a little muddy.

January 16, 2:00–4:00 pm – Biology and Cultural History of Trees, ages 8 and above (Bob Rodgers)

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.

January 23, 2:00–4:00 pm – Volcanic History of Mt Tabor Park and Surroundings Walk, ages 8 and above (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.

January 30, 2:00–4:00 pm – Mt. Tabor Tree Surveying (Hap Pritchard) - DETAILS TO COME!