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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. Meet at the bench next to the Visitor Center at the main parking lot.

 

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

 

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

 

Schedule:

4th Sunday of the month, 9/24, 2-4 pm

Northwest Geology - 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.

4th Sunday of the month, 9/24, 2-4 pm

Nature Photography Walk - Susan Baumgardner

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

October 2023

1st Sunday of the month, 10/1, 11am-noon

Tree event for kids: Let's Talk About Trees - Lisa Wilcke

Calling all kiddos 3-6 years old! Bring your grown-up and join Talk About Trees Presenter Lisa Wilcke to learn all about trees! We will talk about the two kinds of trees, where trees grow their seeds, the parts of a tree, and where trees make their food. THERE WILL BE SINGING! After the 30-minute presentation, plan to hang around for a while and practice what you learned, explore artifacts, and ask questions. Bring your curiosity.

1st Sunday of the month, 10/1, 2-4 pm

Learn to Draw Birds - Zev Doll-Schmitz

Learn the basic principles of how to draw the birds of your backyard! Art supplies will be provided (charcoal, graphite, color pencils, and paper), but participants are also welcome to bring their own. We will meet next to the Mt. Tabor Visitors Center.

This workshop is intended for adults and children ages 12 years and older. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

2nd Sunday of the month, 10/8, 2-4 pm

Native Plants Walk - Lise Gervais

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

3rd Sunday of the month, 10/15, 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, 10/22, 2-4 pm

Northwest Geology - 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.

4th Sunday of the month, 10/30, 2-4 pm

Nature Photography Walk - Susan Baumgardner

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

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