Friends of Tryon Creek http://www.tryonfriends.org Nurturing Relationships with Nature Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Cultural Day: Traditional Lifeways of NW Oregon Tribes http://www.tryonfriends.org/cultural-day/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:03:15 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51752

Saturday, April 15th 2017

11:00am – Tribal Blessing & Keynote
Presentation of Traditional Lifeways and the Natural History of Western Oregon, presented by Greg Archuleta, Grand Ronde tribal member, in outside Friends Circle.

12:00pm – Interpretive Stations
Tribal led demonstrations on trails and in Jackson Outdoor Shelter. Through demonstrations, exhibits, and sharing, tribal representatives will host activities related to the traditional lifeways of the Tribes of NW Oregon through carving, basketry, and other cultural arts; and native ethno-botany.

1:00pm – Cooking Demonstration
Located in central parking area. Includes a fire pit demonstration of cooking salmon and lamprey.

3:00pm – Event wrap-up
Interpretative stations and cooking wrap up.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - The Trees of Tryon Creek
    10:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek
    11:30 am, Details
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 – Story and Stroll Fridays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – EcoCrew Eco Crew - Trail Day
    9:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - Amazing Amphibians
    10:00 am, Details
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Diary of a Worm
    11:00 am, Details

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Earth Day at Tryon Creek http://www.tryonfriends.org/earth-day-at-tryon/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:29:35 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51767

Earth Day at Tryon Creek

Saturday April 22nd
9:30-1pm

Over the past decades, volunteers have come together to enhance the Tryon Creek State Natural Area by removing invasive plant species, such as English Ivy. These efforts improve the existing native plant community and support the variety of life found in this urban forest environment.

Join our Eco Crew and help continue our efforts this Earth Day.

Volunteers will gather at the Nature Center for a brief introduction to Tryon’s unique forest environment. Then we’ll take a short hike through the forest and work off trail to remove ivy. Instruction, gloves, and snacks will be provided.

This year’s event is in partnership with SOLVE IT for Earth Day. Space fills up fast, so register on the SOLVE website today! 

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - The Trees of Tryon Creek
    10:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek
    11:30 am, Details
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 – Story and Stroll Fridays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – EcoCrew Eco Crew - Trail Day
    9:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - Amazing Amphibians
    10:00 am, Details
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Diary of a Worm
    11:00 am, Details

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Summer Nature Day Camps http://www.tryonfriends.org/summer-camps/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 02:43:32 +0000 http://sandbox.tryonfriends.org/?page_id=2714

Camp sessions have specific themes that will guide conversations and activities.  All camps include hiking, songs, crafts, stories, and of course games and forts in the meadow.  We will be exploring nature through sensory exploration and hands on activities.

Each camp will end with a special ceremony where parents and family members are invited to experience a slice of camp life through stories and songs.

Camp Descriptions

Half Day Camps

9:00 – 1:00pm

Ages 4 – 6

Fawns, Hatchlings and Owlets

June 19-23

July 24-28

Campers will discover baby animals of the Pacific Northwest. We will learn how birds make their nests cozy for their little eggs to hatch, how fawns are spotted to hide in the forest and much more! Campers will make friends, share laughter and play games.

The Kingdom of Fungi

July 17-21

They are food, they break down dead stuff, they are amazing – they are fungi! Campers will explore the world of fungi by turning over logs and peeking in holes. We will make spore prints and create drawings and models of fungi. This camp will also spend time building forts, making friends, hiking on trails and laughing in the Oregon sun!

Trees of Tryon

June 26-30

August 21-25

Campers will explore the each part of a tree, bark, leaves, branches, roots and more! We will discover how trees spread their seeds and who calls them a home. We will spend time peering up and out into the forest of Tryon as we take a deep look at the beautiful trees of Tryon.

Forest Magic

July 10-14

August 7-11

Are there trolls under the bridges, do gnomes build in a Doug fir or a Maple? Do forest fairies only come out at night? Campers will use their imagination to unearth magical mysteries of the forest. We will read folklore about forests around the world and compare it to Tryon. There will be a gnome home walking tour at the end of camp for families to enjoy!

The Little Guys

July 31- August 4

In this session we are going to take a closer look at the little things in the forest, insects, lichens, and mosses. What important role do these plants and animals play in keeping the forest functioning. Learn bug collection techniques, why are trees so tall and mosses so short? We will pulling out our magnifying glasses and explore the forest!

Beavers!

August 14-18

We are not talking about the football team! We are referring to the Oregon State mammal, the engineers of our streams, and the busiest rodent of them all- Beavers! Each day we will go deep and investigate one aspect of the beaver, family, food, home, and fur. There is so much to know about these furry little creatures. We will also be doing the fun camp activities of building forts, hiking the trails, and playing games!

Full Day Camps

9:00 – 3:00pm

Grades 1 – 5

Campers will be grouped by age

Nature Illustrated

July 10-14

August 21-25

This camp will blend art and science by drawing painting, and sculpting what we find in the natural world. Campers will carefully observe all the intricate pieces of lichen or a blooming Thimbleberry and create a model of what they find. We will do cloud gazing, watercolor interpretation of the forest and share plenty of laughs and smiles. Campers will create a personal journal that can be used throughout the year.

Beavers!

July 31 – August 4

Campers will learn what it takes to be a naturalist.  We will hike the trails, make observations, and discover the signs that are left behind from the creatures that call the park their home.  During this camp we will learn how to build several types of forts using natural materials.  By the end of camp your camper will be a Naturalist!

The Kingdom of Fungi

June 26-30

August 7-11

They are food, they break down dead stuff, they are amazing – they are fungi! Campers will explore the world of fungi by turning over logs and peeking in holes. We will make spore prints and create drawings and models of fungi. We will use microscopes and experiment with the fungi that makes our ever loving bread- yeast! This camp will also spend time building forts, making friends, hiking on trails and laughing in the Oregon sun!

Forest Magic

July 17-21

August 14-18

Are there trolls under the bridges, do gnomes build in a Doug fir or a Maple? Do forest fairies only come out at night? Campers will use their imagination to unearth magical mysteries of the forest. We will read folklore about forests around the world and compare it to Tryon. There will be a gnome home walking tour at the end of camp for families to enjoy!

Forest Games and Meadow Madness

June 19-23

July 24-28

Back by popular demand! Campers will spend their summer day soaking up the sun, building forts and playing games. The Tryon Creek meadow is very special place that campers have enjoyed for over twenty years, we are looking forward to sharing it with you.k.

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Counselor in Training Leadership Summer Camp http://www.tryonfriends.org/leadership-camp/ Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:14:00 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?page_id=12076

For youth entering 6th to 8th grade or 11 – 13 years old.

Counselor in Training Program (C.I.T.) transitions youth from being a camper into an Assistant Counselor. C.I.T. camps will explore child development, communication and provide mentorship from our excellent Camp Instructors. Participants will learn how to facilitate camp activities such as songs, games, and environmental education activities.

CIT participants will learn valuable naturalist skills as well as learning leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Our intention is to provide an experince that is balanced with learning, relationship building and having summer fun with peers.

CIT participants can sign up for multiple of leadership camp.

Each session will have unique projects and activities.

Member:  $190/week
Non-Member: $230/week

Camp Descriptions

Summer Solstice

June 19-23

Help us kick off the season with a Summer Solstice party! C.I.T.s will help plan and lead activities, games and more for younger campers, while taking time to explore the forest and learn about the solar system.

Imagi-nation

July 10-14

This camp is all about creativity and creating a community of imaginers! C.I.T.s will create and participate in songs, skits, games, crafts and more for younger campers. Fantasy and science fiction themes mix with our exploration of the forest.

For Science!

July 17-21

C.I.T.s will use various scientific tools to create and run their own experiments. Help younger campers explore and learn about the forest using microscopes, field guides, magnifying glasses, binoculars and more. All in the name of science!

Summer Survival

July 24-28

C.I.T.s will learn and practice forest survival skills like shelter building, finding food and water, and fire making. C.I.T.s can share their new skills with younger campers, help them build forts, and just have fun in the forest.

For Science!

August 7-11

C.I.T.s will use various scientific tools to create and run their own experiments. Help younger campers explore and learn about the forest using microscopes, field guides, magnifying glasses, binoculars and more. All in the name of science!

Summer Survival

August 14-18

C.I.T.s will learn and practice forest survival skills like shelter building, finding food and water, and fire making. C.I.T.s can share their new skills with younger campers, help them build forts, and just have fun in the forest.

Summer Survival

August 21-25

C.I.T.s will learn and practice forest survival skills like shelter building, finding food and water, and fire making. C.I.T.s can share their new skills with younger campers, help them build forts, and just have fun in the forest.

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Bruce Rottink: At home at Tryon Creek http://www.tryonfriends.org/bruce-rottink-at-home-at-tryon-creek/ Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:52:29 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51474

Bruce Rottink: at home at Tryon Creek
A legacy of self-perpetuating forests

By Tim LaBarge

After retiring from a job in the insurance world, Bruce Rottink was trying to decide where to spend his time: Tryon Creek State Natural Area or another well-treed park in the region. One rainy afternoon while walking the trails of Tryon, he looked up at the canopy and said to himself, “This is home.”

Six years and 1,777 volunteer hours later, Bruce, with his white goatee and sun hat, is a familiar face at Tryon. He spends his time leading hikes, studying plants and educating youngsters on field trips.

Bruce grew up in Minnesota and spent his summers planting seedlings on his uncle’s Christmas tree farm. He went on to earn a doctorate in forest tree physiology and then spent more than thirteen years researching the intricacies of trees. There’s little doubt in his mind that his summer job and his father’s love for natural history directed him to the woods.

Now, he’s more interested in introducing people to the forest. He enjoys seeing families explore the park, but mostly, he loves seeing children discover what it means to spend time beneath the firs and maples.

Sitting on the bench in the Friends Circle outside of the Nature Center, Bruce explains: “I have seen the reaction of students who come here on field trips and I know they enjoy it. You only have to have one second grader shout out, ‘This was the best field trip ever’ to keep you coming back.”

Volunteers like Bruce make the world go around at Tryon. There are 218 long-term volunteers who help lead various programs. And there are more than 900 volunteers who show up for Stewardship Saturdays and other weekend programs. Together, they log more than 16,000 hours each year, which adds up to about $370,000 in services.

Bruce is a critical part of the volunteer community. He’s a portrait of what volunteer coordinators can only hope for: dedicated, long term, enriching and dependable.

Stephanie Puhl, Development Director for Friends of Tryon Creek, has watched Bruce in action many times. “He has an amazing way of connecting with people. He has great scientific knowledge and can explain complicated concepts in a fun and simple way, connecting with people’s unique and varied interests.” she says. “He’s part of the Tryon family, and he makes people feel like they belong here.”

Bruce has fun too. He has fun explaining nature with his hand built props and puppets, he has fun meeting new people, and he has fun watching leaves grow big and green on a maple tree and then decay quietly on the forest floor.
“My wife Karen calls this my playground. I wouldn’t come out here if it wasn’t fun,” he says.

It’s a playground not only for him, but for so many people and animals. He would like to see it stay the same in years to come so people from the busy city can quickly step into the woods and take a deep breath.

“This is a very healing, restorative place,” Bruce says quietly from his perch on the stone bench. “I hope people find it to be a place of serenity and healing. When you’re out there and start paying attention to things, you see amazing details.”

At times, when Bruce notices that visitors make a personal connection with the park, he gently encourages them to return as volunteers or to become members of Friends of Tryon Creek. Already a volunteer and regular donor, he recently took a longer view by arranging for a portion of his estate to go to Friends of Tryon Creek. He is also in the process of finalizing a plan for long-term giving to FOTC through the Oregon Community Foundation.

“Leaving money to FOTC is helping to utilize and preserve a valuable resource for future generations,” Bruce says. “I have developed relationships with the people who work here and I have seen what they do. I trust them to move forward with a good program.”

If you would like to make a planned gift and have questions please feel free to contact our Development Director, Stephanie Puhl at Stephanie@tryonfriends.org or 503.636.4398.

We often receive bequests from people whom we have never had the opportunity to thank. If you include the Friends of Tryon Creek in your estate plans, please let us know. We value the opportunity to express our gratitude and to let you know that your gift is greatly appreciated now and for future generations of forest explorers and wildlife to come.

All photos taken by Tim LaBarge.
Copyright Tim LaBarge

Bruce Rottink showing off a plant along the trail.

Bruce Rottink walking along Old Main Trail

Bruce Rottink examining a Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)

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Linda Leaves a Legacy Gift http://www.tryonfriends.org/linda-leaves-a-legacy-gift/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:31:09 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51530

Linda Leaves a Legacy Gift

Linda Koser has been an active leader within the Friends of Tryon Creek community for 25 years. This year she is retiring after 11 years as FOTC’s Field Trip Coordinator, but Linda’s gifts to the community of Tryon Creek State Natural Area are far from over.

Starting out as a volunteer with the Friends, Linda and her family were able to work together. She became inspired by how the community came together and saved this land.

“To have saved this for the community is pretty special, it was going to be 600 houses but now it’s a place for all of Portland Metro area to discover nature – not just the local neighborhood kids. It is always fun to hear the stories about kids growing up playing here. It’s a place where people come to from all over, it isn’t an exclusive place – it is open to everyone.”

Linda has been dedicated to this community for years though her time and efforts, she and her husband have also decided to give financially allowing this place and programming to remain special for years to come. Linda has made a big gift by arranging to include Friends of Tryon Creek within her estate plans, and invites you to ‘take your money and put it where your passion is’ as well.

“I believe in the mission of the Friends and in connecting people to the living earth. I love the field trip and education programs that the Friends provide. For over 25 years I have seen and heard kids saying ‘wow this is so much fun’, ‘this was the best field trip ever’, many teachers have shared with me that students are still talking about it. We do a great job at what we do.”

Please consider making a planned gift to the Friends of Tryon Creek, and consider putting your money where your passion is – just like Linda. Thank you Linda, we wish you the best on your next chapter in life and are so happy to know that you will remain connected to this special work and this unique community.

If you have questions about making a planned gift feel free to contact our Development Director, Stephanie Puhl at Stephanie@tryonfriends.org or 503.636.4398.

We often receive bequests from people whom we have never had the opportunity to thank. If you include the Friends of Tryon Creek in your estate plans, please let us know. We value the opportunity to express our gratitude and to let you know that your gift is greatly appreciated now and for future generations of forest explorers and wildlife to come.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - The Trees of Tryon Creek
    10:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek
    11:30 am, Details
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 – Story and Stroll Fridays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – EcoCrew Eco Crew - Trail Day
    9:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - Amazing Amphibians
    10:00 am, Details
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Diary of a Worm
    11:00 am, Details

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Give a gift continuing Lu’s legacy http://www.tryonfriends.org/give-a-gift-continuing-lus-legacy/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:55:20 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?page_id=51406

lu-beckIt has been forty-six years since Jean Siddall and I, along with a small band of supporters, founded Friends of Tryon Creek to promote a regional park in the Tryon Creek canyon. Pressure for development was imminent and it was clear that any hope for a park needed strong support from the community. Our public effort began with a fund drive on the first Earth Day in April, 1970.  Some 310 women from the surrounding neighborhoods went door to door, raising $27,000 from 1,400 donors. The money would be used to take options on properties. Local schools joined in, and the broader community became informed and supportive.

Today the Friends, along with State Park staff, support a flourishing community of park lovers caring for the forest. The Friends activate 1,300 volunteers yearly, dedicated to building and maintaining trails, removing ivy and other invasive plants, and connecting 5,000 children to nature annually through school field trips and day camp programs.

Our successful results are many.  I want to salute our talented Friends staff, our dedicated Board of Directors, and our wonderful volunteers.  We rely on the community to provide the resources to maintain and grow our effort to inspire and nurture relationships with nature – all of that at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

I will be forever grateful for the park, the Friends, and the myriad ways they add health, value and connection to our lives.

Please join me by donating to the Founders Circle level at $1,000. Your annual gift provides operation funding and a stable future for the Friends. It is important to me that you continue your loyal support of Tryon – at whatever level is comfortable for you.

See you at the park,

Lucille Beck

Founder and Board Emerita

Give a gift continuing Lu’s legacy

Click Here to Donate
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Forest Fungi – Mycological Marvels of Tryon Creek State Natural Area http://www.tryonfriends.org/forest-fungi/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:48:18 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51321

Wednesday, November 9
1:00 pm3:00 pm

Park Ranger and Mushroom Enthusiast Dane Osis from Fort Stevens State Park will visit Tryon Creek to share his knowledge of mushroom identification and ecology. This program will provide an introduction to the important ecological role that fungi fill as well as helpful tricks and tips for identifying Pacific Northwest mushrooms. We’ll then hit the trail to discover what species live in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

  • This program is for ages 10 and older.
  • Free, pre-registration is required.
  • For more information or questions, call 503-636-9886 x225

 

Pre-registration is required for this presentation

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - The Trees of Tryon Creek
    10:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek
    11:30 am, Details
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 – Story and Stroll Fridays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – EcoCrew Eco Crew - Trail Day
    9:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - Amazing Amphibians
    10:00 am, Details
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Diary of a Worm
    11:00 am, Details

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Terwilliger Boulevard Sewer Project UPDATE! http://www.tryonfriends.org/iron-mountain-trail-and-bridge-closure/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:01:09 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51041

Crews are scheduled to close SW Terwilliger on Monday, December 5 and will begin by mobilizing equipment and machinery into the area.

Construction will close SW Terwilliger for up to a year from Highway 43 to the Iron Mountain Trailhead (south of SW Castleridge Lane). Due to narrow roads and lack of shoulders, the road is being closed to safely allow enough space for open trench construction. The closure will also provide a secure staging for large equipment and materials, off neighborhood streets where possible to allow for resident parking.

Environmental Services will begin construction on 7,600 feet of eight-inch gravity sewer in Terwilliger Boulevard from SW Northgate Avenue to Highway 43.

The new sewer will connect to the 30-inch Tryon Interceptor sewer, which carries sewage to the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lake Oswego. This improvement to Portland’s wastewater collection system will help protect water quality, public health, and the environment.

SW Terwilliger Boulevard Sewer Project

Click Here for Details

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - The Trees of Tryon Creek
    10:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 – Classroom Discovery Days: The Trees of Tryon Creek
    11:30 am, Details
  • Monday, May 1, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Friday, May 5, 2017 – Story and Stroll Fridays: Create a Creek
    11:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – EcoCrew Eco Crew - Trail Day
    9:00 am, Details
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Guided Nature Walk - Amazing Amphibians
    10:00 am, Details
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 – Morning Bird Song Walks
    7:00 am, Details
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Story and Stroll Thursdays: Diary of a Worm
    11:00 am, Details

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Trillium Times – Summer 2016 http://www.tryonfriends.org/trillium-times-summer-2016/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 19:34:42 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=51036

2016 Summer Trillium Times

July, August, September – Volume 43, Number 3

2016 Summer Trillium Times

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (PDF)
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