Friends of Tryon Creek http://www.tryonfriends.org Explore · Learn · Protect Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:07:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Turn your backyard into a certified wildlife habitat! http://www.tryonfriends.org/turn-your-backyard-into-a-certified-wildlife-habitat/ http://www.tryonfriends.org/turn-your-backyard-into-a-certified-wildlife-habitat/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:59:29 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=10384 gold

Backyard Habitat Open House

Saturday, July 18

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or hibiscus tea as you stroll through a Gold Certified Backyard Habitat on a beautiful summer afternoon. With over 240 properties covering 60 plus acres in Lake Oswego, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program has generated significant interest in the aesthetic and ecological benefits of native plants and gardens.
88 Lake Oswego homes have earned certification and this year’s open house will showcase one of these elegant properties. This open-house style event is open to anyone interested in the Backyard Habitat Program, so come enjoy refreshments and a serene setting as you see what this program is all about.
This is a free event, but pre-registration is required.  Location details will be made available upon registration.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK! http://www.tryonfriends.org/concerts-in-the-park-at-tryon-creek-state-natural-area/ http://www.tryonfriends.org/concerts-in-the-park-at-tryon-creek-state-natural-area/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:30:22 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=10344 _DSC0173

Forest Music Series

CONCERTS IN THE PARK!

Saturdays

6:00 – 7:00pm

Suggested donation: $10/person

July 25 – Sarah DiMuzio is Whim

August 1 – Connie Bieberach /Armonia Latina

August 8 – Da Boogie Band

VIP Member’s Reception

Saturday, July 25

5:00pm

Please RSVP for reception to stephanie@tryonfriends.org

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Summertime Activities are online! http://www.tryonfriends.org/summertime-activities-are-online/ http://www.tryonfriends.org/summertime-activities-are-online/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:19:18 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=10260 summer-2015-Trillium-Times-24

Featuring

Family Campfire Adventures – July 7, July 23, August 6

Backyard Habitat Open House – July 18

Forest Music Series – July 25, August 1, August 8

GETTING THE GIST: Nature Journaling with Jude Siegel – July 26

Outdoor Photography Class – August 9, October 24

Summer Bat Chat Program – July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2, and September 16

Stumpfest  –  September 6

 

Plus

Story and Stroll – Fridays and Sundays

Guide Nature Walks – Saturdays

Junior Ranger Program – Saturdays and Sundays

Stewardship Saturdays – Saturdays

Ecological Explorations

 

 

See Calendar for Details.

 

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Ecological Explorations – Cultivating Nature Awareness http://www.tryonfriends.org/ecological-explorations-cultivating-nature-awareness/ http://www.tryonfriends.org/ecological-explorations-cultivating-nature-awareness/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:55:45 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=10244 salamander8

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015

9:00 am12:00 pm

Tryon Creek Park Ranger Deb Hill will be sharing her secrets to success.  Discover Tryon Creek through hands-on experiences in our classroom and guided explorations in the forest.  Experts from the Friends of Tryon Creek, Oregon State Parks and various ecological professions will cover a range of ecological concepts relevant to Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

If you wish to stay for lunch and networking at 11:30 please provide your own food.

This is an adult program which runs from 9:00am – 11:30am (optional lunch from 11:30-12:00)
Free for any FOTC volunteer, $10 (members), $25 (non-members)
Pre-registration required

Click Here to Register

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Backyard Habitat Open House http://www.tryonfriends.org/backyard-habitat-open-house/ http://www.tryonfriends.org/backyard-habitat-open-house/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 23:15:17 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=10218

Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or hibiscus tea as you stroll through a Gold Certified Backyard Habitat on a beautiful summer afternoon.  With over 240 properties covering 60 plus acres in Lake Oswego, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program has generated significant interest in the aesthetic and ecological benefits of native plants and gardens.  88 Lake Oswego homes have earned certification and this year’s open house will showcase one of these elegant properties. 

This open-house style event is open to anyone interested in the Backyard Habitat Program, so come enjoy refreshments and a serene setting as you see what this program is all about. Location details will be made available upon registration.

This is a free event, but pre-registration is required or by calling 503-636-4398.  

 

July 18th, 2015 3:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
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Summer is here at Tryon Creek featuring Family Campfire Adventures and the Junior Ranger program. http://www.tryonfriends.org/summer-is-here-at-tryon-creek-featuring-family-campfire-adventures-and-the-junior-ranger-program/ http://www.tryonfriends.org/summer-is-here-at-tryon-creek-featuring-family-campfire-adventures-and-the-junior-ranger-program/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:05:25 +0000 http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=10207

Upcoming Programs and
Events for June

for the Friends of Tryon Creek & Oregon State Parks

Family Campfire Adventures

Paws, Claws, and Flippers
Thursday, Jun 25, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover paws with claws, webbed flippers, hooves, and feet that can detect smells.

Bring your family for a guided hike through the forest as we discover the awesome variety of animal adaptations we find in Tryon Creek.  We’ll examine all sorts of feet for movement and ears for hearing.  After our hike we’ll roast s’mores over a campfire while we play games and share stories.

Ages: 5-12 with an adult
$10/person (non-member) $5/person (member)
Pre-registration required. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 

Morning Outdoor Photography Classes

with Outdoor Viewfinder

Saturday, Jun 6, 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to improve your knowledge of outdoor photography at Tryon Creek State Park with Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder! A series of three one-day classes takes place during the spring, summer, & fall seasons, which offers you the chance to photograph a wide-range of subject matter, which includes close-ups of flowers and plants, water features, forest patterns, and wide angle views of the landscape.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


 

Ecological Explorations

Cultivating Nature Awareness

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015
9:00 – 12:00 pm

Tryon Creek Park Ranger Deb Hill will be sharing her secrets to success.  Discover Tryon Creek through hands-on experiences in our classroom and guided explorations in the forest.  Experts from the Friends of Tryon Creek, Oregon State Parks and various ecological professions will cover a range of ecological concepts relevant to Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

If you wish to stay for lunch and networking at 11:30 please provide your own food.

This is an adult program with optional lunch from 11:30-12:00

Free for any FOTC volunteer, $10 (members), $25 (non-members)

Pre-registration required

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 

Woodpeckers: Homebuilders of the Forest

Classroom Discovery Days

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

For a special last Saturday treat, wander into one of our classroom discovery days.  We’ve got bones, animal pelts, live animals, and all sorts of other cool stuff we want to share with you.  Each session will have a specific theme, but it’s not a structured program so you can come and go as you please.

Today’s Special Topic: Wacky tongues, sharp beaks, and weird feet make these animals very cool.  Come check out skulls and woodpecker activities as we learn about these special birds.

Our classroom is an open house for all ages. so drop in anytime. This is a free program and there is no need to register.


 

Saturday Guided
Nature Walk

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Venture out with a park guide for a free, nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.

No groups please–groups may call a ranger at least two weeks in advance to make arrangements for alternate time. We can be reached at (503) 636-9886 ext. 225.

  • June 6 – The Unseen World of the Forest Canopy
  • June 13 – Urban Wildlife
  • June 20 – Fish of Tryon Creek
  • June 27 – Woodpeckers: Homebuilders of the Forest

CLICK HERE FOR LISTINGS

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National Trails Day
Hike it Baby

Saturday, Jun 6, 2015
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Hit the trails with Hike it Baby and Superfeet for American Hiking Society’s National Trails day!

Every Hike it Baby hike on June 6th will be doing a giveaway for a free pair of Superfeet insoles (one pair per city!). This 2.8 mile hike in Tryon Creek will be an easy going afternoon stroll through the woods.

This is a kid friendly hike and strollers are ok, but better with carrier. Great for new little walkers and for kid led. Some steep drops but nothing hazardous.

Feel free to bring snacks to hang out and picnic afterward!


 

Wapato Nature Walk

Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015
8:00 – 11:00 am

Join a Park Naturalist for Morning Guided Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks will focus on the local natural and cultural history, a peek at the rare oak savannah habitat and beginner birding basics. We will walk the trail around Virginia Lake, which is approximately 2 miles long. Walks will occur the third Saturday of each month. Bring binoculars and a water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at Wapato Access Greenway. For additional information or questions call 503-636-9886 ext. 225

Directions: 

To reach Wapato Greenway parking lot travel from the bridge onto the island, continue north on Sauvie Island Road, past the intersection with Reeder Rd, past Ferry Road boat ramp turnoff, to the marked parking lot on the left.

This is a FREE program requiring Pre-registration.

CLICK HERE FOR LISTINGS


 

Story and Stroll

Fridays and Sundays

This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play. It is geared toward families with young children (preferably ages 2-6) but all are welcome.

Fridays, 1:00 – 2:15pm

  • June 5 – Create a Creek
  • June 12 – Diary of a Worm
  • June 19 – Some Smug Slug
  • June 26 – Camp Out!

Sundays, 10:00 – 11:15am 

  • June 7 – Create a Creek
  • June 14 – Diary of a Worm
  • June 21 – Some Smug Slug
  • June 28 – Camp Out!

NOTE! We have a new registration process: Space is on a first come, first served basis; registration begins in the Nature Center 30 minutes before the program starts.

CLICK HERE FOR LISTINGS


 

Junior Ranger Program

Saturdays and Sundays

This is a Free program for ages 6-12.
No pre-registration required.
All parents/guardians must sign a permission slip before children participate.

 

Saturday Program: 1:00 – 2:30pm

Fun for kids ages 6-12!  Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals.  Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate!  We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children.

  • June 6 – Into the Wild: Hiking Essentials
  • June 13 – Game of Cones: The Noble Trees of Tryon Creek
  • June 20 – The Owls of Tryon: Our Famous Resident Raptors
  • June 27 – Wild Careers: Be a Park Ranger

 

Sunday Roving: 11:00 – 3:00pm

Fun for kids ages 6-12!  Receive your mission from a park ranger and then complete your mission by exploring on your own in the park. Your mission will help you learn about and how to protect our natural resources, plants and animals.  Participating will help Junior Rangers earn their badge, patch, and certificate! Parents must participate in the exploration with their children

  • June 21 – Scavenger Hunt: The Bridges of Tryon
  • June 28 – Treasure Hunt: Solve the riddles and follow the map!

CLICK HERE FOR LISTINGS

 Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, July 18th 12:30-3:30pm (plus other opportunities)

Are you a High School teen interested in science and nature?  Are you looking for a fun way to volunteer with flexibility? Our Discover the Park Through Science program is a great way to get started. Teen volunteers are needed to help run science-based stations to help kids and their families learn about the park from an earth science point of view. There are two types of volunteer opportunities available.

Saturday, July 18th 12:30-3:30pm

Discover the Park Through Science event. Teens are needed to assist in running science stations, such as water testing, learning about sediments from the creek and more. If you are interested in volunteering on our kick-off day, please contact liana@medianook.com for more information.

Ongoing after July 18th

Teens can sign up any time of the year to run science stations in the park for a few hours. Contact Ranger Deb Hill Deborah.hill@oregon.gov for more information and to sign up.

 

Stewardship Saturdays

Every Saturday in June
9:00 – Noon

Pull together to remove invasive English ivy and to protect our forest.  Ivy out competes our native plants, covers tree canopy stopping photosynthesis, takes over the forest floor and ruins precious habitat.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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