Friends of Tryon Creek Explore · Learn · Protect 2015-07-29T22:11:05Z Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Bat Chat]]> 2015-07-17T18:15:18Z 2015-07-17T18:15:18Z bats

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015

7:45 – 10:00 pm


Sign up for a free night hike led by trained naturalists to experience the bats of Tryon Creek. We will talk about our local bat species and the amazing adaptations that allow them to survive while we walk through the park, ending at the meadow. Once in the meadow, we will watch bats and listen to echolocating bats with the Bat Detector.

This is a free program for all ages. Parents must accompany children on all hikes. For more information, call 503-636-9886 x 225.

Click Here to Register

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[CONCERTS IN THE PARK!]]> 2015-07-27T21:29:10Z 2015-07-11T23:30:22Z IMG_6457

Forest Music Series



6:00 – 7:00pm

Suggested donation: $10/person

The Friends of Tryon Creek invite the public to enjoy a spectacular lineup of local music at the annual Forest Music summer concert series at Tryon Creek State Natural Area on Saturday evenings, July 25, August 1, and August 8. All concerts will take place in the Jackson Shelter so the public can enjoy the view of the park while listening to these great bands. Seating will be provided, as well as plenty of room for dancing!

2015 Scheduled Lineup

July 25 – Sarah DiMuzio is Whim

August 1 – Connie Bieberach /Armonia Latina

August 8 – Da Boogie Band

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Ecological Explorations – Tryon Creek: Unplugged]]> 2015-07-15T23:54:52Z 2015-07-11T20:48:25Z IMG_2208600x300


Saturday, Jul 11, 2015

9:00 am – Noon


Technology is changing our lives at a very quick pace. This program will explore the issues that technology brings into our lives and how it relates to our experience with the natural world and our overall well-being.

Ranger Patrick will facilitate this program. We will have a brief discussion and then go for a long quiet walk together. Afterward we will have a roundtable discussion regarding the issues, ideas, emotions, and concerns that the group has in regards to this topic.

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

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[South Creek Trail will be closed for approximately two months]]> 2015-07-16T17:07:36Z 2015-07-10T23:47:26Z South-creek-closure

South Creek Trail will be closed for approximately two months starting Wednesday, July 15, due to the reconstruction and restoration of the trail and Rockinghorse Drainage.  This project will stabilize the slopes of the drainage, rebuild the washed out trail, and will redirect the storm water off the city streets to reduce erosion and the movement of silt into the main stem of Tryon.

For questions and concerns, contact the Park Manager at 503.636.9886 ext. 223.

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Family Campfire Adventures – Flying through the Forest]]> 2015-07-17T17:56:25Z 2015-07-02T20:26:44Z rufous

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

6:00 pm8:00 pm


Can you imagine flying?  How is it possible? What do flying animals have in common?  Explore the world of flight on this fun night.

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

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Discover the Forest through Photography]]> 2015-07-17T17:03:05Z 2015-06-25T23:35:12Z _DSC0053

Outdoor Photography Classes with Outdoor Viewfinder

Sunday, August 9, 2015

12:00 – 5:00 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. Jason will be teaching the artistic side of outdoor photography and providing technical information with an emphasis on proper exposure and composition. Whether you barely know how to use your camera or are an advanced photographer stuck in a creative rut, Jason will help get you on the way to making better photographs! Within one week of each completing each class, you will receive a free online critique of your photos. You can register for just one class or for all three at a special discounted rate!  Classes are likely to fill up, so make your reservation soon!

$99 per class for Friends of Tryon Creek Members.
$110 / per class for Non-Members

To register or for more information:  Contact Jason of Outdoor Viewfinder at or by calling 503.705.6769.

Jason’s Biography:

Jason has been a professional photographer for the past 20 years, working for a wide-range of clients and employers and covering everything from architecture to environmental events. Under the name, “Outdoor Viewfinder” Jason is an Oregon-licensed guide who teaches photography classes and leads tours to some of the most beautiful locations in the Pacific Northwest. His interest in outdoor photography began when he was 12 years old, when he took his first solo hike and made his first “real photos.” Since then, he has hiked countless miles with a camera, which includes hiking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail in 2005. The use of a camera has enabled Jason to develop a personal creative vision that depicts what he sees in a person, place, object, or a particular moment. His style of photography is balanced by the use of color, dramatic lighting, and the element of gesture in tandem with a defined sense of composition. Jason’s inspiration to work as a photographer is his love for the medium, sharing photos, and the anticipation of making the next photograph.  In his “spare time”, he is the event director of Pacific Crest Trail Days.

For more info on Outdoor Viewfinder or to view Jason’s work, please visit
Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[The Friends of Tryon Creek invite you to join our 2015 matching gift opportunity!]]> 2015-07-17T16:59:10Z 2015-06-24T18:01:03Z Presented by the John D. Gray Friends of Tryon Creek State Park Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, your gift will be tripled in support of Outdoor Education programming.


The Friends of Tryon Creek must secure matching donations to release John D. Gray’s gift, please help us achieve his vision by making a donation today. The impact of your generous gift will be tripled by this matching opportunity, thanks to John D. Gray.

For example, a gift of $150 triggers a $300 match gift and results in $450 going to Environmental Education at Tryon Creek.

Gifts can be made conveniently and securely through our online form below. Thank you for your Matching Gift to the Friends!

If you are having trouble with the online form below, please follow this link.

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Summertime Activities are online!]]> 2015-06-23T19:21:42Z 2015-06-23T18:19:18Z summer-2015-Trillium-Times-24


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



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.


Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Ecological Explorations – Cultivating Nature Awareness]]> 2015-06-11T20:55:45Z 2015-06-11T20:55:45Z 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

Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Backyard Habitat Open House]]> 2015-06-03T23:33:59Z 2015-06-03T23:15:17Z

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