Friends of Tryon Creek Explore · Learn · Protect 2015-02-27T19:03:54Z http://www.tryonfriends.org/feed/atom/ Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Legacies of Tryon – How Obie’s Bridge Got Its Name]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9631 2015-02-09T23:34:43Z 2015-02-09T23:26:59Z IMG_7536

View from Obies Bridge – Tryon Creek State Natural Area

The legacy of Tryon Creek is all around us. As we hike through the canyon we are taking a stroll through history, both geological and cultural. Indeed, even the bridges are a testament to the rich history of this park. Have you ever wondered where Obie’s bridge got its name? The story begins over 90 years ago.

Tryon Creek has an equestrian lineage that dates back to the great depression. During this time Mountain Park, Westlake, Dunthorpe, the South Shore Area of Lake Oswego, and our canyon were part of a vast network of interconnected equestrian trails. Digging deeper into oral histories we discovered that The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built one of these trails, a stretch from Dunthorpe to Englewood. If you imagine the concurrent impact of logging in the park, you can imagine that horseback riding in the Tryon Creek canyon was not for the faint of heart. According to past riders, “there was a log slide where they used to slide logs down to the creek. This thing went down really steep and at the start was a little bench that you had to jump down a couple of feet and you would just start sliding until you got clear down into the creek canyon. There was no turning around! I mean it was so steep you couldn’t possibly turn around. You just had to keep going. The horses seemed to do ok…my horse did it…You had to be pretty brave to do it” (Anonymous). The trails were all named, including the challenging “three jump trail.”

These routes were also used by riders in the Oswego Hunt Club. The Oswego Hunt Club would sponsor Sunday Paper chases in which, small pieces of paper with fox scent would be placed throughout the park. As the hounds would chase the scent, “it would be like a fox hunt only with paper trails and there would be false trails to go off on them only to have to turn around and come galloping back” (Anonymous).

Riders from the Oswego Hunt Club and the Englewood Neighborhood served as some of Tryon Creek’s first trail builders and maintenance crews. Englewood resident and horseman, George Herman Oberteuffer, was renowned for his dedication to this first system of trails in the park and as such, Obie’s bridge is named for Mr. Oberteuffer’s contribution. Mr. Oberteuffer had a son in 1919, William H. Oberteuffer. William “Bill” Oberteuffer sat on the Friends’ original steering committee in 1969, whose efforts were directed toward establishing a non-profit organization which could promote the park and coordinate efforts between local governments. Bill was a high school teacher, Mazama, OSU Professor, Ranch owner, and a recognized expert in sustainable forestry. Bill passed away in September 2006, but the contributions of the Oberteuffers to this park will never be forgotten.

By Matthew Collins, Education Director 

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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Join in the fun to support the legacy of the Friends of Tryon Creek]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9531 2015-02-27T19:02:46Z 2015-02-04T21:52:54Z

 

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Tickets are available online

$85.00 for individuals

$150.00 for couples

$600.00 for table of eight

$500.00 for board member table of eight

Regrets. Please accept our donation to the Friends.

Reserve your Tickets Today!
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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Join in the fun to support the legacy of the Friends of Tryon Creek]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=7648 2015-02-27T19:03:54Z 2015-02-04T19:08:31Z

 

Gala-header

Tickets are available online

$85.00 for individuals

$150.00 for couples

$600.00 for table of eight

$500.00 for board member table of eight

Regrets. Please accept our donation to the Friends.

Reserve your Tickets Today!
Gala-details

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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Nature Day Camp Registration is open!]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=7326 2015-02-12T22:33:29Z 2015-01-15T22:41:24Z ReadingToCampers
Our Summer Nature Day Camps camps are a fun way for kids to actively challenge their minds and bodies and use their creativity and imaginations in a natural setting. Each camp offers unique, age-appropriate activities that expose children to new and exciting outdoor adventures in a safe and friendly environment.

Here are the top three reasons to choose our camps this summer:

 

Real Ecological Experiences:

  • While experiencing fun and adventure in the forest, campers will be picking up a wealth of ecological knowledge.
  • Staff members are educated in the biological sciences and have a contagious passion for nature.
  • The fun hikes and hands-on explorations are grounded in engaging scientific practices. Our programs focus on a child-centered process of discovery that will prove incredibly enriching for your camper.
Fun for All Ages:

  • Campers as young as four years old can attend our Nature Day Camps and start developing a love of nature and curiosity for the natural world.
  • Children ages four through 5th grade can attend our half- or full-day camps located here at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.
  • Teens can participate in our Assistant Counselor program and work alongside the camp staff, gaining valuable leadership and teaching skills.

Highly Qualified Staff:

  • Our day camp instructors are professional environmental educators who come to us with a great mix of experience working with kids and ecological training.
  • FOTC instructors go through a lengthy interview process and background check, attend a week-long training and are first aid and CPR certified.
  •  All of our instructors are enthusiastic to share their passion for nature with your camper! 


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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for a day of Owl Celebration!]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9543 2015-02-18T19:32:54Z 2015-01-15T00:06:18Z Owl-Fest-2015

 

2015 Annual Owl Fest

Saturday, Mar 7, 2015

10:00 am7:00 pm

Portland is teeming with owl activity in the springtime months. If you love owls, come out to Tryon Creek State Natural Area for an afternoon and evening of Owl Celebration! Activities for the entire family including owl pellet dissection, owl crafts, owl presentations, guided hikes, snacks by Clif Bar, and close-up encounters with the Audubon Education Owls- Hazel and Julio!

This is a free event, no pre-registration necessary (except where noted). Parking is limited, please consider carpooling.


 

Schedule of Activities

JOURNALING OWLS: Relaxed drawing and simple watercolor

With Jude Siegel, naturalist and artist Saturday, March 7, 2015  10:00AM – 1:00PM

Want to capture the essence of owls on paper? Add color, loose and lovely? In this class, you will practice a way of seeing from relaxation and sensation, then drawing from there, adding watercolor simply, and writing a few personal notes and observations. No experience required, just enthusiasm! We shall work from owl specimens and reference photos. A great way to start or continue a Nature Journal!

$10/Adult

Supplies not included. Click here to download a supplies list for this class.

Click here to pre-register

1:00pm – Story and Stroll “Owl Senses” for 2-6 year olds and their families

1:30pm – “Owls of Oregon” Presentation

2:00pm – All ages Guided walk “The Owls of Tryon Creek”

3:00pm – Story and Stroll “Owl Senses” for 2-6 year olds and their families

3:30pm – “Owls of Oregon” Presentation

4:00pm – All ages Guided walk “Owl Adaptations”

5:00pm – All ages Guided walk “The Owls of Tryon Creek”

6:00pm – All ages “Owl Night Hike”


Owl Pellet Dissection: 1:00 – 6:00pm


Owl Craft: 1:00 – 6:00pm

Face Painting by Marie: 2:30 – 4:00pm

Audubon Owls: 4:00 – 6:00pm

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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[35th Annual Trillium Lily Festival & Native and Hardy Plant Sale]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9673 2015-02-24T19:09:33Z 2015-01-10T18:20:50Z Trillium-Tryon-header


Annual Trillium Festival 

and Native & Hardy Plant Sale

Saturday and Sunday

April 11 – 12

10:00 – 4:00pm

The 35th Annual Trillium Lily Festival is almost here. The Friends of Tryon Creek, and its partner Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, are looking forward to celebrating spring with this fun-filled family event on April 11th & 12th.


Every spring nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native and hardy plant inventories available for purchase. This is an excellent place to pick up beautiful natives such as vine maple, red flowering current, salmonberry, Indian plum, Oregon grape, ferns, various irises, assorted wildflowers and, of course, our local Trilliums, among other things. As in year’s past, we will have a large selection of the beautiful Trillium ovatum for your backyard habitats. This early season perennial of the lily family awakens each year in Late February and early March slowly turning to a reddish-purple by the end of April or early May, making it a wonderful introduction to the spring wildflower season.

As always, the Festival will also feature guided interpretive nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers, a nature discovery open house where families can explore the natural world, native gardening and nature presentations to help festival attendees understand the value of native gardening and how best to care for native plants, local craft and garden art vendors.

The Friends also offer a free shuttle from Riverdale High School on Terwilliger Blvd. during festival hours to make it easy to get to and from the event site. This year’s Trillium Lily Festival is co-sponsored with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, a vital partner of the Friends working so the public may continue to enjoy this unique recreational setting throughout the year.
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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[See the forest come alive at this year’s Spring Break Camps]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9463 2015-01-30T21:33:41Z 2015-01-09T19:14:02Z IMG_0805

Tryon Creek Mini Camps: Spring Break

Join us at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area to celebrate Spring! We are having a three day camp full of fun activities.  Your child will have a spring break they will remember for a lifetime.  We will see the forest and meadow come alive.


 

Half Day Camp for Explorers: Wonderful Wings

Tuesday – Thursday

March 24 – 26

9:00 – 1:00pm

  • For ages 4 years – kindergarten
  • $130 (non-members), $105 (members)

In this camp we will discover the wonderful world of wings.  We will greet all of our feathered friends back to Oregon from their winter migration. Campers will imagine what it is like to soar through the sky and glide through the forest.  We will design flying objects using nature for inspiration. As we learn about all about wonderful wings we will also experience the forest emerging from a sleepy winter as we see things bloom and zoom and hear things croak!

Full Day Camp for Rangers: Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying “Let’s Party”

Tuesday – Thursday

March 24 – 26

9:00 – 3:00pm

  • For ages 1 – 5th grade
  • $180 (non-members), $155 (members)

In this camp we will celebrate spring by discovering all the new life that it brings.  We will search for amphibian eggs, insects, and plants emerging from their winter sleep.  We will measure the progress of amphibian egg masses while we learn what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. Camp will include scavenger hunts, fort building and plenty of time to explore the forest with friends.

Before and after care is available for Full Day Camp from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 


 

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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Relaxed drawing and simple watercolor with Jude Siegel, naturalist and artist]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9557 2015-01-29T22:13:35Z 2015-01-06T21:52:34Z owl-class-page

 

JOURNALING OWLS: Relaxed drawing and simple watercolor with Jude Siegel, naturalist and artist

Saturday, March 7, 2015

10:00AM – 1:00PM

 

Want to capture the essence of owls on paper? Add color, loose and lovely? In this class, you will practice a way of seeing from relaxation and sensation, then drawing from there, adding watercolor simply, and writing a few personal notes and observations. No experience required, just enthusiasm! We shall work from owl specimens and reference photos. A great way to start or continue a Nature Journal!


This class is part of OwlFest 2015, a day long celebration of the Owls of Tryon Creek. Click here if you would like more information about this event.

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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Nature Inspired Abstract Drawing with local artist, Stacey Thalden]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9415 2014-12-23T21:46:36Z 2014-12-23T21:46:36Z
 Registration is closed for this event

Sunday, January 11 

2:00-4:00pm

Rescheduled for a later date, check back soon for details!

Have you ever wondered…what does a bird song look like? How can you create a pattern, inspired by the feel of a fir cone? Join us for this NEW family-friendly program, where we will explore these questions as we creatively express our experiences with nature. Please remember to dress for the weather, this program may include a short walk.

This is a FREE program, supplies will be provided.
Great for beginners. Ages 9 and up.     
Pre-registration required.

Please contact Jennifer Primm at (503)636-9886 ext. 222 or via email at Jennifer.Primm@oregon.gov 

January 11th, 2015 2:00 PM   through   4:00 PM

Help spread the word

Please help us and let your friends, colleagues and followers know about our page: Nature Inspired Abstract Drawing with local artist, Stacey Thalden


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Jeffrey Gray <![CDATA[Wapato Nature Walk]]> http://www.tryonfriends.org/?p=9401 2014-12-15T00:01:00Z 2014-12-15T00:01:00Z 0