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Nature Classes at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Located one mile south of downtown Hillsboro, the Preserve is composed of 635 acres of wetlands and upland forest accessible by four miles of hiking trails. A pollinator garden and water-wise demonstration garden are located next to the Education Center, which is open from 10 am - 4 pm daily. It features an indoor classroom, nature store, interpretive displays including an actual bald eagle nest, restrooms and drinking fountains. Nature classes are designed for adults and teens who attend with an adult, unless otherwise noted. Most class sizes are limited, so register early!

Roving Naturalists at Jackson Bottom
Be on the lookout for one of our roving naturalists when you visit Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve on weekends beginning in May. These volunteers are out on the trails with a friendly smile, information on seasonal points of interest and answers to your questions. Check in with the front desk when you arrive to learn if a roving naturalist is on duty and where they might be found.

Yoga With The Birds
Yoga with the Birds at Jackson Bottom
6/20 - 6/29 | Monday/Wednesday |7:30 - 8:30 am | Course #50985 | Lindsay Garcia, Instructor
7/11 - 8/3 | Monday/Wednesday | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Course #50986 | Kendra Wolf, Instructor
8/8 - 8/31 | Monday/Wednesday | 7:30 - 8:30 am | Course #50987 | Lindsay Garcia, Instructor
Let Yoga with the Birds make you soar on summer mornings. Feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and balanced in the invigorating atmosphere of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. This beginner to intermediate class takes place on the covered deck, open to the east and the morning sun. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle. Arrive dressed to begin class and be prepared for possibly cool mornings. After each class a half-hour, meditative bird walk is hosted by staff for those who wish to participate. Adult.
  Fee: Course #50985 | $20 Resident | $25 Non-Resident
 
Course #50986 & #50987 | $40 Resident | $56 Non-Resident
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Dragonfly Identification WorkshopDragonfly Identification WorkshopDragonfly Identification Workshop Dragonfly Identification Workshop
6/25 | Saturday | 10 am - 2 pm | Course #50953
An indoor presentation on the general life history, anatomy and behavior of the common dragonfly species of the area, followed by a field trip into the Preserve to look for odonates. Bring binoculars, camera and magnifying lens if you have them. 16 years - Adult.
Instructor:
Jim Johnson
Fee:
$18 Resident | $25 Non-Resident
  Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Thursday Eve Rambles Thursday Eve Rambles at Jackson Bottom
7/21 - 8/11 | Thursday | 7 pm - 8:30 pm
As the sun settles into the western sky and temperatures begin to cool off just a bit, this is a great time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Preserve. Be prepared to walk up to two miles on level trails and be steered by nature's whims as we view wildlife, explore habitats and listen to the heartbeat of the Tualatin River. All ages.
  Instructor: Staff and Volunteers
  Fee: Free
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Wetlands Education Center
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Shorebird Identification Shorebird Identification Class
8/6 | Saturday | 9 am - 12 pm | Course #50954
Learn the basic principles of shorebird identification in this classroom and field trip experience. Between July and October a dozen or more species of shorebirds pass through Oregon and this class prepares you to recognize them all, wherever your fall birding may take you. Class size limited to 15 participants. Bring binoculars, field guide, spotting scope (if you have them), be prepared to walk one mile. 16 years - Adult.
Instructor: John Rakestraw
  Fee: $18 Resident | $25 Non-Resident
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Drawing Nature I Drawing Nature I
8/20 | Saturday | 10 am - 1 pm | Course #50955
See nature through different eyes with this beginning drawing class. Learn to 'read' the light your subject reflects and how to capture it on paper to render a realistic drawing using graphite pencil. Our extensive collection of wildlife specimens and natural objects are sure to inspire your artistic vision. Supply list available at registration. Adult.
Instructor:
Alice Hill
Fee:
$22 Resident | $30 Non-Resident
  Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Link to drawing of flowers. Drawing Nature II
8/27 | Saturday | 10 am - 1 pm | Course #50948
Enjoy pen and ink? This class continues in the vein of Drawing Nature I, though it is not necessary to have previously taken any class. Learn to use crow quill pens and create detailed drawings of nature.
Instructor:
Alice Hill
Fee:
$22 Resident | $30 Non-Resident
Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Lunch With The Birds Lunch with the Birds
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | From nesting waterfowl to singing Swainson's thrushes.
Join Jackson Bottom staff and volunteers for Lunch with the Birds! Every Wednesday, November through June, from Noon to 1 pm. Location varies, featuring a different City of Hillsboro Park or natural area each month. For bird watchers of all levels and ages. Come and learn identification tips and natural history facts for our local wildlife. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars are available. We meet rain or shine and spend our time outside! Some parks have shelter from the rain but be prepared for the weather. Click here for a printable schedule. English | Español
  Fee: Free. No pre-registration required
  Place: June | Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve | 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy | Meet at education building, south end of Preserve
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Last updated: 6/21/2016 2:32:02 PM