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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.

Photo of Savannah Sparrow Singing in Tree
Birding by Ear
5/22 | Sunday | 10 am - 1 pm |Course #50948
6/12 | Sunday | 10 am - 1 pm | Course #50952
Learn to identify birds by their songs. After an indoor presentation to get your ears tuned up, head outside and listen carefully to the songs and calls around us. You may hear American robin, black-headed grosbeak, song sparrow, yellow warbler and more. Learn how to listen, how to find singing birds, which sounds males and females make, and how to make those sounds stick so you recognize them again. 16 years - Adult.
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore
  Fee: $18 Resident | $25 Non-Resident
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Great Blue Heron Walks
Great Blue Heron Walks
5/28 | Saturday | 10 am - 1 pm | Course #50949
6/11 | Saturday | 10 am - 1 pm | Course #50951
Celebrate the 30th annual Great Blue Heron Week with bird expert Rick Balazs to view the Owl Woods heron colony. Thirty to fifty pairs of herons nest in this stand of Douglas fir trees on the east edge of Jackson Bottom. Rick has spent hundreds of hours monitoring the birds over the years and knows the behaviors and antics of nesting herons very well. Be prepared for a two mile (round-trip) leisurely walk over mostly flat terrain. Dress for the weather, the trails may be muddy. Bring binoculars. A variety of other birds including bald eagles, osprey and songbirds may be seen. 10 years - Adults.
  Instructor: Rick Balazs
  Fee: Free ($2 per person donation welcomed.)
    Pre-registration required. Group size limited to 15.
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Local Native Pollinator Local Native Pollinators
6/11 | Saturday | 10 am - 12 pm | Course #50950
Learn about the interesting variety of local native pollinators and when to look for them in our area in this interesting and informative class. Discover how to attract them to your garden and landscape. 10 years - Adult.
Instructor: Ron Spendal
Fee: Free
    Pre-registration required.
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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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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Photo of Lazuli Bunting bird with bright blue head and back feathers sitting in a bush with red berries. Morning Bird Song Walks
4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26 | Thursday | 7 - 8 am
Develop and hone your ability to identify bird songs by making a commitment of one hour per week for the month of April & May when our resident birds begin singing a lot. Walk slowly, listen and discuss what we are hearing and finally, connect a bird's name to its song. Repetition is the key to developing this skill! Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. We begin at 7 am and end around 8 am. You can depart at any time you need to.
   Fee:  Free
   Place:  April - Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
     May - Rood Bridge Park
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Lunch With The Birds  Lunch with the Birds
 April 27 | Riparian & forest birds along upper Rock Creek.
 May 4, 11, 18, 25 | Mixed woodland along Dairy Creek attracts migrating & nesting songbirds.
 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: April | Orchard Park | 20900 NW Amberwood Dr
    May | Dairy Creek Park | 515 SW 17th Ave
    June | Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve | 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy | Meet at education building, south end of Preserve
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Photo of moon rising above silhouette of trees at sunset with red, orange, blue and pink color clouds in sky. Sunset Sit & Moonrise Smile
5/21 | Saturday 8 pm
6/20 | Monday 8:30 pm
Make time in your day once a month to relax and take in the eastern sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky as the sun sets and the moon rises. Vivid colors paint the sky, the earth's shadow rises, heralding the coming of night, and a full moon makes its dramatic entrance into the night sky. Daytime wildlife seeks shelter as nighttime creatures emerge. Join us thirty minutes before sunset, once a month, at select Hillsboro park sites. A Hillsboro Parks & Recreation naturalist helps you tune in to the many wonderful events that attend the passing of day into night. Dress comfortably for the weather. Bring a chair and something warm to drink if you like. Click here for a printable schedule. English | Español
  Fee: Free, no registration required.
  Place: 5/21 | Rood Bridge Park | 4000 SE Rood Bridge Rd
    6/20 | Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve | 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy
Last updated: 4/22/2016 1:33:08 PM