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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.

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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Identifying Hawks Eagles Falcons Identifying Hawks, Eagles, Falcons
Course # 52216 | Saturday | 9/17 |10 am - 3 pm
Learn how to identify birds of prey based on size, shape, behavior and field marks. A classroom session where we study specimens, photos and field guides gets us prepared to venture out on a local field trip by carpool. Designed for beginner to intermediate birders. 12 years - Adult.
Instructor:
 Steve Engel
Fee:
 $18 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior
  Place:  Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Shorebird Identification Shorebird Identification Class II
Course #52217 | Saturday | 9/24 | 10 am - 1 pm
Experienced birder, author and teacher, John Rakestraw returns to help you with those look-a-like shorebirds. New species of shorebirds continue to arrive throughout the fall so, whether you took John's class in August or not, this class is another opportunity to get familiar with this difficult group of birds. Bring binoculars, field guide, spotting scope if you have, be prepared to walk one mile. 16 years - Adult
Instructor:
John Rakestraw
  Fee:
$18 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior
  Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Basket Weaving English Ivy
Basket Weaving with English Ivy
Course #52218 | Saturday | 10/15 | 10 am - 4 pm
In this one-day workshop learn to weave a simple basket out of the invasive species Hedera helix, English Ivy. Help restore and maintain native habitat by removing the ivy from a local park and then recycling the vines into a functional work of art. In the morning we learn how to gather ivy, how to prevent it from growing back and begin weaving our baskets. The afternoon focus is solely on weaving the baskets. 16 years - Adult.
Instructor: Peter Bauer, Rewild Portland Staff
Fee:
$35 Resident, $45 Non-Resident, $30 Senior
  Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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How to Feed Birds Advanced Bird Watching
Course # 52219 | Saturday | 10/22 | 10 am - 1 pm
Ready to take your bird watching up one notch, or two? If you are comfortable with a pair of binoculars and your field guide, then it's time to join Laura Whittemore for a session of advanced birding instruction in the field. Learn to pay attention to things like flight patterns, feeding & social behavior, voice, silhouette, different lighting conditions and how to make the most use of your field guide.
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
Fee: $18 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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How to Feed Birds
 How to Feed Birds
Course #52222 | Saturday | 10/29 | 10 am - 1 pm
Offering food, water, and shelter is guaranteed to bring birds to your yard. In this class you'll learn what to feed (and what not to!) using simple bird feeders; why offering water brings the most species; which plants offer bird-attracting fruit, seeds, or nectar; and how you can keep birds safe during their visit. Laura Whittemore presents this class with an indoor session followed by a tour of the Jackson Bottom feeders. 16 years - Adult.
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
Fee: $18 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Night-time Walkabout
Night-time Walkabout
Course #52220 | Wednesday | 10/26 | 6 - 8 pm
Course #52221 | Thursday | 10/27 | 6 - 8 pm
Join us for a Night-time Walkabout along the nature trails at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve as the ghosts and goblins come out of the woodwork! Learn how some animals adapt to night time and be prepared for some surprise encounters! Children must be accompanied by adult. 8 - Adult.
Instructor:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Staff & Volunteers
Fee:
Free. Registration required.
  Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Make String Baskets
Making String Baskets from Local Plant Materials
Course #52223 | Saturday | 11/5 | 11 am - 4 pm
Experiment with making string by hand from plants growing wild in our area, then work on creating a small string basket pouch (small enough to wear as a necklace). Be ready to work your brain and fingers as you learn the techniques to make string into a functional and beautiful form. Materials provided. Bring scissors, patience, and curiosity. 16 years - Adult.
Instructor: Tracy Harrison
Fee: $30 Resident, $45 Non-Resident, $25 Senior
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Winter Waterfowl ID Winter Waterfowl Identification
Course #52224 | Saturday | 11/19 | 10 am - 1 pm
Learn how to identify the most common species of ducks, geese & swans as they arrive to spend the winter here. An indoor session is followed by a field trip onto the Preserve with binoculars and field guides (provided) and a spotting scope. Local author and instructor, John Rakestraw, teaches this class. 16 years - Adult. 
Instructor: John Rakestraw
  Fee:
$18 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior
  Place:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning
Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshop
Course #52225 | Saturday | 12/3 | 1 - 3:30 pm
This workshop provides a quick overview of mason bees and their most common pest, the Krombein mite (also known as the pollen mite). Attendees are encouraged to bring in their mason bee nesting devices to work on extracting the cocoons and cleaning them with a dry sand process. Mason bee nesting trays used at Jackson Bottom Wetlands will also be available for attendees to clean so that they can get a hands on experience of what is involved in this important step in raising mason bees. Attendees will take home their own mason bee cocoons.10 years - Adult.
Instructor: Ron Spendal
  Fee: Free. Registration required.
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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Make An Animal Track Tee-Shirt Make an Animal Track Tee-Shirt
Course #52226 | Saturday | 12/10 | 1 - 3 pm
Design your own tee-shirt, handkerchief or other cloth item with wild animal tracks! Life-size stencils of many different kinds of animal tracks, fabric paints, brushes and directions are provided; bring your own light-colored cotton or cotton-blend tee-shirt or other item of clothing to decorate.6 - Adult.
Instructor: Steve Engle
Fee: $10 Resident | $15 Non-Resident
  Place: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center
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