The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve Nature Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 precautions. For your enjoyment trails remain open daily from sunrise to sunset; however, visitors must comply with social distancing rules. Please help protect our natural areas and place any garbage you may have in its proper place.
Walking the trails will lead you into a world of wonder as you witness the splendor of spring. Slow down and take time to watch and listen to see what can be discovered! Our wetlands also offer excellent opportunity for all kinds of bird enthusiasts, from beginners who are just learning the basics to experts looking to add birds to their life list.
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and Nature Center are located off of SW Hillsboro Highway.
Preserve trails begin at the parking lot and branch into several different paths that explore the wetlands, and return to the main entrance. There is a seasonal trailhead at the north viewing area to access the trail system.
Hours and Admission
Trails are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
No dogs or bicycles, please.
The Nature Center is open 10 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. Closed holidays.
Groups of 10 or more, or others seeking accommodation, please call 503-681-6206 to schedule your visit or inquire about trail conditions.
Admission is free and open to the public; there is a suggested donation of $2 for ages 10+.
Opened in September 2003, the 12,000 sq. ft. Wetlands Nature Center includes an exhibit hall filled with interactive exhibits on wetlands and natural history, and the only bald eagle nest on display in the continental United States. The Center also has a Nature Store, a multipurpose space for programs, and a large covered deck overlooking the Preserve—a perfect space for rentals and special events. The Center is a gateway to the unique resources and programs of the Preserve.
Located minutes south of downtown Hillsboro, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve’s 635 acres are a quiet sanctuary for both people and wildlife. Over 211 species of birds are sighted annually at Jackson Bottom, including Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and thousands of Tundra Swans and Northern Pintails, making Jackson Bottom a haven for bird watchers. The Preserve is home to deer, otters, beavers, and thousands of other species.
Providing interpretive education on wetlands and wildlife, panoramic views, natural resource management, trails and recreation, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a treasure for the entire region.
Wetlands Individual Leadership Development
Teen volunteers are needed to fill summer camp counselor positions. WILD counselors volunteer in outdoor nature day camps for youth ages 6 – 12. WILD applicants must be in high school and age 14 – 18.
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