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Photo of equipment working on Oak Island Marsh restoration project.

The Oak Island Marsh Restoration Project Continues

The next phase of our restoration project to help create a resilient habitat filled with diverse, native plants and animals is underway! Two trails leading east from Pintail Pond will be closed until October 1. Trail closure signs are in place to help identify these areas. For your safety, please stay on open trails only. For more information please call 503-681-6206.


2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and Education 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.

 Weather Station Button to JB weather data

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.
  • 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+.

Plan Your Visit

Nature Center

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.


Metro Awards $335,000 Grant

Metro awarded the City of Hillsboro a $335,000 Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant for the restoration of 270-acres of degraded habitat at the north of Jackson Bottom Wetlands 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.

WILD - 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. Applications are due by April 9, 2018.


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