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Contact Steve Engel, Nature Program Supervisor, 503-681-6283 or steve.engel@hillsboro-oregon.gov.

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 Nature 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

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.

Group of people walking on a trail at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

Monday Meanders
Need some help easing into the work week? Finish out the first day with a meander among the peaceful trails at Jackson Bottom. You choose between a low-key interpretive walk with a small group or ask for a nature exercise you can complete on your own and then you can proceed to unwind with purpose. Connection with nature can bring you peace of mind and a gentler perspective.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
Monday | 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6 | 6:30 pm
Fee: Free, no registration necessary.
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 Photo of Currant blooming. Plants of Jackson Bottom
From low growing wild ginger and trillium to towering and flowering Pacific dogwood, come explore the world of wildflowers in early spring at the Preserve. Then join us again in summer to cue into the fruits and berries the Pacific Northwest is famous for. No previous plant knowledge is required, some helpful plant family characteristics will be presented in each class. Children with adults welcome. Plan to walk one mile. 10 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel & Tom Brandt
Course: 59151 | Saturday | 5/12 | 1 - 4 pm | Spring Wildflowers
  Course:59152 | Saturday | 7/21 | 1 - 4 pm | Fruits and Berries
Fee: $15 Resident ,$20 Non-Resident, $10 Senior Resident, $17 Senior Non-Resident
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 Photo of Spotted Towhee Singing. Birding by Ear
Learn to identify birds by their songs in Laura Whittemore's famous "Birding by Ear" class. After an indoor presentation to get your ears tuned up we go outside and listen carefully to the songs and calls around us: American robin, black-headed grosbeak, song sparrow, yellow warbler, and more. The June class also explores the language of bird families as there will be many fledglings tended by parents to observe. 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
Course: 59153 | Saturday| 5/26 | 11 am - 2 pm
Course: 59154 | Saturday | 6/16 | 11 am - 2 pm
Fee: $20 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of a Mason Bee on yellow flowers. Local Native Pollinators
Learn about the interesting variety of local native pollinators and when to look for them in our area. Information will also be shared on how to attract them to your garden and landscape. Ron Spendal has been raising and studying mason bees at Jackson Bottom for four years and his classes on our local insects are always information packed and interesting. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands NatureCenter
Instructor: Ron Spendal
Course: 59155 | Saturday | 6/9 | 1 - 3 pm
Fee: $12 Resident, $18 Non-resident, $8 Senior Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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 Photo of Holly Robison, storyteller. What's Your Story!?
Once upon a time...Find the story where nature and your experience meet. This four session workshop delves into the most important components of rich, authentic storytelling. Through hands-on-participation learn how to find, shape and present stories for a listening audience. In a supportive environment through group, partner and individual exercises, be guided through a step-by-step method of learning to tell a story without memorization. Discover how to add details to make the story uniquely yours and learn effective story rehearsal and performance techniques. Bring an existing nature story to shape or find a new story from your life. This workshop culminates in an opportunity to perform the story you've prepared. Holly Robison is internationally known and has a passion for instilling a love of storytelling in others. She has worked extensively with students in the Hillsboro School District. 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Holly Robison
Course: 59156 | Tuesday | 6/26, 7/10 | 7 - 8:30 pm; Thursday | 6/28, 7/12 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Saturday | 7/14 | Performance TBA
Fee: $55 Resident, $75 Non-resident, $45 Senior Resident, $65 Senior Non-Resident
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 Photo of a Dragonfly. Dragonfly Identification Workshop
Dragonfly expert Jim Johnson returns with a one-day workshop for beginning and intermediate dragonfly lovers. An indoor presentation on the general life history, anatomy, and behavior of the common species of the area is followed by a field trip into the Preserve to look for odonates. Bring binoculars, camera, and magnifying lens if you have them. Jim has studied and taught classes on dragonflies and damselflies of the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years. 16 - Adult. 
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor:Jim Johnson
Course: 59157 | Saturday | 6/30 | 11 am - 4 pm
Fee: $22 Resident, $30 Non-Resident, $18 Senior Resident, $25 Senior Non-Resident
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 Photo of a Brush Rabbit. Predator and Prey
The mammals of Washington County are the focus of this class. Find out who is on the bottom of the food pyramid and who is at the top. How do the skulls of predators differ from prey animals? What senses have they developed to capture prey, or avoid being captured? A two part evening class is followed by an optional field trip to the Chehalem Ridge Natural Area in search of tracks and signs of all the wildlife we seldom see. 12 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
Course: 59158 | Wednesday| 7/18, 7/25 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Class
Fee: $20 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
  Course: 59159 | Saturday | 7/28 | 10 am - 3 pm | Field Trip
  Fee: $20
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 Photo of Dowitcher birds. Shorebird Identification Class
Experienced birder, author, and teacher, John Rakestraw teaches you the basic principles of shorebird identification in this combination 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. 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: John Rakestraw
  Course: 59160 | Saturday | 8/4 | 9 am - 12 pm
  Fee: $20 Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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 Photo of a Shorebird. Oregon Coast Field Trip
You've studied your shorebirds, now travel to the coast to witness the southbound migration of these and other avian world wanderers. We travel by van to key estuaries on the north Oregon coast where thousands of sandpipers rest and feed. This trip is timed to the new moon high tide to ensure the best shorebird viewing opportunities. 16 - Adult. 
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course: 59161 | Saturday | 8/11 | 9 am - 6 pm
  Fee: $75
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