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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!

  

 Map of Animal Migrations.

 

Animal Migrations
Birds do it, insects do it, mammals do it, and even fish do it! Migrate, that is. Why? How? Where? When? A light-hearted look at migration in the wild kingdom, from spectacles to secretive movements that many animals make in order to survive and thrive. 12 years ‒ Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
Course 8903Wednesday | 3/25 | 7 ‒ 8:30 pm | Fish & Insects CANCELED
  Course 8909Wednesday | 4/15 | 7 ‒ 8:30 pm | Mammals CANCELED
  Fee: $12 Resident, $16 Non-Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $14 Senior Non-Resident
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Sandhill Crane
Field Day - Sauvie Island

In this wildlife haven, sandhill cranes gather in noisy flocks and hawks, eagles, and falcons hunt for their prey. Geese, ducks, and swans are there and a coyote may make a sly appearance. We visit three viewing areas that offer windows into this wild world. Transportation is provided. Limited to 10 participants. 12 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Meet at Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Park & Ride
  Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course 8907: Sunday | 3/22 | 10 am ‒ 3 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $50
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Bewicks Wren
Little Brown Birds

How do you tell all those little brown birds apart? Sparrows, finches, and wrens are among the vexing identification challenges faced by new bird watchers. Let John Rakestraw, local guide and author, help you figure out how to identify them. 16 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: John Rakestraw
  Course 8902Saturday | 3/21 | 9 am ‒ 12 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Person writing in Nature Journal.
Nature Journaling

Discover a new way to look at Nature around you. Learn to loosely draw subjects that interest you while making careful observations. Record what you observe and describe your feelings, perceptions, or whatever you choose by combining drawing, painting, and written descriptions. Express yourself in your personal journal. 13 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Alice Hill
  Course 8897Saturday | 3/21 | 1 ‒ 4 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Singing bird perched on a tree branch.
Spring Birding Tune-up

Spring, the most fascinating time of year for bird watching. Tune-up with this special class designed to improve your birding skills and increase your awareness of migration patterns, songs, and tricky identifications. Suitable for intermediate to advanced bird watchers. 16 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore 
  Course 8906: Saturday | 3/28 | 10 am ‒ 1 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Birding singing while sitting on a branch.
Birding by Ear

Learn to identify birds by their songs in Laura Whittemore’s “Birding by Ear” class. Tune up your ears with an indoor presentation then go outside to listen carefully to the songs and calls around us. April classes focus on resident species and early migrants. A May 30 class (summer session, mark your calendars!) focuses on neo-tropical migrants that arrive throughout May. 16 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore
  Course 8892: Saturday | 4/4 | 10 am ‒ 1 pm  CANCELED
  Course 8893: Saturday | 4/25 | 10 am ‒ 1 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Hand drawn picture of geese.
Wonder of Drawing Birds

Learn how to draw birds and forever enjoy making new discoveries about the world of birds surrounding you. Drawing focuses your attention in new and unexpected ways. The greatest reward comes from opening your mind’s eye to all nature has to offer. 13 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Alice Hill
  Course 8910: Saturday | 4/4 | 1 ‒ 4 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Geese at Baskett Slough.
Field Day ‒ Ankeny & Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges
These Willamette Valley refuges offer a variety of habitats and an even greater variety of birds. A class and field trip in one, this field day focuses on the dynamic spring season when winter residents are preparing to leave and summer breeders are arriving. Transportation is by carpool. 16 years ‒ Adult.
Location: Meet at Trimet Park & Ride SW Travelers Lane, Tigard, OR
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore
  Course 8908: Saturday | 4/11 | 8 am ‒ 5 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $54 Resident, $65 Non-Resident, $40 Senior Resident, $60 Senior Non-Resident
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Trail camera captures a mink.
Trail Camera Craft

Did you hear something in the backyard? Curious who has been visiting your compost pile? Want to get up-close photos without disturbing wildlife? Placing a camera trap can give you a glimpse into the secretive world of wildlife. This class covers types of trail cameras available, where and how to place them to get the best pictures, and slideshow of photos from the trail. Part of the class takes place outdoors. 16 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Seth Winkelhake
  Course 8899: Saturday | 4/18 | 10:30 am ‒ 2:30 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Shore Birds
Shorebird Ecology and Identification

The shorebird group includes plovers, sandpipers, oystercatchers, whimbrels, and willets, just to name a few. Many species in this diverse group breed far to the north and migrate through Oregon in late April and early May. Learn what to look and listen for in order to tell them apart and then venture into the Preserve to practice and hone your new skills. 12 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course 8900: Saturday | 5/2 | 10 am ‒ 1 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $22 Resident, $27 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $24 Senior Non-Resident
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Dowitcher Trio
Field Day – Oregon Coast

Each spring thousands of shorebirds fly north along our coastline on their way to Arctic nesting grounds. Being in the right place at the right time provides the opportunity to view them close-up. This trip is timed to the best tides available during the peak of the spring shorebird migration. Transportation is provided, limited to 10 participants. 12 years ‒ Adult.

Location: Meet at Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Park & Ride
  Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course 8905: Thursday | 5/7 | 9:30 am ‒ 6 pm CANCELED
  Fee: $80
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Fee: $14 Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $11 Senior Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
Fee: $14 Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $11 Senior Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
Fee: $40
Fee: $40
Location: Meet at Rood Bridge Park boat launch
Location: Meet at Rood Bridge Park boat launch
Course: 8357 | Wednesday| 10/9 | 7 — 8:30 pm Current Climate Impacts
Course: 8357 | Wednesday| 10/9 | 7 — 8:30 pm Current Climate Impacts
Course: 8357 | Wednesday| 10/9 | 7 — 8:30 pm Current Climate Impacts
Course: 8357 | Wednesday| 10/9 | 7 — 8:30 pm Current Climate Impacts

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