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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.

Photo of a waterfall.

Exploring Natural Oregon
Oregon’s diverse landscapes are filled with fascinating stories told by the rocks, plants, and animals found there. Three evening classes on: volcanoes, the coast, and Oregon’s famous waterfalls cover the natural history of Mount St. Helens, Oswald West State Park, and the Columbia River Gorge, respectively. Tips for planning a visit to these unique sites are included or choose to explore each site with a group by registering for the corresponding field trip, transportation provided. Register for each event separately. 12 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
Course: 59313 | Wednesday | 9/19 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Exploring Natural Oregon I, Volcanoes
  Course: 59314 | Wednesday | 10/17 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Exploring Natural Oregon II, Forests & Tides
  Course: 59315 | Wednesday | 11/14 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Exploring Natural Oregon III, Waterfalls Galore
Fee: $12 Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of Mount Saint Helens.
Exploring Natural Oregon Field Trips
Three field trips to pick and choose from. Transportation is by van. Limited to 11 participants.
Location: Depart from Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport MAX station.
Instructor: Steve Engel
Course: 59310 | Saturday | 9/22 | 9 am - 6 pm | Mount Saint Helens
  Course: 59311 | Saturday | 10/20 | 9 am - 6 pm | Oswald West State Park
  Course: 59312 | Saturday | 11/17 | 9 am - 6 pm | Columbia River Gorge
Fee: $75
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Photo of bird perched in a tree.
Bird Watching Skills 101
Birds are everywhere! They’re colorful, musical, and fascinating. Discover the how and why of bird watching in this beginning class taught by Laura Whittemore. Learn the proper way to use binoculars; how to see the field marks that identify our local birds and where and when to go birding for enjoyment and education. 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
Course: 59320 | Saturday | 9/22 | 10 am - 1 pm
Fee: $20 Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of a bird sitting on a tree stump.
Birds of Prey Identification
Learn how to identify resident and winter birds of prey in Western Oregon based on size, shape, behavior, habitat, and field marks. A classroom slideshow along with study specimens and field guides make us prepared for a local field trip by carpool. Designed for beginner to intermediate birders. 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
Course: 59318 | Saturday | 9/29 | 10 am - 2 pm
Fee: $20 Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of perched on a branch singing.
Bird Watching Skills 201
Ready to take it up a notch? Learn about critical cues such as flight patterns, feeding and social behaviors, voice, silhouette, different lighting conditions, and how to understand your field guide. This class is designed for those with intermediate bird watching experience and is guaranteed to help increase your bird watching skills by one, two, or even three notches! 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
Course: 59321 | Saturday| 10/13 | 10 am - 1 pm
Fee: $20 Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of woven basket.
Basket Weaving with English Ivy
In this one-day workshop, weave a simple basket using invasive English Ivy (Hedera helix). Help restore and maintain native habitat by removing the ivy from a local park then recycle the vines into a functional work of art. In the morning we learn how to gather ivy and how to prevent it from growing back. Then we gather indoors and learn to weave our baskets into the afternoon. 16 years - Adult. 
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Peter Bauer, Rewild Portland Staff
Course: 59319 | Saturday | 10/20 | 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: $35 Resident, $30 Senior Resident, $45 Non-Resident, $40 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of Chantrelle Mushrooms.
Mushrooms in the Field
A combination class and field trip to the Oregon Coast Range in search of wild mushrooms. Focus is on easily identifiable edible mushrooms and what makes them so. Transportation by carpool. 12 - Adult.
Location: Meet at Hillsboro Airport MAX Station
Instructor: Steve Engel
Course: 59323 | Saturday | 11/10 | 10 am - 3 pm 
Fee: $20 Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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Photo of the Moon above the trees.
Night-time Walkabout
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.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Staff and Volunteers
  Course: 59324 | Thursday | 10/25 | 6 - 8 pm
  Fee: Free. Pre-registration required.
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Photo of a Great Blue Heron.  Waterbird Identification
Ducks, geese, and swans are not the only birds found near water. Cormorants, grebes, and herons are among others you can expect to see. Learn how to tell one type from another and to identify the most common species in each of these groups. An indoor session is followed by a field trip with binoculars, spotting scope, and field guides (provided). 16 - Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: John Rakestraw
  Course: 59325 | Saturday | 10/27 | 9 am - 12 pm
  Fee: $20 Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
   
Photo of coyote in a field.  Wild Neighbors
Having wildlife share our neighborhoods can add interest and enjoyment. That is, until we encourage wild guests to come play and they decide to stay! Take a walk on the wild side with Dr. Dana Sanchez, Extension Wildlife Specialist. She will demystify – and help alleviate – wildlife conflicts that occur in our neighborhoods. 12 - Adult.
Location: Rood Bridge Park River House (4000 SE Rood Bridge Road)
Instructor: Dana Sanchez
  Course: 59326 | Wednesday | 11/7 | 7 - 8:30 pm
  Fee: $5
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 Mason Bee Cocoons Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshop
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 their nesting devices to extract the cocoons and clean them with a dry sand process. Mason bee nesting trays used at Jackson Bottom Wetlands will also be available so attendees can get a hands on experience. Attendees will take home mason bee cocoons. 10 - Adult.
  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Ron Spendal
  Course: 59327 | Saturday | 12/8 | 12 - 2 pm
  Fee: $12 Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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