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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!

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Climate Change in Oregon
This series of classes explores the science behind current climate related events and theories and looks at some of the ways that a changing climate is now, and may in the future, impact life in Oregon and other locales. The goal of the series is to increase understanding, empowerment, and accountability for the individual. More details available at registration. 16 years — Adult.
 
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel and guest speakers
  Course: 8356 | Wednesday | 9/11 | 7 — 8:30 pm — Climate Science History
  Course: 8357 | Wednesday | 10/9 | 7 — 8:30 pm — Current Climate Impacts
  Course: 8358 | Wednesday | 11/13 | 7 — 8:30 pm — Adapting to Climate Change
  Course: 8359 | Wednesday | 12/11 | 7 — 8:30 pm — What's Next
  Fee: $12 Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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Bonney Butte
Field Day - Bonney Butte Hawk Watch

See birds of prey in migration and possibly up close as well. HawkWatch International maintains a raptor count and a banding program on Bonney Butte near Mt. Hood. On a good day over 200 hawks, eagles, and falcons fly by on their way south. Occasionally biologists will release a recently banded raptor for the public. Celebrate the first day of fall by taking this epic adventure to the mountains! A one mile round-trip hike is involved. 16 years — Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course: 8228 | Saturday | 9/21| 9:30 am — 6 pm
  Fee: $80 Transportation provided.
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Peregrine Falcon
Raptors of Oregon

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 years — Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Laura Whittemore
  Course: 8197 | Saturday | 10/5 | 10 am — 2 pm   
  Fee: $25 Resident, $19 Senior Resident, $32 Non-Resident, $28 Senior Non-Resident
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 Basket Weaving Ivy 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. 16 years — Adult.

  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Peter Bauer, Rewild Portland Staff
  Course: 8192 | Saturday | 10/12 | 9 am — 4 pm 
  Fee: $40 Resident, $35 Senior Resident, $50 Non-Resident, $45 Senior Non-Resident
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 Freshwater Mussels Freshwater Mussels of Oregon

The Tualatin River Basin is broad and wide, traced by streams and rivers and home to a little known group of animals, the freshwater mussel. Nearly 300 species once lived in North America and almost one out of ten have gone extinct. This class introduces you to the biology, ecology, and conservation of Oregon’s freshwater mussels. 12 years — Adult.

  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Allan Smith
  Course: 8195 | Wednesday | 10/16 | 7 — 8:30 pm
  Fee: $12 Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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 Red-Shouldered Hawk Winter Birds

Late fall and winter are special times in Western Oregon for bird watchers. Our mild winter climate attracts many kinds of birds, sometimes in large numbers. To help prepare you for all you might see in the coming months, this class explores three major groups: waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows. Great for backyard bird watchers and field enthusiasts. 16 years — Adult.

  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore
  Course: 8360 | Sunday | 10/20 | 10 am — 1 pm
  Fee: $20 Resident, $15 Senior Resident, $25 Non-Resident, $22 Senior Non-Resident
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 Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge Field Day - Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

This Willamette Valley refuge offers a variety of habitats and an even greater variety of birds. A class and field trip in one, this field day focuses on birds of prey we may encounter, but all birds are worthy of our time as we explore. Transportation is by carpool. 16 years — Adult.

  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore
  Course: 8355 | Saturday | 10/26 | 8 am — 5 pm
  Fee: $54 Resident, $40 Senior Resident, $65 Non-Resident, $60 Senior Non-Resident
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 Group Walking at dusk at Jackson Bottom. 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 and be prepared for some surprise encounters! ­8 years — Adult.

  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Staff and volunteers
  Course: 8226 | Tuesday | 10/29 | 6 — 8 pm
  Fee: Free. Pre-registration required
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 Tillamook Bay Double-Crested Cormorant Field Day - Tillamook Bay

You’ll love this combined class and field trip focusing on water birds of all types. Other birds we encounter are also worthy of our time but our main focus this trip is on birds with toes that have webs or lobes! Think: loons, grebes, gulls, cormorants, ducks, and geese. Take a dive with us into the natural history and identification of water birds! 12 years — Adult.

  Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Laura Whittemore and Steve Engel
  Course: 8293 | Saturday | 11/2 | 8 am — 4 pm
  Fee: $80 Transportation provided.
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 Chantrelle Mushroom Field Day - Mushrooms

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 years — Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course: 8227 | Saturday | 11/9 | 9 am — 4 pm
  Fee: $30 Resident, $23 Senior Resident, $40 Non-Resident, $35 Senior Non-Resident
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 Harbor Seal Marine Mammals of Oregon
Just in time for the south bound migration of the mighty Gray Whale this evening class explores the world of whales, seals, and sea lions that occur just off, and sometimes on, our coastline. Get introduced to the six marine mammal species you can expect to find easily and several more that require extra effort and or luck. 12 years — Adult.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course: 8184 | Wednesday | 12/4 | 7 — 8:30 pm
  Fee: $12 Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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 Animal Tracks on Tee-Shirt Trackify Your Tee Shirt!

Trackify your own tee-shirt, handkerchief, or other cloth item with life-size tracks of wild animals! A perfect gift for the wildlife lover on your holiday list! Life-size animal track stencils are provided, plus fabric paint and brushes; bring your own light-colored cotton or cotton-blend tee shirt or other item of clothing to decorate. 6 years — Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Steve Engel
  Course: 8187 | Saturday | 12/7 | 10 am — 1 pm
  Fee: $10 Resident, $15 Non-Resident
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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 in this important aspect of mason bee caretaking. Attendees will take home their own mason bee cocoons. 10 years — Adult.

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Nature Center
  Instructor: Ron Spendal
  Course: 8181 | Saturday | 12/14 | 12 — 2 pm
  Fee: $12 Resident, $8 Senior Resident, $18 Non-Resident, $15 Senior Non-Resident
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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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