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We have a house full of people waiting for a baby to be born, which is a little stressful. So when the sun made a special guest appearance yesterday, my Pop and I took off for a hike. Not wanting to be too far from the house, we went stomping on the Wildwood Trail.

During that trek, we took a break at the Audubon Society of Portland and I spent every minute there mumbling to myself..."Why has it been a year since I brought Mila here?" Not only are there plenty of kid-friendly trails, you can view birds that have been rescued by the Society.  This menagerie includes Julio the Great Horned Owl and Finnegan the Peregrine Falcon. You will also find a natural history display and The Nature Store.

The Nature Store has plenty of educational and whimsical items for young and old alike. PLUS you can save $10 off your purchase of $30 or more if you have a CHINOOK BOOK!  To top it all off the Society has guided hikes, kid camps, and other educational activities all year round - including a performance by children’s musician David Hall on December 9 at 1:30 pm.

One of my New Year resolutions will be to get my family there more often (this joins Tryon Creek State Park  on an always expanding list), I hope to see you there:

Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland OR 97210
Off-street Parking on site

*Another option is to park at Macleay Park and hike the Lower Macleay Trail to the Wildwood Trail (the junction is at the Stone House, continue straight at that point - don't go up the hill). The trail stays level as it follows Balch Creek and briefly heads uphill before reaching a parking lot. Head west 1/10 mile from the parking lot to the Audubon Center. This scenic hike is approximately 1 1/2 miles each way and is definitely kid-friendly.

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This is one our favorite escapes on hot summer days. The drop in temp as you descend the trail to Balsh creek in lovely (I'm stetching to remember the hot weather at this point but I know it will return). We like the hike from Lower Macleay Park (NW 29th & Upshur) to the Audubon sanctuary along the creek.

If you are interested in hiking you may also be interested in some family fun, community tree planting events through SOLV.
You help is needed planting trees

Saturday December 2nd:

Sherwood, Oregon at Cedar Creek as it runs through Stella Olsen Memorial Park

Beaverton, Oregon along the Chaparral Bike Path on Hiteon Creek

Troutdale, Oregon along Beaver Creek

Saturday, December 9th:

Cornelius, Oregon along the Tualatin River as it runs through Metro’s King Tract Property

W Portland, Oregon along Trillium Creek

Please register online at www.solv.org or call 503.844.9571

We hope to see you out in your watershed!

Warm Regards,
Matt Weatherly
Outreach Assistant

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