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"Camouflage! Nature Program" Thursday, September 4, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=21803 Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. "Animals have many ways to keep themselves hidden -- stripes, spots, colors, speed, textures and more! We’ll talk about the benefits of camouflage, a special moth and play a camouflage game during a walk around the library."
“Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays in September, 10AM, Tryon Creek State Park, Pdx. Free. “Venture out with a park guide for a free, nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” September 6- The Interdependence of the Forest; September 13- A Story of Stumps: Tryon Creek History; September 20- Autumn in the Forest: What are the Changes and Why do They Occur?; September 27- Music on the Wing: The Birds of Tryon Creek. http://www.tryonfriends.org/
“Tween Book Discussion”, Friday, September 12, 3:30PM, Ridgefield Library. “Join us for a great read each month. Pick up a copy of the current book at the library to read before the meeting. Refreshments provided. Stay after the discussion for a quick craft. This month’s book: ‘Star Jumper: Journal of Cardboard Genius’ by Frank Asch.” http://frankasch.com
“Freshwater Mussel Monitoring in Crystal Springs Creek”, Sunday, September 14, 9AM-3PM, Westmoreland Park, Pdx., and Monday, September 15, 9AM-3PM, Union Manor, Pdx. All the details and registration info here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9obvq7235d11132&llr=tnjebhdab “Freshwater mussels are the most threatened animals in the U.S. and Oregon is home to only a few species of native freshwater mussels. Mussels benefit streams and fish by improving water quality, they are food for a variety of mammals and birds, and mussel beds provide habitat for other stream inhabitants. Previous surveys by Xerces staff and volunteers have shown that Crystal Springs Creek supports large populations of native mussels. In 2013, volunteers helped tag and relocate mussels prior to stream restoration in Crystal Springs Creek at Westmoreland Park. Surveys this year will be part of long-term monitoring to determine survivorship and movement in the upstream reaches of Crystal Springs Creek at Union Manor where mussels were relocated, and recolonization in the restored reaches at Westmoreland Park to measure the effectiveness of stream restoration activities.” Spend a day wading in a creek doing citizen science!
“Gibbons Creek Nature Walk”, Tuesday, September 16, 8:30AM- 1PM, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. Free. Easy, 2.5 miles, no elevation gain. Preregistration required; register online: http://gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/208 “Join naturalist Joan Durgin on a leisurely walk at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Learn cultural and natural history while viewing some of the 200+ animal species that call the refuge home.”
"Dinosaur Discovery", Thursday, September 18, 4PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Suggested for grades 4-5. Preregistration required; register online: http://www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=21768 "Learn about palaeontologist Mary Anning and her dinosaur discoveries. Afterwards create your own dinosaur bone with a cast!"