The 2016 class series is full
To put your name on the waitlist, contact Sandy Jamison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-972-8543.
Want to find mushrooms, follow cougar tracks and watch wild salmon spawn? Join a team of experienced nature educators to explore some of the region’s most spectacular places during Metro’s It’s Our Nature year-long field trip series.
Monthly adventures from February through November give opportunities to dive into the natural world by learning through hands on experiences about geology, animal tracking, birding and ethnobotany. People who enjoy this series crave the behind-the-scenes story, like to learn by doing and don’t mind getting muddy.
Classes combine theory with place, all in an outdoor setting at some of Metro’s 17,000 acres of wetlands, oak savannas and woodlands, Douglas fir forests and prairies. Nature educators take participants on journeys in some of Metro’s hallmark nature parks such as Oxbow Regional Park. Additionally, many of the classes will be held at Metro natural areas that are closed to the public, providing participants with a sneak peak at some of Metro’s hidden nature jewels.
It’s Our Nature is limited to 18 adults (ages 18 and over) who can commit to attending the majority of classes. Additionally, they must be willing and able to learn outdoors – in all weather conditions and in a variety of terrain. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants are assessed on their level of interest and ability to commit to the program. No deposit is required. Tuition of $300 is due upon acceptance into the program to reserve your spot.
Meet the naturalists
It’s Our Nature is taught by veteran Metro educators. By sharing their expertise about the region, these experts create a community of learners and nature enthusiasts who in turn can show others how to be careful stewards of the land and its inhabitants.
- Ashley Conley has been teaching outdoors in Portland since 2004. Astronomy, insects, birds and tracking are just some of her many passions in the natural world.
- Dan Daly is a Level III tracker with a background in geology, bird language and wilderness skills. He is passionate about salmon ecology and enjoys exploring the layers of interconnection between people and nature.
- Alice Froehlich has been leading nature programs in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. She loves most things in nature, but especially all things plant, fungus, lichen and bird related.
Class schedule and descriptions
Classes are usually held on the third Saturday of the month (exceptions are for the last 2 classes: see the class schedule). Classes typically run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The first class will be held at Cooper Mountain Nature Park on Feb. 20, 2016. Participants meet their classmates, get oriented to the program and dive into the field to unravel the fascinating world of birds. The series will wrap up with an evening get together in November, where we will share stories and food.
Some time changes may be necessary for certain programs. Locations of classes are subject to change and are not given here. The class instructor will be provide class members all logistical information via email at least one week before the class.