It's the still moments that matter most, the Oxbow veteran says, the times when you sit tight and let nature happen instead of going out and seeking it.
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Viral video provides learning opportunity for nature enthusiasts
Note to Norwegian comedy-turned-rock duo Ylvis: A fox doesn't say "ring-ding-ding" or "wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow" or "hatee-hatee-hatee-ho." In fact, fox noises aren't even a mystery, as this year's hottest viral video would have you believe.
Perhaps the most endearing example of community support for the Orenco Woods Nature Park in Hillsboro is a local student's drawing of a master plan for the park, rendered carefully in crayon. Orenco Woods Nature Park will be a 30-acre park in central Hillsboro, a project two years in the making whose master plan was enthusiastically sanctioned by the Metro Council Thursday.
The fenced-off empty lot next to Eichler Park in Beaverton may look about the same as it has for years. But for staff at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, the unassuming enclosure, formerly a gas station, just became a lot more promising.
Nature University students are introduced to time-honored techniques of nature observation and principles of discovery learning. Students learn about common wildlife and plants, the ecology of wetlands and ancient forests, and effective teaching techniques.
Metro will acknowledge Veterans Day by offering free admission to Metro regional parks and the Oregon Zoo for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.
About 71 percent of a $227.4 million natural areas bond measure has been invested, according to the latest report from the Natural Areas Program Performance Oversight Committee. The committee said Metro is on track to meet goals in three major areas: buying regional natural areas, supporting local nature projects and awarding community grants.
Fall in Oregon is a quick flash of bright leaves and crisp, sunny afternoons, here and gone again all too quickly. Before this ephemeral season slips once more through our fingers, view this list of Metro employee favorite fall places for outdoor adventure ideas this autumn.
Harrington has been a steadfast supporter of the development of a regional plan for sidewalks, trails and bike lanes, now called the Regional Active Transportation Plan. For her advocacy, she'll be recognized this weekend at the Oregon Walks Weston Awards.
Oxbow Regional Park marks Salmon Homecoming, while zoo touts new trout
The salmon’s annual return from the ocean might be the most iconic wildlife spectacle in the region. And at Metro’s Oxbow Regional Park this weekend, during the annual Salmon Homecoming, visitors can get an up-close perspective on this Northwest phenomenon alongside the scenic Sandy River.