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April 2020

Green Start Play Day: Spring Sprouts–CANCELED

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we’ll sniff, touch, and nibble our way through the garden as we use our five senses to learn about plant parts and sow our very own seeds to take home. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-registration required online or at 541-687-9699. (CANCELED)  

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SOLVE It for Earth Day — Alton Baker Park Cleanup — POSTPONED

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
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A message from SOLVE: **Due to increased responsibility to protect our most vulnerable community members, SOLVE IT for Earth Day must be postponed. However, caring for the earth and your community can still happen this April. This year, we ask you to bring April into your backyard and invite your community to do the same through social media. We encourage you to share photos and videos of your efforts to safely pick up litter, remove invasive species, or observe and enjoy…

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Wow Newts! Nature Quest–CANCELED

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tugman Park, 3666 Hilyard St
Eugene, OR 97405 United States
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$7

Join us for our 5th annual newt count! Learn all about newts from naturalist Tom Titus as we count these cool critters in Tugman Park's creek. We'll be contributing the data we collect to the City Nature Challenge! Meet at the Tugman Park picnic shelter. Nearby Nature members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call us at 541-687-9699 (CANCELED)

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Bioblitz! — POSTPONED

April 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Due to current events, we will be postponing our annual Bioblitz with hopes we may be able to host the event later in the spring/summer. Stay tuned for updates!  

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May 2020

No School Day Adventure: Wild Child — CANCELED

May 1 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hendricks Park
$50 – $60

Tap into your inner “wild child” at Hendricks Park! Explore remote trails, balance on logs, find funky trees, and discover what's wild about spring in the forest and gardens. $50 members/$60 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. After-care 3:00-4:00pm! Outdoors in Hendricks Park. Register online or call 541-687-9699 (CANCELED)

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Green Start Play Day: Wildflower Wonders

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we’ll make rainbow art, play pollination games, and learn all about spring flowers. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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Citizen Science Saturday: Spring Greens

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eastgate Woodlands, 512 Aspen Street
Springfield, OR 97477 United States
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$7

Help catalog what's green and growing this spring in the Eastgate Woodlands. Learn about and take pictures of everything from the finest flower to the tallest tree. Designed for adult participants. If you have a smartphone or a camera, bring one to take pictures. Smartphone users please load the iNaturalist app onto your phone if possible. Members FREE, non-members $7. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699. Meet in the parking lot at Eastgate Woodlands in Springfield (https://www.willamalane.org/eastgate_woodlands.php).

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Family Fun at the Eugene Public Library: We All Belong!

May 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401 United States
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Free

Join us for Family Fun at the Eugene Public Library. Every living thing in the web of life belongs, from the tiniest bug to the tallest tree. Enjoy tales of cooperation in nature, weave a web of life, and make your own bitty bug to take home! See the library website for more information. FREE!

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June 2020

Summer Daycamp Volunteer Training

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Details coming soon!

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Green Start Play Day: We Dig Dirt

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. Mess with mud, play with clay, dig in the dirt, and create earth art with us this month! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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Summer Daycamps Begin Today!

June 15

Nearby Nature’s summer daycamps are a wonderful medley of hands-on adventure, play, nature, science, art, and gardening. Kids hike, catch bugs, pick berries, canoe, bike, and do experiments. They sing, do crafts, play games, tell stories, act, make models, build forts, and use maps. They also take fun field trips and just simply play outside! To learn all about our camps, see camps by week, camps by age group, or go straight to our online registration portal.

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July 2020

Green Start Play Day: Creepers and Crawlers

July 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we’ll catch small critters in the meadow with butterfly nets and build silly bugs to take home. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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Nature Quest: Wee Beasties

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Go on a creepy-crawly bug hunt in meadows of Alton Baker Park! Use butterfly nets, magnifiers, bug barns, and more to catch and learn about all sorts of cool critters. Nearby Nature members FREE, non-members $7/family.

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August 2020

Green Start Play Day: Get Wet

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we’ll cool off with watershed art, stream table play, and games in our Learnscape’s River Run play area. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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Willamette River Festival

August 22
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
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Free

Join Nearby Nature at the Willamette River Festival! Details to come!

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September 2020

Green Start Play Day: Garden Goodies

September 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we’ll taste yummy garden snacks, celebrate the harvest moon, and make vegetable stamps as we transition from summer into fall! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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October 2020

Green Start Play Day: Hide Outside

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. Celebrate the fall season this month as we learn about nocturnal animals, play camouflage games, and create colorful autumn leaf art. Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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Haunted Hike

October 23 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
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$6

Curious about local night life? Wonder who’s tiptoeing through the treetops? Who’s crunching in the compost? If your kids like to pretend and think night creatures are cool, then they'll love Nearby Nature’s 24th annual Haunted Hike in Alton Baker Park! Go on a special night hike along a festive pumpkin-lit trail in Alton Baker Park -- meet seven furry and feathered night creatures in costume, from a gigantic bat to a sneaky spider. Enjoy creepy crafts, fun games, tricky…

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November 2020

Play in the Rain Day

November 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Free

Looking for a fun way to spend time outside with your family this fall? Then you should go to Play in the Rain Day, on Saturday, November 7th, from 10 am to 3 pm at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Activities will include hayrides, nature crafts, hikes, campfire cookery, tree climbing, and much more! Parking and all activities are free. Nearby Nature will be there with Frannie Frog and fun Earth Art activities. Rain or shine! For more info, check out the…

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Green Start Play Day: Forest Floor

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. Get down with decomposers as we hunt for invertebrates, build mushrooms, and dance to the “break down boogie”! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Rain or shine! Members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.  

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