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March 2021

Green Start Play Day: Water’s Way

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape — this month explore the Water Cycle in our Learnscape! Check in with Miss Grace at the start of your family’s 45 min reserved time slot to receive instructions, and then set off in our safe and exciting outdoor classroom to discover toddler and pre-school activities, stories, and games. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your time slot, there will…

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April 2021

Winged Wonders — Session 6 of Nature School Begins!

April 8

Discover what’s fine about feathers and what’s marvelous about migration! From herons as tall as toddlers to raptors who rule the sky up high, learn about the fascinating lives of local birds. Build nests, peek at beaks, check out feathers, and look for bird babies. Create bird-inspired art, music, and theater! Programs for kids ages 4-5 and 6-10. See details at Nature School!

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Green Start Play Day: Talons & Tweets

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape — this month discover the world of birds--feathers, beaks, eggs and nests! Check in with Miss Grace at the start of your family’s 45 min reserved time slot to receive instructions, and then set off in our safe and exciting outdoor classroom to discover toddler and pre-school activities, stories, and games. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your time slot,…

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Alton Baker Park Earth Day Clean Up!

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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In honor of Earth Day, Nearby Nature is once again partnering with SOLVE for an annual cleanup of Alton Baker Park. Join neighbors as we pick up litter and help to ensure the park is clean and safe for everyone – all while enjoying a stroll in the park. Maybe you’ll see a great blue heron, a duck, or a dragonfly! Meet on the lawn by the yurt at Nearby Nature's site in Alton Baker Park. Nearby Nature will provide…

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May 2021

Bioblitz 2021

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Join us as we use iNaturalist to collect observations of the web of life in the Whilamut Natural Area and our Learnscape at our Bioblitz (part of the City Nature Challenge 2021)! At Nearby Nature, work with a small group and a knowledgeable leader who can help get you set up to contribute to this fun community science project. Volunteers will take photos of different plants, animals, insects, and fungi and upload them to iNaturalist for identification and a final…

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The Green Scene — Session 7 of Nature School Begins!

May 5

Celebrate the magic of all things spring green! Go on wildflower wanders and tall tree treks. Learn about green growing things from the inside out and enjoy garden treats, play blossom bingo, go on a fairy finders hike, and paint with plants. Programs for kids ages 4-5 and 6-10. See details at Nature School!

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Green Start Play Day: Spring Sprouts

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape — this month all about our green, growing garden! Check in with Miss Grace at the start of your family’s 45 min reserved time slot to receive instructions, and then set off in our safe and exciting outdoor classroom to discover toddler and pre-school activities, stories, and games. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your time slot, there will only…

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Citizen Science Saturday — Spring Greens

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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$7

Help catalog what's green and growing this spring in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. 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. Meet on the Waterwise Garden patio outside the Nearby Nature Park Host Residence in Alton…

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June 2021

Green Start Play Day: A Bug’s Life

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape -- this month investigate the wonderful world of insects and other bug-friends! Check in with Miss Grace at the start of your family's 45 min reserved time slot to receive instructions, and then set off in our safe and exciting outdoor classroom to discover toddler and pre-school activities, stories, and games. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your time slot,…

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Summer Daycamps Volunteer and Intern Training

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Learn all about what it takes to make a great daycamps volunteer team! Training will cover everything from teaching skills to park safety. Details coming soon! Please contact us or see Summer Daycamps and Outdoor Leaders for more information.

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Citizen Science Saturday: Wild in the Water

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eugene Science Center, 2300 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, 97401
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$7

Discover the amazing diversity of insect life in nature nearby. This month we will catalog aquatic invertebrates! 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. Space limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Due to the fact that there is a large Juneteenth celebration in the park on Saturday, we will meet at the ponds…

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Summer Daycamps Begin!

June 21

Nature -- Adventure -- Science --Art -- Play -- Gardening! Summer fun and learning for kids ages 3-11! Scholarships available! Camps are filling fast this year -- find details at Summer Daycamps!

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Nature Quest: If Stones Could Talk (Pre-Registration Required)

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free

Join Nearby Nature for a special Nature Quest as we help support healthy time in nature for our local BIPOC community and allies! Check out NAACP's You Deserve It -- Get Your Nature On for a complete list of events happening June 24-27 -- all free -- in Alton Baker Park. Nearby Nature's event happens on June 26: Enjoy self-led family nature exploration in our Learnscape outdoor classroom. Check in with our staff at the start of your family’s 45…

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July 2021

Citizen Science Saturday: Butterflies and Beyond

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Discover the amazing diversity of insect life in nature nearby. This month we will catalog meadow invertebrates! Designed for adult participants. If you have a smartphone or a camera, bring one to take pictures. Smartphone users please load the iNaturalist app (inaturalist.org/) onto your phone if possible. Members FREE, non-members $7. Pre-register online. Space limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Meet outside Nearby Nature's Yurt in Alton Baker Park.

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August 2021

Citizen Science: Garden Pollinators, Pests, and Pathogens — Cancelled due to likely heat and smoke

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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$7

Join us for a Citizen Science adventure! This month we will catalog pollinators, pests, and pathogens in the Learnscape Garden plus the Community Gardens nearby. Designed for adult participants. If you have a smartphone or a camera, bring one to take pictures. Smartphone users please load the iNaturalist app (inaturalist.org/) onto your phone if possible. Members FREE, non-members $7. Pre-register online. Space limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Meet outside Nearby Nature’s Yurt in Alton Baker Park.

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Trashy Tuesday by Land with Nearby Nature

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free

Join Nearby Nature as part of the 5th Annual Willamette River Festival for a casual riverside litter patrol on foot! Plan to walk about two miles up and down the north riverside of the Whilamut Natural Area in Alton Baker Park doing litter patrol. We will supply grabbers, trash bags, and gloves. Please wear appropriate work clothing and closed-toe shoes  and bring a water bottle. This activity is best for adults and kids 13+ years (with an adult). Meet outside…

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Whilamut Restoration Day

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eastgate Woodlands, 512 Aspen Street
Springfield, OR 97477 United States
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Free

As part of the Willamette River Festival, please join the City of Eugene Parks & Open Spaces and Willamalane Parks and Recreation District and Nearby Nature to help “free the trees” of English ivy in the Eastgate Woodlands and mulch native trees in the riparian areas near Knickerbocker Bridge in the Whilamut Natural Area.  Please dress for outdoor work and bring a water bottle and to-go coffee cup! Please pre-register online to join us. Questions? Please contact event organizer, Michelle…

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If Stones Could Talk Nature Quest

August 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free

Enjoy self-led family nature exploration in our Learnscape outdoor classroom  as part of the 2021 Willamette River Festival! Check in with our staff at the start of your family’s 45 min reserved time slot to receive instructions, and then set off in our safe and exciting outdoor classroom to check out Willamette River fossils, create rock art, and learn Kalapuya and Spanish words in our garden and outdoor classroom! Follow up your Learnscape time by visiting a Kalapuya Talking Stone…

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September 2021

Green Start Play Day: Slime Time

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
Free – $7

Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape -- this month get slimy while learning about slugs, snails and other invertebrates! Check in with Miss Grace at the start of your family's 45 min reserved time slot to receive instructions, and then set off in our safe and exciting outdoor classroom to discover toddler and pre-school activities, stories, and games. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your time…

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Alton Baker Park Cleanup and Restoration Day

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free

Join Nearby Nature for this year's United Way Day of Caring. Help enhance the area around the Magic Forest and Wildflower Hollow in Alton Baker Park. This beautiful area sits adjacent to the Willamette River path and showcases native trees and wildflowers. Volunteers will pick up litter, improve trails, and remove invasive plants. Please wear clothes apppropriate for outdoor work and bring a water bottle. Event appropriate for adults and kids 13 years and up with an adult. Please pre-register…

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