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February 2019

How to Hide No School Day Adventure

February 1 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
$45 – $50

Spots, stripes and masks, oh my! How do colors and markings help animals survive in the wild? Answer these questions and more as we play camouflage games, explore nature nearby, and create colorful critters to take home. $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. NEW! After care is available from 3:00-4:00 pm. Register online or call 541-687-9699, ext. 2.

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Green Start: Noisy Nature

February 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $5

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members FREE, non-members $5. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699.

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Nature’s Busy Builders No School Day Adventure

February 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
$45 – $50

Enjoy a building adventure in nature nearby. Make a bird nest and your own fairy fort or gnome home. Go on an animal homes scavenger hunt and create your own fort from our Nature's Builders Playspace super blocks. $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. NEW! After care is available from 3:00-4:00 pm. Register online or call 541-687-9699, ext. 2.   Register Now

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March 2019

Restoration Celebration: Litter Pickup and Graffiti Abatement

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join Nearby Nature and the University of Oregon Geology Club in a restoration celebration to clean up the area on and around the Frohnmayer Footbridge. This event will include litter pickup, graffiti abatement and removal, and completion of a new stencil on the support pillar under the bridge as a way to deter further graffiti. Nearby Nature will provide gloves and safety equipment, tools, and small snacks. Volunteers should register in advance, bring a water bottle, and dress for the…

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Green Start Play Day: Follow Your Nose!

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
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Free – $5

Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we'll follow our noses! Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members FREE, non-members $5. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699. Green Start Play Days happen on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 am-11:30 am, outdoors, rain or shine.

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Spring Volunteer Information Session

March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401 United States
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Free

Love nature? Enjoy kids? Learn all about leading school nature walks in Alton Baker Park this spring as well as other Nearby Nature volunteer opportunities -- including gardening, restoration work, special events, TAG Team graffiti patrol, and summer daycamps. No experience is needed--training provided. Check out our Guides Program Overview for more information about the program and our Spring 2019 Guide Training Schedule, for details about trainings. See our Internships to learn about setting up an Internship. Meet in the…

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No School Day Adventure: Treasure Trackers at Mt. Pisgah — CANCELLED — now a 4J Snow Makeup Day

March 15 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mount Pisgah Arboretum
$50 – $55

Discover secret meadows, hidden beaches, and trees of mystery at Mount Pisgah by using maps, clues, and wayfinding skills. Put together puzzles, hide prizes for new friends, and discover if you have what it takes to find your way to tricky treasures on this day long adventure in nature! $50 members/$55 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Register online or call 541-687-9699, ext. 2.   Register Now

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Learnscape Volunteer Day

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States

Join us in the Learnscape to get your hands in the soil and prepare the gardens for another vibrant season. We'll weed, compost, and plant while enjoying bird song and all the signs of spring's returning. We'll meet in the middle of the Learnscape between the two sheds adjacent to the yurt. Look for the green Nearby Nature signs pointing the way. We will provide gloves, tools, and small snacks. We ask that you bring a water bottle, and dress…

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Nearby Nature Quest: Treefrog Tunes (rescheduled from March 9th)

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Amazon Park, 22 Amazon Pkwy
Eugene, OR 97405 United States
Free – $5
by Bruce Newhouse

Learn all about (and listen for!) Pacific treefrogs! Meet at the Amazon Park playground. Nearby Nature members FREE, non-members $5/family. Pre-register online or 541-687-9699. (Rescheduled from March 9th due to cold weather!) Register Now

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No School Day Adventure: Talking Stones Trail

March 26 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
$45 – $50

Journey to the days before wagon trains as we hike to the Kalapuya Talking Stones and build forest-inspired shelters. Learn words, play games, and hear stories from different native cultures. Make a campfire in our fire pit (weather permitting) and create roasted snacks to enjoy with fresh-harvested herb tea! $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our Yurt. NEW! After care is available from 3:00-5:00 pm. Register online or call…

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No School Day Adventure: Paws, Claws, and Jaws

March 27 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
$45 – $50

Sneak through the trees and stalk through the grasses in search of mammal tracks and traces. Unlock the mysteries of local critters as we investigate real pelts, skulls, and antlers. Learn new ways to identify animals and tell stories about them using the clues they leave behind. Make your own set of antlers and create a track tale to tell your friends! $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park and at our…

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April 2019

Nature Kids at the Eugene Public Library

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401 United States
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Free

Enjoy water tales, play a musical river walk game, and craft magic rain wands from natural and recycled materials with Beth Stein of Nearby Nature. For ages 6 to 12. FREE! See the library website for more information.

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Green Start Play Day: Flower Power

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $5

Join us for self led exploration, songs and activities all about flowers and pollinators! Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members FREE, non-members $5. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699. Register Now

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SOLVE IT for Earth Day: Alton Baker Park Cleanup

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States

In honor of Earth Day, Nearby Nature is once again partnering with SOLVE for an annual cleanup of Alton Baker Park. And this year we've joined forces with Willamette Riverkeeper to participate in the larger community effort, Clean Water for Great Brews. Each volunteer will receive a punch card good for 12 free drinks at local coffee shops or breweries in Eugene and Springfield! Join neighbors, community organizations, and local businesses in picking up litter and helping to ensure the park is…

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Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Track Town Pizza, 1809 Franklin Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97403 United States
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Track Town Pizza welcomes Nearby Nature on Wednesday April 24th for a day of fundraising for Nearby Nature’s Youth Scholarship Fund! Please bring our special coupon for 50% back to Nearby Nature on each dollar spent on food at Track Town at 1809 Franklin Blvd. from 11 am-midnight today. Good for in-store or to-go purchases only.* If you purchase Gift Certificates on this day, Track Town will give 25% of that purchase back to Nearby Nature as well. This fundraiser…

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Learnscape Bioblitz!

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States

The world around us is teeming with life! Come take a closer look at this web of life on Saturday, April 27, by participating in a bioblitz of Nearby Nature’s Learnscape and surrounding areas of Alton Baker Park. Volunteers of all ages will take photos of different plants, animals, insects, and fungi and upload them to iNaturalist for identification and a final species count. A bioblitz is an event in which volunteers work together within a defined area to observe…

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Nearby Nature Quest: Wow Newts!

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tugman Park, 3666 Hilyard St
Eugene, OR 97405 United States
Free – $5
by Anupam Katkar

Join us for our 4th annual newt count! Learn all about newts from naturalist Tom Titus as we count these cool critters in Tugman Park's creek. Meet at the picnic shelter. Nearby Nature members FREE, non-members $5/family. Pre-register online or call us at 541-687-9699 Register Now

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May 2019

No School Day Adventure: Trees and Bees at Hendricks Park

May 3 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Hendricks Park
$45 – $50

Explore off the beaten path as we discover new trails and cool hiding spots in the Hendricks Park forest. Play mini-gnome hide and seek and look for the tallest, widest, and weirdest trees in the forest. Explore the rhododendron garden as well and learn how to dissect a flower, do a bee dance, and create rainbow Earth Art! $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Hendrick Park. Register online or call 541-687-9699, ext. 2. Register…

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No School Day Adventure: Creature Teachers

May 8 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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$45 – $50

What can we learn about sharing and caring from nature nearby? Explore the park and search for examples of communication, cooperation, and teamwork in the animal and plant communities around us. Weave a web of life, play Each One-Teach One, and strengthen your teamwork skills in building, racing, and balancing games!   $45 members/$50 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-9, max 12 kids. NEW after-care 3:00-5:00pm! Outdoors in Alton Baker Park. Register online or call 541-687-9699, ext. 2.   Register Now

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Green Start Play Day: Mighty Mamas

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learnscape, 622 Day Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Let's celebrate moms in nature! We will explore nests and eggs, and learn about local animal babies and the mothers who raise them. Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members FREE, non-members $5. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699. Register Now

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