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September 2021

Full Moon Magic Nature School Sessions Begin

September 27, 2021
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Check out our in-person programs for kids 4-10 years old! Our Full Moon Magic session starts the week of September 27th! Details here.

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October 2021

Green Start Play Day: Fall Frolics

October 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape -- this month celebrate the colors of autumn with us! 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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Night Navigators No School Day

October 15, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hendricks Park, 1800 Skyline Blvd
EUGENE, OR 97403 United States
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$60 – $70

Scoot like a slug, sneak like a spider, soar like a bat, and scuttle like a skunk! During this day long adventure, we will learn about a variety of fascinating creatures that move through nature around us—mostly unseen in the dark of the night. $60 members/$70 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-10, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Hendricks Park. Register online.

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Haunted Hike

October 23, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
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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 they think night critters are cool, then they’ll love Nearby Nature’s 25th annual Haunted Hike in Alton Baker Park, Saturday, October 23rd! To participate in this fun family-oriented event, register in advance for your hour-long night hike. On each hike you will encounter all sorts of furry and feathered creatures of the night in costume, from a…

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Scoot and Scuttle Nature School Sessions Begin

October 25, 2021
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Check out our in-person programs for kids 4-10 years old! Our Scoot and Scuttle session starts the week of October 25th! Details here.

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NAACP Cleanup at Alton Baker Park

October 31, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eugene Science Center, 2300 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, 97401
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Join us for an Alton Baker Park litter pick up in partnership with the Eugene-Springfield chapter of the NAACP and SOLVE! Help us ensure that Alton Baker Park and Willamette Riverside are 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 signs of a beaver! Nearby Nature and SOLVE will provide gloves and tools. Volunteers should register in advance at SOLVE's website, bring a…

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November 2021

Citizen Science Saturday: Mushrooms and More

November 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Join us for a Citizen Science adventure! This month we will catalog the wonders of fruiting fungi in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. 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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Green Start Play Day: Fun with Fungi

November 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape -- this month discover the wonders of the forest floor! 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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Stones and Stories No School Day

November 11, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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$60 – $70

What stories can stones tell us about the creatures that thrived where we live now millions of years ago? And how do we learn about more recent life – the last 10,000 years -- in the Willamette Valley? Travel back into distant time at Fossil Beach and learn about more recent living history as we share stories of the pioneers and Kalapuya life and lore. $60 members/$70 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-10, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Alton Baker Park.…

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Earth’s Magnificent Motions No School Day

November 12, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hendricks Park, 1800 Skyline Blvd
EUGENE, OR 97403 United States
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$60 – $70

Become an earth scientist as you investigate what the planet is made of, how it moves, and why it matters. Learn about your favorite rock and make your own volcano as we discover the wonders of Oregon and Willamette Valley geology. $60 members/$70 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-10, max 12 kids. Outdoors in Hendricks Park. Register online.

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December 2021

Forest Fairies Nature Quest

December 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hendricks Park
Free – $7

Wander through the the Hendricks Park forest in search of our secretive forest friends — and learn a bit about what we see along the way. After your walk, make your own Forest Fairy in the Wilkins Shelter! Nearby Nature members FREE, non-members $7/family. Meet at the Wilkins Shelter in Hendricks Park. Pre-register for this Nature Quest online. Space is limited. Please plan to wear masks and physically distance from people not in your friend/family group.

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Green Start Play Day: Cozy Creatures

December 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape — this month stay warm and cozy as you investigate tracks, pelts, and skulls of local mammals! 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…

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Talking Stones Trail No School Day

December 29, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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$60 – $70

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! $60 members/$70 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-10, max 12 kids. Outdoors in the Learnscape and Alton Baker Park. Register online.

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January 2022

Paws Claws and Jaws No School Day

January 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hendricks Park, 1800 Skyline Blvd
EUGENE, OR 97403 United States
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$60 – $70

Sneak through the tall trees 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! $60 members/$70 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-10, max 12 kids. Outdoors at Hendricks Park. Register online.

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Winter Wild — Monday After School Natural Neighbors Begins!

January 10 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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This month our Natural Neighbors afterschool program theme will be Winter Wild! Explore the winter wonderland of the Pacific Northwest! Solve migration mysteries, hunt for hibernators, and discover why it’s not easy being green in winter. Learn how to hide in plain sight, survive in the forest, and build shelters that keep us warm and dry. Mondays (January 10-31) from 2:30-5:30 pm at our Learnscape in Alton Baker Park,  rain or shine, kids 6-10 years old. Flexible drop off between…

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Green Start Play Day: Tree Talk

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Enjoy self-led outdoor nature exploration in our Learnscape -- this month learn all about winter forest science and art! 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 online to reserve your time slot,…

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Winter Wild – Wonder Keepers Begins!

January 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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This month our preschool Wonder Keepers program theme will be Winter Wild! Explore the winter wonderland of the Pacific Northwest! Solve migration mysteries, hunt for hibernators, and discover why it’s not easy being green in winter. Learn how to hide in plain sight, survive in the forest, and build shelters that keep us warm and dry. Wednesdays (January 12-February 2) from 12:30-4:30 pm at our Learnscape in Alton Baker Park, rain or shine, kids 4-5 years old. Flexible drop off between…

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Winter Wild — Friday After School Natural Neighbors Begins!

January 14 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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This month our Natural Neighbors afterschool program theme will be Winter Wild! Explore the winter wonderland of the Pacific Northwest! Solve migration mysteries, hunt for hibernators, and discover why it’s not easy being green in winter. Learn how to hide in plain sight, survive in the forest, and build shelters that keep us warm and dry. Fridays (January 14-February 4) from 2:30-5:30 pm at our Learnscape in Alton Baker Park, rain or shine, kids 6-10 years old. Flexible drop off between…

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4th Annual Gnome Roam Nature Quest!

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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Free – $7

Go on a Gnome Roam in Alton Baker Park! Learn something new about the winter forest with each gnome you discover on this family-friendly wander through the woods. Meet outside the Nearby Nature Yurt in Alton Baker Park. Nearby Nature members FREE, non-members $7/family. Pre-register online. Space is limited. Please plan to wear masks and physically distance from people not in your friend/family group.

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Busy Builders No School Day

January 17 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd
Eugene, OR 97401 United States
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$60 – $70

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. $60 members/$70 non-members. Scholarships available. Ages 6-10, max 12 kids. Outdoors in the Learnscape and Alton Baker Park. Register online.

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