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Winter 2012- 2013

Environmental Education Programs for preschoolers through adults! Annual wreath fundraiser - page 3 Winter Solstice hike - page 4 Teen trips and camps - page 7 Plus lots more...


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Commissioner Nick Fish Director Mike AbbatĂŠ

Portland Parks & Recreation

Environmental Education Telephone: 503-823-3601

Portland Parks & Recreation offers diverse environmental experiences in our parks, gardens, and natural areas. Classes, guided walks, camp programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events focus on the forest, grassland, and water ecosystems available in neighborhoods throughout the city. From young children to older adults, people of all ages can find active involvement with nature close to home.

PP&R Environmental Education emphasizes‌

sense of awareness belonging professional naturalists

life-long learning


time outdoors rain or shine

participant-directed focus hands-on variety of activities funexperiences opportunities for all

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online program guide! Go to Click or hover on the Nature tab Click on Environmental Education Scroll down and view our online catalog. You can turn pages! Hover over any barcode to go directly to the registration page for that class! If you have problems, call our office and we will get you registered at 503-823-3601.

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Wreath Making Classes & Fundraiser............... 3 Nighttime Hoots and Howls............................. 4 Nature of the Northwest.................................... 4 Nuts About Nature............................................. 5 Ladybug Walks................................................... 6 Summer Nature Day Camp............................... 6 Teen Environmental Adventures........................ 7 Recreation Facilities and Map.........................8-9 Registration Information.................................. 10 Registration Form............................................ 11

Portland Parks & Recreation Wreath Making Classes

Wreath Fundraiser

Channel your creative energy into a handwrapped wreath! Even a novice can make a masterpiece. Nowhere else in town will you find such a diversity of greens for wreath-making. All greens, wire, rings, ribbons, and other decorative items supplied plus individualized instruction.

This holiday season buy a wreath from Portland Parks and Recreation and know you are supporting a good cause! All the proceeds from the sales are used for scholarships so those with limited funds can attend our programs - like Summer Nature Day Camp!

Classes are held in the greenhouse at Mt. Tabor Yard located at 6437 SE Division St. Follow signs through the alley to wreath greenhouse. Call 503-823-6303 for more information. Proceeds help those with limited opportunities attend our nature programs!

Prices begin at $20. We have a wide variety of styles and sizes. If you are interested in volunteering to decorate wreaths please call 503-823-6303 - we would love to have your help and will teach you how!

Where & when to buy a wreath...

Fee: $35 Ages 12 & up All classes are 9:30am-12:30pm, however individual wreath making times may vary - 3 hours is about average for a beginner.

Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Ave.) Nov 27-Dec 14, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm

#391807 Thursday, November 29

Hoyt Arboretum (4000 SW Fairview Blvd.) Nov 28-Dec 14, Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm

#391808 Saturday, December 1 #391809 Wednesday, December 5 #391810 Sunday, December 9 #391811 Tuesday, December 11 #391812 Saturday, December 15

Mt. Tabor Nursery (6437 SE Division) Nov 27-Dec 16, everyday, 9am-4pm

1900 Building (1900 SW 4th Ave) Nov 29, Dec 4 & 13, 3-4:30pm Sellwood Community Center (1436 SE Spokane) Dec 1 9am-4pm Dec 2 10am-3pm Director Park (SW Park & Yamhill) Dec 1, 1pm-5pm Dec 6 & 7 12:30pm-1:30pm Water Pollution Control Lab (6543 N. Burlington Ave.) Dec 3 & 13 12:30pm-1:30pm Wastewater Treatment Plant

(5001 N Columbia Blvd.)

Dec 3 &13 2pm-4pm

Southwest Community Center (6820 SW 45th Ave.)

Dec 8 9am-3pm

METRO (600 NE Grand Ave.) Dec 10 3:30pm-4:30pm

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Portland Parks & Recreation Nighttime Hoots and Howls

Nature of the Northwest

Meet a naturalist for an “after hours” walk during the winter solstice (December 21). Hear the chirps of birds settling in for the night, the hoots of owls as they search for prey, and other night time activity. Learn the “reasons for the seasons” and with a little luck, there may be a little stargazing as well! Learn to sharpen night vision, but bring a flashlight just in case.


These nighttime strolls are suitable for families, however children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please have babies in a sling or backpack. Leave pets at home. Dress for the weather - rain or moonshine!

Want to learn about birds of prey? Take a class and get primed for raptor viewing! Find out why these birds abound during the winter in the Willamette Valley. Love the Raptor Road Trip? Do it again with your own naturalist! Grab your binoculars (or borrow some from us) and pack a lunch! We will drive to Sauvie Island to watch raptors and waterfowl. Instructor Elvira Stenson can be reached at Refund: 5 business days.

Refund: 5 business days. #393005 Fri 5:30pm-7:00pm age: 1 & up Kelley Point Park 12/21 $3 Meet in the last parking lot #393006 Fri 5:30pm-7:00pm age: 1 & up Gabriel Park 12/21 $3 Meet at the restrooms/playground near 6789 SW 42nd Ave.

Classroom program #393295 Tuesday, February 12 6:30pm-8:00pm age: 12 & up Peninsula Park CC $10 Field trip to Sauvie Island #393295 Saturday, February 16 9:00am-1:00pm age: 12 & up Transportation from Portland provided! Meet at Hollywood Fred Meyer $18 Register for both the class & field trip for $28 What past trip participants thought... “I learned a lot - makes me want to learn more. It was fun - excellent instructor.” “Elvira was great!”


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Portland Parks & Recreation Nuts About Nature | Nature’s Playground A preschooler’s mind is like a sponge! Get ready for kindergarten the natural way! Hands-on lessons in the fields & forests will build skills in literacy, the five senses, coordination, & social development. Nurture your child’s sense of wonder! Each teacher at Nuts About Nature is a professional environmental educator who has experience working with very young children. Together, they bring a wide educational background to the program, such as music, yoga, ecology and children’s literature. Nuts About Nature is a drop-off program. A parent volunteer is welcome for each class. Spots are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Children should come with the following: 1) appropriate clothing, rain gear and footwear; 2) a hat & mittens; & 3) a backpack containing a healthy, portable snack & a water bottle. Questions? Call Teacher Balsam directly at 503-823-1149 or email her at

Lil’ Nature Kids (Ages 3-6) Lil’ Nature Kids uses experienced, enthusiastic teachers to combine ecological concepts with developmentally appropriate skills and kindergarten readiness. Our preschool naturalists take small groups of children into a park for two hours to learn through stories, songs, art, exploration and imaginary play. The primary goal is to give children positive outdoor experiences, rain or shine, with teachers who direct the learning based the children’s interests. All classes are mixed age. Ratio of students to teachers is 4:1 or better. Children can be added for a pro-rated fee if space remains after the first day of class. #390117 Mon 9:30am-11:30am age: 3-5 Mt. Tabor Park Jan 28 - Feb 11 $42 #390118 Tu & Th 9:30am-11:30am age: 3-5 Mt. Tabor Park Jan 29 - Feb 21 $112

Refund: 5 business days

#390119 Tu 1:30pm-3:30pm age: 4-6 Mt. Tabor Park Jan 29 - Feb 19 $56

Nature School for Homeschoolers

Did you know that children who spend time outdoors are more creative, curious, social, & content? Let nature be the catalyst in your child’s learning! Handson activities will supplement your child’s home-school experience and build your child’s knowledge of local ecology using inquiry, experiments, games & exploration. Parents are asked to volunteer 1-2 times during the session. #393678 Mon 12:30pm-3:30pm Mt. Tabor Park Jan 28 - Feb 11 #390139

age: 4-7 $42

Mon 12:30pm-3:30pm age: 4-7 Mt. Tabor Park Feb 25 - Mar 18 $56

#390140 Tue 10:00am-1:00pm age: 5-8 Sellwood Park Feb 26 - Mar 19 $56

#390120 Wed 9:30am-11:30am Peninsula Park Jan 30 - Feb 20

age: 3-5 $56

#390121 Fri 9:30am-11:30am Sellwood Park Feb 1 - 22

age: 3-5 $56

#390122 Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm Sellwood Park Feb 1 - 22

age: 4-6 $56

#390123 Mon 9:30am-11:30am age: 3-5 Mt. Tabor Park Feb 25 - Mar 18 $56 #390124 Tu & Th 9:30am-11:30am age: 3-5 Mt. Tabor Park Feb 26 - Mar 21 $112 #390125 Tue 1:30pm-3:30pm age: 4-6 Mt. Tabor Park Feb 26 - Mar 19 $56 #390126 Wed 1:30pm-3:30pm age: 3-5 Pennisula Park Feb 27 - Mar 20 $56 #390127 Fri 9:30am-11:30am Sellwood Park Mar 1 - 22

age: 3-5 $56

#390128 Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm Sellwood Park Mar 1 - 22

age: 4-6 $56

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Portland Parks & Recreation Ladybug Walks - Fridays @ 10am Kids ages 2-5 & their parents explore parks, gardens and natural areas with a nature guide. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songs and experience the many changes of the seasons. Walks occur rain or shine! No registration is necessary...just meet us at the park. $3/preschooler, no charge for adults.

Summer Nature Day Camp Already looking forward to summer? Here’s a sneak peak at the 2013 Summer Nature Day Camp line up! Registration will begin on February 20! June 24 – 28 Hoyt Arboretum Mt. Tabor Park July 8 – 12 Mt. Tabor Park Forest Park (meet at Upper Macleay Park)

Many thanks to Lisa Decker for submitting this photo of her son George during a Ladybug Walk at the Columbia Slough!

July 15 – 19 Hoyt Arboretum Powell Butte Nature Park July 22 – 26 Mt. Tabor Park Columbia Children’s Arboretum July 29 – Aug 2 Hoyt Arboretum Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Feb 15

Hoyt Arboretum*v 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.

Feb 22

Whitaker Ponds*v 7040 NE 47th Ave.

Aug 5 – 9 Mt. Tabor Park

Mar 1

Albert Kelly Park* 3390 SW Mitchell St.

Mar 8

Smith & Bybee Wetlands*v 5300 N Marine Dr.

Aug 12 – 16 Hoyt Arboretum Whitaker Ponds Natural Area

Mar 15

Powell Butte Natural Area 14424 SE Center St.

Mar 22 Tideman Johnson Natural Area*v Johnson Creek Blvd. & Springwater Corridor Mar 29

Columbia Park*v N Woolsey Ave & N Winchell St. * Route is accessible to strollers vTriMet transportation available Restroom or port-a-potty

Check the website for the full 2013 schedule!


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Aug 19 – 23 Mt. Tabor Park Marshall Park Aug 26 – 30 Hoyt Arboretum

Portland Parks & Recreation T. E. A. Teen Environmental Adventures (Ages 11-17) • Visit for details on these opportunities • Questions? Contact Cole Robinson at 503-823-8840 | or Kelly Rosteck at 503-823-6378 | • Permission slip required for all trips. Get yours at • We lead custom trips for schools, groups & families! We post photos from every trip! • Scholarships available. Portland Parks - Teen Environmental Adventures

Winter Break Adventure Camp December 17 - 20

9am - 5pm | Matt Dishman CC | #388559 |  $200 Enjoy the best of winter outdoor adventure activities! From Hood to the Coast to everywhere in between; experience nature, unique games & more fun than you can handle. Instructors: Rush & Kalene

Day Trips 9am - 5pm

January 21 Day MLK Beach 0 # 394171 $5 CC an m h is Matt D

January 26 Mazama Lo dge Snow Day

# 394177 $4 5 Mt. Scott CC + EPCC

ry 2 Februa Day dhog Groun shoe Snow February 18 X-Country Ski # 391113 $40 Matt Dishman CC

Snowboarding & Leadership Series 5 ride days:

3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 7:30am - 5:30pm Mt. Scott CC # 392409 $300 Learn to shred on a snowboard. We partner with SOS Outreach to teach life-skills through snowboarding. For more information: Fee includes lift tickets, transportation, equipment & small group instruction. Instructors: Khino & Kalene

Spring Break Adventure Camp March 25 - 29 9am - 5pm # 372246

Matt Dishman CC $275

8.50 84 $3 1 4 9 3 # ott CC Mt. Sc C + EPC

March 9 Snow Tubing

# 391114 $40 Matt Dishman CC

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D i rect o ry

Portland Parks & Recreation

9. Peninsula Park Community Center & Swim Pool (summer only) 700 N. Rosa Parks Way 503-823-3620 • Pool: 503-823-3677 10. Pier Park Swim Pool (summer only) N. Seneca & St Johns • 503-823-3678 11. Portland Tennis Center 324 NE 12th • 503-823-3189 12. Roseway Heights SUN Community School 7334 NE Siskiyou • 503-916-5865 13. Senior Recreation 426 NE 12th • 503-823-4328 V/TDD 14. Sitton SUN Community School 9930 N. Smith • 503-916-5654 15. St Johns Community Center 8427 N. Central • 503-823-3192 16. St Johns Racquet Center 7519 N. Burlington • 503-823-3629 17. Charles Jordan Community Center 9009 N. Foss • 503-823-3631


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18. Arleta SUN Community School 5109 SE 66th • 503-916-6332

37. Alice Ott SUN Community School 12500 SE Ramona • 503-823-2279

19. Buckman Swim Pool 320 SE 16th • 503-823-3668

38. Centennial SUN Community School 17650 SE Brooklyn • 503-823-5397

20. Community Music Center 3350 SE Francis • 503-823-3177

39. East Portland Community Center & Pool 740 SE 106th • 503-823-3450

21. Creston Swim Pool (summer only) SE 44th & Powell • 503-823-3672

40. Parkrose SUN Community School 12003 NE Shaver • 503-408-2640

22. Grout SUN Community School 3119 SE Holgate • 503-916-6421

Golf Courses

23. Lane SUN Community School 7200 SE 60th • 503-916-2910

41. Eastmoreland Golf Course 2425 SE Bybee Blvd • 503-775-2900

24. Laurelhurst Studio 3756 SE Oak • 503-823-4101

42. Heron Lakes Golf Course – Great Blue and Greenback 3500 N. Victory Blvd • 503-289-1818

25. Mt Scott Community Center & Swim Pool 5530 SE 72nd • 503-823-3183 26. Mt Tabor SUN Community School 5800 SE Ash • 503-916-2915 27 Sellwood Community Center 1436 SE Spokane • 503-823-3195 28. Sellwood Swim Pool (summer only) SE 7th & Miller • 503-823-3679 29. Woodstock Community Center 5905 SE 43rd • 503-823-3633 West Portland 30. Children’s Museum Washington Park • 503-223-6500 31. Fulton Park Community Center 68 SW Miles • 503-823-3180 32. Hillside Community Center 653 NW Culpepper Terr • 503-823-3181 33. Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy • 503-823-2787 34. Pittock Mansion 3229 NW Pittock Drive • 503-823-3624 35. Southwest Community Center & Swim Pool 6820 SW 45th • 503-823-2840 36. Wilson Swim Pool 1151 SW Vermont • 503-823-3680

43. RedTail Golf Course 8200 SW Scholls Ferry Rd • 503-646-5166 44. Rose City Golf Course 2200 NE 71st • 503-253-4744

Other PP&R programs and facilities: Information Hotline – in Spanish, too! 503-823-PLAY Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation 503-823-4328 V/TDD Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden 503-771-8386 Customer Service & Permit Center 503-823-2525 Environmental Education 503-823-3601 Hoyt Arboretum 503-865-8733 Japanese Gardens 503-223-1321 Lan Su Chinese Garden 503-228-8131 Leach Botanical Garden 503-823-9503 Portland Community Gardens 503-823-1612 Portland International Raceway (PIR) 503-823-RACE Portland Parks Foundation 503-802-5757 Rose Garden Store – Washington Park 503-227-7033 Sports Office 503-823-5126 Urban Forestry (tree care) 503-823-4489 Volunteer Program 503-823-5121

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Registration Information Registration: Receipt of full payment is required for

Customer Satisfaction: Your Satisfaction is

Resident / Non-Residents / definitions:

Withdrawal & Refunds: Please notify us at least

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registration, unless otherwise arranged. Returned checks & declined bank cards void registration. If you have a nonresident pass, please let us know.

A resident is: • anyone who occupies a permanent residence inside the city limits of Portland, which includes the Portland Public, Parkrose, and David Douglas School Districts. • any child living within the school boundaries of the Reynolds and Centennial School Districts who is attending a SUN Community School. Through a partnership between the City and County, a child attending a SUN Community School is eligible to register for programs at any SUN Community School location without paying a non-resident fee. Anyone else is considered a non-resident (NR) and will be assessed a NR fee. NR fees do not apply to drop-in activities. Non-residents who wish to register for PP&R activities may choose one of these options: • pay the additional 30% non-resident fee. • purchase resident status as either an individual or family for a period of three, six, nine, or twelve months from the date of purchase. Inquire about this option at time of registration. Non-resident passes are not refundable. Passes are activated at the date of purchase. Non-resident Pass prices: 3 Month Pass: Individual - $25 Family - $50 6 Month Pass: Individual - $45 Family - $90 9 Month Pass: Individual - $65 Family - $130 One Year Pass: Individual - $85 Family - $170 A family denotes a couple (married or domestic) or a single parent and their legal dependants living in the same residence.

Special Needs: Within the American with Disability Act (ADA), a person with a disability or special need who desires assistance with registration and/or participation in general PP&R programs can contact Inclusion Services at 503-823-4328 V/TTY. If you request assistance through Inclusion Services, a minimum of 10 business days (Monday- Friday) advance notice is required. If you need a sign language interpreter or FM loop amplifier, please contact 503-823-4328 V/TTY, at least five business days in advance of the activity or class. Information about programs & services is available on the internet for those needing a voice synthesis. Visit our website at For additional ADA information call 503-823-2223 V/TTY. Scholarships: City of Portland residents, regardless

of age, who require financial assistance may apply for partial scholarships. Contact individual centers for information.

Class Enrollment: Our classes must meet minimum

& maximum enrollment standards. Classes may fill quickly or classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.


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Our Goal. Portland Parks & Recreation strives for 100% customer satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with a recreation program or service let us know.

three business (Monday-Friday) days, unless otherwise specified, before the start of your program so that we can refund or credit your account for the registration fee. Prepaid materials & admission tickets cannot be refunded. Participants needing to withdraw after the program has begun are offered a prorated credit or refund based upon when the request is made.

Information Hotline: For information on other

PP&R services & programs, call the Parks Information Hotline at 503-823-PLAY(7529), Monday-Friday, 8:30am5pm. You will receive a message with the following options: •Press 1 for information on sports programming or to reserve a sports facility. •Press 2 to register for a class or activity. •Press 3 to reserve a picnic or wedding site, or book an event. •Press 4 to make a tee time at one of our four public golf courses. •Press 6 for Spanish •Press 0 to reach an operator for information If you require V/TDD services, call 503-823-2223.

Inclement Weather: If the City of Portland public

school districts (Portland Public, Parkrose, David Douglas, Reynolds, and Centennial) are closed because of weather conditions, PP&R classes and youth basketball in those school districts are cancelled. However, some sites may be open for drop-in activities. Call the specific PP&R facility for information and opening/closing times. If inclement weather is forecast on weekends or holidays, call the PP&R facility or program for operating hours and activity cancellations. A listing of phone numbers is available on the previous page.

Notice Of Non-Discrimination: PP&R programs and services reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ability. Photo policy: Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) reserves the right, and may give permission to the media, to photograph classes, programs, and participants at all our facilities and properties. Please be aware that these photos are for promotional purposes and may be used in future publications and media communications in any format. By participating in PP&R classes and programs, you consent to the taking and publication of your photograph for these purposes. If you see us with our camera, and you wish to not be photographed, please let us know. We will honor your request.

Portland Parks & Recreation

Register Now - One of Five Ways •On-line at Hover over the Recreation tab and click on Class Search/ Registration. Search for classes by age category, by keyword, or narrow your search by specific activity. •PHONE - Complete this registration form and call any PP&R site using the phone numbers the previous map pages. You may also phone in your registration to the Park’s Customer Service Hotline at 503-823-2525, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:45pm. Phone in registration is accepted with Visa or Mastercard only. •MAIL - Mail in your completed registration form to the program center address. Include full payment using your Visa, Mastercard or check payable to the City of Portland. Mail-in registration is also accepted at the Park’s Customer Service Center, 1120 SW Fifth Ave. Suite 1302, Portland, 97204. •FAX - Complete the registration form and fax it to the program center fax number with full payment using your Visa or Mastercard. Faxes are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but are processed during regular business hours. •IN PERSON - Any PP&R facility is able to process your registration, including the Customer Service Center located on the first floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Ave. All Community Centers are open for walk-in registration during business hours. CHECK ONE:

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