Winter break camps are offered for children

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Help clear trails Dec. 21, 22 and 29 at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Chase the winter blues away with a lineup of outdoor education and stewardship opportunities at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Take part in the following activities:

Stewardship Fridays and Saturdays — Dec. 21, 22 and 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pull together to protect the forest at Tryon Creek by removing invasive English ivy. Help maintain trails by keeping them safe and clean. Projects may include digging out paths for rain water, spreading gravel and clearing culverts. For information, contact Sarah Kreisman at 503-636-4398 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winter Nature Day Camps — Dec. 21, 27 and 28. Campers grades kindergarten through fourth grade can look forward to interactive play and learning activities in the park with experienced counselors during winter break. Activities will focus on a variety of winter nature themes, including woodpeckers, the solstice, creek critters and animal hibernation. Cost ranges from $27 to $47. Registration required. To register, visit

Winter Solstice Special Event — Dec. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the changing of seasons with stories about the winter solstice from cultures around the world. Community members will learn the science behind the solstice, drink cider from a Dutch oven and explore the forest during an evening guided walk. The event is free and open to people of all ages. Registration required for the guided walk only. To register, visit

Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

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