Friends of Tryon Creek events and activities

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Girl Scouts will dissect owl pellets Jan. 18 at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Kick off the new year with forest adventures at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The Friends of Tryon Creek will offer the following events and outdoor education and stewardship opportunities:

Audubon Christmas Bird Count — Birders are invited to join park ranger and naturalist Christal Florin and Audubon volunteer Karen Harris on a hike in the forest as part of the Audubon Society’s national bird count. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. People do not have to be birding experts to participate. Jan. 5 at 8 a.m., free.

Girl Scout Trail Day — Daisy, Brownie, Junior Girl Scouts and their leaders will discover how owls are adapted to be hunters of the night, dissect an owl pellet, take a guided evening hike in the forest to listen for Tryon Creek’s resident owls and learn about the different species that call the park home. Dress to be outside and bring a flashlight. Pre-registration required, visit Jan. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $5 per Scout and adult.

Discovering Native Plants — Join the Friends and the Tryon Creek Watershed Council as they propagate plants to be used in restoration projects around the watershed. Participants will learn how indigenous people used these plants for food and medicine, discover the plants’ taxonomy, find out how the plants support local ecosystems and learn propagation techniques. Participants keep each of the 13 different species’ propagated. This is the first of a four-part class on Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 9 and March 23. Pre-registration required, visit First class is Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, free for members, $25 for non-members.

Day of Service — In honor of the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., participate with a day of service at Tryon Creek. Stewardship opportunities include removing invasive English ivy, helping maintain park trails to keep them safe and clean, digging paths for rain water, spreading gravel and clearing culverts. Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, free.

Volunteer Orientation — Learn about the history of Tryon Creek, the Friends of Tryon Creek mission and goals, their relationship with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, their Watershed Council programs and volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Sarah Kreisman at 503-636-4398 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jan. 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., free.

Annual Chili Cook — Come in out of the cold and sample a tasty selection of chili and microbrew as Friends of Tryon Creek volunteer chili chefs compete for the title of “Chili Master 2013.” Jan. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m., free for members, chefs and volunteers, $5 per non-member.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. For more information, visit

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