Want a bird's eye view of the city? Sign up for a special tree climbing camp through West Linn Parks and Rec.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Want to get a birds eye view of West Linn? Sign up for the tree climbing camp taking place at Mary S. Young Park.

What is more natural than kids climbing trees? West Linn Parks & Recreation invites all kids to come climb trees and play in nature at Mary S. Young Park.

Campers will enjoy fun and educational events like a guided tree climb where they will learn to identify flora and habitat within the tree's canopy. Additional activities include a nature walk, leaf identification, rope knots and how to respect the "leave no trace" approach to enjoying the outdoors. This once-a-summer opportunity occurs on July 21. Two sessions are offered; 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Cost is $55.

There are also some other interesting Parks & Rec happenings and learning opportunities coming up. Here are a few of them:

  • Introduction to Clock Repair: Fascinated with clock and time keeping? Learn what makes them tick. This one-day class is suited to those with little or no knowledge of clock repair. Learn about clock movements and the tools involved in making common repairs. This one-day class is a perfect introduction to the weekly clock workshop where you bring your own clocks and repair them in class under guidance. The class is Sept. 2 at the Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Road, with a fee of $60. Learn more at

    n Summer Barn Dance will take place from 7-9 p.m. June 23 at Happy Trails Riding Center, 20560 Fernview Road in West Linn. Celebrate the start of summer at this social event planned with consideration for young adults with physical or cognitive disabilities. Cost is $5 per person.

  • Another dance to get on your calendar is the annual Street Dance in the historic Willamette District at Willamette Falls Drive and 13th Street, from 5-11 p.m. July 8. This event features family-friendly activities such as bouncy houses, face painting by UB Painted and juggler extraordinaire Mag Hughes for a hands on demonstration and juggling performance. The evening is topped off with a musical performance by Jilt from 8-11 p.m. playing dance tunes. Food and beverages available from local restaurants and vendors in the streets.

  • Who doesn't love running in their pajamas? On Sunday of the Old Time Fair, July 16, join us for the PJs to Pancakes kids' 1-mile and 5K runs. The run/walk will start in Willamette Park at 1100 12th St. and follow Volpp Street along the beautiful Willamette River. Runners and walkers are encouraged to show up in pajamas for this family event which begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration fee is $4 for kids' run and $5 the day of the event; registration fee of 5K is $8 pre-registration and $10 the day of the event.

    Registration Information

    Find information on all of the program offered by West Linn Parks & Recreation can be found at or in the Activities Guides. You may register by internet, mail, or drop-off at City Hall. For more information, call 503-557-4700.

    Ken Warner is the assistant director of West Linn Parks & Recreation.

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