Walk in the Park
Tricks to ID trees
Ever wanted to ID native trees that lack those taxonomical placards? Then head to the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor’s Center this Thursday. At 11:30 a.m., arboretum curator Martin Nicholas hosts author (and OSU professor) Ed Jensen, who'll sign copies of his book, Trees to Know in Oregon. After a quick lunch (it’s a bring your own-er), join Jensen as he takes to the arboretum’s trails to school you on how to quickly identify those native trees.
Every Friday, from spring to autumn, moms, dads and their kids embark on Ladybug Walks in one of Portland’s many parks. This week’s walk happens at the beautiful, blooming Hoyt Arboretum. The walk starts at 10 a.m., and is narrated by a kid-friendly naturalist who'll detail the surrounding flora and fauna, from ferns and magnolias to bunnies and birds. The walk costs $4 a pop for each tot, but, in an unusual twist, adults walk for free.
Green Trees, Green Streets
Portland is rich in parks, but our neighborhoods are well-wooded, too. Want to marvel at our urban canopies and learn more about old local trees? Then this guided 12.5-mile Sunday morning cruise of Portland’s southeast neighborhoods is for you. The ride starts just after 9:30 a.m., and your guides will have you back in time for lunch. Of course, helmets are a must.
This week is Parks Week, so it's a great time for you—and your kids—to get your fingers dirty and your feet all muddy as you explore the blooming splendor of our urban parks.