McKenzie River Trust

Go to for a listing of MRT events and tours.


Lane County Audubon Society

Tuesday, 24 September, 7:30 p.m. Climate. With Tyler Hallman. Hallman is an ornithologist from Oregon State

University. His research focuses on how to map the distributions and abundances of birds, how these distributions and abundances have changed through time, and how to use citizen science data to address these questions. He has designed and taught classes about birds since his senior year at Pitzer College, including Systematics of Birds at Oregon State University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 2018. Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.


Mt. Pisgah Arboretum (all these MPA events will occur rain or shine; meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center and don’t forget your parking pass.)

Saturday, 14 September, 10 a.m. – noon. Late Summer Wildflowers Walk. Join Arboretum Interpretation Coordinator August Jackson for a tour of the amazing diversity of wildflowers that wait to bloom until the end of summer. We’ll take a walk along a wet prairie and down to the river to see emergent vegetation in bloom. We will also look at which insects pollinate these late-season flowers. Meet at the Visitor Center. $5, members free.

Saturday and Sunday, 28, 29 September, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Art and Science of Field Sketchbooks. This workshop is co-organized by Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Creature Conserve, in support of bringing artists and scientists together to promote conservation. Learn more about Creature Conserve at In this two-day workshop for artists of all levels, local illustrator and Creature Conserve artist/instructor Emily Poole will teach the basics of field sketching and keeping a sketchbook that reflects your interests, and Mount Pisgah Arboretum Interpretation Coordinator August Jackson will lead the group on an ecological sketching tour of the Arboretum. You will learn how to draw from nature in both technical and abstract ways, and explore different approaches to sketchbooking to find what works best for you. On Saturday, the group will discuss and practice sketchbooking and field-note techniques in the classroom. On Sunday, the group will walk around the Arboretum, learning and asking questions with August and Emily, and using their sketchbooking techniques to document the flora and fauna. This event consists of two 5-hour workshops with breaks for lunch. You will need a sketchbook, a pencil/pen, and your choice of additional mediums. Please also bring a water bottle, sun hat/sunscreen, and whatever else you may need to work comfortably outside. Be prepared to spend most of the day on Sunday hiking outdoors on mildly steep and/or uneven ground. Meet at the Visitor Center. Members $60, non-members $70. Pre-registration required. To register call 541-747-3817 or go to:


Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

Monday Morning Regulars. 9 a.m. noon. Contact for more information.

Tuesdays and Thursdays Nursery Work. 9 a.m. noon. Meet and work at the Native Plant Nursery at Buford Park. Enter Buford Park from Seavey Loop Road. Turn LEFT after crossing the bridge and drive 1/4 mile to the nursery.


The University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Saturday, 14 September. Second Saturdays at the Museum. Science and Culture Adventures for Families. Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child’s curiosity about our past, present, and future. September’s Second Saturday is all about Peregrine Falcons and other raptors, featuring science activities and bird-focused crafts fun. A drop-in event, Second Saturday is perfect for children ages three and up with an accompanying adult. Included with regular admission; free for museum members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Tuesday, 19 September. Raptors of Oregon: Successes and Concerns in a Changing World. Join Kit Lacy of the Cascades Raptor Center for an in-depth look at Oregon’s modern raptors and the dynamic habitats they occupy. Co-sponsored by the Cascades Raptor Center. Included with regular admission; free for museum members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Friday, 20 September. Little Wonders: Stories and More for Preschoolers. Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event. This month’s theme is Wild West Wingding, featuring a story, crafts, and activities celebrating cowboys and cowgirls, ranching, and the culture of the Old West. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Thursday, 3 October. People and Plants: Foraging in Oregon’s Ancient High Desert. Well-preserved plant remains recovered from archaeological deposits present a rare opportunity to learn about the ancient resources used by Indigenous People in Oregon’s Northern Great Basin. Join Jaime Kennedy, the museum’s paleoethnobotanist, for a discussion of these seeds and other remains—and the information they contain about Oregon’s earliest communities. The museum’s annual Archaeology Talks are part of the statewide celebration of Oregon Archaeology Month. Included with regular admission; free for members and UO ID card holders.

Exhibits: Exhibit hours: Tuesdays – Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more go to

Oregon—Where Past is Present. Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes. Explore Oregon. Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Peregrine Falcon:

From Endangered Species to Urban Bird. Helping raptors survive and thrive. Native Plant Courtyard. The Glenn Starlin Native Plant Courtyard is a living research collection of Oregon’s native plants.


Native Plant Society of Oregon, Emerald Chapter

Monday, 16 September, 7 p.m. Emerald Chapter’s 40th Anniversary. Emerald Chapter celebrates 40 years. We’ve made a difference! Charlene Simpson & David Wagner will host. Meet founders, hear the stories, see a slide show, enjoy cake and beverages. Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St.


Nearby Nature

Saturday, 21 September, Capella Benefit Barbeque and Raffle. Join us at Capella Market, 2489 Willamette St., for a benefit barbeque for Nearby Nature plus your last chance to buy raffle tickets for a shopping spree at Capella plus a $100 cooking-themed gift basket from Down to Earth! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the store starting in late August.

Saturday, 21 September, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alton Baker Park Cleanup. As part of SOLVE’s statewide Beach and Riverside Cleanup, Nearby Nature is once again hosting a cleanup of Alton Baker Park and the Whilamut Natural Area. This event will focus on the extensive waterways and riparian areas found in the park.

Saturday, 28 September, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Citizen Science Saturday: Fall Forest Fungi. Join us for citizen science investigations, including data collection, observations, photography, and more. This month we will focus on fungi in the fall forests of Alton Baker Park’s Eastgate Woodlands. Event open to all but designed especially for adult participants. If you have a smartphone or a camera, please bring one to take pictures. Smartphone users please load the iNaturalist app ( onto your phone if possible. Members free, non-members $5. Pre-register at 541-687-9699 or online. Meet in the parking lot at Eastgate Woodlands in Springfield (

Tuesday, 8 October, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Green Start Play Day: Creatures of the Night. Enjoy outdoor nature play in our Learnscape, plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories—this month about creatures of the night. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members free, non-members $5/family. Pre-register online or call 541-687-9699, ext 2.


North American Butterfly Association, Oregon (Eugene/Springfield) Chapter

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WREN (Willamette Resources and Educational Network)

Saturday, 14 September, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Exploration Day. Choose your opportunity. Explore the trails with binoculars, field guides, bug nets, hand magnifiers, and bug boxes, or, embark on a nature-inspired scavenger hunt, or, use items from nature and solar paper to create your own natural print, try out a vision-o-meter, or, make a harvesting bag to take home. Drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to check out backpacks and make some art. WREN staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. This event is free and families are encouraged to participate. WEW Project Office, 751 S. Danebo Ave.

Saturday, 28 September, 9 a.m. to noon. National Public Lands Day. NPLD is an opportunity to spend time outside with family and friends, connect with neighbors, and enjoy the benefits that come with the satisfaction of giving back—all things that enable us to live happier, healthier lives. Volunteers will pull invasive species, clean-up garden beds, and plant native plants along the Tsanchiifin Trail. All participants will receive a t-shirt, parks pass, snacks, and refreshments! This is a family-friendly, free event. No registration needed. WEW Project Offi e, 751 S. Danebo Ave.