At Oxbow Regional Park, October 22 and 23, 2016
Nothing says "Pacific Northwest" like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. In October, witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. During the annual Salmon Homecoming, naturalists are on hand at Oxbow to help you see the salmon and explore other aspects of the park's 1,000-acres of old growth forest, hiking and equestrian trails and river beaches. Take the chill off around the campfire. Hot drinks provided.
All Salmon Homecoming events are free; registration is not required. $5 per vehicle ($7 per bus) fee. For more information, call 503-663-0238.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join naturalists at the river's edge; they'll help you spot spawning salmon and tell you about the salmon's behavior and life cycle. Borrow a pair of polarized fish-viewing glasses onsite. The trail to salmon viewing is unpaved and fairly level. Suitable for all ages.
Campfire and hot drinks
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or cider, around the campfire. Guaranteed to take the chill off and lift your spirits for a walk in the autumn woods. First come, first served.
Explore a salmon restoration site
2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 22
How do young salmon find food and refuge from floods and predators? Join the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to learn the science behind a side channel restoration project at Oxbow's Happy Creek. Restoring habitat lost in a 1960s road-building project created deep pools, bubbling riffles and hiding places for juvenile Chinook, Coho and steelhead salmon. Learn the characteristics of good habitat and tips on native plants and salmon-friendly practices you can incorporate into your life. Suitable for ages 8 and older. Meet at Alder Shelter (group picnic area A) at 1:45 p.m.
No-dogs policy: To protect plants, wildlife and people, Metro does not allow pets at regional parks and natural areas. Pets can damage habitat and threaten wildlife the region has worked to protect. In natural areas where dogs are not allowed, people see more wildlife and get closer to it. Seeing-eye dogs or other service animals are allowed. Please bring cleanup materials. http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/pets-policy