At Oxbow Regional Park, Otober 17 and 18
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 this 1,000-acre wilderness 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.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 18
Celebrate the abundance of fall by exploring the incredible diversity of fungi in Oxbow’s ancient forest. In this beginners class learn the basics of mushrooms and other fungi and how to go about identifying this complicated group of strange and fascinating life forms. This hands on introduction will get you started identifying mushrooms and deepen your appreciation of the amazing variety of shapes, colors, textures and smells that make these life forms so intriguing. Suitable for ages 8and older. Meet at Alder Shelter (group picnic area A)
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/dogs-hunting-policies