CAMPING IS SOLD OUT - Come just for the day - we're not far from Portland at beautiful Estacada Lake at McIver Park. Registration required.
Nature Connect NW returns to its favorite Eagle's Nest location along this special stretch of the Wild & Scenic Crooked River.
Click for more details, camp and event information. Get Ready! You can register now for the two remaining spots available.
Tracking is an ancient skill; it may be our oldest form of storytelling. Tracking reveals the hidden lives and movements of the creatures we long to see and understand.
We will be in the wild along the Sandy River at Oxbow Park where nature offers forest, river, wildlife, and tracks of all kinds! It's a treasure-chest of discovery!
SAVE THE DATE
It's a party! And YOU are invited! We simply don't yet know where we are throwing it...but as you can guess, it will definitely have some access to OUTSIDE!
Save the date for this annual honoring and completion opportunity to go deeply into the winter season and harvest the gifts of the year. We will use reflection, quiet, story, art, song and sharing in sacred circle as gateways into the quiet, sometimes tender pathways of our hearts. Always held in good company. More details to come as the year unfolds...
On this special Earth Exchange near Summer Solstice, we will turn our attention towards the waters and other places we love and bring gratitude and kindness to the wounds we see and feel. We witness what is lost, celebrate the beauty and use art and attention as we gift our thanks back to Earth's waters.
Join us for Saturday's Ceremony and Art from noon to dusk or continue on Sunday at our Rivers Honoring Camp.
Curious about primitive camping? Come on this adventure with Scout, who knows and loves this place of over 1000 acres. You will have fun, learn lots, get a bit of dirt under your nails, and see stars galore! This is nature at it's best!
Red Willow is beautiful, aromatic, and a base ingredient in beautiful hand made baskets. Join us in learning how to gather these lovely plants in a respectful and sustainable way and how to care for the cuttings.
Explore the floodplain of the Tualatin River Basin at its National Wildlife Preserve where we'll look for the protected Nelson's checker-mallow. Then on to White Oak Preserve, a 30-acre private preserve in the Newberg foothills. This lovingly stewarded land has distinct ecosystems and plentiful opportunities to enjoy all the signs of spring, including rare plants and butterflies.
What could be better than combining habitat restoration with making nature art! We'll plant milkweed grown for us by Gayla Jay, and special Guest Barbara Mickey will provide instruction and practice making pine needle baskets.
Immerse yourself in the beauty, history, and stories of She Who Watches, as well as other petroglyphs and pictographs. Guided by NatureConnect NW's Found Judy Todd, this special event is a feast for the senses and the imagination.
How does a tree hugging, nature-loving, activist grandmother celebrate the entry into her 8th decade? Come join us for Scout's 70th Birthday and find out for yourself! We promise there will never be a dull moment, and we'll have something fun for everyone.
Join NatureConnect NW for a Spring Nettle Harvest at Molalla River & Ponds with our special guest host Gayla Jay. We'll harvest young nettles and learn to make nettle tea and soup, as well as how to dry and use nettles for medicines.
Join us outside at Powell Butte Park as we explore what's already happening beneath the surface! We will spend nature connection time with a focus on early spring trees, berries, herbs, and maybe a few early feathered visitors.
Join us inside for a change, for some creative, curiosity-rich, and community pre-spring planning for all types of nature connections to follow! Use this as a stand-alone, or preparation for Part 2 on February 25th at Powell Butte.
The return of the light marks a unique and momentary time each year. We like to spend ours at the edge of the great sea, where imagination, dreams, fluidity and timelessness can visit us most easily. What a year we will be closing! What future calls us and how will we respond? Epiphany lends clues and suggestions like no other time can. Embracing the darkness as it greets the light, we find responses in our body and spirit, our words and deeds, that can surprise us.
Our retreat base will be near Neskowin. The Salmon River and estuary, the Pacific Ocean and sandy shore, Cascade Head with tales of salmon and fire will greet and hold us. Other companions may include sea lions, eagles, river otters, sea birds, cedar trees, mosses and lichens, deer, and elk.
This special, annual women-only retreat brings together Judy Todd, founder & inherent naturalist & Amanda Zabel, soul guide in dream and grief work. Together they vow to create a container of depth, magic and nature experience and connection unlike any other.
By request, we are also offering optional pre and post retreat mentoring, guiding and conversations to deepen your experience, and for far away travelers, to extend your time and make it especially valuable. Register now to assure a place as this retreat is limited. For details and to register, contact Judy Todd, 503-260-4995 or email Judy at email@example.com.
Join this special time of story, celebration, witness and wonder as we discern the patterns and connections of our year's journey as we begin to close the 2016 year. Time for every voice to be heard and each story to be told that reveals our truest self, sometimes directly, often by reflection from the voice of another. This event held in very good company.
Light snacks, warm fire and new friends and connections. Donations will be accepted, never required. Location TBD. To assist in planning contact Judy Todd 503-260-4995
If you like storytelling, you’ll love tracking! Tracks tell many stories; learn to read them and marvel at the secret lives of our local wildlife. $10, open to ages 12 and over.
Join this quiet 1/2 mile walk on culturally treasured Yakama Nation lands to honor the pictograph site of Tsagaglalal, known to many as She Who Watches. Opportunities for curiosity, discovery, and thoughtful conversation, as well as viewing petroglyphs and pictographs.
Shorebirds will be arriving at their wintering grounds. It will be cranberry harvest. And the peninsula will be hosting the One Sky, One World kite festival. Join us on Washington's beautiful Long Beach Peninsula. We will traverse the peninsula from the quiet mystery of Willapa Bay & Oysterville through wetlands, forest and dunes - to the Pacific Ocean, engaging the elements, creatures, and magic that we encounter.
A special event in partnership with Columbia Riverkeeper
Join us at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers at Kelly Point Park for this family and pet friendly river event. We’ll enjoy tracking, play, litter pick up, species ID, picnicking, sharing, flag making, and giving blessings and songs at the water’s edge.
We're combining some of our favorite activities in a full, fun day outdoors! Paddlers (kayaks and canoes) will enjoy the lovely waters near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, while others seek sightings of birds in the refuge itself. Then we'll gather together to share stories and food. For ages 16 - Elder.
As the trees begin to turn color and the light begins to wane, we take time to notice and celebrate the return of the Autumn season. These seasonal ceremonies mark the earliest signs of the coming season, empowering us to enter it with awareness, gratitude, and intention.
Visit a small farm that hosts a Monarch Waystation, bee hives, a plentitude of birds, friendly horses and a donkey. Draw and sketch your inspirations as you learn about Tending the Wild things.
Silence opens us to deeper listening, to the internal and external worlds we inhabit. Join us in a private location to experience the astounding beauty of nature, as we sit and walk in silence on the Earth.
On this day, people gather around the world in wounded landscapes to create beauty. In this simple yet powerful practice, we transform ourselves, one another, and our relationship to these places.
In Portland, we will gather at Cathedral Park in Portland's St. John's neighborhood to focus on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. For information and meetup details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Radical Joy for Hard Times
To spend time in an old-growth forest that has been clear-cut is to experience awe, sorrow, compassion, and opportunities both to mourn and to heal nature and self. During the day we'll have solo time in one of the vast clear-cuts on Vancouver Island. Evenings we'll spend in our campground in a beautiful protected ancient forest.
The movements and sounds of birds tell us a great deal about what is happening around us that we cannot see. Predators, people, other birds -- they are keenly attuned to their surroundings. Understanding bird language reveals a hidden world and increases our chances of seeing more wildlife.