Babes in Boats Escape! and Campout
Aug
4
Aug 6

Babes in Boats Escape! and Campout

CAMPING IS SOLD OUT - Come just for the day - we're not far from Portland at beautiful Estacada Lake at McIver Park. Registration required.

NCNW Excursion-Autumn Equinox Camp on Oregon's Crooked River
Sep
21
Sep 24

NCNW Excursion-Autumn Equinox Camp on Oregon's Crooked River

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. 

Crossquarter Escape!  Tracking the Wild
Nov
4
10:00 am10:00

Crossquarter Escape! Tracking the Wild

  • Oxbow Regional Park

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! 

Happy Birthday to NatureConnect NW!
Nov
28
6:30 pm18:30

Happy Birthday to NatureConnect NW!

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! 

NCNW Winter - Gathering the Bones
Dec
17
2:00 pm14:00

NCNW Winter - Gathering the Bones

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...


Sisters of the Waters make Radical Joy for Hard Times, June 17 & 18
Jun
17
Jun 18

Sisters of the Waters make Radical Joy for Hard Times, June 17 & 18

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. 

NCNW Excursion: Primitive Camp at Ekone Ranch
Jun
2
Jun 4

NCNW Excursion: Primitive Camp at Ekone Ranch

  • Ekone Ranch

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!

Tending the Wild: Willow Cutting Outing
May
24
10:00 am10:00

Tending the Wild: Willow Cutting Outing

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.

High Spring Escape! Wildflowers in the Foothills
May
6
9:30 am09:30

High Spring Escape! Wildflowers in the Foothills

  • Newberg, OR United States

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.

Tending the Wild: Nettle Harvest Walk
Mar
13
11:00 am11:00

Tending the Wild: Nettle Harvest Walk

  • Molalla OR

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.

Early Signs of Spring Escape! Part 2: Exploration
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Early Signs of Spring Escape! Part 2: Exploration

  • Powell Butte Park

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. 

Early Signs of Spring Escape! Part 1: Preparation
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Early Signs of Spring Escape! Part 1: Preparation

  • 3617 Northeast 109th Avenue Portland, OR, 97220 United States

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.

Epiphany Retreat: Traversing the Times
Jan
5
Jan 8

Epiphany Retreat: Traversing the Times

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 judy@natureconnectnw.com. 

Winter Gathering:  Gathering the Bones
Dec
17
12:00 pm12:00

Winter Gathering: Gathering the Bones

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

ESCAPE!  Tracking at Oxbow Park
Nov
20
9:00 am09:00

ESCAPE! Tracking at Oxbow Park

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.

PARTNER EVENT:  Honoring Walk to She Who Watches
Oct
14
8:00 am08:00

PARTNER EVENT: Honoring Walk to She Who Watches

  • Columbia Hills Historical State park

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.

EXCURSION:  Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Long Beach Peninsula
Oct
7
Oct 9

EXCURSION: Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Long Beach Peninsula

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.

PARTNER EVENT:  Love Your Columbia!
Aug
20
10:00 am10:00

PARTNER EVENT: Love Your Columbia!

  • Kelly Point park

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.

ESCAPE!  Boats and Birds
Aug
13
9:00 am09:00

ESCAPE! Boats and Birds

  • Ridgefield Kayak

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.

CEREMONY:  Turning Toward Autumn at Mt. Tabor Park
Aug
7
7:00 pm19:00

CEREMONY: Turning Toward Autumn at Mt. Tabor Park

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.

PARTNER EVENT:  Earth Wisdom Walk
Jul
12
8:00 am08:00

PARTNER EVENT: Earth Wisdom Walk

  • Wahclella Falls Trail Cascade Locks, OR, 97014 United States

Join Judy Todd in a Partner Event with Friends of the Columbia Gorge. Judy will lead an Earth Wisdom Walk via Tanner Creek to Walchella Waterfalls, on the Oregon side of the Gorge.

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ESCAPE!  Listening in Silence
Jul
10
9:00 am09:00

ESCAPE! Listening in Silence

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.

PARTNER EVENT:  Radical Joy for Hard Times 7th Annual Global Earth Exchange
Jun
18
4:00 pm16:00

PARTNER EVENT: Radical Joy for Hard Times 7th Annual Global Earth Exchange

  • Cathedral Park

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 jan.shannon.home@gmail.com.

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PARTNER EVENT:  Vigil for a Clear-cut
Jun
15
9:30 am09:30

PARTNER EVENT: Vigil for a Clear-cut

  • Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

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.

ESCAPE!  Bird Language at Mt. Tabor Park
May
15
9:00 am09:00

ESCAPE! Bird Language at Mt. Tabor Park

  • Mt. Tabor Park Portland, OR

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.