Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Cascades Raptor Center - Family Discovery Day

Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m.3 p.m.

All About Owls! CRC invites families to become scientists, dissecting owl pellets to learn what and how owls eat, and why owl pellets are fascinating. Kids can create a pinecone owl to take home. While visiting the Raptor Center, families can meet resident owls and view all of the nearly 40 permanent resident raptors. Admission fee plus $2. See website for admission fees.

FMI: or 541.485.1320 


Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Bird Walk

Sunday, July 8, 8 a.m. -11 a.m. 

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for the monthly bird walk. It can be enjoyed by people at all levels of birding experience. They will use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of spring migrants and year-round residents. Come discover the Arboretum’s avian diversity. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $5, members free.

FMI:  or 541.741.4110

North American Butterfly Association - Browder Ridge (Frissell Ridge/Iron Mountain) "4th of July" Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m.

This field trip is the second of our two “Fourth of July” butterfly counts to be led by our experienced local NABA Oregon officers. Join us for a trip to these flower and butterfly rich environments. Two different count groups will explore for butterflies. One group travels by car along Browder Ridge with frequent stops and walking along gravel roads. The other group will hike to the summit of Iron Mountain or Cone Peak in the Cascades. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.  These are all day trips; please bring water, food, and comfortable shoes for walking. Meet at 8:00 am in the Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to split into groups and to carpool to the sites.

Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email

Driving mileage: medium   Physical effort: moderate to high (depending on the subgroup). 



Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Butterfiles and Dragonflies Walk

Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join nature guide Dave Hagen on a walk for kids and families. Explore the diversity of butterflies and dragonflies found at the Arboretum! This will be a gentle walk through the meadowlands. Nets and bug boxes are provided to get a closer look at these amazing organisms. Co-sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association-Oregon Chapter. Meet at the Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $8 per family, $5 individual, members free.

FMI:  or 541.741.4110

Cascades Raptor Center - Family Discovery Day

Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m.3 p.m.

Wildlife Play Hospital.  Kids and their families can become wildlife rehabilitators for the day! Participants will receive a report of an injured stuffed animal to be rescued on the Raptor Center’s wooded hillside property. After rescuing their animal, kids can bring it to the wildlife hospital play area for treatment. While the rescued animal recovers, families can visit with the dozens of permanent resident raptors at the Center, and then can release their patient back to the ‘wild.’Admission fee plus $2. See website for admission fees.

FMI: or 541.485.1320

Nearby Nature - Creepy Crawly Bug Safari

Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. noon

Go on a bug safari in the Walama Butterfly Meadow of Alton Baker Park! Use butterfly nets, magnifiers, bug barns, and more to catch and learn about all sorts of cool critters. Members free, non-members $5 per family. Pre-register at FMI: or 541.687.9699 or email

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Bird Walk

Sunday, August 12, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for another monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. Leaders will use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of breeding and year-round residents. Come discover the Arboretum’s avian diversity. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $5, members free.

FMI:  or 541.741.4110


Ongoing through October: 

Bureau of Land Management

Late May Through October

Consider assisting the Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at its bird-banding station in the West Eugene Wetlands. Participants will help provide kids with real-world, interactive lessons about research and conservation efforts for resident and migratory bird populations. Volunteer positions include: net openers/extractors, data recorders, and conservation education leaders. Education leaders should be at least amateur birders and be excited to connect kids in grades 6-12 with nature through the joy of birds. Activities will take place near Fern Ridge Reservoir on selected Thursday and Friday mornings between the end of May and the end of October. Involves rapid walking.

FMI or: contact Wildlife Biologist John Deluca, or 541.683.6229