Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Friends of Buford Park & The Nature Conservancy: Walking Tour of the Willamette Confluence Preserve
Saturday, October 5, 9 am-noon 

During this 4-mile mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will lead you around the preserve, highlighting the conservation efforts, human history, and natural features.

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Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, October 5

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem located just 20 minutes north of the greater Portland-metro area, hosting hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. This year’s festival marks the 20th Anniversary of the event!

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Friends of Buford Park: Photographing Birds Workshop
Sunday, October 6, 1-5 pm & Thursday October 10, 6-8 pm 

Dave Stone teaches this two-session bird-photography workshop. In session one, classroom time is followed by two hours of photographing birds at nearby Turtle Flats. Thursday’s session focuses on reviewing student photos, troubleshooting problems, and getting answers to questions. $20 Friends members/$30 non-members.

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Nearby Nature: Green Start Play Day: Creatures of the Night
October 8, 10 am-11:30 am 

Enjoy outdoor nature play plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories — this month about creatures of the night. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Members free, non-members $5/family. 

FMI or to preregister: 541.687.9699, ext 2 or 

Mt Pisgah Arboretum: Oaks for the Land, Acorns for the People
Saturday, October 12, 10 am-4 pm

Heron Brae teaches this workshop covering the ecological and historic role of oaks in relation to the natural environment and humans. Participants will practice techniques for making traditional food from acorns. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Bring a lunch, bowl and utensils, pad and pen, and mortar and pestle (optional). Members $50, non-members $60. Don’t forget your parking pass. Pre-registration required.

FMI or to register: 541.747.3817 or

Nearby Nature: Citizen Science Saturday: Blight, Blister, Blotch
Saturday, October 12, 1 pm-3 pm

Join us for citizen science investigations, including data collection, observations, and photography focused on end-of-season garden and compost fungi. Event open to all but designed especially for adults. If you have a smartphone or a camera, please bring it to take pictures. Members free, non-members $5. Meet on the Water Wise Garden Patio outside the Alton Baker Park Host Residence.

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Friends of Douglas-fir National Monument
Saturday, October 12, 8:30 am-6 pm

Auto-tour on the Quartzville Creek Backcountry Byway, featuring fall color. Little or no hiking. Participants will receive specific instructions when they register.

FMI or to register: Dave Stone,

Mt Pisgah Arboretum: Bird Walk
Sunday, October 13, 8 am-11 am 

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for a monthly bird walk appropriate for people with all levels of birding experience. They use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of fall migrants and year-round residents. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.


Eugene Natural History Society
Friday, October 18, 7:30 pm

Jesse D’Elia, lead author of the book California Condors in the Pacific Northwest (OSU Press) will share insights on this topic along with other endangered species recovery efforts. 

Location: 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus.

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Coast Fork Birders: Big Day Fall Bird Walk
Saturday, October 19, 9 am-11 am

Julie Parker will lead this walk at My Brothers’ Farm, 84674 Cloverdale Rd., Creswell. The location is a Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council restoration project site. Species observed will contribute to the Global Big Day.


Mt Pisgah Arboretum: Scarecrow Building and Pumpkin-Carving Workshop
Sunday, October 20, 1 pm-3 pm

Get ready for the Mushroom Festival’s Scarecrow Contest at this fun, family-oriented event. Scarecrows made at the workshop can be entered in the Festival’s Scarecrow Contest for free, or used to decorate your yard. Pants, shirts, straw, and pumpkins provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own used clothes as well! $5 per pumpkin or scarecrow. No registration required. Meet at the Arboretum’s White Oak Pavilion. Don’t forget your parking pass.

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) Eugene Birders’ Night
Monday, October 21, 7 pm

Attendees will share recent bird sightings and discuss birding-related topics. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event. Location: Historic McNail-Riley house, 601 W 13th Ave, Eugene, at the NW corner of W. 13th and Jefferson St., by the former Lincoln School. Park in the five spaces closest to the M-R house, or across 13th in the fairgrounds parking lot. 


Mt Pisgah Arboretum: Mushroom Festival
Sunday, October 27, 10 am-5 pm

Enjoy one of the largest fungal celebrations on the West Coast! Co-sponsored by Lane Community College and the Cascade Mycological Society. Hundreds of local mushroom species on display, live local music, hourly nature walks with experts, scarecrow contest, fresh-pressed apple cider, food booths, and local arts, crafts, and plant vendors. Suggested donation $10, Arboretum members free. 

FMI: or 541.741.4110