Park-loving Portlanders, unite! The biggest volunteer event in Portland Parks history is here, with over 50 different projects for your family to choose from.Join children from all over Oregon and plant a pot of bulbs and flowers to take home. Learn how to track animals. Rise with the birds and explore Sauvie Island, or lurk in the shadows with the Creatures of the Night at Tryon Creek.


Al’s 18th Annual Kids’ Bulb Day (pictured; photo from Al’s Garden Center Facebook)
Plant a pot of bulbs and flowers to take home and grow. Sat. Sherwood, Gresham & Woodburn, Al’s Garden Centers, Various locations and times. Pre-registration required. Free Ages 2-12. Event details.

Animal Tracking at Oxbow Park
Join local trackers at Oxbow Regional Park to learn or improve animal tracking skills. All ages and skill levels, especially beginners, are welcome. Meet at the flood plain parking lot. Sat. 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. Gresham. $11/adults, kids free. Pre-registration required. Toddlers and older. Event details

East side

Safety Saturday: Historic Belmont Firehouse
The Historic Belmont Firehouse is a local treasure. Now is your chance to go inside! The firehouse is open to the public and features exhibits, an interactive fire engine simulator, and education and fun for the whole family. Sat. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Portland. Free. All ages. Event details.

West side

Morning Bird Walk
Join a naturalist for Morning Bird Walks at Wapato Access Greenway on Sauvie Island. These informal walks focus on bird identification, behavior, and getting to know the local birds. Sat. 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Free. Pre-registration necessary. All ages. Event details.

Creatures of the Night
Join an exciting evening of family-friendly hiking and nocturnal activities as you explore Tryon Creek State Natural Area for creatures of the night. Sat. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. $6, $5 for members. Advance registration required. All ages. Event details.


Parke Diem
Join 1,000 (that’s the goal) Portlanders at local parks and gardens to spruce them up before winter. Some of the over 50 work parties are already full, so visit to peruse the opportunities and register. Fri. All day. Free. All ages. Event details.  

Will you explore your wild side with an animal exploration activity this weekend or head indoors to do a little gardening or explore a historic fire station?

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen