Hiking with Kids: Oak Island Nature Trail (Portland/Sauvie Island)

Portland is very close to many great things. Hiking is fairly abundant close in and we discovered a great trail just outside of Portland on Sauvie Island. What is fun for kids to imagine about the Oak Island Nature Trail is that they are on an island in a lake, that is on an island in a... Continue Reading →

National Park: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Last weekend the National Park Service celebrated National Junior Ranger Day and we wanted to participate, especially considering this was year we celebrate the 100th birthday of our National Park System. The closest National Park to Portland is just across the Columbia River in Vancouver. Strangely enough, despite the 20-minute drive from our house, we had never gone... Continue Reading →

Native Plants of the Willamette Valley

We have become students of what makes Oregon, well...Oregon! One of these things is our flora! In Portland we have a program called the Backyard Habitats Certification Program and last year I was awarded a Gold certificate. In the process of that, I have learned so much, but sometimes I forget what things are called,... Continue Reading →

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