April marks the fourth year since we created our very first hand illustrated trail packet for families in the Portland. When we began, we had a simple vision.
We were scholars and educators who were unsatisfied with the kinds of trail-related material that we were finding for our little one. So we set forth with a challenge: make incredible interpretive material that would connect with and engage with him and other kids.
We drew from our experiences as creatives and educators, our knowledge of pedagogy, and our parenting backgrounds to develop our high impact illustration and place based, hands-on material that you find in the material we make for the Portland Explorers Club.
Since we began this business, we have seen a broad need for this kind of impactful interpretive material. Within in the past year, we have been responding to this need by shifting our focus more towards custom illustration and partnerships with with other purpose driven businesses and organizations.
Through this process, we have recognized there is a more formal pivot in our business that we need to make. And we are really excited to share it with you to share it with you in this post!
Changes to Super Nature Adventures
Starting in April, we will be transitioning from a primarily trail-packet based business, to one with a creative design and consultation emphasis, that centers on creative interpretive projects and place based illustration. We will still be offering our monthly subscription service, Portland Explorers Club, but will no have individual trail packets available at our online store.
Our services will help purpose driven organizations, small businesses, and families build meaningful connections with their audiences (students, visitors, community groups, event attendees, etc).
These services will include new focus on custom illustration and partnerships with groups around the country. We will also support educators and outdoor groups in the Portland area, specifically, with trail packet material we’ve already created.
The End of Individual Trail Packet Sales
One of the most immediate changes that we are making involves the online store offerings. Beginning March 15, this kind of material will only be available through subscriptions, group purchase, or as part of partnership school fundraiser event (you email us at email@example.com if you are interested in working with us on this kind of opportunity).
For members of the Portland Explorers Club, this means your membership will have even more benefits. Members will have exclusive access to the wide array of trail packet material created over the past four years.
The trail packets at the online store will only be available there through March 15, so hurry on over to get you gifts for spring.
Good news for those of you are part of a group or organization (teacher, Girl Scout leader, homeschool group, etc). If you are interested in a group purchase of these packets, they'll still be available after we make these changes. Email us to inquire about how to make this kind group purchase at an affordable rate.
You will start to see changes happening on our website and in social media in the weeks to come that reflects these changes. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition!
And finally, if you are interested in working with us on a project for your organization, business, or event, the best way to reach us is through email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
So many exciting things to come!
-Bryna & Mike, Super Nature Adventures
Hello hello! It’s time for the final part of our three part series we’re are doing on our trail packet locations for monthly subscriptions in 2020.
To learn more about the locations for spring and summer, head on over to Part One and Part Two.
In this post, we are sharing the locations subscribers will be exploring with their families from September through November. A heads up in case you don’t know - there are no packets in December, so November is the last month of the year.
Fall in the Pacific Northwest
Fall is a season of rapid transformation in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves begin their seasonal change in early October, and depending on the weather, can still be changing all the way through Thanksgiving. By late November, the leaves are mostly gone, leaving a forest of moss, conifers, and ferns.
Early Fall is the season of harvest and bounty. You’ll find fruit trees, berries, and animals taking advantage of the falling fruits and nuts. You’ll also see a lot of spiders that have grown over the summer months.
As the rain returns, so too do fall fungi and wet weather creatures like slugs. As it cools off further, we see the return of winter migratory birds. After the leaves have fallen, the migratory season peaks with thousands of birds flocking to PNW wetlands.
Every month has something new to experience. We celebrate it all in the Fall 2020 subscription packets.
Fall 2020 Selections, Month by Month
Welcome to the second of our three part series we’re are doing on our trail packet locations for monthly subscriptions in 2020!
(To learn more about the Feb through May locations, head on over to Part One.)
In this post, we are sharing the locations subscribers will be exploring with their families from June through August.
Summer in the PNW is a Great Time to Head Outdoors
What can we say? Summer in the PNW rocks!
It’s a time of long days, blue skies…and wildflowers, butterflies, and animals of all sorts. The forest comes alive with chatters, chirps, and buzzes - as do the prairies and wetlands where you’ll find ladybugs, dragonflies, butterflies, frogs, snakes, and more.
It’s also time for swimming and river wading, and dramatic waterfall views. Because the winter tends to be gray, in summer take time for the sunsets and snowcapped mountain views.
We'll be celebrating both the small delights and the grandeur of summertime with our 2020 subscription selections.
Summer 2020 Selections, Month by Month
Hello there! Welcome to the first of a three part series we’re are doing on our trail packet locations for monthly subscriptions in 2020.
In this post, we are sharing the locations that subscribers will be exploring from February through May.
First, though, let’s review what monthly subscriptions are, how they work, and what kinds of materials they include.
Monthly trail packet subscriptions are a great way to explore Portland parks together as a family, one family friendly trail at a time.
Families who sign up begin receiving their packets in mail around mid-to-late February and continue receiving them for as long as they are subscribed, for every month of the year except for December and January.
Subscriptions help keep kids engaged when they are hiking through place based materials and activities, such as stickers to use with a kid centered map to document wonders found along the trail. They also support learning and creativity afterwards with other kinds of hands-on materials.
Each packet in 2020 will include:
(Learn more about 2020 features in this blog post.)
The locations are curated to celebrate the best of each season and highlight the wide variety of habitats and wonders open to the public right here in the Portland area.
Trail locations are all within 30 miles of downtown Portland. Every trail selected is 2.5 miles or less.
It's that time of year again. The leaves have fallen, the year is coming to an end, and we have wrapped up on 2019's monthly trail packet subscriptions.
We are very proud of the hand-on material we created for families who subscribed with us this year! Monthly Subscriptions have been a core part of our business ever since we began Super Nature Adventures.
The year 2020 will mark the fourth year that we send these packets out to families here in the Portland area.
In this blog post, we share all the features that will make the 2020 subscriptions an awesome way to explore the outdoors with your little ones!
So without further ado, here are SIX key things to know about 2020 subscriptions.
1. Monthly subscriptions are a great holiday gift for kids because they are the kind of gift that keeps on giving all year round.
When you sign up for a year-long subscription, you receive a new packet delivered straight to your door every single month from February through November.
That’s ten unique packets with hands-on booklets and craft activities that are seasonally specific, each with a kid-centered map and sticker set designed to empower kids to feel like the heroes of their own hike.
That’s ten different family adventures around the Portland area that will help deepen your child’s connections to the outdoors!
Let’s set the scene. You just started out on your family hike. You feel prepared with snacks, water, proper shoes and everything else you might need. You have your smart phone ready to capture photos of you, your spouse, and your kid.
You are pumped. Everything seems to be going great! You get to share a special afternoon exploring the outdoors with the whole family.
Then reality sinks in, when almost immediately, your child exclaims loudly, “I’m bored!”
Your heart sinks. You grow frustrated. You wonder if your kid will ever be one of those nature-loving kids you see in the happy photos that all the outdoor companies use to sell your product. Maybe you even start to doubt yourself as a parent.
Calling all families!
The end of the school year is almost here in the area around Portland, Oregon, and we are celebrating with a party for all those curious, creative, inquisitive kids out there!
So mark your calendars for a fun filled Portland themed Bash!
Join us for our end-of-the-year Portland Explorers Party, and while you're there, your child can enter their artwork into the first Portland Explorers Club Art Exhibition!
*Games and Activities
*Kid Friendly Snacks
*Enter your artwork into the first Portland Explorers Club Art Exhibition, and be entered to win the Explorers Prize (details below)
EXHIBITION & PRIZE DETAILS:
--> Everyone who participates in the art exhibition will be entered to win the Explorers Prize: an amazing package that includes a 3-month subscription to Super Nature Adventures and $25 gift certificate to toy store Made You Look.
--> Winner picked from a drawing after the event. To enter your child’s artwork, and be eligible for the prize, follow the directions on this art entry form. You must attend to be eligible for the prize.
It's all happening at Made You Look PDX on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 4-5:30 pm.
It's going to be a great time! Let's all come and celebrate Portland and summer fun!
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
This event is co-hosted by Made You Look PDX, and the art exhibition will be held at the store through June, starting the weekend after the event.
Photo by Kristine Thompson
May is starting off lovely here in the Pacific Northwest, isn't it? There's sun in the forecast as far as the eye can see.
All this warmer weather means we are going to start seeing more animals, insects, and other creatures that either hatch or come out of hibernation in the spring. It also means we'll be transitioning into butterfly season soon.
There's a lot to be excited about this time of year, so make some space to get outside before this season ends.
Here are some bits of nature & trail news that we have on our minds right now:
Now let's talk about what to explore with Kids this May!
There are few things more exciting about Spring than the return of bright colors. The pops of yellow, pink, white, and lavender are all inviting signs of warmer days ahead.
During these spring months, one of the best family trails to see these changes is the Camassia Nature Park trail in West Linn, Oregon.
Did you know that Super Nature Adventures has a longtime partnership with the non-profit organization, Friends of the Columbia Gorge? Since the summer of 2018, we’ve been working with them in a variety of capacities.
We’ve worked with them to host kid-centered group hikes at Bridal Veil Falls and Steigerwald Lake National Refuge. We’ve done family activities at their member events. And we donate a dollar of every sale from our Steigerwald Lake Family Trail Packet and our Bridal Veil Falls Family Trail Packet to the organization.
Why Friends of the Columbia Gorge?
The Friends of the Columbia Gorge is an organization that came on our radar after the Eagle Creek wildfire in 2017. Like so many of us living in Pacific Northwest, we were shocked and saddened when we heard the news of the wildfire and were seeking out ways to be useful in the recovery efforts (see our blog post from that time about talking to kids about wildfires).
Bryna R. Campbell