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
September: Wapato Greenway State Park
Located on Sauvie Island along the Multnomah Channel, Wapato Greenway State Park is an ideal place to explore how Portland’s rivers support an abundance of wetlands life.
The park includes several viewing areas to observe ducks, geese, frogs, and other wetland animal life. Subscribers will also be explore to explore a white oak savanna where they will they will have the best chance of spotting a garter snake basking in the sun.
This scavenger map for this month’s packet will provide two options for your adventure along the marshy lake that forms the core of this park. Families will be able to take 1.4 mile trail out and back that includes two water viewing areas, or go for a longer outing on a 2.5 mile loop.
The scavenger stickers will include ducks, frogs, snakes, berries, and dragonflies. The Field Guide includes activities about all the variety of animals and plants within the park.
This packet will arrive mid-to-late September. Sign up deadline for this (and all subscription packets) is the first of that month.
October: Laurelhurst Park
Laurelhurst Park, in SE Portland, is a stately and grand city park with all kinds of amenities including a playground, dog park, and duck pond. These features are only part of why we chose it as a family friend hike for subscribers.
The main attraction? The Park’s dramatic Fall foliage, accessed through trail that loops through the park. This park was designed in the early 1900s with this very foliage in mind, and is now one of the best spots in the city for fall colors.
Subscribers will learn a bit more about the park’s history. They’ll become leaf detectives with their packet activities, and learn more about the science and identifying features of deciduous plants.
This packet will arrive mid-to-late October. Sign up deadline for this (and all subscription packets) is the first of that month.
November: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
In Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, the only sounds you'll hear in November are the sounds of thousands of birds. It’s peak season for winter migrations, which means its the ideal time for wetland exploration.
Come to get away from the traffic, get up close to nature, and learn more about this haven for waterfowl and other birds and animals.
Subscribers will explore a route together along even ground with lots of resting spots along the way, through white oak savanna, along the Tualatin River, and to animal view points overlooking the refuge wetlands. With map and stickers, they’ll search for geese, herons, ducks, fungi, and more.
The Field Guide for this packet will have activities designed to encourage your child’s curiosity and creativity with activities about wetlands, ducks, and other birds. Kids will get to create their own wetland habitat, explore the sounds and colors of the park, and will learn all about ducks and great blue herons.
The November packet will be the final packet of the year, and a great one to end out the Fall season.
This packet will arrive mid-to-late November. Sign up deadline for this (and all subscription packets) is the first of that month.
Thinking about signing up for a subscription? It makes a great gift, and you are in luck. There are lots of ways subscribe, especially during the holiday season..
You can sign up for as little as one month, or get a larger gift for your child or grandchild that can last the entire year.
During the holiday 2019 season, we also offer special holiday gifts that come with all kinds of extra options. To learn more about our gift subscriptions, see all our different options at the online store (only available until Feb 1, 2020).
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Learn more about 2020 features in in our recent blog post.
Bryna R. Campbell