Have you been thinking about getting a trail packet for your kid but can't decide which one to get? How about turning your family hike into a bigger adventure? In this post, we share some fun ways to make the most out our Super Nature Adventures packets and trail selections.
1. Head to Sauvie Island for a Harvest and Wetland Adventure.
Have you ever been to Wapato Greenway State Park on Sauvie Island? With a wetland pond, river access, and oak savanna, this lesser known park is a great place for a family nature adventure any time of year.
We created a packet for this park that offers two ways to explore the ecosystems - along a 2.5 mile loop or on a shorter out-and-back hike to a river dock. Your child can use their nature find stickers to look and listen for signs of frogs, snakes, dragonflies and other wetland wonders, and use activities in the Field Guide to learn more about these creatures and recreate a drawing of the habitat for themselves.
Located near many U-Pick farms including Kruger Farm, The Pumpkin Patch, and Bella Organic, this is a great adventure to pair with a picnic lunch and fruit or pumpkin picking, turning the trip into the perfect weekend celebration!
2. Have a special sunset picnic at Powell Butte
Have you ever taken your child somewhere special to watch the sunset? There’s no better place in Portland to make this experience truly magical than at Powell Butte Nature Park!
Take our Powell Butte trail packet, pack a picnic and watch Mt St. Helens & Mt Hood change colors in the distance as the sun goes down.
Use the nature stickers to look for brown arion slugs, which are more common in the evening than the morning. Listen and look for deer, birds of prey, bugs, and other smaller animals among the flowering prairie habitat. Use the Field Guide to talk about the geology of the butte that makes it special.
3. Explore the wide Variety of Habitats in Beaverton's Nature Parks
Although Cooper Mountain and Tualatin Hills are not very far away from each other, each park seems worlds apart in ecosystem. High above the valley, Cooper Mountain is known for its expansive meadows, savanna oaks, and ponderosa pines. Tualatin Hills, by contrast, is a forest and wetland park
How about an adventure to both parks with our trail packets to spend a day exploring nature in contrast? We recommend you start at Cooper Mountain in the morning. Listen for songbirds and enjoy the panorama views of the valley. Use your map and Field Guide to learn about the park’s public art.
Then after lunch (you could picnic at Cooper Mountain’s playground area or do lunch out), head to Tualatin Hills to go on a newt and duck nature hunt. The Field Guide includes a fun activity about newt migration to help kids learn more about the park’s distinctive habitat. Bonus: Tualatin Hills also has a great nature center to visit once you are done!
The great thing about all of these trail packets, is that the fun extends long after the adventure. With each, your kid will get their own map to draw and color on, Code of the Trail to sign, and Field Guide with pages to color, concepts to discover, and activities to try out. This means lots of ways to cure summer boredom. And lots of opportunities to make special memories!
Bryna R. Campbell