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**See comments for updated description of event.*** This outing is fun and educational, and will focus on children, but is appropriate for everyone. We'll spend time in the very cool education room, as well as enjoying a trail walk. This will be a walk appropriate for children and others that can walk for about a mile with stops. There are a couple of steep slopes, but we will be walking slowly. More details to come!
DO OVER! We weren't able to cross the stream to get to the lower garden last time, but we will this time! This is a kid-friendly walk through the Leach Botanical Garden. We'll have a scavenger hunt, and we'll also talk about other hidden gardens to explore and share ideas on how to become a strong community of outdoor lovers as we walk. This is an easy walk through a lovely wooded, creek-side setting. Bring water and snacks, your camera and ideas! Unfortunately, dogs and other pets are not allowed in the garden unless they are a service animal. This outing is limited (if you RSVP then do show up or cancel properly) Due to limited guest numbers, this is a members only event. If you have guests you would like to invite, have them sign up so they don't take spots from members. Here are directions. Follow the detour signs to the Claybourne St. parking lot: Take the first left at Leach Botanical Garden Administrative Office sign onto SE Claybourne (gravel single lane). The Claybourne parking lot entrance has a metal chain link gate. The entrance from the Claybourne parking lot to the garden is marked by planted pots and a kiosk. At 1:10, we will leave the parking lot for our walk, following curly fern path downhill to the Manor House and Gift Shop. GENERAL DIRECTIONS TO THE GARDEN: From I-205 South: (about 5 min) Take Exit 17/Foster Road exit (exit on the right). Use middle lane to head straight (South) towards Eastbound Foster Rd. Use the middle lane to turn left (East) onto SE Woodstock Blvd. Continue straight towards SE Foster Rd. Keep right to continue toward SE Foster Rd. Continue (East) onto SE Foster Rd. Turn right (South) onto SE 122nd Ave. From I-205 North (about 5 min) Take Exit 17/SE Foster Road exit (exit on the right) Head north toward SE Foster Road Use right lane and take right at first light signal to Foster Road (Eastbound) Keep right to continue toward SE Foster Road Continue (East) onto SE Foster Road Turn right (South) onto SE 122nd Ave. Bike Routes Conveniently located just south of the Springwater Corridor Bike Route (East/West) on 122nd Ave. A main North/South arterial is the I-205 Multi-Use Path.
Back by popular demand! We'll meet in the parking lot and start our hike at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden at 9:30am. The garden is free before 10am, and the light will be good for photos then. This is an easy walk, with some stairs, slopes and gentle hills. There are lots of benches and scenic places to stop and admire the flowers, wildlife, and views. This will be a great walk for birders and garden and flower lovers. There will be lots to photograph! This is a perfect time to bring your flower loving moms, aunties, grandmothers, and toddlers because everything is in bloom. Bring the fellas, too! There are lots of ducks, geese, and migrating birds, so there will be lots to look at. There are portable toilets in the parking lot of the garden, but no bathrooms, so bring sanitizer to clean your hands. Bring plenty of water and any snacks. Be sure to bring a backpack or bag to carry out any litter. POC Hikers pack out what we pack in. This is a great hike for children and older people. It's also a great one for well behaved dogs on a leash. Be prepared to pick up after the dog. Trimet Bus #19, Woodstock, stops one block from the garden and Reed College. We'll be here from 9:30am - 11am. Some might leave at this time, others will continue on. For those that continue, at 11, we'll move our cars to across the street at Reed College, and walk to Canyon Lake from there. Canyon Lake is the only place in Portland where salmon spawn and actually make the trip all the way to the ocean and back. There is a fish ladder, but I've never seen them there. I have seen eagles and kingfishers catching fish there, though. There is a simple trail around the lake, and a peninsula where we will gather for photo opps and conversation before continuing as far as we can. The last time I was there, fallen trees blocked the way so we couldn't walk around the entire lake. Bring: Camera Water Snacks and sanitizer Bag or backpack to carry your treats, etc. Binoculars
We'll meet at the Gateway transit center parking lot BEHIND the large parking structure at 9:30am for those that want to carpool. We'll arrive at the garden at 11am. For those that don't want to carpool, we'll meet at the resort parking lot (not the first parking lot but the one at the end of the road at the Oregon Garden Resort) at 11am. If you want to carpool, let us know in the discussion section. If you have room in your car for an extra passenger, let it be known as well. Last year, Washington County members arranged their carpooling at a location convenient for themselves, which worked out great. This is an easy, enjoyable stroll through several beautiful gardens. The terrain is flat. Not all of it is paved, but the trails are wide and well maintained. Children love the gardens, and there is a small garden dedicated to children. Dogs are welcome, too, on a leash. Don't forget the doggie bags to clean up after your dog. We'll have a chance to meet, talk, and relax together. After we visit the garden, we have the option to stop at the resort for a late lunch before leaving. For those that stay for lunch, we'll leave at about 2:30pm. We'll get back to Portland by 4pm. Here's a link to the menu at the Garden View restaurant: https://www.opentable.com/the-garden-view-restaurant-oregon-garden-resort Admission is $12 per adult, $9 for ages 12-17, $6 for 5-11, free for 4 and under. I still have a number of tickets for $5, so let me know if you want to purchase any from me. I also have two free tickets for the winner of the name game (sorry, I lost your name, so claim them from me please!). For those that don't have to rush back home, Silverton is a fun town to explore. There's one Frank Lloyd Wright designed house in the state of Oregon, and it's on the Oregon Garden property. It's a treat to tour if you have time. Admission to the house will be from $5-$20. This event is child friendly, elder friendly, and dog friendly. This event is limited to 20, so attendees should be members and can then RSVP. We will repeat this event in July or August if there is a big waiting list. Finally, the admission to the Garden is free on 4/20!