OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon Iris (Iris tenax)

Photo by Master Naturalist Marvin Kellar

Willamette Valley Working Landscapes Class 2016- Aurora, OR

Photo by Brandy Saffell

Willamette Valley Ecoregion River Class 2016- Tualatin River

Photo by Brandy Saffell

Caddisfly Larval Case at Kingston Prairie Preserve

Photo by Master Naturalist Don Gunther

View of Portland Metro Area

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Who We Are

Portland Metro Chapter members are graduates of the Oregon Master Naturalist Program. Most members live in and around the Portland Metro region. Master Naturalists provide community members with objective, research-based information and educational resources to provide learning and connection to the great outdoors in Oregon. 


What We Do

The Portland Metro Chapter is still quite young, having had its first ever chapter meeting in November 2015. We are currently developing our vision, mission, and goals for the chapter. Currently, we meet quarterly to discuss upcoming volunteer and education events, hold round table discussions regarding naturalist topics, and share skills and knowledge. We are also piloting a couple new outreach programs in the Portland Metro area.


How to Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, please visit our program website to learn more and register. If you are a Master Naturalist and would like to join the chapter, please feel free to attend our next chapter meeting. If you are a community member interested in attending a Portland Metro Chapter program, you can check out our events page for more details. 

Blog

Lichens, By Ken Denniston
Thu, 2017-11-30 12:23
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Ken attended the OMN lichen workshop in October and originally posted this blog entry on his website, Northwest Conifers. You can read the post on his website here   A lichen is not a thing. That is, it is not a single organism... Read more
Master Naturalists at Work in Nob Hill Nature Park (St Helens, OR)
Thu, 2017-10-26 13:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Caroline Skinner is a Master Naturalist and organizer with Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park. She passed on the press release below about recent improvements to this special spot, which contains some of our rare fragments of native oak woodland and wildflower habitat. There is also information at the end about how to get involved with maintaining the... Read more
A Journey Towards Home, By Gabrielle Haber
Mon, 2017-08-07 16:49
Barely 9 o’clock in the morning and we were already climbing, steeply moving up the switchbacks towards a ridgeline we couldn’t see, moving away from the crowded lakeside campsites, climbing farther into the wilderness. We hoisted our heavy packs over downed logs, the trail on either side of them matted with trampled fir branches. At 4600 feet we stopped to catch our breaths and turned to look behind us. Upslope, the... Read more