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. 


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
How a strange voice on the phone taught me a life lesson, By Deb Hanson
Wed, 2017-06-21 11:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: The interaction that Deb describes below was part of a Master Naturalist chapter effort to reach out to program graduates. I was very touched by this story because it reminded me that the work we do is not just about connecting people to nature, but also connecting with people themselves. In fact, I think part of growing up as a naturalist is... Read more
Elk Monitoring Project at Finley National Wildlife Refuge, By Roger Applegate
Thu, 2017-05-18 17:00
Finley Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis is home to a herd of Roosevelt Elk estimated at around 200 animals. In an effort to learn more about the age and sex distribution of the herd, as well as their movement patterns, volunteers have teamed up with Senior Biologist Brian Root to conduct a survey.  Surveyors use a standard data sheet & conduct the surveys every 1-2 weeks by visiting pre-determined  locations on the... Read more