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. 

Master Naturalist Experiences

Williamsons Sapsucker, Photo Credit - Andrew Spencer https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/31186991
Oct 26, 2018
Part 1: A 40-hour week of volunteering for Mother Nature Exactly one year ago, I made a 3000-mile road trip from New England to Oregon, teardrop camper JT in tow (aka James Trailer), wondering how on earth I would cultivate new roots as I retired and transplanted myself into this unfamiliar new territory. My daughter-in-law wisely suggested I take the online ... Read more
Cougar, Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Oct 26, 2018
Part 2. ONDA-sponsored Wild and Scenic Short-Film Festival I couldn’t sleep for several nights before setting out on this circuit, fretting about how to handle a cougar attack or a flat tire on back country roads. [Cougar image credit]  So I opted to start my volunteering week at a  Friday film festival... Read more
Deschuttes Land Trust
Oct 26, 2018
Part 3.  Camp Polk Meadow, Sisters, Oregon—invasive weed pulling with Deschutes Land Trust Have you ever tried to keep 100 square feet of garden free of weeds in late summer? I usually give up around mid-July. But the undaunted DLT Weed Warriors make it their mission three Saturdays per month to pull invasive and noxious weeds from targeted sections of the land... Read more
Some of the painted hills, on a cloudy day
Oct 26, 2018
Part 4. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument From Bend to Dayville’s Fish House Inn and RV, where I camped for the next 4 nights, is a 2-1/2 hour drive, which I made in 7 hours—on purpose. Stopping in the Painted Hills near Mitchell is mandatory! Only 1.75 hours from Bend, don’t miss this amazing unit of... Read more
South Crooked River valley in the Ochoco Mts.
Oct 26, 2018
Part 5. ONDA Riparian Restoration Work Camp Trip My week-long volunteer circuit around the Ochoco Mountains included a two-day work camp sponsored by the Oregon Natural Desert Association, or ONDA. Circling the Ochocos clockwise, I stopped often to marvel at the incongruity of a “desert river” and found the gravel turnoff at a milepost somewhere between East-and-West-of-the-... Read more
Jan 8, 2018
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Tina originally posted this article on her online blog, By the Light of the Silvery Moon. You can read the post on her website here Oregon... Read more