2015 Amateur Naturalist Series Finalized!

The 2015 Amateur Naturalist Series has been finalized!

The lineup of speakers and topics for this year’s series is awesome! Click here for the complete schedule!


The Amateur Naturalist Series is offered once a month between February and November. No previous knowledge of the topic is required. All ages we are welcome. The classes are $5/person and the field trips are $10/person unless otherwise noted.

RSVP to reserve a spot at nichole@straubenvironmentalcenter.org or by calling 503.391.4145.

The lineup of speakers and topics is as follows:

Thursday, February 19th: Topo Map Basics with Steve Daugherty
Saturday, February 21st:  Field Trip (location TBA)

Thursday, March 19th:  From River to Tap with Deborah Topp
Saturday, March 21st:  Field Trip to Geren Island Water Treatment Facility

Thursday, April 16th:  Whales with Ladd Irvine
Saturday, April 18th:  Field Trip to the Coast

Tuesday, May 12th & Thursday, May 14th:  Adaptations of Native Plants with John Savage & Aislinn Adams
Saturday, May 16th:  Field Trip (location TBA)

Thursday, June 18th:  Energy Trust with Nathan Goode
Saturday, June 20th:  Field Trip (location TBA)

Thursday, July 16th:  Recycling in Marion County with Alan Pennington
Saturday, July 18th:  Field Trip to the Transfer Station

Thursday, August 20th:  Trail Photography with Jason Waicunas
Saturday, August 22nd:  Field Trip (to register, go to www.oviewfinder.com)

Thursday, September 17th:  Animal Tracking with Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser
Saturday, September 19th:  Field Trip with Dylan Edwards (location TBA)

Wednesday, October 14th:  Geology of Oregon with Scott Pike
Saturday, October 17th:  Field Trip (location TBA)

Saturday, October 31st:  Lichens with Daphne Stone Field Trip and Class (location TBA)