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Explore Oaks Bottom With a Naturalist

1 reviewPortland, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by David

2.5 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Let's explore this gem of a wildlife refuge right here on the edge of our city! You'll meet dozens of native plants, trees, and animals and their native American uses, like the red twig dogwood which provided a smoking mixture ("kinnickinick"), medicines, cordage, toothpowder, and a tonic tea!

We'll explore the ecology of this floodplain and wetland, and how it's used by fingerling salmon as they avoid predators and grow. We'll also follow the Willamette River bank on a lesser-traveled trail, and see an art installation in the woods.

Thanks to citizen activism, this area was saved from being a dumping ground and became Portland's first city-owned urban wildlife refuge.

We'll look for raptors like eagles and osprey, listen for songbirds, and scope out water birds. And keep an eye out for possible other wildlife like coyote, deer, and beaver.

Its about a 2 mile, 2 hour exploration on flat ground. Please bring water and good shoes for hiking. See ya on the trail!
Let's explore this gem of a wildlife refuge right here on the edge of our city! You'll meet dozens of native plants, trees, and animals and their native American uses, like the red twig dogwood which provided a smoking mixture ("kinnickinick"), medicines, cordage, toothpowder, and a tonic tea!

We'll explore the ecology of this floodplain and wetland, and how it's used by fingerling salmon as they avoid predators and grow. We'll also f…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Binoculars
From $25
/ person

Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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I love leading interpretive hikes and sharing a great wealth of knowledge about the special trees, herbs, shrubs, and animals that make the Pacific Northwest so unique. I especially focus on their traditional indigenous uses. An example would be how red alder trees were (and are) used to make red dye for fishing nets, to tan leather, and carved into spiritual masks. It also has a critical role in the ecosystem and in sustainable forestry.
I love to meet new people, and easily connect. I've lead mushrooming field classes and interpretive hikes through Meetup for 4 years here. I supervised and led field programs for Seattle's big zoo for 3 years, taking programs to all 39 Washington counties. I led over 2,000 hikes in 11 years full-time at Hawaii Nature Center, as well as beach cleanups, stream restoration projects, and tree plantings.
I love leading interpretive hikes and sharing a great wealth of knowledge about the special trees, herbs, shrubs, and animals that make the Pacific Northwest so unique. I especially focus on their traditional indigenous uses. An example would be how red alder trees were (and are) used to make red dye for fishing nets, to tan leather, and carved into spiritual masks. It also has a critical role in the ecosystem and in sustainable forestry.
I love to meet new people, and easily connect. I…
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Where you'll be

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is the largest remaining natural area within the lower Willamette River floodplain and provides important habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened salmon and more than 175 bird species.

The Willamette River is one of the great rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

1 review

Zoe
October 2020
This was a pleasant experience! We hiked around a beautiful area and got to learn about local plants and animals. David is friendly, down to Earth, and approachable. I would definitely recommend this hike for beginner naturalists, or people who want to learn some of the plants and animals of the area!
This was a pleasant experience! We hiked around a beautiful area and got to learn about local plants and animals. David is friendly, down to Earth, and approachable. I would defin…

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

    More tips

    This is an easy hike, mostly on dirt paths and also on the paved Springwater Path, with little to no elevation gain.

    What to bring

    Water, footwear and clothing appropriate for hiking and the weather