Thursday, July 24, 2014

Looking for information and photos on this year's Creative Nature Camp put on by Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge? We have migrated to our website. Please go to for all the information on this year's camp and some great photography done by our campers! Also, watch for alerts about next year's camp starting soon after the first of the year. Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Getting ready for camp!

Some of last summer's campers engaged in learning more about nature photography with camp volunteer Gary Fawver. 

Volunteers are finalizing the plans for this year's camp and are looking forward to another week of fun with kids in nature.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The colorful banner we created during the 2013 Creative Nature Camp.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What beautiful composition of wild flowers and a slice of decomposing wood. This photo was taken by Quinn.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thank you to the Bill Wheeler Family for your generous donation to help fund this year's camp!

Registration is now open for 

the 2014 Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Nature Camp 

Contact the Friends Office at 503 625-9554 to register your child who is going into 

3rd, 4th, or 5th grade next fall.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

This great photo showing detail of an Oak Gall was taken by Cooper

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bryanna's eye was drawn to a bee busily seeking nectar from a blossom

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What is that? Up in the tree! It's a....

Jonathan captured an icon of our Refuge in his photo

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Even this well-camouflaged moth couldn't hide from Hudson's lens 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Maggie was fascinated by the patterns, colors, and textures in 

the bark of a tree

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Evelyn found a Lady Bug making her way around a hand to be a fascinating subject for her camera

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ally thought these bright blossoms deserved to be recorded with her camera

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jenna photographed a flower and a bug with the beautiful blue sky as a nicely contrasting background

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kassie found the bark and growths on this tree trunk to be a perfect subject for her camera

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lily spotted a beautiful dragon fly and was quick enough on the shutter to capture it.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Jessica's sharp eye spotted this Lady Bug nestled in a flower.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bugs and Buds Were Also Targets for Camper Cameras

Bug on a bud. This photo was taken by Ben. Notice the nice color contrasts and the slightly softer background which add to the appeal.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Peaceful Landscape

Avery captured this water and landscape with a great reflection of clouds in the water. Our campers learned that a cloudy day can be an excellent time for photography.

When are your favorite times to take photos?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

You Just Never Know What You Might Find During a Walk on The Refuge

Logan was fortunate enough to catch this great shot of a deer during his photo walk. Don't you love how the deer seems to be looking back over his shoulder to see what the campers are doing--I'll bet next year he will want to join us as a camper.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cruisin' Down the River

Desi captured this group of Canada Geese during a photo outing on the refuge. The branch in the foreground adds interesting detail

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Our campers took some amazing pictures during their camp experience. Each week, we will post another picture, taken by one of the 2013 Creative Nature Camp members. Today's photo was taken by Ronan

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We End as We Began

The campers were asked what they had learned and what experiences they had enjoyed the most during their week at Creative Nature Camp. Here are some of the replies:

"Our awesome photos"
"All about trees and how to be a tree"
"Seeing old friends and making new friends."
" I got to see how good my photo is. It looked much better than I thought it would."

Remember to bring your friends and family to the Wildlife Center this month so they can see your "Awesome Photos!"

Hmmmmm, I wonder how Charlie's Banana Bread is coming along.

 And just like last week, the campers were distracted by the arrival of a bird to join them under the shelter. This week's visitor was a White-Crowned Sparrow

Camp was:





Hope to see you again soon at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 5--A Sense of Nature


We started the day down at the Solar Cooker where Charlie put a yummy looking Banana Bread in to bake for a part of our snack today. He explained about positioning the cooker to make use of the sun's rays and to help regulate the temperature.

You had better be getting this right, Charlie. Our resident eagle adults are overseeing the whole procedure from their perch in a tree near the Wildlife Center.

We make sure our Gyotaku bandanas are hung up to dry before heading out on the trail

We pause for a moment in a grove of trees to hear Charlie's instructions about using today's "Sit Spot" activity to work on our journals and contemplate the experiences we had during camp.

Some of the campers remain in the grove while others walk a little farther down the trail and find a cool spot by the pond

A frog sits silently as we write or draw in our journals and listen to and observe nature. One group wrote a Haiku based on their experience at the pond

Sitting by the pond
The wind whispered through the leaves
Coolness greets my back
Cool caresses back

Back at the shelter, we work on assembling our journals with covers we designed earlier in the week.

Next it is time for Charlie to teach us about story-telling and origami. Can you follow the key words and pictures to tell a story as you make an origami swan?


Ice Cream Cone

Kite--Step 1

Finished Kite

Tie--Step 1
Finished Tie



Swan--Step 1

Swan--Step 2