Fall 2019 Field Trips at Silver Falls

Listed below are the guided  field trip dates available for Fall 2019 at Silver Falls State Park. If you’d like to schedule a field trip, please contact Ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or (503) 874-0201. When requesting a field trip, please provide the following information:

  • Your name and your school’s name
  • Age group and number of students
  • Preferred date(s) of field trip(s)
  • Time constraints – i.e. arrival and departure time to and from the park
  • Any special interests or choices of field trip programs (see list below). We can usually provide 2 guided programs and one self-guided program.

Fall 2019 Available Field Trips

2019 Program Options

2019 Silver Falls Star Party

Join us Saturday, August 24th, 2019 for the annual Silver Falls Star Party. Volunteer astronomers with telescopes from Salem’s Night Sky 45 will be on hand from 9 pm until midnight to show off highlights of the night sky.

 

The star party will be held in the South Falls day-use area and is free, but a daily parking permit ($5) is required.

Star Party Flyer

2019 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Event Guide

Update 5/8/2019: Unfortunately, bird sketching classes will no longer be offered this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Below you will find the detailed event schedule for the 2019 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival. If you have questions, feel free to email Interpretive Ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov.

2019 BW Event Guide PDF Version of the Event Guide

2019 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival

It’s hard to believe that spring is already here and our annual Birding and Wildflower Festival is just a month away! We will be posting more detailed information here by the end of April, and if you have any questions feel free to email matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or call 503-874-0201.

2019 Birding and Wildflower Poster Indigo background blog

2019 Special Events at Silver Falls State Park

2019 Special Events flier v.2

2019 Silver Falls Owl Prowls

Owling season is upon us! Join park rangers for one in a series of owl prowls at the park this winter and spring. These evening events will include an indoor presentation about owls, a chance to dissect an owl pellet, and a guided nighttime walk to call for owls. Space is limited and preregistration for these events is required. Registration opens January 7, 2019 at the Oregon State Parks online store here.

The events are free – all that is required is a $5 daily parking permit – or you can buy an annual parking permit for just $30, also available for sale in the online Park Store!

For more information, email interpretive ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov or call (503) 874-0201.

2019 Spring Field Trip Dates

All spring field trips are now booked. If you are still interested in bringing students to the park for a field trip, self-guided materials are available. Contact park ranger Matt Palmquist at matt.palmquist@oregon.gov for more information.

Fall 2018 Field Trip Dates

Listed below are available school field trip dates for fall 2018**.

**Spring 2019 field trip dates will be posted here on September 26, 2018.

 

Operation Owl Prowl: Success!

We recently hosted our first Owl Prowl for the season at the Old Ranch. We had a very enthusiastic group of 27 (mostly first time) owlers. We had perfect weather and were rewarded by hearing a pair of Barred Owls who responded when we called them. They were very vocal – and barred owls have a very unique call! Click here to hear the sound of a pair of barred owls “caterwauling” – one of the calls they make when communicating with each other.

We are hosting a second owl prowl on Saturday, March 25th. As March 2, all spots have been filled, but we can add you to the waiting list in case somebody cancels.

A Barred Owl at Silver Falls State Park

A Barred Owl at Silver Falls State Park

 

The Old Ranch before the Owl Prowl

The Old Ranch before the Owl Prowl

Winter (Wildlife) Wonderland

Winter has officially arrived at here at Silver Falls with a 2″ blanket of snow and subfreezing temperatures. The waterfalls and South Falls Historic District look especially enchanting in the snow.

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South Falls

 

Looking down from the top of South Falls

Looking down from the top of South Falls

 

The fresh snow also presents a wonderful opportunity to observe wildlife tracks. Many tracks can be found throughout the park, but here are some highlights. Can you guess what they are? Click the link below each track to find out who left it!

 

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Hint: I love to get into trash cans! Who am I?

 

Hint: I'm one of the most common forest birds

Hint: I’m one of the most common forest birds Who am I?

 

 

Hint: I often store food in my cheek pouches

Hint: I often store food in my cheek pouches Who am I?

 

Hint: I have antlers!

Hint: I have antlers! Who am I?

 

Hint: I'm an extremely adaptable canine

Hint: I’m an extremely adaptable canine Who am I?

 

Hint: Notice there are no claws on this track. They're retractable!

Hint: Notice there are no claws on this track. They’re retractable! Who am I?

We welcome all visitors to enjoy the park in winter, but remember to be prepared for cold and icy conditions!