2018 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Event Guide

Below you will find the event guide for the 2018 Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival, to be held this weekend, May 12th and 13th. Please note that most of the event takes place from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, but with some activities occurring before or after those times.

For more information, call 503-874-0201 or e-mail matt.palmquist@oregon.gov.

40th Annual Birding and Wildflower Festival

The 40th Annual Silver Falls Birding and Wildflower Festival will be held on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12-13, 2018. Join local experts for guided wildflower and birding walks, live raptor presentations, nature sketching classes, and Mother’s Day Crafts. Visit the South Falls Lodge to see an extensive native plant display and shop for native plants at our native plant sale at the South Falls Nature Store.

A more detailed schedule of events will be posted here in the weeks leading up to the event.

We hope to see you there!

2018 Silver Falls Owl Prowls

Please note: Registration has closed for the March 24 Owl Prowl. The event is full.

Join park rangers for an evening of owling!

We will begin with an indoor presentation, “All About Owls,” and an owl pellet dissecting activity, for those who are interested. After the sun has set, we will embark on a short, ½-mile round trip hike to call for owls. This can require some patience, so it may not be suitable for children under 5 years of age. This portion of the event usually lasts 30-45 minutes, so be sure to dress warmly and be prepared for the weather. A flashlight is also recommended, as we will be walking over some even terrain.

These events are free but require preregistration, and space is limited. Register at the park store here.

The February 24 and March 24 Owl Prowls will be held at the Old Ranch; the March 10 Owl Prowl will be held at the North Falls Meeting Hall.

This park requires a day-use parking permit, which may be purchased at the park for $5. You also may purchase a 12-month or 24-month parking permit from the online Park Store.

Christmas Festival Event Guide

Just one week to go until the 40th Annual Silver Falls Christmas Festival! Park staff and volunteers are keeping busy preparing and decorating the park for the event. See below for a detailed schedule of the event’s activities.

Ranger Brad putting lights on the tree

 

Park Staff and volunteers making decorations for the Lodge

Celebrate “Green Friday” at Silver Falls!

Celebrate the day after Thanksgiving with free parking at Oregon State Parks on November 24th! The Oregon State Parks Foundation and Friends of Silver Falls will be providing free snacks and hot drinks at Silver Falls beginning at 10 am. More information can be found here:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2017/11/14/free-food-drinks-and-entry-oregon-state-parks-green-friday/846612001/

and here:

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_featureArticle&articleId=211

 

We hope to see you at the park!

“Green Friday” 2016

2017 Silver Falls Christmas Festival

We are busy getting ready for our 40th Annual Silver Falls Christmas Festival! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 11am-4pm in the South Falls Day-Use Area with additional activities at the Silver Falls Conference Center. We will be posting more detailed event information here within the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Available Field Trip Dates: Spring 2018

Important Note: Our Spring 2018 field trips are completely booked. If you are still interested in a field trip, you can contact us and inquire about self-guided options.

We’ve finalized our dates of availability for spring 2018 field trips, and they are listed below. If you’d like to schedule a field trip, please contact Ranger Matt 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 field trip planning guide).

 

Weekly Schedule: August 28-September 4

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Weekly Schedule: August 13-21