Below are some photos from our 39th annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival. Due to cold, rainy weather, crowds were small, but everyone seemed to enjoy the activities offered.
We are gearing up for our 39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival this weekend, May 13th and 14th. Most of the activities this year will take place on Saturday, however there will be guided walks and nature sketching classes offered on Sunday as well. The native plant display in the South Falls Lodge, bird nest box building with the Salem Audubon Society, and the native plant sale will take place both Saturday and Sunday. Most activities take place in the South Falls Day-Use Area, but two guided bird hikes will be held elsewhere in the park – those locations are noted on the map below.
The event is free, but please note that a $5 daily parking permit is required; in addition, the Audubon Society charges a $5 materials fee for building bird nest boxes.
We look forward to seeing you for another great year of birding and wildflowers!
We’re almost ready – all we need is you! This weekend’s weather is looking great for a trip up to Silver Falls to celebrate springtime nature and our cherished Mothers.
Birding & Wildflower Festival
Silver Falls State Park
Main Event: 10 am – 4 pm
And Other Guided Hikes and Presentations – see Event Guides and Directions below for details
The 37th Annual Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival is less than 2 weeks away! Check out what we have in store this year:
No registration is required for any event activities but please arrive early as hikes leave promptly at listed times.
Flat Stanley is a 1964 children’s book written by Jeff Brown where the main character, Stanley Lambchop, is “flattened” on accident but fortunately can be mailed to his friends for a visit – even to Silver Falls State Park from New York State! Flat Stanley Flat Stanley Project Flat Stanley Books
Spring colors are everywhere at Silver Falls!
The first picture shows a red-flowering currant next to the South Falls Lodge. The second shows a Western trillium found on the Rim trail; the third shows roundleaf violet and snow queen on the Rim trail; and the fourth shows a Calypso orchid near the South Falls Lodge.
About Friends of Silver Falls:
Volunteers inspired by the beauty and history of Oregon’s largest state park have been active here since the establishment of the park in 1933. In 1986, the citizens and park staff envisioned a mission and established the Friends of Silver Falls State Park, Inc. As a result, this private and public partnership has created a more meaningful park experience for the nearly one million annual visitors to the park, far beyond what state park funding alone can provide.
To further the educational and interpretive opportunities available to park visitors; to promote, preserve and enhance the historical, natural and recreational resources within the park; and to assist with park improvements and educational programs compatible with the nature of Silver Falls State Park.
Through the collaboration between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the Friends of Silver Falls (FOSF), the experience of park visitors and the general public will be enhanced, and the Park’s natural scenic, cultural, historic and recreational resources will be promoted and preserved.