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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.

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!

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Photos

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.

Over 100 species of native plants were on display in the South Falls Lodge.

Professional Birding Guide Steve Shunk led visitors on a number of bird walks. Here, participants are watching a red-breasted sapsucker (a type of woodpecker) drumming on a light pole.

Susan Lafontaine and Stanley the Great Horned Owl from the Oregon Raptor Center presented a program about raptors titled “Feathered Hunters, Flying Mothers”

Friends of Silver Falls Interpreter Kim Maley arranging plants for the Native Plant Sale. We partnered with Champoeg Nursery this year and were able to provide 49 different species of native plants for sale.

The South Falls Lodge was a great place to escape from the rain! The native plant display continued its tradition of being one of the most popular activities of the event.

 

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Event Schedule

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!

 

39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival

Join us Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 for our 39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival! More details and an event schedule will be posted here as we draw closer to the event, so be sure to check back!

Silver Falls Special Events Flyer 2017

Christmas Festival Event Guide

It’s almost time for the 39th Annual Christmas Festival! Below is the guide for the event activities, which will take place Saturday, December 10th from 11 am to 4 pm in the South Falls Historic District.

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With this week’s winter weather, we are watching the forecast closely. Check up on the park’s weather forecast here or call the park at (503) 874-0201 to check on conditions.

Join us for the Silver Falls Christmas Festival!

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Join us Saturday, December 10 for the 39th Annual Silver Falls Christmas Festival! Please note that this year’s event is one day only. A more detailed schedule for the festival will be posted here at a later date, so be sure to check for updates!

Silver Falls Star Party is coming!

Join us Saturday, August 27th, for our 12th annual Silver Falls Star Party! The event will be held from 9 pm to midnight and will feature telescopes hosted by astronomers from Salem’s Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club. Bring a blanket and warm clothes for an evening of stargazing!

The event is free, but visitors must purchase a $5 day-use parking permit.

We hope to see you there!Silver Falls 12th Annual Star Party Flyer 2