Monthly Archives: December 2011

List Lovers, Look No Further: Wildlife Species Lists

Here are the most up-to-date wildlife species lists.    Find an error or have an update?  Let us know! 

Mammals of Silver Falls

Birds of Silver Falls State Park

Reptiles & Amphibians of Silver Falls

Invertebrates of Silver Falls, Partial Listing

Interested in completing an invertebrate study?  Let us know!

List Lovers, Look No Further: Plant Species Lists

Here are the most up-to-date plant species  lists.  Find an error or have an update?  Let us know!

Plants of Silver Falls State Park

Illustrated Guide of Common Wildflowers

Bryophytes of Silver Falls State Park

Lichens of Silver Falls State Park

Explained: Silver Falls Geology

With 10 waterfalls, 5 over 100 feet tall, and 4 that you can walk behind, Silver Falls State Park is a waterfall wonderland.  Learn about the three major episodes of Silver Falls’ geologic history and its waterfall formation by exploring the brochure below.

Geology of Silver Falls, Brochure

Explore: Silver Falls Scavenger Hunt for Kids!

Discover the natural wonders of the South Falls Day Use Area with this self-guided search for plants, critters, trivia, and more.   Great for school field trips, scouts, birthday parties, and friendly family competitions!

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt Instructions

Explore: Leaf Rubbing Activity for Kids!

Plants of all shapes and sizes keep the temperate rainforest of Silver Falls green.  Identify some of the most common ones in this self-guided leaf rubbing activity!

Leaf Rubbing Activity

Leaf Rubbings Instructions

Although the activity books contain sketches, photos can be helpful for adults working with children.  A plant key for this activity is provided below.

Key for Leaf Rubbing Books

Explore: Animal Tracking Activity for Kids!

From the track of a cat, to the scat of a bear, wildlife signs are everywhere!  Want to see for yourself?  Download this self-guided tracking activity.

Tracking Scavenger Hunt

Tracking Hunt Instructions

Rain, Rain, Come and Play!

It’s been a crisp, dry December here in the foothills of the Cascades.  For the last few weeks, the creeks and waterfalls have looked more like they do during the summer–light and playful.  And while many of us have enjoyed the Oregon sunshine, it just hasn’t felt like winter at the Falls.  Until now.

Today, this 30th of December, the creek is higher than it has been all year and, in fact, appears to be higher than it has been in the last couple of years.  And full creeks mean raging waterfalls.  Photographs simply do not do today’s waterfalls justice.  To fully understand these falls, you must stand near them, feel the crackling thunder of the water pounding on the rocks and pools below, and get soaked from the bottom up as the swirling mist showers you from all sides. 

If you do not yet have plans for your New Years Eve Day or your New Years Day, I’d like to suggest a trek to come and play at rainy Silver Falls.