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New Silver Falls State Park Blog!

Check out the new Silver Falls State Park blog and discover what’s happening at The Falls!

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The Silver Falls State Park blog will soon be replacing the Friends of Silver Falls blog you see here, so be sure to follow the new Silver Falls blog for everything going on at The Falls.

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Spring Arrives on the Forest Floor

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Oxalis

Oxalis

Looking for a relaxing and energizing activity where you can enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest? Join Earl McCollum on his Thursday hikes in the Mist Zone at 2 p.m. at Silver Falls State Park. All interested parties, young and old meet at the Main Lodge in the South Falls Day Use area. Be ready to learn about what’s growing under your feet, as well as what towers over your head – then if you’re lucky you can cool down under South Falls. Earl says now is the best time since so many wildflowers are blooming.

Western Trillium

Western Trillium

The Western Trillium is an early bloomer with 3 white petals and 3 broad leaves. The flowers turn pink to purple as they age.

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

The Calypso Orchid is a delicate single pink flowered plant that grows in the damp shade of the Doug Firs. The Red Flowering Currant, Oregon Grape,

Yellow Wood Violet

Yellow Wood Violet

Salmonberry

Salmonberry

Yellow Wood Violet, and Salmonberry are among others that are currently blooming. Call 503-873-8735 during the week for information about this and other hikes.

Corydalis

Corydalis

Fairy Bells

Fairy Bells

Tway Blade Orchid NW

Tway Blade Orchid NW

Explore: Nature Writing Lessons for Educators

Want to take your students outdoors and still complete that language arts lesson?  Make a nature journal, grab this guide, and go!

 Included in this handy little booklet are twenty-four activities to help students engage in observation, description, and writing through first-hand interaction with the natural world.  The first section focuses on development of the senses and can be pulled out and used any time of the year.  These activities are appropriate for all ages.  The second section is geared more towards the writing craft and builds upon itself.  These activities are appropriate for later elementary, middle, and secondary students.

 Hopefully, these activities inspire you and your students to take the classroom outside.  Enjoy your time, and don’t forget your rain jacket! 

“Developing Creative Language Skills Through Nature Observation” Activity Book

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

Explore: Bird Search Activity for Kids!

Looking for something educational to do with children at Silver Falls State Park?  Download this self-guided “Bird Search”!

Bird Search Activity

Bird Search Instructions

Birds of Silver Falls State Park