Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

12th Annual Play in the Rain Day 
Mt Pisgah Arboretum Saturday, November 9, 10 am-3 pm

Looking for something fun to do with your family on a rainy (or possibly sunny) Saturday? Activities include tree climbing, hikes, crafts, hayrides, and more. Typical attendance is 1,000 to 2,000 people. Parking is free on this day, courtesy of Lane County Parks.

FMI: or Jenny Laxton at 541.741.4110

Mt Pisgah Arboretum Bird Walk 
Sunday, November 10, 8 am-11 am 

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for another monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. They’ll use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of fall migrants and year-round residents. Come discover the Arboretum’s avian diversity. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

FMI: or 541.747.3817

Wild & Scenic Film Festival--Upper Willamette Stewardship Network
November 14, 7 pm

One of the largest environmental film festivals in North America is coming to Eugene! The festival works with environmental groups across the globe, bringing together diverse audiences with the goal of inspiring people to protect the lands and rivers that surround them. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the education programs of the six local partner conservation non-profits that are linked together in the Upper Willamette Stewardship Network. McDonald Theater, 1010 Willamette St, downtown Eugene. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 

FMI: 541.345.4442, or 

Eugene Natural History Society
Friday, November 15, 7:30 pm

Greg Retallack will give a talk entitled Astropedology and the Origin of Life. Astropedology explores what we can learn by studying soils from earth as well as extraterrestrial locations. Might these soils be connected? 

Location: 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus. 


Coast Fork Birders--Fall Bird Walk
Saturday, November 16, 9 am-11am

Join the Coast Fork Birders for a fall bird walk led by Grace Fowler-Gore. This beginner-friendly outing welcomes participants of all birding abilities to observe feathered friends. The terrain in is fairly flat on a mix of paved and unpaved surfaces. Dress for the weather and bring your own water, snack and birding gear. Park in the parking area and meet at the kiosk near the weigh station, 33322 Row River Road, Cottage Grove 97424.

FMI:, visit the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council online at or call the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council office 541.767.9717

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) Eugene Birders’ Night
Monday, November 18, 7 pm

Attendees will share recent bird sightings and discuss birding-related topics. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event. Location: Historic McNail-Riley house, 601 W 13th Ave, Eugene, at the NW corner of W. 13th and Jefferson St., by the former Lincoln School. Park in the five spaces closest to the M-R house, or across 13th in the fairgrounds parking lot. 


Mushrooms and More - Nearby Nature’s Citizen Science Saturday
Saturday, November 23, 1 pm-3 pm 

Join Nearby Nature for citizen science (adult) investigations, including data collection, observations, photography, and more. This month’s focus is on the wonders of fruiting fungi in the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. If you have a smartphone or a camera, please bring one to take pictures. Smartphone users please load the iNaturalist app onto your phone, if possible. It’s available at Meet at Nearby Nature, 622 Day Island Rd, Eugene, on the Water Wise Garden Patio outside the Alton Baker Park Host Residence. Members free, non-members $5. 

FMI or to pre-register: or 541.687.9699