Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Oaks for the Land, Acorns for the People: Ecology and Sustenance of a Wild Local Food
Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. 

Have you ever wanted to try eating acorns? In this workshop with Heron Brae, instructor at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies, we will explore the role of oaks in the world around us, and how human needs can be met when we help take care of the oaks. Manual and electric processing methods will be used for making this traditional food edible. With oak ecosystems shrinking and an unpredictable climate, looking to our local oaks for sustenance can become part of food security plans.

Meet at the Visitor Center. Bring a lunch, bowl and utensils, pad and pen, and mortar and pestle (optional). Members $50, non-members $60. Don’t forget your parking pass. Pre-registration required.

To register: 541-747-3817 or

FMI:  or 541.741.4110

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Bird Walk
October 14, 8 - 11

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for their monthly bird walk. People at all levels of birding experience can find something to enjoy. They use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of the Arboretum’s diverse breeding and year-round residents. 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 541.741.4110

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) - Eugene Birders’ Night
Monday, October 15, 7 p.m.

After attendees share recent sightings and discuss birding-related topics, Kit Larsen will show photos and discuss Birds of Southern Portugal. We’ll hear about his sightings of the two species of bustards that occur in that region, and see photographs of various species of vultures and shorebirds, and the sought after hoopoe. 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. FMI:

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Scarecrow Building and Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Sunday, Octo
ber 21, 1 - 3 p.m.

Get ready for the Mushroom Festival’s Scarecrow Contest at this fun, family-oriented event. The Arboretum staff provides inspiration and know-how for creative pumpkin carving, and you can design your own unique scarecrow to enter in the Scarecrow Contest or display on your lawn. Scarecrows made at the workshop can be entered in the Scarecrow Contest at our Mushroom festival for free! Pants, shirts, straw, and pumpkins provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own used clothes as well! $5 per pumpkin or scarecrow. No registration required. Meet at the White Oak Pavilion. Don’t forget your parking pass.

FMI:   or 541.741.4110

Mushroom Festival
Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join us for one of the largest fungal celebrations on the West Coast! Co-sponsored by Lane Community College and the Cascade Mycological Society. Hundreds of local mushroom species on display, live local music, hourly nature walks with experts, scarecrow contest, fresh-pressed apple cider, food booths, and local arts, crafts, and plant vendors. Suggested donation $8, Arboretum members free.



Ongoing through October: 

Bureau of Land Management

Late May Through October

Consider assisting the Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at its bird-banding station in the West Eugene Wetlands. Participants will help provide kids with real-world, interactive lessons about research and conservation efforts for resident and migratory bird populations. Volunteer positions include: net openers/extractors, data recorders, and conservation education leaders. Education leaders should be at least amateur birders and be excited to connect kids in grades 6-12 with nature through the joy of birds. Activities will take place near Fern Ridge Reservoir on selected Thursday and Friday mornings between the end of May and the end of October. Involves rapid walking.

FMI or: contact Wildlife Biologist John Deluca, or 541.683.6229