As the warmer weather moves in and the days get longer and brighter, the Explore Nature Series is hosting a fun line-up of events to get folks outside and enjoying the Tillamook Coast throughout June.
Hosted by a consortium of community and non-profit organizations, Explore Nature aims to provide meaningful, nature-based experiences that highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve the area’s natural resources.
On Saturday, June 15, retired BLM botantist Kurt Heckeroth will host a plant propagation workshop alongside Maysa Miller of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP). Running from noon to 3 pm at TEP’s Native Plant Nursery in Tillamook, the workshop will show participants how to start soft-tissue cutting from native plants such as evergreen huckleberry, red huckleberry, common snowberry and wax myrtle. Sample cuttings will be available and ready to pot up, but participants are welcome to bring cuttings from any special plants they would like to propagate.
On Friday, June 21, Friends of Netarts Bay will be leading a Summer Solstice Salt Marsh Tour to share insight into how plants survive in such a salty environment. Starting at 10 am, walkers will stroll the salt marsh of Netarts Bay while learning about the plants and animals that live in this unique habitat as well as the vegetation from the bay to the dunes.
And on Sunday, June 30, the Lower Nehalem Community Trust and members of the Tillamook County Bee Keepers Association will give a presentation on the fascinating life of bees and other pollinators. Running from 11 am to 1 pm at Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem, the presentation will offer insight into these crucial creatures’ life cycles, habitat and the dangers they face in the modern world. A fully contained observation honeybee hive will be available for close-up observation.
All events are free but registration is required. To register, go to explorenaturetillamookcoast.com.