May flowers, pedal power, happy hours & more...  
Your May eNews from EarthShare Oregon

Are you ready to ride, EarthShare Supporter?

This May, leave the gas-guzzler at home and pedal your way to a cleaner, healthier, happier lifestyle during the one of the most beautiful months of the year.

Of course, if you prefer to walk, hike, paddle, raft, fish, dance, taste, talk, pull or plant your way to a better planet, we've made sure you've got plenty of options there, too.

Need ideas for last-minute Mother's Day gifts? Done. Treat her to winetasting hikes, wildflower shows, writing retreats and more.

Here at EarthShare Oregon, that's just how we roll.


Practice Your Pedal Power...
The Bike Commute Challenge is now the Bike More Challenge, and it's happening in May!

The 2016 Bike More Challenge. It's like the Bike Commute Challenge, but better. Why? Because every ride counts!

Whether you're pedaling for business or pleasure, you can log your trips and get credit all the way. As a participant, you'll earn chances to win tons of spectacular prizes, and you'll receive an invitation to the awards block party in June.

Oh, and since May is also National Wetlands Month, you can celebrate everything at once with Wetland Conservancy's Smith and Bybee Bike Tour on May 22nd.

Now that the challenge is in May instead of September, you'll be set to keep rolling all across Oregon, all summer long. In fact, you can even plan your next vacation around it with Ride Oregon's Scenic Bikeways program.

Another great way to keep riding for months to come?

Portland Sunday Parkways, beginning May 15th.


...And Your Petal Power!
Nurture your springtime senses with wildflowers walks. (Credit: Debbie Asakawa/Friends of the Columbia Gorge)

Wildflower season peaks in May, which means that right now is the best time of year to learn firsthand about the plants and pollinators of the Pacific Northwest. Nurture your springtime senses with these blossoming opportunities:

May 7
  Silver Falls, Birding & Wildflower Festival
May 7 & 8
  Shady Cove, Mother's Day Wildflower Show
May 7 & 21  Tualatin, Native Plant Care Center Venture
May 12  Portland, New Wildflower Hikes
May 13 & 14  Eugene, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Festival
May 14  Corvallis, Owens Farm Wildflower Walk
May 14 & 15  Table Rocks, Pollinator Hikes
May 15  Bald Hill Farm, Restoration for Monarchs
May 21  Salem, Gardening for Pollinators
May 24  Dog Mountain, Wildflower Hike & Beer
May 28  McMinnville, Wildflower Show and Native Plant Sale
June 2  Hobart Bluff, Wine & Wildflowers

To really make a difference, get growing at home. Sign up for Portland Audubon's Backyard Habitat Certification program, take a look at Beyond Toxics' green gardening tips, and pick up one of Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides handy "Pesticide-Free Zone" signs.

(Pro tip: all of this stuff makes great Mother's Day gifts!)

For ongoing inspiration and advice, wherever you live, there is a Native Plant Society chapter ready to show you the world in full bloom.

Here's where you can find them in Oregon.


Mother (Nature) Knows Best
Thanks to everyone who protects our wild places for families of all kinds! (Credit: K Steele/The Wetlands Conservancy)

Whether you've got feathers, fins or fur, raising kids takes pretty much the same amount of work--a LOT! (Just ask Mama Crane here, whose home at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is protected by EarthShare member groups and volunteers like you.)

This Mother's Day, we're saluting all the maternal creatures (human and otherwise) who rise to the challenge and make sure their kids aren't afraid to play with frogs, wander through fields, explore forests and rivers and otherwise spread their wings and fly. (Yep, those are all links to Mother's Day events with EarthShare member groups.)

Thanks, moms!  

We wouldn't be here without you.


Your Summer Vacation Starts Now
Let the good times row with Tualatin Riverkeepers and more.

Woah...is it really almost June? You know--that time of year when it seems like everyone in Oregon drops what they're doing and heads to the water and woods to stay cool and have fun?

For kids, Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, Portland Audubon, Tualatin Riverkeepers and Corvallis Environmental Center offer a variety of day and overnight activities. Check your local Parks & Rec departments for even more outdoor opportunities.

For seasoned explorers looking for great escapes, try Portland Audubon, Oregon Natural Desert Association, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, and Sierra Club Outings.

Virtually all of our member groups have adventures you'll love, so scan our event listings and RSVP now to guarantee your spot.

And if only the best will do, might we suggest Paddle Oregon, recipient of this year's Travel Oregon Gene Leo Memorial Award for Sustainable Tourism? Five glorious days wandering the River of Mellow with Willamette Riverkeeper...

...sounds like a perfect vacation to us.


These are just a few of the many ways to get involved with EarthShare Oregon and all of our wonderful member groups. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for even more updates and opportunities.

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EarthShare Oregon

Volunteer

Weekends in May | Statewide
Volunteer Work Parties with Nature Conservancy

Throughout May | Eastern OR
Volunteer Work Trips with Oregon Natural Desert Association

Throughout May | PDX Metro
Volunteer Opportunities with Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Throughout May | PDX Metro
Birdathon Adventures with Portland Audubon

May 7, 21 | Tualatin
Native Plant Care Center Volunteer Venture with Metro

May 11 | PDX Metro
Weed Watcher Training with Tualatin Riverkeepers

May 12, 14 | PDX Metro
Adopt-a-River Field Training with Columbia Riverkeeper

May 13 &14 | Corvallis
Trail Work Days with Greenbelt Land Trust

May 13-14 | Eugene
Volunteer at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Show with Native Plant Society

May 13-14 | Portland
Plant Prep & Distribution with Growing Gardens

May 14 | Tualatin
Nature Trail Restoration Day with Wetlands Conservancy

May 15 | Corvallis
Native Plant Garden Work Party with Native Plant Society & Corvallis Environmental Center

May 15 | Bald Hill Farm
Fence Pull with Greenbelt Land Trust

May 21 | Ross Island
Restoration Work Party with Willamette Riverkeeper

May 28 | Nye Beach
Beach Cleanup with Surfrider Newport

& more at EarthShare!



Events, etc.

Throughout May | Statewide
Fish & Wildlife Town Halls with WaterWatch

Throughout May | Statewide
Hikes, walks and rambles with Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Portland Audubon, Nature Conservancy, and Native Plant Society

May 6-8 | Portland
Filmed by Bike Film Fest with Bicycle Transportation Alliance at Hollywood Theatre

May 7 | Marys River
Paddling for Pinot with Institute for Applied Ecology

May 10 | Portland
Let's Talk Climate with Oregon Environmental Council

May 10, 23 | St. John's
Harbor Superfund Tours with Willamette Riverkeeper

May 12 | Hood River
Gorge on Tap with Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 12 | Tigard
River Professors Presentation with Tualatin Riverkeepers

May 12, 21 & 28 | Eugene
Beers Made by Walking with McKenzie River Trust

May 13 | Portland
EcoProm with Oregon League of Conservation Voters

May 13-15 | Oxbow Park
Sandy River Spey Clave with WaterWatch

May 14 & 15 | Columbia Gorge
Winetasting Hikes with Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 15 | Jacksonville Lake
Morel Hike with KS Wild

May 18 | SOU
OR-7 Expedition Film Screening with KS Wild

May 20 | Portland
Employers Bike Summit with Bicycle Transportation Alliance

May 20 | Crooked River
Beginner Fly-Fishing with Oregon Wild

May 21 | Veneta
River Discovery Paddle with Willamette Riverkeeper

May 21 | Coyote Oaks
Incredible Birds Tour with McKenzie River Trust

May 21 | Tualatin
Bird Fest Paddle with Tualatin Riverkeepers

May 21 | PDX/Eugene
Solar Winery Tour with Solar Oregon

May 26 | Corvallis
Youth Climate Speak-Out with Sierra Club

May 28-29 | Enterprise
Zumwalt Prairie Field Trip with Native Plant Society

May 28-29 | Jawbone Flats
Writing Retreat with Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

& more at EarthShare!

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