Portland, April 1st. Guided nature hikes and a native plant sale drew outdoor lovers to the 32nd Annual Trillium Festival in Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Elisa Ford, Sarah Kreisman, Matthew Collins, David Cohen

Elisa Ford, Sarah Kreisman, Matthew Collins, David Cohen

“The festival is a great opportunity to introduce the park to new audiences and for visitors to learn more about the importance of using native plants in your garden and make a direct connection to nature with others who share those values”, says David Cohen, Executive Director of the Friends of Tryon Creek.  Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd in southwest Portland.

Melarie DeSelvia with her daughters Malia and Piriya get help from Derek Mellinger and Laura Markel

Melarie DeSelvia with her daughters Malia and Priya get help from Derek Mellinger and Laura Markel

The Friends of Tryon Creek, together with their partner Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, celebrate spring with this fun-filled family event. 

Ann Meub, Carl Axelsen, Karen Jorgensen, Aissa Harrofi, Bruce Rottink, John Mullen

Ann Meub, Carl Axelsen, Karen Jorgensen, Aissa Harrofi, Bruce Rottink, John Mullen

 

Every spring leading nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native northwest plant inventory available for purchase.

Every spring leading nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native northwest plant inventory available for purchase.

 

The Trillium Festival also features guided nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers, children’s nature activities, local craft and edibles vendors, a garden art show and sale, and an information area featuring local environmental groups,

The Trillium Festival also features guided nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers, children’s nature activities, local craft and edibles vendors, a garden art show and sale, and an information area featuring local environmental groups.

 

The 675-acre park currently welcomes over 385,000 visitors each year and is home to over 200 species of birds, mammals and amphibians. Visitors enjoy miles of hiking trails, a paved bicycle path and horse trails.

The 675-acre park currently welcomes over 385,000 visitors each year and is home to over 200 species of birds, mammals and amphibians. Visitors enjoy miles of hiking trails, a paved bicycle path and horse trails.

 

The Friends of Tryon Creek was founded in1969 by a group of forward-thinking individuals who came together to preserve a unique and historic forested canyon between Lake Oswego and Portland and turn it into a park.

The Friends of Tryon Creek was founded in1969 by a group of forward-thinking individuals who came together to preserve a unique and historic forested canyon between Lake Oswego and Portland and turn it into a park.

About the Friends of Tryon Creek

The Friends of Tryon Creek are a catalyst for cultivating a lifelong relationship with nature using Tryon Creek State Natural Area, the largest urban state park in Oregon, as our classroom. We are known throughout the region for our exceptional environmental education programs and stewardship opportunities.  

Today, the Friends, a private non-profit that receives no state funding, continues to utilize the park as a classroom for their environmental education programs as well as leading efforts to conserve and restore the park to its original pristine setting.

Membership opportunities are available, which include event fee discounts.  For details and a schedule of events, visit http://www.tryonfriends.org/.

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