Gnome Hunt 101
Blossom, Greenie and Oak MOVE the 1st of EACH MONTH to 3 new parks' natural areas!
* Find a gnome & take a pic of you, your dog or anything else by it!
* Post your gnome photos on social media at #LOparksgnomes
* #LOparksgnomes photos go in a contest to win a gnome in Oct!
Gnomes love natural areas...cooking, movies & sports! Their Bios tell all!
The 3 gnomes challenge you to Nature Jokes! (C'mon, give us your best guess!)
Listen to bird songs & animal calls on the "Wildlife, Birds & Plants in LO's Parks " link.
These 3 tricksters hide in 3 new natural park areas the 1st of each month thru Oct. Come out to find the Gnomes but leave them in their hiding places for others to discover! Find Maps in the Attachment box.
AUGUST 2022 PARKS (See Map in Related Links/Attachments)
- Canal Acres Natural Area
- Lamont Springs Natural Area
- Woodmont Park
CANAL ACRES (Park at Bryant Woods Nat’l Area, 4300 Childs Rd.) Walk over to Canal Rd. The path is on the Right.
Explore 31 wooded acres in this tranquil natural park.
1. Watch for Osprey as you enter the woods on a path filled with Sword Ferns. Blossom found a huge Douglas Fir tree that splits into 2 massive trees!
2. Follow the path and listen for Flickers drilling into trees for insects. Greenie saw a Banana Slug by a Big Leaf Maple tree that arches over the path.
3. Shh! Black Tail deer may be nearby!. Stroll down a gentle hill. Oak is napping on a moss covered log near Sword Fern.
LAMONT SPRINGS (4681 Lamont Way)
Wander paths in this 1.9 acre hidden oasis that is host to burbling Lamont Springs.
1. Enter the woods and rest on a bench near the source of Lamont Springs. Blossom is on a Big Leaf Maple tree by a Stellar Jay!
2. Take the path below Lakeview Blvd. Go Right. Keep going and take a Right on a side path and step over a log. Greenie's watching Mallard ducks in a pond.
3. Return to the larger path below Lakeview Blvd. Go Right. Hop over another log! Oak's counting the knobs and knots on a bumpy Big Leaf Maple tree.
WOODMONT PARK (Near the intersection of Knaus Rd. and Atwater Rd.)
This 6.8 acre natural park has a nature play area and 6 foot bird’s nest!
1. Follow the main path by the Knaus Rd/Atwater Rd. sign. Go Left on the 2nd side path. At the "Y" go Right to cross a wee stream. Blossom is on a Black Willow tree.
2. Continue to the main path. Go Right to a nature play area. Crawl thru a log! Greenie climbed a nearby Big Leaf Maple tree.
3. A bark chip path leads to stone steps that descend to a small stream. Wind up the path to find a giant bird’s nest! Oak's on a Big Leaf Maple tree near the main path.
Greenie is all A-BUZZ with BEE jokes!
Why do horses like to live near Bees?
What sport do Bees like the most?
Why do Bees have sticky hair?
(Take a few guesses BEE-fore you click)
Blossom has TREE-mendous jokes to STUMP you!
What kind of Tree fits in your hand?
How do you get a Tree to leave your party?
How do you make a Tree laugh?
(Click on the link and BRANCH out!)
Oak has gone NUTS with Squirrel jokes!
Which ballet do Squirrels like best?
Where do Squirrels go on vacation?
Why don't Squirrels have many friends?
(We're not telling & it's driving us NUTS!))
Dig In and Restore the Natural Areas!
The City of Lake Oswego works with volunteer Friends Groups to help restore the habitat in over 460 acres of park natural areas. Check out these Stewardship events for ways to volunteer and help restore natural areas in our community!