The Gnome Hunt is Back!
Blossom, Greenie and Oak MOVE to 3 different natural park areas THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH!
* Find 3 gnomes in 3 new natural park areas monthly from Apr. to Oct.
* Take a photo of you, your dog or anything else by a gnome!
* Post your gnome photos on social media at #LOparksgnomes
* #LOparksgnomes photos go in a contest to win a gnome in Oct!
SEPTEMBER GNOME HUNT (See Map in Attachments)
COOKS BUTTE PARK (18600 Shirley Dr. – You'll see Stevens Meadow. Take the paved path above it to the end. Head into the woods.)
This 42 acre natural park is home to deer, owls, and rabbits. Be ready to head UP...the gnomes are on a Butte!
1. Enter the woods. At the “Y”, take the LOWER trail above a meadow, through Fir and Maple trees. Blossom's peeking from a tree, looking for White Tail Deer.
2. Follow the trail. Take a RIGHT at the “Y”. Get ready to go UP! Greenie and a Barn Owl will cheer you from a Maple tree that arches over the trail.
3. Continue UP the trail. At the next “Y”, take a sharp RIGHT. The trail veers UP, then you head DOWN! Oak is hiding on a tree stump, counting Flickers.
LILY BAY NATURAL AREA (Off Diamond Head Rd. - the trail marker is near the sharp corner)
This .5 acre hidden oasis is full of wild life. Look for a trail marker and go into the woods.
1. Shhh! If you’re quiet, you may see Otter or Beaver in Lily Bay. Blossom is hiding on a Douglas Fir tree, talking to Chipmunks.
2. This area is part of Iron Mountain. Count the Basalt boulders near the trail. Greenie wants to be a “Rock" Star...just sayin'!
3. Oak spotted Osprey and Bald Eagles diving for fish where Lily Bay flows into Oswego Lake.
WEST WALUGA PARK (15775 Waluga Dr.)
This 29 acre mixed use park hosts natural areas with paved and soft trails as well as a playground, a dog park and work out stations.
1. Follow the paved path toward the playground. Blossom is hugging a Maple tree across from 2 large alligators…tread lightly!
2. Pass by the fenced dog park. At the “tail” of the dog park, Greenie found a sideways tree trunk to lay on to count Swallowtail Butterflies.
3. Follow the shaded path past the dog park. The hunt is on for a large Ash tree that split into two trees. Oak is waiting for you!
Gnomes love natural areas, flora and fauna...and cooking, movies and sports! Their Bios tell all!
Get ready! The 3 gnomes challenge you to GNOME TRIVIA! (give us your best guess!)
Want to hear birds sing and animal calls? Check out "Wildlife in Lake Oswego Natural Areas", an interactive link on the Stewardship website.
What is a group of gnomes called?
How tall is a Male gnome and what does he weigh? (How about a Female gnome?)
Take a guess or two, then click on the link to find out!
Why do gnomes wear red hats?
How many children will a gnome mother have? (Hint, it never varies!)
What do you think? Click on the link and see if you're right!
How do gnomes greet one another, say farewell and goodnight? (And kiss....TMI!)
What is the normal life span of a gnome?
We're not telling! Click on the link for the answer!
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!