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  • Camas Festival at Dirksen Nature Park

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Camas Festival

Saturday, April 27 | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. | All ages | Dirksen Nature Park 
Come and celebrate Tigard’s premier nature park! Learn more about the local significance of the camas flower while it’s in bloom, take a tour to find brass sculptures of local wildlife, and enjoy the recently completed oak savanna overlook, nature play areas and more. Also see plans for upcoming construction in the park and improvements to the Fanno Creek Regional Trail.

PARKING
  • Fowler Middle School (9 a.m. to noon)
    10865 SW Walnut St, Tigard | Map
  • BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
    11365 SW Tigard St, Tigard | Map
SPECIAL EVENTS

Ribbon Cutting
9:00 a.m. | 30 minutes | Nature Play Area | Presented by Metro and the City of Tigard
Celebrating the community partnerships that made Dirksen Nature Park possible.

Nature Themed Family Story Time
9:30 and 10:30 a.m. | 30 minutes | Nature Play Area | Presented by Tigard Public Library
Join a librarian from the Tigard Library for story time celebrating the adventurous outdoors, with stories, songs, and rhymes.

Atfalati-Kalapuya: First People of Washington CountyCamas Festival event
10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. | 1 hour | Education Center | Presented by WA County Museum
Explore the lives of the indigenous people of the Tualatin Valley, the Atfalati branch of the Kalapuya tribe. Learn how the Atfalati dressed, their customs, what they ate, where they lived and how they used their natural resources. Furs, stone tools, baskets, and additional artifacts will be displayed and discussed.

Chainsaw Artist Demonstration  
11 a.m. | 1 hour | Nature Play Area | Presented by James Lukinich
Enjoy the talent of James Lukinich, the chainsaw artist who created many of the original art features in Dirksen Nature Park.

EXPLORE DIRKSEN NATURE PARK

Camas Field - Celebrate our newly restored field of native camas.
Oak Savanna - Explore the completed overlook and chat with experts from Ash Creek Forest Management.
Loop Trail - Explore the unique habitats of the park with Tualatin Riverkeepers’ Master Naturalists at hands-on stations.
Tigard City Council - Out of City Hall and Into Your Neighborhood...Meet and greet your city council.
Parks & Recreation - Get out and about in our parks this summer with Tualatin Riverkeepers and Tigard Parks & Recreation.
Upcoming Projects - Learn about future work on the Fanno Creek Trail and more.

CLICK TO ENLARGE - Camas Festival Map

Staff Contact
Marissa Grass
Community Engagement
503-718-2428 |  Email


ABOUT CAMAS
The names Camassia, camas, qém’es, quamash, and pa-siko, all refer to the group of spring herbs whose white to blue-purple flowers form spectacular displays in wetlands, grasslands, and oak savannas in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to its beauty, the camas plant was an essential food source for the Atfalati band of Kalapuya, the first people to live in Washington County. After non-native plants were removed in Dirksen Nature Park the camas patch came back in full display. City staff believe this patch of bulbs has been around for hundreds of years but is just now able to flourish thanks to the restoration work. Plan to see for yourself!
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