New Free Outings!

As spring begins, we are refreshed by the green buds forming on barren trees. Silence fades into hopeful bird song, and pockets of sun warm our cold bones. The rhythm of this season invites change for all of us.

This spring, Adult Education’s free Outings program is getting a fresh update! We have heard from many Outings participants and leaders that you wanted a change, and that feedback has birthed Bird Alliance of Oregon’s new, free, Standing Outings, offered once every month using a lottery-based registration.

Group of people on pathway in forest with dusk sunlight filtering through the trees
Photo by Tara Lemezis.

Outings are volunteer-led throughout the Portland metro area. They are scheduled on weekday mornings and consistently fill, often with the same faithful folks. These current Outings will still be posted on Meetup and offered by volunteers.

The popularity and timing of Outings historically has limited who else can join. To increase access for new folks, we are offering a monthly weekend Outing. Standing Outings will use a lottery registration instead of the Meetup site, expanding who will get a spot. New participants and past participants who have good attendance on free programs (not a no-show or a last-minute cancellation) will be prioritized to attend.

New Outings will be posted every month on the Free Outings page of our website. Registration will close at least one week prior to the event. When you are ready to register, sign up for the date you can attend and complete the inquiry form. One to two weeks before the event, we will randomly select names from the registration list. The folks selected for a spot will be emailed and do not need to confirm their attendance.

Our hope is that this change will welcome fresh faces to join a free Outing for more birding in community with us this spring!