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Exploring Nature & Wildlife



Welcome to Our Forests, Wildlife Preserves, Nature Parks and More

With 727 square miles to explore, the vastness of the Tualatin Valley, especially when venturing beyond the urban cities, offers innumerable options for outdoor recreation. Pristine, rural wetlands, nature parks, wildlife refuges, verdant forests, tranquil waters and open fields, perfect spots for hiking, cycling, paddle trips, fishing, wildlife watching and other outdoor pursuits.

It’s easy to get excited about the more than 100 different species that are found here, from the perennial abundance of Mallard ducks to the rare seasonal sightings of the Snow Goose.

 Many species of birds live year-round here, and dozens of species are just “passing through” during the fall and spring migration seasons.

Other wildlife viewing includes native mammals including beaver, otter and coyote. So, bring your binoculars, scopes and cameras and head out on a birding and wildlife adventure in the Tualatin Valley.

Photos, from left: Tualatin River, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Tualatin Hills Nature Park

Explore the Tualatin Valley

Water Recreation

The Tualatin Valley is rich in outdoor recreation including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding.

Fishing Spots

Fishing is a popular pastime in Oregon, and you can get in on the angling action.