Community Youth Programs
The Audubon Society of Portland's TALON program provides training and employment for young adults ages 16-20 as they learn to Teach, Advocate, Lead, Observe and Nurture – skills that will help them excel in conservation-related professions. Based out of our Eastside Branch at Leach Botanical Garden, TALON aims to reach diverse cultural and ethnic communities living in East Multnomah County.
We work with local high schools, colleges and community organizations to recruit participants who have shown an interest in conservation and science. By introducing a younger and more ethnically diverse population to careers in conservation, wildlife care and environmental education, TALON aims to help shape the next generation of conservation leaders and carry Portland Audubon’s conservation and education mission into the 21st century.
TALON members participate in a 10-week training program that provides a foundation in local natural history, environmental science, and local and regional conservation issues. Each participant is then placed in a summer apprenticeship position in Portland Audubon’s education, conservation, wildlife rehabilitation or nature sanctuary programs.
We are excited to report that we’ve secured funding for the program’s first two years thanks to support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and Toyota TogetherGreen, as well as matching funds from John Gray via the Oregon Community Foundation.
For more information, contact Gladys Ruiz at 503-349-9554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reach students who have limited access to environmental education, Portland Audubon has partnered with local organizations to provide free summer camps in a variety of Portland-metro neighborhoods. These programs have brought hands-on, nature-based education to hundreds of children.
Audubon Nature Team (ANT): Serving children from north and northeast Portland, ANT is a partnership between the Inner City Youth Institute and Portland Audubon. ANT summer camp is a hands-on, nature-themed program that focuses on getting kids to explore nature in their own neighborhood. Favorite activities of campers include animal tracking, water quality testing, habitat restoration, bird watching, plant identification, learning to use a map and compass, and building birdhouses.
Explorador Summer Camp: This outdoor, environmental education program is conducted through a partnership with Portland Audubon, Bienestar Community Development Corporation (CDC), Rose CDC and Hacienda CDC. Explorador campers learn about healthy watersheds, native wildlife, habitat and backyard birds, with exciting trips to nearby natural areas, wetlands, ponds and parks, such as Smith and Bybee Lakes, Columbia Slough and Portland Audubon's own Wildlife Sanctuaries. Explorador also introduces campers to natural resource careers by giving them the opportunity to work with Metro Naturalists, Park Rangers and Audubon wildlife veterinarians.
Thanks to Hoover Family Foundation, PGE Foundation, REI, Gray Family Foundation, The North Face Explore Fund, NW Natural, Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, PacifiCorp, Clean Water Services, East Portland Action Plan Committee, Juan Young and Keen for their generous support of community-based summer camps.
For more information, contact Steve Robertson at 971-222-6118 or