Kids Solstice Bird Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

This hike is part of Oregon's Walk the Land Day!
This hike is part of Oregon's Walk the Land Day!
Celebrate the summer solstice with the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Yanalcanlin of East Cascades Audubon Society. Bring the kids and explore how birds celebrate the summer and the changing of the season. Learn how their feathers and food supply change while watching birds and their behaviors. Perfect for kids ages 4-10 with a grown-up in tow. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy, ~1 mile walk on a bark-chipped trail for kids.

    Route: This hike will start at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve kiosk and follow the bark-chipped trail around Hindman Springs. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Binoculars (if you have them), snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.