Upcoming Events


Birds & Brew

Join us for the sixth annual Birds & Brew event on September 30th between 8:30 AM to 1 PM at the Fernhill Water Garden. Tour the venue, learn about birds from the Portland Audubon and then enjoy McMenamins' Fernhill Pale Ale at the Grand Lodge for happy hour prices. Show up early for Early "Bird" prizes. Be sure to note the parking changes due to construction. See you there!


Local biologists need your help as they identify the diverse array of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and plants that call Fernhill home.

Event will be held rain or shine so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Snacks will be provided, but please bring a water bottle! Sign-up for a tour at Bit.ly/ecoblitz.


Fern Hill Road

Fern Hill Road can typically flood this time of year, blocking access to the parking lot. For your driving safety, please check the status of Fern Hill Road at Taylor Wy and Geiger Rd on wc-roads.com before you visit. Follow @WashcoRoads on Twitter for the latest updates. Do not enter flooded roads or move road closure signs.

Past Events


Fernhill Parking Lot Closed March 9-10

The Fernhill parking lot was closed Thursday March 9 and Friday March 10 in preparation for construction this summer. Fernhill trails were still open to the public.

Interested in becoming a Fernhill Volunteer?

The next orientation will be on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The training will begin at Clean Water Services headquarters at 2550 SW Hillsboro Hwy and end at Fernhill. Please complete and submit the application form and contact Jan Curry at fernhillvsp@gmail.com to reserve your place in the training.

We’re building a team of volunteers who will enjoy Fernhill while helping visitors learn what’s happening there. You’ll make friends, get exercise and the benefits of being in nature, teach and learn, maybe even share your talents and expertise at special events.

Volunteers will receive a 4-hour orientation with tasty snacks and lunch. You’ll learn about Fernhill, and we’ll learn from you. Choose from a flexible schedule of 2-hour volunteer shifts. Additional training will be offered for those who want to get more involved in environmental education. 

Fernhill is designated as an Important Bird Area that is enjoyed as a nature preserve. It’s also an innovative water purification facility that is pioneering treatment wetlands. It has been transformed with 90 acres of native habitat, improved trails, a Water Garden, and amenities for people and wildlife. As more people visit Fernhill and wonder what’s happening, you can be the one to help them understand and enjoy this treasure. If you haven’t yet visited Fernhill, please do at 1399 SW Fern Hill Road in Forest Grove.

Construction at Fernhill

The Western Wetlands, about two acres of “vertical flow, rock filter” treatment wetlands, are under construction. The rock filter system is being built atop the asphalt liner of the former materials handling yard, using a type of rock that supports organisms that remove pollutants from water. Delivery of the rocks will begin on December 13, with up to 33 truckloads per day, Monday – Thursday, through mid-January. The trucks will enter from Fern Hill Road and exit at Poplar Lane. Vertical flow treatment wetlands are another innovation in water treatment that is quite different from the 90-acre natural treatment wetlands to the south that uses a diversity of native plants to filter the water. After the vertical flow filter system is built, the Western Wetlands will be landscaped with native plants. A new ADA accessible trail will circle the new facility.

November 3, 7 p.m., at Audubon Society: Fernhill Restoration: How are the birds responding? Presentation by Carol Murdock, Clean Water Services, and Joe Liebezeit, Portland Audubon, at Heron Hall, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Portland. Free; limited seating; RSVP requested viabit.ly/FERNHILL



Birds & Brew is coming October 1

Celebrate the birds and support research & education on the first Saturday in October

Download and print posters in Spanish and English. Questions? 503.681.3600.