Find the Stewardship Gnomes in Nature!
Blossom, Greenie and Oak have upped their hiding game this year! The 3 gnomes hide in 3 natural park areas each month...then the Gnomes Roam! Check this website monthly to learn where they are hiding...then, go find them! We hope you also discover winding trails, scenic vistas and unique characteristics in these park natural areas. Happy hunting!
JUNE GNOME HUNT
Find a gnome! Snap a pic! Post #LOparkgnomes on social media! These gnomes love publicity!
Look for a tucked away path leading into the woods. You’ll be amazed at this urban oasis which hosts a burbling spring! Wander trails through this 2 acre forest and and keep an eye out for hollow logs along the paths…just sayin’!
Location: 4681 Lamont Way
Parking: 4681 Lamont Way
This natural park gem has a .6 mile trail around the meadow with a scenic view. Now, take a deep breath and get ready for your gnome challenge. Our gnomes followed the trail for a bit, but then went rogue! They are hiding "off trail" in a tree, a bush and vegetation at the top of the meadow….happy hunting!
Location: 18600 Shipley Dr. (To protect the wildlife and nesting birds, dogs are not allowed at Stevens Meadows.)
Parking: 18600 Shipley Dr.
Hear the birds chirp and listen to the creek babble as you hunt for the 3 mischievous gnomes in this enchanting natural park. This 7 acre park has trails that meander across an old orchard, wind through the woods, follow the creek and traverse a meadow! The crafty gnomes say “Good Luck” finding them!
Location: 13600 Atwater Ln.
Parking: 13600 Atwater Ln.
(Stay tuned for...)
JULY GNOME HUNT
BRYANT WOODS NATURAL AREA
These mischievous gnomes have spread out in this 17 acre natural park! Perhaps they can be found near the seasonal wetland/meadow, or hiding out in the upland forested area or up in a tree near the natural spring with a creek…we can’t keep track of their antics!
Location: 13000 Childs Rd.
Parking: 13000 Childs Rd.
EAST WALUGA PARK
Our shy gnomes are hiding in the natural area behind the baseball fields in this 25 acre park. The gnomes discovered a trail leading up to an old quarry and are waiting for you to find them….or maybe they’ve moved to new hiding spots along other winding woodland trails!
Location: 15505 Quarry Rd.
Parking: 15505 Quarry Rd.
LUSCHER FARM (NATURAL AREA)
Wave to the chickens in the coop, stroll past the historic farm house and take the paved path on the Left. Head East on the path through fields and old orchards. Wind over hill and dale, pass the stable and end near Lake Oswego winery. These gnomes are making sure you get your steps in, don't ya just Gnome it!
Location: 125 Rosemont Rd.
Parking: 125 Rosemont Rd.
AUGUST GNOME HUNT
Cooks Butte Park
Explore the lower trail that parallels the meadow. It’s rumored a gnome may be watching the horses in the nearby the meadow. Next, head up the winding trail as a gnome is hiding in a group of trees in this 42 acre forest. The last gnome is hiding near the hilltop meadow where the deer graze…shhhh!
Location: 2266 Palisades Crest Dr.
Parking: 18600 Shipley Dr. (follow the paved path along the meadow up and into the woods)
Talk about an urban oasis scavenger hunt! The 3 gnomes invite you to discover them tucked away in hidden Pennington Park. This natural area is an acre gem offering woods and a paved path following babbling Springbrook Creek.
Location: 15120 Boones Ferry Rd.
Parking: Off Boones Way. Look for the trail leading into the woods.
Roehr Park Natural Area
Our 3 gnomes hit the trails at this 7.5 acre park on the Willamette River. Walk the paved trail along the river and pass by the amphitheater and the Charlie S. Brown Water Sports Center. Whew, now the gnome hunt can begin! Look high and low along the river path, these gnomes are getting tricky!
Location: 350 Oswego Pointe Dr.
Parking: 350 Oswego Pointe Dr.
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We need your helping hands in our Parks!
The City of Lake Oswego works with volunteer Friends Groups to help keep over 400 acres of Lake Oswego's natural park areas healthy and beautiful. Check out the many stewardship events where volunteer help is needed to protect and restore natural areas in our community!