Tadpole Tales at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave., returns this month, hosted by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

COURTESY COLUMBIA SLOUGH WATERSHED COUNCIL

Mondays, beginning May 2, Children learn about nature up close at Tadpole Tales at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park.

Children ages 3 to 5 with their parents are invited to a short story and guided nature walk Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m beginning May 2.

Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes and learn about local trees and flowers. Themes change weekly.

Event runs rain or shine. Families are welcome to bring a snack. $3 admission/donation per child, no charge for adults. Visit columbiaslough.org to learn more.

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Bring the whole family to Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave., for Evening Canoe the Slough, Thursday May 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., it is a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough.

The older crowd is invited to bike the Columbia South Shore Well Field Saturday, May 21, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Experts from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 16-mile trip on easy terrain.

Learn about the safety, functionality and history of Portland’s underground drinking water system, which supplements the main supply from Bull Run.

Helmets required; light refreshments provided; recommended for ages 12+. Meet at Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station, 9920 N.E. Cascades Parkway This is a free event, but please preregister here.

Families will enjoy a view of the Columbia Slough like no other on Saturday, May 26, in shifts from 5 to 8 p.m.

Launch from Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave. Infants to grandparents will enjoy this safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough. Some canoes set up in a “bimaran” configuration, safe for new paddlers, are available.

Families may also borrow regular canoes and kayaks during the 7 p.m. hour; this is limited to supply on hand.

If you are interested in kayaks, indicate that in the comments section of your registration and staff will check on availability and get back to you.

Canoes, lifejackets and paddles provided. $5-8/person, $15-20/family suggested donation. Preregister here.