First Saturday Park Walks

group of people walking on trail in natural area

Explore the ecology and management of Eugene’s beautiful parks with Eugene Rec and Parks and Open Space staff. This year these free interpretive walks are themed to highlight the diversity of parks in the City and showcase improvements driven by the 30-year Parks and Rec System Plan and the 2018 Parks and Rec Bond and Levy passed by voters.


UPDATE: Registration is now required - walks are limited to 10 participants and face coverings are required. Registration information here.

Thank you Eugene! Your Parks & Rec bond and levy dollars at work
  • September 5, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Meadowlark Prairie - Get off the beaten path and learn about wetland plants and animals and the techniques ecologists use to manage and restore their habitats. No dogs please. Uneven ground on this walk is not suitable for wheelchair or similar devices. Meet at the Meadowlark Prairie Overlook, 88525 Greenhill Road. Level 3+
  • October 3, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Wild Iris Ridge -  Visit rare Willamette Valley oak and prairie habitat and venture along the newest section of the Ridgeline Trail. Meet at the trailhead kiosk at the end of Bailey View Drive. Level 3
  • November 7, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Golden Gardens - Learn about Western pond turtles and recent habitat restoration work at this little known gem in northwest Eugene. Meet at 4705 Jessen Drive. From Barger Drive, take Golden Gardens Street north to Jessen Drive, turn left and park along the north side of Jessen. Level 3
  • December 5, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Amazon Park - Experience the newly surfaced trail and lighting system and learn about the rare plants and wetland habitat in the heart of South Eugene. Meet near the trailhead by the LTD Park and Ride parking lot at the intersection of E 29th Ave and Amazon Parkway. Level 3

Activity Level Ratings

  • Level 1 - Little walking. OK for those with walkers, wheel- chairs or walking difficulties.
  • Level 2 - Moderate walking. Similar to that at a shopping center or large museum.
  • Level 3 - Walking of 1-2 miles (1 to 1.5 hours), as on a walking tour of gardens or the zoo. May be steps or hills. Level 3+ may not be suitable for wheelchairs or walker/assistance devices.
  • Level 4 - Walking of 3-6 miles on moderate trails. May be rough, hilly or at higher altitude. Access to medical help may be limited. 
  • Level 5 - Long hikes of 5+ miles. May be very rough, hilly or high altitude. Access to medical help may be limited.