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 4, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Bertelsen Nature Park - Enjoy a looping walk through Bertelsen Nature Park, home to a diversity of dragonflies and birds. Learn about co-management of this site by the City of Eugene and the Bureau of Land Management. No dogs please. Meet at the parking area located about 2,000 feet east of the intersection of Steward Road and Bertelsen Rd, on the N side of Stewart Road. Level 3+
  • October 10, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Downtown Riverfront Park - The new Downtown Riverfront Park beautifully blends urban design with stormwater treatment riparian habitat enhancements. Join us for a walk along the Willamette to find out more about the design and construction efforts that brought this park to life. Level 1
  • November 6, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Dillard Loop Trail (Ridgeline) - Take a tour of the upper Amazon Headwaters area on this relatively flat 2-mile loop trail. Learn about the expansive Ridgeline Trail System which stretches on for another dozen miles, right here in our nearby woods. Meet a the Dillard West trailhead on the west side of Dillard Road, just north of Brightstar Lane. Level 3+
  • December 4, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Whilamut Natural Area - Walk through the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. Learn about the management of the park and visit some of the Kalapuya Talking Stones. Meet by the gate at Leo Harris Parkway and North Walnut Road. Level 2

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.