Eco-Travel

This Portland Nonprofit Saves Sea Turtles, One Tourist at a Time

Wandering a tropical bazaar? Put down those beach-perfect sunglasses: the frames could be made from a critically endangered species.

04/18/2017 By Elise Herron

Great Ape Escape

How a Portland Zookeeper Helped Rescue Endangered Orangutans

Cydney Sines traveled to Indonesia to release apes—orphaned or displaced by habitat destruction—back into the wild.

04/17/2017 By Amy Martin

Zen Times

The Portland Japanese Garden Gets a Gorgeous Upgrade

Superstar architect Kengo Kuma is behind the $33.5 million expansion, which elevates our city's garden to rival those of Japan.

04/17/2017 By Elise Herron

PDX Index

Bottle Bill 2.0: Oregon Upgrades a Recycling Milestone

As of April 1, the new bottle and can deposit is 10 cents. We break down the rest of the numbers.

04/17/2017 By Rachel Sandstrom Morrison

Public Coast

Goodbye, Champagne Sunsets? A State Bill Wants to Outlaw Booze on Oregon Beaches

Nine state representatives (all from non-coastal districts) think your beach drinking should be illegal.

04/10/2017 By Meagan Nolan

International Travel

A Portland Travel Agency for Women Who Want to Change the World

Ecuador. Italy. The Dominican Republic. Sure, this female tour group can arrange some exotic R&R. But you'll also learn how to pick cacao and shear an alpaca.

04/04/2017 By Regan Breeden

State parks

Pro-Rated Parks? Our State Agency Wants to Redistribute Your Love

Oregon's state parks are wildly popular. Well, some of them. A new bill points campers to the park less traveled.

04/03/2017 By Regan Breeden

Music

These Composers Channel Our National Parks in Sound

Third Angle presents Solo Hikes: three specially commissioned pieces, two nights, one passion.

04/03/2017 By Lauren Kershner

First Look

Behold Rock-Star Architect Kengo Kuma's Love Song to Oregon Forests

The Portland Japanese Garden is about to unveil a $33.5 million architectural ode to nature and Japanese culture.

03/21/2017 By Elise Herron

Extreme Sports

Meet Extreme Sea Kayaker Freya Hoffmeister

The champion athlete (and ice cream mogul, and former Miss Germany contestant) passes through Portland in the way to her next adventure: a solo circumnavigation of North America.

03/20/2017 By Regan Breeden

Flower Power

We Are So Ready for These Eight Spring Blooms

Crocuses to rhodies, life-affirming spring gorgeousness is about to own this town. Here's what to watch for, and when.

02/21/2017 By Jason Buehrer

Go Green

Maximize the Health of Your Indoor Garden Space

A horticultural therapy expert teaches us how to fight winter fatigue, curb stress, and garden like a pro.

02/21/2017 By Regan Breeden

Public Land

With an Expanded National Monument, Oregon's Debate over Public Lands Continues

A late-breaking executive order from President Obama nearly doubles Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Could the 45th President roll that back?

01/13/2017 By Elise Herron

Politics

Three Oregon Environmental Leaders Brace Themselves for Trump

From public lands to parks funding to climate policy, it’s going to be a rocky ride.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Light a Fire 2016: Caring for the Planet

Drones to LIDAR, the Freshwater Trust Protects America’s Waterways with Surgical Precision

The river-stewarding organization is one of Oregon’s most important environmental nonprofits.

10/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Light a Fire 2016: Game-Changing Project

Friends of Nadaka Unites a Gresham Neighborhood to Create a Park

Complete with bird walks, play spaces, and a community garden—and soon Gresham’s first handicapped-accessible swing.

10/10/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

PDX Index

Urban Coyotes Are Thriving in Portland

But not eating as many cats as you think.

09/13/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Fire!

The Hottening: Five Tips For Fire Season

From firenados to climate change, we step back for a cool look at what the world's hottest summer means for Oregon.

08/19/2016 By Marisa Russell

OUTDOORS

A Local Video Shows Stunning Wilderness of Blue Creek

Portland-based photographer Andy Best gives the campaign to save an unblemished watershed in Northern California a boost.

12/22/2015 By Marty Patail

OUTDOORS

The Local Quest to Save a Northern California Wilderness

A local nonprofit and a creative agency are racing against time to save an immaculate chunk of Northern California wilderness.

11/16/2015 By Marty Patail