Discover Willamalane Scavenger HuntWhat treasures and vistas await you in the Discover Willamalane Scavenger Hunt? Form a team and decipher clues to find the location of each Willamalane attraction!

This Week's Clues

Wild Willamalane: Radical ReptilesSnake

The Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis, is a beautiful snake that can come in a wide array of colors. The color seen in the photograph tends to be the most common.  This nonvenomous snake enjoys basking in the sun, swimming in the water, and eating amphibians.  Surprisingly, this radical reptile can eat newts, which are toxic to most animals.  Even though they are no danger to humans, they should not be handled. When a garter snake gets upset, they can excrete a repulsive musk that gets all over their attacker.  

Scavenger hunting tips:
  • Any picture of a lizard or snake in Willamalane parks will count. 
  • Reptiles are ectothermic and require sources of heat (like the sun) to help warm their body temperature. 
  • They can be found at all Willamalane parks but prefer natural areas.
  • Garter snakes like to live near ponds where they have access to water and food.
  • Reptiles get scared by quick movements, use your best stealth mode to sneak up and take a picture.
  • Always keep a safe distance from any wildlife with a mouth. 

I Spy: An Enchanted ForestMural depicting an enchanted forest

Scavenger hunting tips:
  • You can find this mural below a bridge that crosses the Willamette River.
  • This park even has a stage where Willamalane has put on a summer concert series.
  • If you can see a playground nearby, you are in the right spot.
  • If you could walk through the mural, you would probably get wet.

Secret Spot: The Best Riverside PicnicPicnic table with a river view surrounded by trees

Scavenger hunting tips:
  • Somewhere off the Willamette River is a beautiful picnic table under the trees.
  • You might pass some old harvesting equipment and hazelnut trees to get there. 
  • There is also a dirt path off the Middle Fork Path that will take you there. 


Week 5 leaderboard

Email your photo evidence to to get your team on the leaderboard!

How to Play

Every Friday morning, Willamalane will post three new scavenger hunt clues. These may include photos, hints, and riddles that will lead you to an interesting destination. Your team must go out to the parks, take photo evidence that you found the destination, and email that photo and your team name to Your team will earn 10 points for every destination you visit. You have until the following Thursday at 11:59 p.m. to submit your entries to score points.  Please follow physical distancing guidelines so this program may continue.  Be safe, and have fun!

Making a Team
In order to best obey physical distancing guidelines, teams will be limited to members of your household. It is okay to have a team with only one person in it. Choose a fun and appropriate team name to be displayed on the leaderboard (maximum 30 characters).

Each clue is worth 10 points.  You may complete all three clues weekly. In order to receive your points, you must submit an email to including the following:
  • Your team name in the subject line
  • The clues you have completed in the body
  • Attach photo evidence for each clue completed
You will receive a reply letting you know how many points your team has been awarded. The leaderboard will be updated weekly. 

Health and Safety
  • Maintain 6-foot distance between your team and other park visitors.
  • If a park you go to is crowded, try one of the other clues and come back later when it is less busy.
  • Keep the scavenger hunting to you and your household.  Meeting with other teams or friends is an unnecessary risk.  
  • Avoid touching objects, sitting on benches, or having contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.
  • Wash your hands after your adventure.
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