Water & Soil

2016 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 250+ Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

Free! Rain Gardens 101 workshop, $200 Incentive for Gresham residents: Sat Nov 21, 2015 9AM-1PM

11/21/2015 - 9:26am
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Free! Rain Gardens 101 workshop, $200 Incentive for Gresham residents: Sat Nov 21, 2015 9AM-1PM. Info Here!
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Saving Streams, Creating Habitat

When: Sat Nov 21, 2015 9AM-1PM
Where: Troutdale Community Police Bldg
234 SW Kendall Ct
Troutdale, OR
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Learn how to build your own rain garden! Explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

Register here! Spaces available: 14 (of 40 max as of Nov 16th)


Rain Gardens
A rain garden is a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater runoff from hard surfaces like rooftops, sidewalks and driveways, and allows it to soak back into the ground naturally. They are planted with hardy, native perennials that filter pollutants commonly found in stormwater runoff. This helps reduce the overall amount of runoff and pollution that gets into our streams, and maintains the natural hydrology (the movement and distribution of water in the area, as it would be under natural conditions) so streams don’t go dry during the hot summer months.

If you are a resident of Gresham, you may be eligible for our $200 Rain Garden Incentive!

Why build a rain garden?
When a landscape is covered in natural vegetation, most rainfall soaks into the ground. As we start adding roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and streets to the landscape, much of the rainfall can’t soak into the ground anymore. This can create a lot of problems for people and for our streams.

Rain gardens hold stormwater runoff and allow it to soak into the ground naturally. This prevents pollution from entering our local streams and wetlands, and helps recharge our groundwater. By planting a rain garden with native plants, you can create a beautiful, low-maintenance and drought-tolerant landscape feature, while also providing habitat for beneficial wildlife. You can see examples of stormwater-managing features in the Rain Garden gallery

Volunteer! Friends of Naddaka and SOLVE-IT Nadaka Nature Park Cleanup: Sat Sep 19, 2015 9AM-12PM

09/19/2015 - 9:00am
09/19/2015 - 12:00pm
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Volunteer! Friends of Naddaka and SOLVE-IT Nadaka Nature Park Cleanup: Sat Sep 19, 2015 9AM-12PM. Remove invasive plants species such as English ivy, weed and water the community garden and the front two acres of the park. Families and groups are welcome to attend! Meet at picnic shelter 176th & NE Glisan. Info here!

Friends of Nadaka & SOLVE-IT
Nadaka Nature Park Cleanup

When: Sat Sep 19, 2015 9AM-Noon
Where: Nadaka Nature Park & Garden
Meet at the Picnic Shelter
176th & NE Glisan
Gresham, OR
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Join Friends of Nadaka and SOLV-IT™ to help cleanup Nadaka Nature Park. We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park, weed and water the community garden and the front two acres of the park.

We also need volunteers to help with registration and to donate food & drinks.

Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants, brimmed hat, and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend!

Everyone must sign a City of Gresham Release as well as signing up with SOLVE. Both can be done when you arrive. Join your neighbors and make new friends at Nadaka. It’s your park!

About Nadaka Nature Park
Nadaka Nature Park is a designated 12-acre natural area with a .5 mile walking loop, tall trees, native plants, grassy meadow plus a Community Garden and Nature Based Play area. Visit Nadaka Nature Park, 176th & NE Glisan St, Gresham OR

More Info
Contact Monica McAllister, Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator, 503-956-8558 or email monica@friendsofnadaka.org for more info or to donate food and/or drinks. Visit friendsofnadaka.org.

Sign-up! Free, Rain Garden 101 Workshop: Sun Apr 06, 2014 1-5PM

04/06/2014 - 1:00pm
04/06/2014 - 5:00pm
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Free Rain Garden 101 Workshop. Learn the how-to of constructing your own rain garden. Sun Apr 06, 2014 1-5PM. Info here!

Learn how-to construct your own rain garden!

When: Sun Apr 06, 2014 1-5PM
Where: Hollydale Elementary
505 SW Birdsdale Drive
Gresham, OR
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Free Workshop
Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

Register Here!

Join SOLVE at Nadaka Nature Park for Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 26, 2014 10AM-1PM

04/26/2014 - 10:00am
04/26/2014 - 1:00pm
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Join SOLVE at Nadaka Nature Park for Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 26 2014 10AM-1PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Earth Day, Every Day

When: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 10AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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Friends of Nadaka have received grants for the development of the Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!

Event info
Come out and meet your neighbors and make new friends. Join SOLVE® and Friends of Nadaka to help improve the park this Earth Day by working in the forest removing invasives and mulching trails. We will also be removing weeds from the future community garden. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

Click here to register yourself, your group or to learn more about this event.

Rain or Shine!
Come dressed for weather and help improve Nadaka Nature Park. Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Drinks and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Spring General Meeting: Mon Mar 24, 2014 7PM-9PM

03/24/2014 - 7:00pm
03/24/2014 - 9:00pm
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Wilkes East Neighborhood General Meeting, Mon Mar 24, 2014 7PM. Everyone's invited! Join your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference! St Aidan's Episcopol Church, 174th & NE Glisan. Info here!

When: Mon Mon Mar 24, 2014 7PM-9PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Gresham, OR
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Neighborhood Meeting, Everyone's Invited

Join Your Neighbors. Get involved. Make a difference!

Save the date
Be sure to save Monday, March 24th at 7:00 PM for the Wilkes East Neighborhood Spring General Meeting. The meeting will be held at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St, Portland, Oregon. Get map!

Topics & Guests
Highlights will include: Travis Stovall, Tri-Met Board Liaison and Vanessa Vissar, Tri-Met Project Manager; Ken Anderton, Port of Portland; Sunny Simkins, Multnomah County Drainage District; Neighborhood news.

Who should attend?
This meeting is open to all residents and businesses in the Wilkes East Neighborhood!

Be Part Of Your Community. Plan To Attend.

FREE! Rain Garden Workshop, $200 Grants Available: May 20, 2013 6PM-8PM

05/20/2013 - 6:00pm
05/20/2013 - 8:00pm
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FREE! Rain Garden Workshop, $200 Grants Available: May 20, 2013 6PM-8PM. Info here!

When: Mon May 20, 2013 6PM-8PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NE Eastman Pky
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Rain garden: landscaping that absorbs water from your roof or driveway

East Multnomah Soil and Water District (EMSWCD) is hosting a free rain garden workshop at Gresham City Hall Council Chambers. Join us for hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and learn how to build a rain garden. Eligible Gresham residents will receive a $200 cash incentive.

FREE! Rain Garden Workshop, $200 Grants Available: May 30, 2013 6PM-9PM

05/30/2013 - 6:00pm
05/30/2013 - 9:13pm
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FREE! Rain Garden Workshop, $200 Grants Available: May 320, 2013 6PM-9PM. Info here!

Capture Runoff Water

When: Thu May 30, 2013 6PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NE Eastman Pky
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Rain garden: landscaping that absorbs water from your roof or driveway

East Multnomah Soil and Water District (EMSWCD) is hosting a FREE rain garden workshop at Gresham City Hall Council Chambers. Join us for hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and learn how to build a rain garden. Eligible Gresham residents will receive a $200 cash incentive.

Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle

Freeze the Grease, Save a Bundle. Pouring leftover gravy, pan drippings and sauces down the sink can result in a grease-clogged drain and cost you a bundle. Here's some helpful tips!

After big holiday meals, no one likes to be the one stuck doing clean-up

But if you aren't careful with leftover gravy, pan drippings and sauces a grease-clogged drain could end up costing you a bundle.

When fats, oils and grease are poured down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes causing messy sewer backups and expensive cleanup and repair in your home

The simple solution
Pour the grease into a can, freeze it, and toss the can in the trash.

Weed Watcher Workshop: Jun 12, 2012 7PM-8:30PM

06/12/2012 - 7:16pm
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Himalayan blackberry along the Springwater Trail in Gresham. Help us fight off Gresham’s weedy invaders by participating as a Weed Watcher. Free class: Jun 12, 2012 7PM-8:30PM, Gresham City Hall, Springwater Trail Room. Info here!

Weed Watcher Workshop

When: Tue Jun 12, 2012 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
SpringwaterTrail Room
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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What spring weeds cause problems here? Help us fight off Gresham’s weedy invaders by participating as a Weed Watcher.

The Spring Weeds workshop will cover milk thistle, bull thistle, Scotch thistle, yellow archangel, shining geranium, morning glory, garlic mustard, Russian knapweed and Tree of Heaven.

Free workshop. No RSVP required

Help us fight off Gresham’s weedy invaders by participating as a Weed Watcher in our Early Detection, Rapid Response Program. By familiarizing yourself with problem weeds in our area, you can help us stop these plants in their tracks.

All you have to do is attend one (or all) of our free invasive weed ID classes and use your new plant ID skills to alert us to weeds in Gresham. With your help, we can keep our city and homes weed free.

Rain Garden Workshop, $200 Grants Available: Apr 7, 2011 9AM-12PM

04/07/2012 - 9:00am
04/07/2012 - 12:00pm
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Rain Garden Workshop, $200 Grants Available: Apr 7, 2011 9AM-12PM. Info here!

Add a rain garden!

When: Sat Apr 7, 2012 9AM-12PM
Hollydale Elementary School
505 SW Birdsdale Drive
Gresham, OR
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Build your own rain garden at home to help reduce water pollution and create urban habitat for birds and butterflies.

Free Workshop
This free rain garden workshop with City staff includes classroom discussion, hands-on activities and demonstrations, a rain garden tour, a free raffle and refreshments. Naturescaping and other natural gardening techniques will also be discussed.

Space is limited – call or email to register.

The City has four $200 rain garden grants still available for homeowners who build their own. To be eligible, staff must confirm safety of your site by May 18. We strongly encourage anyone planning to build a rain garden to attend the rain garden workshop.

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