Water & Soil

Free Naturescaping Basics Workshop. Learn to garden with natives: Nov 14, 2009 9AM

11/14/2009 - 9:00am
11/14/2009 - 1:00pm
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East Multnomah SWCD Naturescaping Basics Workshop. Learn to garden with natives: Nov 14, 2009 9AM. Info here!

Naturescaping...

"Learn to garden with natives"

Sat Nov 14th 9AM


East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

When: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 9AM-1PM
Where: Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland 97236
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Beauty and function

Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) a landscape so that it reduces water use, stormwater runoff, and pollution without sacrificing splendor. Plus, it saves you time, money, and energy – all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife, and you.

Native plants are best because they're adapted to our soil and climate so they need relatively little or no watering, fertilizing, or care once established. They are also less susceptible to common garden pests and diseases, and they attract a variety of native birds and butterflies by providing food and shelter.

Workshop Description

Plan to attend this free workshop, Saturday Nov 14th!

Naturescaping Basics introduces attendees to their connection with the watershed, native plants of the PNW, pollution prevention, and other core concepts of naturescaping.

Workshop participants get to view before and after naturescaping examples, take a field trip to a nearby project, get advice on landscape design and native gardening, network with neighbors, and identify native plants.

And, every participant receives a comprehensive workbook and a native plant to help them get started.

FREE! Rain Gardens 101 Workshop: Apr 11, 2009

04/11/2009 - 9:00am
04/11/2009 - 1:00pm
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East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

Learn about Rain Gardens!
A great way to add beautiy to your yard & protect our streams

When: Saturday, April 11, 2009 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy

Greetings from East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District!

Our spring workshop season is in full swing & we want to invite you to attend the FREE Rain Gardens 101 Workshop taking place on Saturday, April 11th at the City of Gresham. Click here to register!.

Event Description

Rain gardens are a great way to add beautiful landscaping to your yard and protect our overloaded urban streams at the same time. Join us to learn how to build a rain garden on your property to keep our streams clean and healthy!

Participants will learn how to do a site assessment to determine where to safely install a rain garden, about impervious surface calculation, rain garden sizing, plant selection and rain garden construction and maintenance.

Click here to register!

Add Backyard Beauty! Free Landscaping Design Class: Feb 28, 2009

02/28/2009 - 9:00am
02/28/2009 - 1:00pm
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East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

Learn to Naturescape!

Free Landscaping Design Class
Saturday, Feb 28th 9AM-1PM

When: Saturday February 28, 2009 9AM - 1PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon

Here's a wonderful and FREE opportunity to learn about how to apply naturescaping techniques in your own backyard. Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, and the City of Gresham.

What is Naturescaping?

Naturescaping is beauty and function. Naturescaping saves time, money, and energy while providing a beautiful, healthy habitat for birds, wildlife, and you. So, what are you waiting for? Sign-up Here!

Free! EMSWCD Urban Weeds Workshop, 'Weeds - We All Have Them': Thu Nov 08, 2018 6PM-8:30PM

11/08/2018 - 6:00pm
11/08/2018 - 8:30pm
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Free! EMSWCD Urban Weeds Workshop, Weeds - We All Have Them. St Aidans Episcopal Church, 174th NE Glisan. Thu Nov 08, 2018 6PM-8:30PM. Info here!

Free Workshop!
Getting Weeds Under Control"

When: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6PM-8:30PM
Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
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Weeds – we all have them. Come learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. https://emswcd.org

Happening’s At Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Fall 2018

Happening’s At Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Fall 2018. A place that nurtures nature, food, and families

“A place that nurtures nature, food, and families”

Turned leaves are falling, the mornings are cool, and our plants are drinking up the first rains of the season as we settle into a beautiful autumn here at Nadaka Nature Park.

By Monica McAllister & Grace Graham

After a summer buzzing with community celebrations and gatherings, gardeners tending their bountiful harvests, and many educational workshops and volunteering events, we at Friends of Nadaka (FON) are looking forward to our winter programming and have already begun planning for next year’s events. Over the next several months, we will be offering indoor gardening workshops, forest restoration projects, and other community engagement events that we encourage all of our neighbors to attend. Before diving into information about our upcoming park activities, however, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the past season’s successes and thank our community members and partners who helped make them possible.

This year’s 8th Annual Nadaka Community Festival was a huge success! We had over 350 participants, 3 performances, and 34 partnering organizations & businesses. We were thrilled to have The Aztec Dancers, Ukrainian Folk Singer Natalia Hougan, and the NW Panmen Terry Baber and Brad Hirsch on the Steel Drums perform again at this year’s festival. The Audubon Society of Portland education birds and handlers, City of Gresham Police Cadets and Fire Department had a ton of fun connecting with the community and teaching them about the amazing work they do. Environmental education activities, crafts, and face painting were led by our Nadaka Interns, East County Nature Crew, Centennial Park High School, Gresham High School Key Club, and TALON Apprentices from Audubon Society of Portland while the Boys & Girls Club kept the fun going with games and activities at the picnic shelter! We extend a big thank you to our Festival Committee, volunteers, partners, and everyone else who made the festival a marvelous success! Our Festival sponsors and donors included: Owens Corning, City of Gresham, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, as well as Albertsons, Starbucks, and Rockwood PUD who donated hot dogs & chips, coffee, and water respectively. We are extremely grateful for their support!

Friends of Nadaka would like to recognize the amazing work of our two Nadaka SummerWorks Interns and nine East County Nature Crew who helped lead and teach bilingual events for the Human Solutions apartment complexes and lead nature activities for the SKIP Program (City of Gresham’s Summer Kids In the Park Program, which includes free lunch and family-friendly activities) hosted at Nadaka with the Boys & Girls Club this summer. This year, Lilia from the SummerWorks Intern Program joined the ranks of the Nadaka Ambassadors, and Trey has returned as an Ambassador after his internship with the East County Nature Crew to continue working at the park year-round. We also want to recognize the amazing work of our year-round Ambassadors who have been working to engage the community, lead events, and keep the park safe and clean!

For the fall season, volunteers from the neighborhood showed their love for Nadaka at our SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup in September and the No Ivy Day event in October. For this year’s No Ivy Day event, Friends of Nadaka was awarded a $2,000 SPACE Grant from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. This grant enabled us to purchase native plants and tools, and help support the Nadaka Park Coordinator and Nadaka Ambassadors in running the event. We were lucky to have “College Possible” high school youth and community members come together to prep the garden for winter. Another great annual event was our Fall Bird Walk with Audubon Society of Portland, where we cataloged the number and variety of species passing through the park during fall migration. In the garden, we finished up our free hands-on gardening workshop series with Outgrowing Hunger, and did an end-of-the-season cleanup. For those who are interested in gardening at the park, new garden registration for Nadaka begins February 1st. Contact Adam Kohl of Outgrowing Hunger (adam@outgrowinghunger.org) for more information and how to register for a garden plot.

New to our team at Nadaka Nature Park this fall is AmeriCorps Member Grace Graham, who recently started an 11-month term of service as the Events & Outreach Specialist for both Nadaka Nature Park & Garden and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Grace was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated from Willamette University in Salem, OR last May with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and degree emphasis in Social Sciences. During her time in school, Grace managed her university’s Outdoor Program, assisted her academic advisor in climate research, and spent a semester studying biodiversity and the local social impacts of ecotourism in Bocas del Toro, Panama. After graduating, she worked for a diversified organic farm in Salem before moving to Portland to begin her service with AmeriCorps.

Grace is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her passions for environmental conservation and social justice together through her position as the Events & Outreach Specialist. At Nadaka, she has begun facilitating and leading environmental stewardship programming with the SUN Program at HB Lee Middle School and students from Centennial Park Alternative High School. She is also looking forward to becoming more involved with communities and organizations in the Wilkes East neighborhood. At the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, she assists with outreach and communication efforts, and provides logistic and administrative support for community events. She is excited about becoming more engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the environmental field, and looks forward to building many more relationships with the communities she serves! If you have questions about Grace's role, the AmeriCorps program, or opportunities to collaborate, please contact her at grace.graham@columbiaslough.org.

Even though winter weather will be upon us shortly, Friends of Nadaka will still have many fun events coming up rain or shine! Join us for our Urban Weeds Workshop with EMSWCD on Thursday 11/8 from 6-8:30 PM in the community hall at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. MLK Day of Service will be at the park on Monday, January 21st, and the Community Planting Event will follow on February 9th. Starting in March, we will be offering our Annual Free Indoor Gardening Workshop Series with Oregon Food Bank in English, Spanish, and Russian. Another event to keep an eye out for is our Spring Bird and Nature Walk Day with Audubon Society of Portland.

These are just a few of the activities we have in store for the community at Nadaka. For more information and opportunities to get involved and help create a positive social and environmental change in the Wilkes East and Rockwood community, visit www.friendsofnadaka.org, “Friends of Nadaka” group and Nadaka Nature Park page on Facebook, or contact Monica at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the park!

Volunteer! SOLV Annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat Sep 29, 2018 9AM-12PM

09/29/2018 - 8:00am
09/29/2018 - 12:00pm
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Join Friends of Nadaka for the SOLV Annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park on Saturday, September 29th 9AM to 12PM! Tools, gloves, and light refreshments provided. Bring a water bottle and a friend! Register Here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham Oregon

When: Saturday Sep 29, 2018 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham, OR
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Sign-Up
Here!

Bring A Friend!
Join Friends of Nadaka for the SOLV Annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park on Saturday, September 29th- 9 AM to 12 PM!

We will be removing litter and invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park. There will also be an opportunity to work in the community garden and front 2-acres of the park.

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

Meet at the picnic structure on the south side/Glisan Street side of the park. Parking available in St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot and along NE Pacific Street.

Naturescaping Basics Workshop, Troutdale: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 9AM-1PM

03/24/2018 - 9:00am
03/24/2018 - 1:00pm
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Naturescaping Basics Workshop, Troutdale: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 9AM-1PM. Saving Our Streams. Info here!

Saving Our Streams

When: Sat, Mar 24, 2018 9AM-1PM
Where: Troutdale Police Station
234 SW Kendall Ct.
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Learn how to enhance your garden. Reduce maintenance while supporting local birds, bees and butterflies!

Naturescaping reduces water use, stormwater runoff and utilizes native plants. The workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping and explores:

  • Pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use.
  • How native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden.
  • Basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips.

Youll receive a comprehensive workbook to help you get started.

Register today

Contact

Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Workshop! Naturescaping Basics: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 9AM-1PM

01/29/2018 - 9:00am
01/29/2018 - 1:00pm
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Naturescaping Basics: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 9AM-1PM. Saving Our Streams. Info here!

Saving Our Streams

When: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 9AM-1PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
Rm GE201
26000 SE Stark St.
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Learn how to enhance your garden. Reduce maintenance while supporting local birds, bees and butterflies!

Naturescaping reduces water use, stormwater runoff and utilizes native plants. The workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping and explores:

  • Pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use.
  • How native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden.
  • Basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips.

Youll receive a comprehensive workbook to help you get started.

Register today

Contact

Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6PM-8:30PM

02/21/2018 - 6:00pm
02/21/2018 - 8:30pm
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Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6PM-8:30PM. Free Hands-On Event. Info here!

Free Hands-On Event

When: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 6PM-8:30PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
Rm GE201
26000 SE Stark St.
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Come learn how to provide habitat for a variety of local pollinators that are vital to our human food supply.

  • Learn about the different kinds of pollinators. There are many important native pollinators besides the well known and non-native European honey bee.
  • Discover plants that will help attract pollinators.
  • Consider ways to provide shelter, water and overwintering sites.

Register today

Contact

Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

City of Gresham Native Plant Workshop: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 1PM-3:30PM

02/25/2018 - 1:00pm
02/25/2018 - 3:30pm
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City of Gresham Native Plant Workshop: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 1PM-3:30PM. . Info here!

When: Sun, Feb 25, 2018 1PM-3:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Explore the benefits of gardening with native plants! Natives come in all shapes and sizes with beautiful, wild and delicate flowers. They are also well adapted to our region making them relatively fuss-free!

A native plant slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite native groundcovers, shrubs and trees.

Register today

Contact

Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

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