Workshops

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!

Sewing and Mending Workshop: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 10AM-12PM

10/28/2017 - 10:00am
10/28/2017 - 12:00pm
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Sewing and Mending Workshop: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 10AM-12PM. Info here!

When: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 10AM-12PM
Where: Rockwood Library
17917 SE Stark St.
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Do you have clothes and other fabrics that need mending? Bring them to this workshop and learn how to repair them. Volunteers experienced in sewing will demonstrate how to repair items and then provide guidance while you repair your own. Sewing machines and hand-sewing supplies will be available, but if you want something specific for your repair (like matching thread, button, zipper, etc.), please try to bring those supplies.

For more information about this event, contact Lyndsey Runyan at lyndseyr@multco.us or 503-988-5123.

Nadaka Nature Park Forest Plant Walk: Sat May 14, 2016 10AM-12PM

05/14/2016 - 10:00am
05/14/2016 - 12:00pm
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Call All Plant Nerds, Gardeners, and Nature Lovers! Nadaka Nature Park Forest Plant Walk: Sat May 14, 2016 10AM-12PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park
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Plant nerds, gardeners, and nature lovers

When: Sat May 14, 2016 10AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
(Meet at the picnic shelter)
17615 NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
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Join Monica McAllister, Friends of Nadaka, Ivy Watson, City of Gresham Natural Resources Program, and Heather Buley from the Backyard Habitat Program for a fun and educational plant walk through the 10 acre forest at Nadaka Nature Park.

Whether you want to explore nature with your kids, find out what native plants you can grow in your backyard (and which weeds you should kick out), or learn the difference between epigynous and hypogynous flowers, this walk and talk will have something for you.

Dress for the weather and for exploring in natural areas. Refreshments provided.

More Info
For information or to RSVP contact Ivy Watson at 503-618-2383 or ivy.watson@greshamoregon.com

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

11/21/2015 - 9:26am
11/21/2015 - 1:00pm
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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

Bike Helmet Giveaway! Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo: Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:30AM-2:30PM

09/26/2015 - 11:30am
09/26/2015 - 2:30pm
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Bike Helmet Giveaway! Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo: Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:30AM-2:30PM. Info here!

Helmet Giveaway, Bike Rodeo

When: Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:30AM-2:30PM
Where: Gresham Arts Plaza
401 NE Second St
Gresham, OR
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To promote bicycle safety and a healthy lifestyle and educate the community about bikes on public transit, the City is partnering with the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) to hold the annual Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo.

Helmet Giveaway

  • The ONA Constituent Association 1 has purchased hundreds of bicycle helmets to give away to children and adults who are not able to purchase new helmets.
  • Children must check in with a parent or guardian to pick out color and style of the helmet they want. A trained volunteer will fit the helmet, demonstrating proper fitting.
  • The ONA has first-hand knowledge of the importance of teaching safe biking skills to children in order to prevent severe injuries from accidents, and has fitted more than 1,500 free bicycle helmets in the Portland metro area since 2007 to promote injury prevention.

Bike Rodeo

  • Bring Your Bike and Helmet!
  • Bring your bike and have it checked by a trained mechanic from Bikes for Humanity PDX.
  • Learn the rules of the road from Gresham bike patrol officers, and practice riding on a safety course.

The Bike Rodeo is presented by the City's Transportation Planning Division staff, volunteers, and Boy and Girl Scouts, with help from the Gresham Police.

Group Bike Ride
A group bike ride will begin at the safety information booth on the Arts Plaza, traveling through downtown Gresham to Main City Park, making a loop on the Springwater and Gresham-Fairview Trails, and returning to the Arts Plaza around 2:30 p.m.

More Info
For information or to volunteer at this event contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816 or Sandra.Doubleday@GreshamOregon.gov.

Basic Birding Class with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Thu May 21, 2015 6:30PM-8PM

05/21/2015 - 6:30pm
05/21/2015 - 8:00pm
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Basic Birding Class with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Thu May 21, 2015 6:30PM-8PM. Info here!

Come Join Us!

When: Thu May 21, 2015 6:30PM-8PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
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Learn What You Can See!
This class will cover common bird species found in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how to use binoculars. Tips and tricks for basic birding.

Free childcare and Spanish interpreters available. Suggested donation $3 per person.

Birding Walk with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM

05/23/2015 - 10:00am
05/23/2015 - 11:00am
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Birding Walk with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM. Info here!

What's In Your Backyard!

When: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
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Become A Bird Watcher!
Guided bird walk through Nadaka Nature Park. Family friendly event for beginner to advanced bird watchers.

Bring your own binoculars & field guides if possible, Binoculars will be provided to those who need them. Nadaka Bird Brochure will be available.

Powell-Division Transit and Development Project Community Forum: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7PM-9PM

04/22/2015 - 7:00pm
04/22/2015 - 9:00pm
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Powell-Division Transit and Development Project Community Forum: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7PM-9PM. Info here!

Share Your Transit Ideas!

When: "Wed Apr 22, 2015 7PM-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Conference Rooms 2A & 2B
1333 NW Eastman Pky
Gresham OR
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The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is planning for more reliable, frequent bus transit service that moves more people more quickly between important destinations in Portland and Gresham. It also is looking at opportunities for making even more vibrant, healthy neighborhoods along the route.

Gresham is working with partners including Metro, TriMet, City of Portland, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Multnomah County to ensure that land-use and transit alternatives consider and meet the needs of Gresham and bring key investments to improve Gresham’s quality of life.

Gresham also is studying station opportunity areas to identify community interests and develop strategies the City can use to encourage those desired changes. These strategies will be documented in the action plan.

Story Sharing Project, Gresham Historical Society: Now thru December

Story Sharing Project, Gresham Historical Society: Now thru December. Help us preserve yours stories about growing up, living, working, and playing in Gresham. Call today! Info here!

Tell Us Your Gresham History
The Gresham History Museum has received a grant from the city to record yours stories about growing up, living, working, and playing here in Gresham. We are holding informal interviews weekly here at the museum. If you would like to participate, please call the museum to set up a time to come in. We are very flexible! This project is ongoing. We are looking for participants from now through December.

Each sharing session will be filmed and stored in our archives. Please consider sharing your stories, and help us preserve Gresham's history!

The museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-4, and Saturdays from 10-2. Please call to set up an interview session. 503-661-0347

Free! Summer Weed Identification Workshop: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6PM-7:30PM

06/25/2014 - 6:00pm
06/25/2014 - 7:30pm
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Himalayan blackberry along the Springwater Trail in Gresham. Free! Summer Weed Identification Workshop: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6PM-7:30PM. Info here!

Weed Watcher Workshop

When: Wed Jun 25, 2014 6PM-7:30PM
Where: Linnemann Station
3804 West Powell Loop
Gresham OR
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Weed identification class
Invasive weeds damage property and crowd out the native plants that animals rely on for food and shelter. Please join us for a free workshop focusing on Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) of Gresham's most invasive summer weeds. Learn to identify and report new invaders before they become a problem.

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.

Free, Spring Birds Identification Class: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:30-9PM

04/03/2014 - 7:30pm
04/03/2014 - 9:00pm
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Spring Birds Identification Class. Join us for a course in identifying spring migrants and summer breeders: Apr 03, 2014 7:30-9PM. Info Here!

Learn About Our Local Birds

When: Thu Apr 03, 2013 7:30-9PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy
Gresham, OR
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Backyard Bird Class
You're invited to attend a free spring bird class and learn to identify year-round residents arriving in our yards and parks.

Spring brings thousands of migrating birds to our region; some stay to nest and others pass through. Get ready for great spring birding action with this crash course in identifying spring migrants and summer breeders.

Metro naturalist James Davis will show slides, play some easy bird songs and simplify what seems like a confusing variety of birds to many beginners.

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