Volunteers Wanted, Johnson Creek 15th annual Watershed Wide restoration event: Mar 2, 2013 9AM-12PM

03/02/2013 - 9:00am
03/02/2013 - 12:00pm
Volunteers Wanted, Johnson Creek 15th annual Watershed Wide restoration event: Mar 2, 2013 9AM-12PM. Info here!

Rain or Shine!

When: Sat Mar 2, 2013 9AM-12PM
Where: Hogan Creek Confluence
Springwater Wetland
6430 SE 152nd Av
Portland OR
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Get Your Green on!
Join us on Saturday, March 2nd from 9AM-12PM as Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) hosts its 15th annual Watershed Wide volunteer restoration event. Organizations, individuals, and businesses will gather for a day of ecological stewardship, spring stream-cleaning, and community-building at 12 priority restoration sites throughout the watershed. Registration required (below).

The closest site to the Wilkes East neighborhood is Hogan Creek Confluence- Springwater Wetland (meet at Gresham Operations Center, 6430 SE 152nd Ave.) –work with the City of Gresham to remove blackberry and install native plants in a wetland under restoration near the entrance of the Hogan Creek tributary.

Free, Spring Birds Identification 'Crash Course' Class: Mar 05, 2013 7-9:30PM

03/05/2013 - 7:00pm
03/05/2013 - 9:30pm
Spring Birds Identification Class. Join us for a crash course in identifying spring migrants and summer breeders: Mar 5, 2013 7-9:30PM. Info Here!

Learn About Our Local Birds

When: Tue Mar 5, 2013 7-9:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
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.

Get your Green on! Volunteer at the Nadaka Nature Park Sheet Mulching Event: Sat Dec 01, 2012 9AM-1PM

12/01/2012 - 9:00am
12/01/2012 - 1:00pm

Sheet Mulching of Community Garden. Rain or Shine!

Get your Green on! Volunteer at the Nadaka Nature Park, Sheet Mulching Event: Sat Dec 1, 2012 9AM-1PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

40 Volunteer needed!

When: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan 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
We will be mulching the future community garden site on the South side of Nadaka. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association.

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.

Gresham's Lee Dayfield found the hidden gem in Wilkes East and opened it up for all

Nadaka Nature Park a 10-acre
Lee Dayfield just inside the north gate
of Nadaka Nature Park. Click to enlarge.

Nadaka Nature Park

For years, the plot of land tucked away in Gresham's Wilkes East neighborhood was forgotten.

Source: The Oregonian, Nov 14, 2012
by Nancy Anderson

Those who noticed the forested 10 acres must have figured it was off limits. An 8-foot-tall fence topped with barbed wire enclosed the site, save for one small entrance. Few would have guessed this was public land, officially known as Nadaka Nature Park.

But in 2008, the right person with the right heart and a vision stumbled upon the park and set out to make it known and accessible.

Lee Dayfield of Gresham has since led an effort involving extensive community partnerships to give the park new life and purpose.

Metro Proposes Five-Year Option Levy to Manage Public Lands. Take The Survey Here!

Columbia Slough, Portland Oregon

Our community is known for its natural beauty and commitment to protecting farms, forests and natural areas. Since 1995, our region’s voters have approved two bond measures to allow Metro to acquire natural areas to protect water quality, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Today, Metro manages more than 16,000 acres of land – more than a third of all the public parks and natural areas in our region. By law, Metro is prohibited from using the existing voter-approved bonds for ongoing preservation and maintenance.

Metro wants your input on their recommendation.
This summer, a 15-member independent advisory panel recommended that the Metro Council take the first step in a long-term plan to protect and maintain these areas purchased with the bonds by referring a five-year local option levy to voters.

Take the survey below to learn more about the advisory panel’s recommendation and tell the Metro Council about your priorities.

Corn Maze's, Hay Rides, Pumpkins and Old Fashion Fun! Now thru October

Corn Maze's, Hay Rides and Pumpkin Patches, Now thru October. Celebrate the Fall season with some old fashion fun! Info here!<br />
Krugers Farm Corn Maze. Click to enlarge

Kick-off Fall With Some Great Family Fun -- Explore a Corn Maze!

There's no mistaking that harvest-time feeling. The brisk air, the warm drinks and the sight of children climbing over large pumpkins in a field.

There's another tradition worth exploring this year - the corn maze! So grab a jacket and the kids and head for one of these locations. You're sure to find plenty of family fun, food and even some warm apple cider.

Check websites for schedules, details and discount coupons!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!    More info below this break.

Edible Weed Walk; Free Educational Event: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 10AM-12PM

09/08/2012 - 10:00am
09/08/2012 - 12:00pm
Edible Weed Walk; Free Educational Event: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 10AM-12PM. Find out how weeds can be used for food, craft and natural remedies. Sign-up here!

Bring A Notepad
And Join The Fun!

When: Sat Sep 8, 2012 10AM-12PM
Meet: SE 174th and Jenne Rd
Gresham, OR
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Herbalist Randi Embree enlightens us about the “world of weeds.”

Take a short walk along the Springwater Trail learning the wonders and possibilities of edible weeds. Many weeds are used for agricultural and medicinal purposes. Take this opportunity to learn more at this free educational event. Registration required (link below).

To some plantain, dandelion, chickweed and sow-thistle are a nuisance. To others they are a delicious salad and a seasonal treat!

JCWC Science Pub Talk; Hot Fish and Cold Beer: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 6PM-8PM

09/11/2012 - 6:00pm
09/11/2012 - 8:00pm
JCWC Science Pub Talk; Hot Fish and Cold Beer: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 6PM-8PM. A discussion of stream temperature impacts to native fish. RSVP here!

First In A Series
of Science Pub Talks!

When: Sat Sep 8, 2012 10AM-12PM
Where: 4th Street Brewing Co
77 NE 4th Street
Gresham, OR
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Download flyer here!

Join us for an educational evening and a cold beer.

Scientists will discuss hot watershed topics and the audience can enjoy a cool beverage at special happy hour prices sponsored by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. RSVP requested. (link below)

Explore Johnson Creek, a little stream that flows from agricultural headwaters through the urban areas of Gresham, Portland, and Milwaukie. Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and partners City of Gresham and Multnomah County, to kick off our educational science pub series.

Gresham Wetland Appreciation Day: Sun Sep 16, 2012 1PM-4PM

09/16/2012 - 1:00pm
09/16/2012 - 4:00pm
Join the Wetlands Conservancy for an afternoon of exploration and to learn more about urban wetlands, the cool animals and plants that live there. Sun, Sep 16, 2012 1PM-4PM. Info here!

Explore Our Wetlands

When: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 1PM-4PM
Where: Gresham Meadowlands Preserve
(SE Paropa off SE 21st Av)
Gresham, OR
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Event Flier

Join the Wetlands Conservancy, Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator Laura Guderyahn, City of Gresham, and Life Scout and Eagle Scout candidate Ethan Parker, Boy Scouts of America, for an afternoon of exploration and to learn more about urban wetlands, the cool animals and plants that live there and Ethan's Eagle Scout project that will benefit the preserve. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

For more information about this event, please contact Jennifer Wilson at 503-691-1394 or

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