Nature

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
Etc/GMT-8
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
Get Map!

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
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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
Get Map!

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
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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
Get Map!

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 jennifers@wetlandsconservancy.org.

The Swifts are coming! See this amazing avian tornado nightly at sunset, now thru September

The Swifts are coming! Come and watch this amazing spectacle as tens-of-thousands of Vaux's Swifts swirl overhead at sunset before descending within minutes into the Chapman School chimney in NW Portland to roost each night in September during their Fall migration.  Info Here!
Vaux's Swifts descend into the Chapman School chimney in NW Portland each evening during September

Get Ready for the Swifts Return

Come and see the amazing return of Vaux’s Swifts as they gather at various sites in the Portland area during the month of September on their Fall migration south. Each evening tens of thousands seek a communal roost site in the Portland / Vancouver area (as well as north and south of here. Chapman School in NW Portland being the most well-known).

Dusk Bird Walk Linnemann Station: Jun 3, 2012 7PM-9PM

06/03/2012 - 7:00pm
06/03/2012 - 9:00pm
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Dusk Bird Walk Linnemann Station: Jun 3, 2012 7PM-9PM. Join Portland Audubon and City of Gresham naturalists for a walk along the newest section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail. Info here!

When: Sunday Jun 3, 2012 7-9PM
Where: Linnemann Station
Springwater Corridor Trailhead
18200 W Powell Loop
Gresham OR
Get Map!

You're Invited
Join Portland Audubon and City of Gresham naturalists for a walk along the newest section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail between Division and Powell. This nighttime walk will focus on the American bitterns that breed in the large wetland just off the trail, as well as some owl calling and identification. Dozens of other songbirds and waterfowl are likely to be seen. Meet at Linnemann Station on the Springwater Trail.

No registration required.

More Info
Contact Laura Guderyahn, 503-618-2246 or Laura.Guderyahn@GreshamOregon.gov

Neighborhood Connections: May 2012

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections, May 2012. Find Out What's Happening in and Around Your City. Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham
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Neighborhood Connections is Back
The City is pleased to resume production of Neighborhood Connections. Thank you for your patience in April while staff transitioned management of the e-newsletter to the City's Communications Department.

We’re looking forward to continuing to provide you with useful information and reconnecting with our subscribers and many new readers to come. It’s good to be back.

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Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project gets a boost with Metro funding award

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project gets a boost. Regional Funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden. Info here!

Friday May 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

Regional funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden

On May 17th the Metro Council awarded $238,000 in capital funding to the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, building momentum to this community-driven garden and nature park project in West Gresham. The competitive Metro grant award comes from capital bond funds approved by voters as part of the 2006 Regional Natural Areas Bond Measure and will support new park features like a nature based-play area, rain garden, community garden and more. The new funding adds to over $150,000 in existing financial support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Meyer Memorial Trust and the City of Gresham.

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