Nature

2018 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 300 Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

A Day of Activities at Nadaka Nature Park with Audubon Society of Portland and Verde: Sep 10, 2011 10AM-2PM

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A Day of Activities at Nadaka Nature Park with Audubon Society of Portland and Verde: Sep 10, 2011 10AM-2PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

A Day Of Fun
For The Whole Family!

When: Sun, Sep 10, 2011 10AM-2PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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Join The Fun!
Come explore and learn more about Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project which brings together diverse community organizations to develop and maintain a community garden, orchard, rain garden, natural meadow, restrooms, and nature-based play area at Nadaka Nature Park.

  • 10:00AM- Come get to know Nadaka with a scavenger hunt and other family fun activities
  • 10:45AM- Learn about Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project/li>
  • 11:00AM- Audubon of Society Education Birds/li>
  • 12:00PM- Explore Nadaka and other family activities

Sign the Petition
Please support Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project by signing the online petition here: http://audubonportland.org/issues/metro/petition
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Join Audubon Society of Portland on a Field Trip to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge: Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM

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Join Audubon Society of Portland for a walk around the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  The 1.5 mile flat gravel trail passes along some of the most bueatiful and productive open wetlands in our area: Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM. Info here!
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Beautiful and inspiring

When: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8AM-11AM
Where: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Kiwa Trail River S Unit
Ridgefield WA
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Kiwa Trail Loop
Wildlife is the star attraction of this nearly level hike. Birds in particular seem to be everywhere—standing in the marshes, flitting in the trees, floating on the lakes, swimming in the sloughs, and hunting among the meadow grasses.

Join leaders Robin Carpenter and Gabriel Forcier for a walk around the Kiwa Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The 1.5 mile flat, crushed gravel trail passes through an understory of Oregon ash trees and between open wetland areas. Dress for the weather, hats recommended. Beginners welcome.

The Swifts are coming! Learn about this amazing spectacle with Audubon: Aug 31, 2011 7PM-8PM

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Join Steve Engel, Adult Education Programs Manager at the Audubon Society of Portland, Wednesday Aug 31st 7PM-8PM, as he explains the Vaux's Swifts biology, habits and things to keep in mind when viewing them around the Portland area Sept 1-30, 2011. Chapman School swifts viewing info here too!
Vaux's Swifts descend into the Chapman School chimney in NW Portland each evening during September

Get Ready for the Swifts Return

Come and learn more about 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 N.W. Portland being the most well-known).

When: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 7PM-8PM
Where: Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Ave
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Join us Wednesday Aug 31st 7PM-8PM at Leach Botanical Garden in SE Portland as Steve Engel, Adult Education Programs Manager with Audubon Society of Portland explains the Vaux's Swifts biology, habits and things to keep in mind when viewing these amazing avians.

Learn about potential improvements to Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, Community Open House: Aug 1, 2011 6PM

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Learn about potential improvements to Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, Community Open House: Aug 1, 2011 6PM. Info here!
Glendoveer Golf Course

Declining revenue,
increased use

When: Mon, Aug 1, 2011 6PM-8PM
Where: Glendoveer fitness trail
parking lot
(Corner of NE 148th & Halsey St)
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Increassed revenues needed
Learn more about potential improvements to the Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail at a community open house. The goal of the Glendoveer facility assessment and business plan project is to evaluate current property conditions and identify opportunities to enhance the overall golf experience, to better serve the surrounding community and to maintain or improve revenue generation. While some site improvements or changes may take place as a result of this project, the golf course and fitness trail will continue to be a focus at Glendoveer. The outcome of the project will help guide a fair and competitive process to develop and award a new contract to operate the facility in 2013.

Meet at the Glendoveer fitness trail parking lot, located on Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street. Metro Councilors and staff will be there to listen to your ideas and concerns, answer questions and provide information about next steps. For more information about the project and open house, go to www.oregonmetro.gov/glendoveer or contact Lydia Neill at 503-797-1830 or lydia.neill@oregonmetro.gov.

Get Your Green On! Volunteers Needed, Nadaka Nature Park Clean-up: Jul 31, 2011 9AM-2PM

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Friends of Nadaka invites you to 'Get A Little Dirty'! Help us remove invasives and restore this unique urban habitat.  Clean-up schedule and info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Let's Get Dirty!

Volunteer opportunity

When: Sun, Jul 31, 2011 9AM-2PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
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Wilkes East Neighborhood has received a Metro Nature in Neighborhood grant for improvements in Nadaka Nature Park which requires matching volunteer hours so your support is needed and greatly appreciated. See you at the park!

Clean-up info
Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association in their efforts to restore this natural area by removing invasive underbrush and ivy from Nadaka Nature Park, part of the Columbia Slough Watershed.

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. Coffee, juice, water & refreshments provided by Wilkes East Neighborhood.

Ever Wonder What Kind of Bird That Is? Free Bird Workshop: Apr 5, 2011 7PM-9:30PM

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Ever Wonder What Kind of Bird That Is?, Free Bird Workshop: Apr 5, 2011 7PM-9:30PM. Info here!

When: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 7PM-9:30PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Oregon Trail Room
1333 Eastman Pkwy
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Free Workshop

A free Songbird Identification class April 5 at City Hall will teach participants how to identify the most common songbirds found during peak birding months. James Davis, birding expert from Metro, will lead the class. Slides, sounds and specimens will be used to prepare birders for the bird-filled spring and summer months

Songbirds found in Oregon are not only beautiful to look at and listen to, but they can also tell us about the health of our environment. They are often travelers, coming from sometimes thousands of miles away to take advantage of our rich local environment.

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!

Gardeners! Bring your over populated plants! Neighborhood Plant Swap: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10AM-12PM

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Gardeners! Bring your over populated plants! Neighborhood Plant Swap: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10AM-12PM. Bring one - Take one. Info here!

Free Event!
Bring one- Take one

When: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10AM-12PM
Where: Eastrose Fellowship Church
1133 NE 181st Ave
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Neighborhood Plant Swap
Want to add to your garden plants & at the same time share some of your over populated plants!

In an effort to connect with our community and encourage camaraderie amongst us gardeners, Eastrose Fellowship is hosting a plant swap on Saturday, October 13th, 10 am - noon.

How it Works
Pot up the extra plants in your yard and bring them over. Be sure to label plants with their name and best growing conditions. Pick up some cool new treasures for your garden. This is a fun way to introduce more diversity into your garden.

Feel free to bring these to swap: plants, seeds, houseplants, tools, decor, mason bee houses, etc. No invasive plants please.

Join us for this fun, community affirming event!

More Info
For more info, contact Karen Pyle kpyle23@gmail.com

Happy Gardening!!!

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

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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.

Free Screening! East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM

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Free Screening! East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM. Support our public parks! Info Here!

East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal

Join us to view this new film 10:30 am to Noon Saturday June 2 at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Rockwood!

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 East County Parks: A Need & Opportunity for Renewal: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM. Support our public parks! Info Here!
Click to view trailer!

Support Our Public Parks

When: Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:30AM-12:00PM
Where: St Aidan's Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
(next to Nadaka Nature Park)
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Following the 15 minute film we'll have a short discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Can't Make June 2?
You can catch screenings at the following other times and locations:

  • June 20 screening for High School Students. Email for details.
  • August 18 the Nadaka Community Festival.
  • August 25 Rock the Block
  • Additional screenings will be posted here when scheduled.

Learn More
Springwater Parks & Community is a project of the East Metro Arts, Community & Culture

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