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!

Volunteer! Nadaka Nature Park Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 21, 2018 9AM-12PM

04/21/2018 - 9:00am
04/21/2018 - 12:00pm
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Volunteer! Nadaka Nature Park Earth Day Cleanup: Sat Apr 21, 2018 9AM-12PM Info here!

Celebrate Earth Day!
Come Lend a Hand!

When: Sat Apr 21, 2018 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
(Meet at the picnic structure)
17615 NE Glisan St
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Bring A Friend!
Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park.

REGISTER HERE!

We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided.

Dress to work in natural areas: long pants, brimmed hat, and closed-toe sturdy shoes.

Please bring a water bottle and a friend!

Free! City of Gresham Community Plant Swap: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 10AM-12PM

03/10/2018 - 10:00am
03/10/2018 - 12:00pm
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Free! City of Gresham Community Plant Swap: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 10AM-12PM. Info here!

Let's Trade Plants!

When: Sat, Mar 10, 2018 10AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan St.
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Calling all gardeners!

Want to get free plants to enhance your landscape?

Join the City of Gresham, Audubon Backyard Habitat certification staff, and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District to share bulbs, seeds, and cuttings with your neighbors.

  • Free native plants from the City of Gresham stormwater program
  • Experts will help identify plants and ensure that overly aggressive/invasive/noxious weeds are not shared
  • Free refreshments

For more information, contact Keri Handaly at 503-618-2657.

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 Senior Healthy Hikers, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Walk: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 9AM-5PM

02/27/2018 - 9:00am
02/27/2018 - 5:00pm
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City of Gresham Senior Healthy Hikers, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Walk: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 9AM-5PM. Let's Go Walking! Info here!

Let's Go Walking!

When: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 9AM-5PM
Where: Meet at Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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  • Round-trip travel: 80 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation gain: Negligible
  • Suggested donation per hiker: $8

Jackson Bottom has always been a special place, used by Native peoples, early settlers, and great numbers of waterfowl. Located minutes south of downtown Hillsboro, the 635 acres of Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve are a quiet sanctuary for both people and wildlife. More than 211 species of birds are sighted annually at Jackson Bottom, including bald eagles, Great Blue Herons, and thousands of Tundra Swans and Northern Pintails, making Jackson Bottom a haven for bird watchers. The Preserve is home to deer, otters, beavers and thousands of other species.

We will walk approximately 3 to 3.5 miles on the many trails of this Wetlands Preserve, some of it overlooking the Tualatin River. Either during or after the walk, we will visit the Education Center, which has tons of information on local fauna and flora and includes an intact bald eagle nest believed to be the only intact nest of its kind on display in the United States. Youll be able to compare it to the hummingbirds nest also on display. Everything is free of charge, although a $2-per-person donation is recommended.

In February, there may be some water on the trails, so dress appropriately. We will stop at one of the excellent restaurants on the way home, but bring a snack and water for the walk.

For more information about this hike please contact Steve or Micky Solcz at 503-367-8483 or steve.solcz@gmail.com.

Senior Healthy Hikers asks that participants be 50 or older. A couple wishing to hike is welcome if one member of the couple is 50 or better.

Pets are not permitted on our hikes or walks.

Senior Healthy Hikers member guidelines

Free! Invasive Weed Workshop: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 6PM-8:30PM

01/28/2018 - 6:00pm
01/28/2018 - 8:30pm
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Free! Invasive Weed Workshop: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 6PM-8:30PM. . Info here!

When: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 6PM-8:30PM
Where: Mt. Hood Community College
GE Building
26000 SE Stark St.
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Weeds! Wipe out those annoying invaders in your yard safely and effectively.

  • Learn about threats of noxious weeds in our region.
  • Learn how to identify the most common garden weeds and plant invaders.
  • Provide simple and effective alternatives to synthetic herbicides.

Register today

Contact

Katie Meckes, 503-935-5368

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Free! EMSWCD Beneficial Insects Workshop, St Aidan's Church: Sat, Nov 04, 2017 9AM-11:30AM

11/04/2017 - 9:00am
11/04/2017 - 11:30am
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Free! EMSWCD Beneficial Insects Workshop, St Aidan's Church: Sat, Nov 04, 2017 9AM-11:30AM. Info here!

Are you battling pests in your urban garden?

When: Sat, Nov 04, 2017 9AM-11:30AM
Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
17405 NE Glisan St
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Free Workshop!

Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes that work around the clock to provide free pest control. You will discover plant types and management practices that provide habitat to attract and sustain beneficial insects that help your garden thrive. You’ll also learn how to keep an eye out for some of the invasive insect pests that currently threaten our state.

Register here! Seating is limited.

Provided by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

About EMSWCD
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is a unit of local government serving Northwest Oregon's Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. We work entirely on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. All of our work is geared toward keeping water clean, conserving water and keeping soil healthy!

Hogan Butte Grand Opening: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 11AM-1PM

09/23/2017 - 11:00am
09/23/2017 - 1:00pm
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Hogan Butte Grand Opening: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 11AM-1PM. . Info here!

Beautiful views!

When: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 11AM-1PM
Where: Meet at Spring Water Trail High School
1440 SE Fleming Ave.
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Gresham's newest park, located atop Hogan Butte, features a pristine natural area, trails, picnic areas, and stunning views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Larch Mountain, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and the Columbia River Gorge.

Mayor Shane T. Bemis will welcome visitors to this wonderful new community asset. Take a self-guided tour after the dedication and enjoy free family-friendly fun activities.

To get there

No event parking is available on site. All event guests are asked to park at Springwater Trail High School, 1440 SE Fleming Ave. Free 5-minute shuttles to the park will depart every 15 minutes, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Contact

Tam Driscoll, 503-618-2623, or Tam.Driscoll@GreshamOregon.gov

Hogan Butte Nature Park information

Backyard Habitat, Providing Community for Birds and Wildlife


Certified Backyard Habitat. Click to enlarge

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program

By Neta Courcey
Certified Backyard Habitat
Wilkes East Resident

Like neighborhoods are to cities, cities to counties, and counties to states, backyard habitats connect our yards to greenways and to wilderness, providing the essential pathways of interconnectedness that nourish the larger community. Communities of humans thrive when they are connected to each other and to the larger community. Just as neighborhood groups like Wilkes East are essential to building and maintaining the larger community, backyard habitats are essential to the community of birds and other wildlife. The swath of habitat that neighbors create is vital, providing refuge areas containing food, water, nesting places and shelter. I am proud to have my little yard be a piece of the bigger network that creates a web of natural habitats throughout the Portland metropolitan area and the Pacific Northwest.

Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens Summer 2017 Update & Events

Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens Summer 2017 Update & Events. Nadaka Nature Park Festival, Tadpole Tales, Audubon Society Bird Walks, Community gardens and more. Info here!

by Monica McAllister
Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Summer is here, delicious berries are ripe, baby birds are taking flight, and we hope you have been able to get out and enjoy it all at Nadaka Nature Park! The past couple of months have been bustling with families enjoying the new swing set, community members gathering for parties at the picnic shelter, gardeners tending their veggies and flowers, and nature lovers of all ages exploring the forest. The past few months ‘Friends of Nadaka’ (FON) has been hard at work providing environmental education activities, community events, and stewardship opportunities for our neighbors, schools, and partnering organizations.

We are most excited about the upcoming Seventh Annual Nadaka Nature Park Festival that will take place August 12th from 12-3pm. This family friendly event will include a visit from the Audubon Society of Portland’s Education Birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, dance and music performances. Various partnering organizations will have information booths and fun hands on activities for the whole family. We would love to have volunteers from the Wilkes East neighborhood to help with the event. If you are interested please contact Monica, the Nadaka Coordinator.

Nadaka Nature Park Festival, August 12th 2017 from 12-3pm. Audubon birds, free hot dogs and drinks, crafts, games, face painting, Aztec Dancers, music performances and more. Info here!

Free Native Plant Workshop: Thu, May 04, 2017 6:30PM-9PM

05/04/2017 - 6:30pm
05/04/2017 - 9:00pm
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Free Native Plant Workshop: Thu, May 04, 2017 6:30PM-9PM. . Info here!

Learn About Our Native Plants

When: Thu, May 04, 2017 6:30PM-9PM
Where: St. Aidan's Episcopal Church and Nadaka Nature Park
17405 NE Glisan Street
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Explore the benefits of gardening with native plants. Discover the Portland areas most common native plant communities, learn which species do well together and get tips to help them thrive. A slide show will highlight their unique features and desired growing conditions so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard.

Register for this workshop online.

This class is hosted in partnership by Friends of Nadaka, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, and St. Aidans Episcopal Church.

For more information about this event contact Katie Meckes at 503-222-7645 or katie@emswcd.org

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