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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

Native Bees 101 Educational Talk: Sat, May 06, 2017 1:30PM-2:30PM

05/06/2017 - 1:30pm
05/06/2017 - 2:30pm
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Native Bees 101 Educational Talk: Sat, May 06, 2017 1:30PM-2:30PM. . Info here!

Come Learn About Our Valuable Little Friends

When: Sat, May 06, 2017 1:30PM-2:30PM
Where: Main City Park
219 S. Main Ave
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Learn about the many fascinating and bee-utiful native bees that live in Gresham and the plants that support them.

Local bee expert, Celeste Ets-Hokin, will speak about the bees in our gardens and the myriad of benefits they provide and work that they do.

  • Refreshments Provided
  • Seating provided in the Coho shelter

Contact

Keri Handaly, 503-618-2657 or Keri.Handaly@GreshamOregon.gov

City of Gresham Johnson Creek Wildlife Garden: Grand Opening: Sat, May 06, 2017 1PM-2PM

05/06/2017 - 1:00pm
05/06/2017 - 2:00pm
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City of Gresham Johnson Creek Wildlife Garden: Grand Opening: Sat, May 06, 2017 1PM-2PM. . Info here!

When: Sat, May 06, 2017 1PM-2PM
Where: Main City Park
219 S. Main Ave.
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Join the City of Gresham and Johnson Creek Watershed Council for a guided tour of the public demonstration garden. We will meet near the Coho shelter.

The Garden showcases the types of plants that are great for northwest gardens that also support our local wildlife and pollinators.

Local resident and native bee expert, Celeste Ets-Hokin, will speak about the bees in our gardens and the myriad of benefits they provide and work that they do.

Contact

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

City of Gresham Wild Gresham: A Community Talk on Wildlife: Thu, May 11, 2017 6PM-7PM

05/11/2017 - 6:00pm
05/11/2017 - 7:00pm
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City of Gresham Wild Gresham: A Community Talk on Wildlife: Thu, May 11, 2017 6PM-7PM. . Info here!

When: Thu, May 11, 2017 6PM-7PM
Where: City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Pky
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Meet your wildlife neighbors in Gresham!

Staff from the City of Gresham, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and local wildlife photographer, Caz Zyvatkauskas, will be presenting beautiful photos and videos of wildlife sightings in Gresham. Some are very unexpected!

Bring the whole family for an evening of wildlife photographs, interactive activities, and family-friendly fun!

Contact

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Janel Hull, 503-652-7477 or janel@jcwc.org

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