Friends of Nadaka

2016 Portland area Holiday Activity Guide. Fun for the entire family! Storybooklane, Train rides, Christmas ships, Colorful lights, 250+ Tuba Concert on the Square and much more. Info here!

Let's Get Dirty! No Ivy Day Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9AM-12PM

10/28/2017 - 9:00am
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No Ivy Day Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9AM-12PM. Get Your Green On!. Info here!

Get Your Green On!

When: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 9AM-12PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan Street
Get Map!

Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday on Oct. 28 from 9:00 am to noon. 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 and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend.

Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Garden Weeding/Cleanup & potentially planting native plants.

Registration opens Oct. 1 at friendsofnadaka.org.

For more information about this event, contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or monica@friendsofnadaka.org.

Free! Join us at the 5th Annual Nadaka Community Festival: Sat Aug 22, 2015 Noon-3PM

08/22/2015 - 12:00pm
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Everyone is invited to the 5th Annual Nadaka Community Festival, Sat Aug 22, 2015 Noon-3PM. 17600 NE Glisan St, Gresham OR. Free hot dogs while they last, fun activities for children and families, live music and dancing. Free Interpretive Nature Walk with the Audubon Society of Portland Sat Aug 22, 2015 9-10AM. Interested in volunteering? We would love your help! Contact Monica, Nadaka Coordinator, at monica(at)friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558

Birding Walk with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM

05/23/2015 - 10:00am
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Birding Walk with Portland Audubon, Nadaka Nature Park: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM. Info here!

What's In Your Backyard!

When: Sat May 23, 2015 10AM-11AM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
Get map!

Become A Bird Watcher!
Guided bird walk through Nadaka Nature Park. Family friendly event for beginner to advanced bird watchers.

Bring your own binoculars & field guides if possible, Binoculars will be provided to those who need them. Nadaka Bird Brochure will be available.

Get your Green on! Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9AM-Noon

08/03/2013 - 9:00am
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Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event

Get your Green on! Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9AM-Noon. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Let's Get Dirty!

When: Sat, Aug 03, 2012 9AM-Noon
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
Gresham OR
Get Map!

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
Nadaka Community Festival Clean-up Event. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to have fun by supporting and volunteering with Friends of Nadaka and Wilkes East Neighborhood Association.

Bring working gloves & a water bottle if you have them. Volunteer as long as you can. Drinks and snacks will be provided for volunteers.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Nadaka Park- Volunteer Event: Sat, Jun 15, 9AM-1PM

06/15/2013 - 9:00am
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Celebrate Father’s Day at Nadaka Nature Park- Volunteer Event: Jun 15, 9AM-1PM

Father's Day
Volunteer Event

When: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham, OR
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Bring Your Dad!
In honor of Father’s Day why not spend the morning at Nadaka Park on Saturday, June 15th helping cleanup the park by removing invasives, clearing weeds from the future community garden and begin moving the boulders out along NE Glisan.

The Army Reservists will be there to do the boulder moving but there will be a lot to do in the park. Cleanup activities will begin at 9AM and end around 1PM.

Come dressed for the weather and we will have work gloves, shovels, and other equipment needed for the cleanup. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Bring your Dad or any other special person.

This event is sponsored by Friends of Nadaka Park with support from the Columbia Watershed Council. Learn more about Friends of Nadaka Park at http://friendsofnadaka.org/

Get your Green on! Volunteer at the Nadaka Nature Park Clean-up Event: Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:30AM-12:30PM

01/19/2013 - 10:30am
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Get your Green on! Volunteer at the Nadaka Nature Park Sheet Mulching Event: Sat Jan 19, 2013 9AM-12PM. Info here!
Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

Volunteers needed!

When: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 10:30AM-12:30PM
(Note time change)
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
176th & NE Glisan St
(Meet at the south gate today)
Gresham OR
Get Map!

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 having a general clean-up 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 City Council Meeting, Nelson Neighborhood Park revised plan: Dec 18, 2012 3-5PM

12/18/2012 - 3:00pm
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Gresham City Council Meeting, Nelson Neighborhood Park revised plan: Dec 18, 2012 3-5PM. Info Here!

Revised plan approval

When: Tue Dec 18, 2012 3-5PM
Where: Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NE Eastman Pkwy
Get Map!

Support Your Park
One of the agenda items will be Council approval of suggested changes to the original Nelson Property Neighborhood Park Master Plan (Nadaka) dated July 1, 2010. Changes include such items as relocation of the community garden and nature based play area.

What People Are Saying...
"My husband and I volunteered at the December 1st sheet mulching event at Nadaka Nature Park. We had a great time, and are so excited to see something like this developing in our neighborhood." K.M.

Get your Green on! Volunteer at the Nadaka Nature Park clean-up: Sat Jun 16, 2012 9AM-1PM

06/16/2012 - 9:00am
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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

Summer Clean-Up Event

Volunteer opportunity

When: Sat, Jun 16, 2012 9AM-1PM
Where: Nadaka Nature Park
175th & NE Pacific St
Gresham OR
Get Map!

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.

Summer & Fall 2017 Happenings At Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens

Summer & Fall 2017 Happenings At Nadaka Nature Park & Gardens. Read here!
Kids explore the bronze otter statue at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR

By Monica McAllister
Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Something For Everyone
This past summer and early fall at Nadaka Nature Park has been abuzz with celebrations under the picnic shelter, free events, new additions to the play area as well as gardeners tending their harvest, and nature lovers exploring our lovely 10-acre forest. Even as the winter days start settling in, we at Friends of Nadaka (FON) have already started planning for next year’s events at the park. From hosting free indoor gardening workshops to forest restoration with local schools and community members, we are excited to offer plenty of opportunities for you to spend time with friends and family at Nadaka. Before we jump straight into next year’s events, let’s take a cue from the fall season to slow down and reflect on the bustle of activity that has occurred over the past few months at our neighborhood park.

Community Festival
This year’s 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival was one of our best festivals yet! We had over 400 participants, 3 performances, and 35 partnering organizations & businesses, 28 of which hosted a community booth. 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. A big thank you to our Festival Committee, volunteers, partners and everyone who made the festival a marvelous success! Our Festival sponsors and donors included: Metro, City of Gresham, Owens Corning, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Albertsons & Organically Grown Co., Starbucks, and Rockwood PUD donated hot dogs & chips, organic apples, coffee, and water respectively.

Rip Caswell, Joan Albertson, Chad Caswell, Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Rip Caswell, Joan Albertson, Chad Caswell

Art Donations
Nadaka is especially grateful for the generous donation of the magnificent bronze otter and raven by Joan Albertson, the creators of the sculptures, artists Rip Caswell & son Chad Caswell.

as well as the work done by Lee Dayfield and Gresham Outdoor Public Art for making the installation and reveal of these beautiful art pieces possible.

Raven sculpture at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Raven sculpture at Nadaka Nature Park
Giant Xylophone at Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham OR
Giant Xylophone at Nadaka Nature Park

Another amazing addition to the park is a new Xylophone installed at the north portion of the nature based play area. Thank you to the anonymous donor who made this possible and to the City of Gresham for installing this amazing gift of music for the community.

Volunteer Programs
Friends of Nadaka would like to recognize the amazing work of our two Nadaka SummerWorks? Interns and seven STRYVE Interns (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) who helped lead and teach bilingual events for the Wilkes Elementary Books in the Park Program, HB Lee’s SUN Program, Home Forward Apartment complexes, and our summer Tadpole Tales event. In addition to these educational events, they were also instrumental in keeping the park in tip top shape by removing invasive plants, caring for two education garden plots, managing for the front 2 acres, helping with the Nadaka Community Festival and more. Four of these amazing interns have joined the ranks of the Nadaka Ambassadors to continue working at the park year round.

Cleanups & more
For the fall season, volunteers from the neighborhood showed their love for Nadaka at our SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup in September and at the No Ivy Day event on October 28th alongside the “College Possible” High School youth to remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants. We also partnered with Audubon Society of Portland to host a September Bird Walk 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 with a focus on “Harvesting Your Bounty” & “Shutting Down the Garden”. 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.

Park Safety
At the end of August, we had over 40 people attend the Nadaka Community Safety meeting to voice their concerns, learn what is being done to keep the park safe, and give suggestions for improvements at the park. We wanted to thank NET (Neighborhood Enforcement Team), CVIP (Citizens Volunteering In Policing), Gresham Parks Department, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, East Metro Mediation, and the Nadaka Ambassadors for sharing what is being done on the ground and behind the scenes to ensure that Nadaka stays safe and clean. One of the areas of concern was the heavily vegetated space between the St. Aidan’s parking lot and meadow. Since the meeting, we have worked with the City of Gresham Parks Department to lift the canopy and create a line of sight from the parking lot into the meadow. We are so grateful for the hard work that the Parks Department to help address this area of concern and have noticed a marked improvement in the activities happening in that area. By our community taking ownership of the park through volunteering, voicing concerns and potential solutions, in addition to simply being a positive presence in the park, we can continues to ensure that Nadaka Nature Park stays a safe and welcoming space to nurture nature, food, and families.

Fall & Winter Activities
As promised, here are a few great events coming up at the park in the next few months! Join us for a Free Beneficial Insect Workshop with EMSWCD on 11/4 from 9am to 11:30 AM, MLK Day of Service Monday, January 15th, and the Community Planting Event in February (date still to be determined). Other great events to keep your eye out for are our Annual Free Indoor Gardening Workshop Series with Oregon Food Bank, Spring Migration Nature Walk and Welcome Back Vulture Day with Audubon Society of Portland.

Connect With Us
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” on Facebook, or contact Monica at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558. We look forward to seeing everyone at the park!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2017 Newsletter here!

Download the Wilkes East Neighborhood Fall 2017 Newsletter here! Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community- Together 'WE' can make a difference.

2017 Fall Newsletter

"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together 'WE' can make a difference!”


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Inside This Issue:

 

  • Rockwood Boys & Girls Club Opens
  • Zimmerman House Holiday Tours
  • Rosewood/162 Max Stop Name Change
  • Happenings at Nadaka Nature Park
  • Reynolds Athletics Hall or Fame
  • Neighborhood Meeting, Nov 13th 7PM

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