UPDATE: November Nadaka Nature Park clean-up event draws large turnout

Nadaka Nature Park clean-up draws large turnout. Special event with Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Nov 14, 2009, sponsored by Friends of Nadaka and the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, Gresham Oregon
Volunteers register for the event
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Volunteers plant trees, shrubs. Fill 40-yard dumpster with invasives.

Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Concordia University baseball pitch in.

Perfect morning for the event

What started out as a small Nadaka Nature Park clean-up for Saturday, Nov. 14 soon became a large-scale event with 92 volunteers in attendance. Workers performed tasks involving the planting of 14 native trees, 65 shrubs and 170 small plants and herbs, as well as the removal of invasive species including ivy and blackberry bushes. Members of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council volunteered at this event and played a significant role in getting the Concordia University baseball team members involved in preserving this important 12-acre natural forest park located at 176th and NE Pacific just north of Glisan. Students from H.B. Lee Middle School leadership program, Cub Scout Pack 740 and their families, and several residents of the Wilkes East neighborhood also worked hard to fill a 40-cubic yard dumpster with invasive species. Together the workers contributed 324 hours of volunteer service.

As part of a school community service project, Alex Simmons, an eighth grade Corbett Charter School student and neighbor, helped Wilkes East Neighborhood Association coordinate this clean-up event. She contacted local businesses and obtained enough donations to provide refreshments for the 92 volunteers. Alex recruited workers to assist her with the registration table to check in volunteers and organized the refreshments to help keep the hard workers going.

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UPDATE 12-10-09: View related story appearing in the Nov 25th Gresham Outlook newspaper here!.

About Nadaka Nature Park

Nadaka Nature Park is a lovely 10 acre natural area of second generation Douglas Fir forest with an under-story of native plants in the Wilkes East Neighborhood. Nadaka offers a quiet, woodsy escape with it's .46 mile walking trail loop and an open meadow on the south. The Wilkes East Neighborhood Association (WENA) is actively working to restore this natural area by removing invasive blackberry, ivy, and holly with volunteer work parties. Entrance to the park is near NE 175th & NE Pacific St. Get Map!

If you haven't seen the park lately, plan to visit and stroll around!

How you can help

Volunteer cleanups at Nadaka are regularly scheduled. Cleanup information is always posted on the fence at Nadaka. All you need to bring are your own work gloves, a water bottle, and a willingness to meet your neighbors and work in the park. Tools and refreshments are provided.

For more information or to volunteer with Friends of Nadaka contact Lee Dayfield phone 503-998-1044, or email leedayfield@wilkeseastna.org, or check the events calendar (top right) on the Wilkes East Neighborhood website.

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Event Photos

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Great turnout on a beautiful fall morning
Great turnout on a beautiful fall morning

Volunteers gather before the event
Volunteers gather before the event

Concordia University Men's Baseball Team lend a hand
Concordia University Men's Baseball Team pitch-in

Participants get their planting instructions</
Participants get their planting instructions

Volunteers fan-out across Nadaka Nature Park
Volunteers fan-out across Nadaka Nature Park

Adding Adding new trees, shrubs and herbs to the park
Adding new trees, shrubs and herbs to the park


Nadaka Nature Park is supported in part through the generous efforts of these organizations:

Audubon Society of Portland. Building a region where people and wildlife flourish together.  Info here!
Audubon Society
of Portland
The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
Conserving Land
for People
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

East Multnomah
Soil & Water
Conservation District
Your elected regional government, Metro is helping to make the Portland metropolitan area an extraordinary place to live, work and play.
Oregon Metro
St Aidan's Episcopal Church, Gresham Oregon. Spread the Promise of Jesus Christ in and beyond our community through worship, education, fellowship, and outreach.
St Aidan's
Episcopal Church
Wilkes East Neighborhood, PO Box 536, Fairview OR 97024. Diversity, Harmony, Community -- Together we can make a difference
Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Portland OR. To foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed