5th Annual Nadaka Community Festival!

Everyone is invited to the 5th Annual Nadaka Community Festival to be held on the south two acres of Nadaka and on the meadow.  There will be free hot dogs while they last, fun activities for children and families, live music and dancing. There will be an Interpretive Nature Walk with the Audubon Society of Portland from 9am to 10am.

Interested in volunteering? We would love your help! Please contact Monica, Nadaka Coordinator, at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558.


Event Date: Saturday, August 22nd

Main Event Time: 12PM – 3PM

Interpretive Nature Walk Time (meet at the picnic structure): 9-10am.

Location: 17615 NE Glisan Street Portland, OR 97230. (Even though the address says Portland the park is located in Gresham).

 Entrances/Parking: Parking is available in the Wilkes East neighborhood or in the St. Aidan’s parking lot next to Nadaka. Entrances are at 176th and NE Pacific St. or 176th and NE Glisan St.

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Bird Walk Saturday August 8th 8am

Monthly guided Bird Walks at Nadaka Nature Park will help you brush up on your birding basics and identification. This is a family friendly event open to beginners and advance bird watchers. If you have your own binoculars great! If not we will have some for you to borrow! Meet us at the picnic structure at 8am. We look forward to seeing you there.

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This Week’s Events

Nadaka Nature Park has events for everyone to enjoy this week! Join us for our Summer Garden Workshop Tuesday July 28th at 5:30pm, Tadpole Tales Wednesday July 29th at 10:00am, and the Nadaka Cleanup Event Saturday August 1st at 9:00am!  We look forward to seeing you at these events! Please spread the word and bring a friend.

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Bird Walk at Nadaka

Monthly guided Bird Walks at Nadaka Nature Park will help you brush up on your birding basics and identification. This is a family friendly event open to beginners and advance bird watchers. If you have your own binoculars great! If not we will have some for you to borrow! Meet us at the picnic structure this Saturday July 25th 8:00 am. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Part-time Surveyors Needed for Nadaka Community Survey in Rockwood

Part-time Surveyors Needed for Nadaka Community Survey in Rockwood
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Friends of Nadaka are looking for qualified candidates to work 10 hours a week helping conduct a community survey at Nadaka Nature Park between July 28 to August 22. The goal of the survey is to collect information on how people are using the park and the types of programs or events they would like to have present at Nadaka. Nadaka Nature Park is located at 17615 NE Glisan St. next to St. Aidan’s Church.

To Apply: Applicants should send a short letter of interest, a resume, and one personal and one professional reference to Jim Labbe by July 16th, 2015. Please put “Nadaka Survey Applicant” in the subject line.

Click the link below for full position description.

Part-time Community Surveyor Job Announcement

Nadaka Ambassador Informational Meeting!

The Friends of Nadaka are forming an Ambassador program to involve volunteers who are willing to volunteer at Nadaka. Some things Ambassadors may do will be walk through the park to be eyes on the park, talk to people and perhaps pick up any litter they see. The program is brand new and we need volunteers with suggestions and the desire to improve Nadaka. Come to help the Friends of Nadaka figure out what an Ambassador will do.

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Last Chance to Register for the Nadaka Tea Fundraiser!

2015-04-28 16.36.19Everyone is cordially invited to a Nadaka Tea Party Fundraiser to celebrate the Camp Fire Girls of Nadaka.  Come and enjoy delicious scones, sandwiches, desserts and tea while enjoying stories from some of the Camp Fire Girls who spent time at Nadaka Camp. Then enjoy a quick walk through the forest to feel the magic.


The event will take place Saturday, June 20th 1-3pm at the church meeting space next to the park:

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church- Murdock Hall

17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230

You are encouraged to wear a hat and there will be a prize for the best one.

Seating is limited so make your reservation now.

Reservations can be made a 4 ways.

1.Online by clicking the button below and submitting electronic payment,

Eventbrite - Nadaka Tea Fundraiser

2. By printing, completing, scanning, & emailing form below to monica@friendsofnadaka.org and sending a check to our fiscal agent Columbia Slough Watershed Council (7040 NE 47th Ave Portland , OR 97218).

Tea Registration Paper Form

3.Mailing completed form and check to: Monica McAllister- Nadaka Nature Park /Columbia Slough Watershed Council 7040 NE 47th Ave Portland , OR 97218.

4.Handing completed forms with check or cash to Monica-Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator or Lee Dayfield– Friends of Nadaka.


All checks should be made out to Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC),

Nadaka’s fiscal agent, with the memo stating Nadaka Tea Fundraiser.

Any questions should be directed to Monica McAllister- Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator. Email at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or call at 503-956-8558.


Oregon Tradeswomen at Nadaka

Good news for Nadaka Nature Park. The Oregon Tradeswomen (OTW) just received a grant from East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District to do another project at Nadaka this summer. I think they will continue to build some things in the community garden but whatever it is it will be great.

The Oregon Tradeswomen are now recruiting young women (17 to 24 years old) for their Building Girls Work Crew to learn basic construction skills and much more fun things. Contact Katie Yablonsky, katie@tradeswomen.net, 503.318.9232 if you know a young lady who might be interested in this wonderful program. They will be able to help build at Nadaka this summer.

Last summer OTW built the two tool sheds, six ADA raised planter boxes and berry trellises for the community garden.otw10

Thank You!

13030_10153236495386202_3095463619738747288_nThe Friends of Nadaka Nature Park would like to thank Metro, Starbucks, Albertsons, Park Place Cafe, and the Center for Family Success for their donations which made the Grand Opening of Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project a spectacular success; we greatly appreciate their generosity.

We would also like to thank the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, AARP Foundation, Center for Family Success, Outgrowing Hunger, Cathy Sherick with the Springwater Parks & Community District, the Audubon Society of Portland, and the City of Gresham for providing information and education to community members during the event.

Our wonderful volunteers at the Grand Opening included members from the community, Wilkes East Neighborhood Association, AmeriCorps leaders from HB Lee SUN program, former Camp Fire Girls and Cub Scout Troop #214. A special thanks to Representative Carla Piluso for being the announcer for the event and our guest speakers which included:

Mayor Shane Bemis

Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick

Urban Conservationist Jim Labbe- Audubon Society of Portland

Executive Director Jane Van Dyke- Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Executive Director Jay Udelhoven- East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Cherie Ludwig-Former Camp Fire Girl and City of Gresham Employee

Community Leader Lee Dayfield- Friends of Nadaka

H.B. Lee Student Andrei Viatlev

None of this would have been possible without the help of the following people and organizations:

Mayor Shane Bemis, Steve Fancer & others at City of Gresham

Mike Green, City of Gresham – Project Planner

Todd Jones & Norm Helgeson – Gresham Parks Staff

T. A. Nelson Family – Donation Property

Metro – Funding

Meyer Memorial Trust – Funding

Trust for Public Land – Owen Wozniack – Negotiated Transaction for purchase 2 acres

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District – Funding

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church  Members – Gloria Trunk, Andrew Agler, Byron McKinlay & Many Others

MIG –  Christina Frank designed nature based play area, Lauren Schmitt & Rachel Edmonds

Lora Price, Design With Nature – Project Manager for Friends of Nadaka Team

Adam Kohl, Outgrowing Hunger

Bob Michaud-Tradd – Belkor Logworks

Human Solutions – Jean DeMaster – Programming This Summer

Verde – Alan Hipolito, ExecutiveT Director, Ricardo Moreno & staff helped build community garden, nature based play, and did all the landscaping

Ron White, Probity Builders – Project Manager for Verde

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc – Built Garden Sheds, ADA boxes, trellises

Sue Aschim – Graphic Designer

City’s Contractors:  Cedar Mill Construction Co – Jesse Vail & Earthworks Excavation & Construction – Todd Erickson

Chief of Police – Craig Junginger – Boulders

Dayfield Family – Paul, Garrett & Nohelia and Sister Fran Dearborn – Continuing Support

Eastrose Unitarian Church – Fundraising & meeting space

Wilkes East Neighborhood Association

Rockwood Neighborhood Association

Monica McAllister – new Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator

Thank you for making Nadaka Nature Park and Garden’s Grand Opening a huge success!