May Bird Walk

May Bird Walk

Join the Audubon Society and Friends of Nadaka for a family-friendly, guided bird walk, open to both beginners and advanced bird watchers. This is a great opportunity to brush up on birding and identification basics.

Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, we will have some for you to borrow.

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

Meet us at the picnic structure. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information about this event contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or monica@friendsofnadaka.org.

House_Finch_s52-13-264_l_1Location: Nadaka Nature Park 17615 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97230

Dates & Times:  Saturday, May 7th, 2016 – 8am-9am

There are two locations for parking.

1) St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230.

2) Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

(Photo of a House Finch by Brian E. Small/VIREO)

Tadpole Tales at Nadaka!- May

Tadpole Tales– Story time, nature hike, & show n’ tell.

Parents and children ages 2 to 5 are invited to enjoy a short story, craft, and guided nature hike at Nadaka Nature Park. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes and learn about local trees and flowers. This event will take place rain or shine, so pull on those boots and join us. There is a $3 suggested donation per child, no charge for adults at time of event. Meet at the picnic structure.

Register Here: https://nadakatadpoletales.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or email at monica@friendsofnadaka.org.

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Date and Time: Thursday May 5th 10-11am.

Location: 17615 NE Glisan Street Portland, OR 97230

Meet at the picnic structure on the Glisan Street side of the park.

There are two locations for parking.

1) St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230.

2) Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

Future Dates & Times: First Thursday of the month, 10-11am

Thursday June 2nd 10am-11am

Thursday July 7th 10am-11am

Thursday August 4th 10am-11am

SOLVE IT for Earth Day Cleanup at Nadaka!

Looking for a way to give back this Earth Day? Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday April 23rd 9am-12pm. We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park. The event will start with a brief lesson on native and invasive plant species.

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.

Register Here: http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/nadaka-nature-park-cleanup

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Date & Time: Saturday April 23rd 9am -12pm

Location: Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan St. Gresham Oregon 97230

Meet at the picnic structure on the NE Glisan Street side of the park.

Contact: Monica- Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or 503-956-8558.

There are two locations for parking.

1) St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230.

2) Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

 

3rd Annual Gresham Green and Clean Day of Service at Nadaka!

You’re Invited to the 3rd annual Gresham Green and Clean Day of Service!

The Basics:

  • We are holding a 3rd annual Green and Clean day of service to help foster volunteerism and a sense of commitment to helping our community prosper.
  • The 3rd annual Green and Clean day of service will give volunteers from throughout the City the opportunity to help ensure that Gresham is a healthy, safe, and enjoyable place to live.
  • The service day will consist of a planting and spring cleaning project at Nadaka Park in the WilGreen & Clean Flyer 2016kes East neighborhood.
  • The event will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • A celebration will follow at St. Aidan’s church, next to Nadaka Park, from noon to about 2 p.m. Volunteers will get free pizza and soda.
  • Location: Nadaka Nature Park
    17615 NE Glisan St. Gresham Oregon 97230.
  • Meet at the picnic structure on the NE Glisan Street side of the park.
  • For more information, please call 503-618-2482.
  • Volunteers from across the City will join City staff to help do some “spring cleaning” around the park – light landscaping, planting seedlings, ivy removal, and disposing of trash.
  • Make sure to bring a good pair of gloves and your favorite garden tool (especially shovels, rakes, and loppers).
  • All ages are invited, although younger children will need to be closely supervised.

General Volunteerism Information: 

  • Research shows that volunteering is also good for your health. People who volunteer live longer and say that they are happier than people who do not volunteer.
  • When you volunteer, you not only help your neighbors and your community, you help yourself live a longer, healthier life. Findings described in the report “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research“, (which can be downloaded at www.nationalservice.org), show that:
    • Evidence indicates that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as a personal sense of purpose and accomplishment, and helps to reduce stress and risk of disease.
    • Individuals who volunteer have lower mortality rates than the population at large. Researchers have also found that when patients with chronic or serious illness volunteer, they receive benefits beyond what can be achieved through medical care alone.
  • Volunteering not only has health benefits, but can be a great way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make friends, garner new professional contacts, get exercise, spend time outdoors/with animals/with kids, or even just shake up your routine. Plus, volunteering is just plain fun.
  • The City of Gresham also has a range of volunteer activities available year round for people of all ages. If you’re interested in helping out in one of our parks, working with our natural resources team, serving on a board or commission, or volunteering with your local Neighborhood Association, visit us at http://greshamoregon.gov/volunteer/.
  • Volunteer for yourself. Volunteer for your community. Volunteer for Gresham.

Questions?

Contact Aaron Abrams with any questions at Aaron.Abrams@GreshamOregon.gov or call 503-618-2482.

Welcome Back Vulture Day Is Coming to Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church! – Saturday March 19th

Welcome Back Vulture Day Is Coming to Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church!

Did you notice you only see Turkey Vultures in the metropolitan area in the spring and summer? That’s because they migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but it’s time to welcome them back. We’re lucky to still have good populations of Turkey Vultures in Oregon.   Around the world vultures are facing hazards in the wild and their numbers are dwindling. As “Nature’s Recyclers,” they play an important role in reducing disease—and it’s up to us to help

Welcome Back Vulture Day is filled with fun and educational activities:

  • Meet Ruby, Portland Audubon’s Turkey Vulture, up close (along with many of Audubon’s other education birds)
  • Compare your “wingspan” to that of a California Condor
  • Make a crafted vulture and mask
  • Play “Upchuck Chuck!”
  • Learn fun vulture facts
  • Find out the differences between Old and New World vultures
  • Discover why vultures are important

Date & Time: Free Event, Saturday, March 19th 12-3pm

Location: Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church 17405 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97230

 Parking: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230.

Welcome Back Vulture Day 2013 - Tinsley HunsdorferA young visitor meets a vulture puppet at Portland Audubon’s Welcome Back Vulture Day event – Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Online Garden Starts Plant Sale!

Friends of Nadaka and Outgrowing Hunger are excited to offer our first online garden start plant sale! This is a great budget friendly way to get a jump on your garden this season. Sales will be open until the first week of May.

Plants can be ordered online at: http://outgrowinghunger.org/t/plants . Once your order is placed, you will be able to pick up your plants at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday, May 21st!

Starts cost $0.75 a piece. Varieties include:
Garden StartsNew Girl Tomatoes
Cayanne Chili Peppers
Thai Chili Peppers
Marketmore 76 Cucumbers
Diamond Eggplants
Hubbard Squash Baby Blue

Questions about ordering your plants? Contact Adam Kohl from Outgrowing Hunger at adam@outgrowinghunger.org or see the website http://outgrowinghunger.org/.

Nadaka Community Planting Day- February 27th

Nadaka Community Planting Day- February 27th

Looking for a way to get outside and make a difference in your community? Join Friends of Nadaka for our Community Planting Event to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park. Volunteers will be planting native shrubs like Oregon Grape, Thimbleberry, and Oceanspray. Native plantings help filter pollutants, provide shade, and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Tools, plants, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants, warm cloths, and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend!

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Register Here: http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/nadaka-nature-park-community-planting-day or call at 503-956-8558.

Date & Time: Saturday, February 27th 9-12pm

Location: 17615 NE Glisan Street Portland, OR 97230

Meet at the picnic structure on the NE Glisan Street side of the park.

There are two locations for parking.

1) St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230.

2) Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

Seed to Supper Free Gardening Workshop!

Seed to Supper Free Gardening Workshop!

Growing Veggies on a Budget. Learn low-cost ways to build healthy soil, plan your growing space, choose your crops, care for your growing garden, and harvest your bounty!

When: THURSDAYS from 6-8PM, Feb. 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31 and April 7

Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church 17405 NE Glisan St, Portland, 97230. Taught indoors with possible visits to Nadaka Community Garden.

Who: Open to adult participants interested in learning how to garden on a budget.

Registration is required.  Contact Tyler Wagner at twagner@emoregon.org or 503-221-1054×215

Details: Please plan to attend all 6 classes. Participants get a free gardening book, seeds, and other goodies as available.
Seeds to Supper FlyerThis class is hosted in partnership by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Friends of Nadaka and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

www.oregonfoodbank.org/seedtosupper

Bird Walk- February 12th

Bird Walk

Join Friends of Nadaka and the Audubon Society of Portland for our monthly guided Bird Walk at Nadaka Nature Park. 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. This is a great event to help you brush up on your birding basics and identification.

Meet us at the picnic structure. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information about this event contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or monica@friendsofnadaka.org.

Varied_Thrush_b57-5-243_lLocation: Nadaka Nature Park 17615 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97230

Meet at the picnic structure on the Glisan Street side of the park.

Dates & Times:  Friday, February 12th, 2016 – 9am-10am

There are two locations for parking.

1) St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230.

2) Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

(Photo by Glenn Bartley/VIREO)