Thank you Nadaka–time for a new adventure!

Dear Nadaka Nature Park Community Members, Partners, and Friends,

After 4 amazing years as the Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator, I am excited to announce that I have accepted a position with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District as the Community Connections Liaison. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity to work closely with community, especially in the Rockwood and Wilkes East neighborhoods, Nadaka Ambassadors, Interns, AmeriCorps members, and wonderful community partners. I want to thank Lee Dayfield, Jim Labbe, Gladys Ruiz, Jane Van Dyke, Adam Kohl, Leigh Rapport, everyone at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, City of Gresham, and many others who have mentored me over the years.

In my new position as the Community Connections Liaison, I will be working with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District to support their mission to help people care for land and water. My last day at Nadaka Nature Park will be this Friday, January 25th and I will begin my new position on Monday, January 28th. Jamie Stamberger will be the Interim Nadaka Coordinator until a permanent Nadaka Coordinator is hired. Grace Graham, the Nadaka and Columbia Slough Watershed Council shared Confluence AmeriCorp member, and Jamie will be the main contacts for programming and questions at Nadaka Nature Park. More information about how to contact them and how to stay in contact with me can be found on our website at www.friendsofnadaka.org. Jamie, Grace, and the rest of the Nadaka team are amazing and will do a wonderful job continuing to work with the community to provide programming at Nadaka Nature Park with our great community partners to nurture nature, food, and families!

My time at Nadaka has been a life changing journey. There are so many things I want to say, people I want to acknowledge, and stories to tell. The most important part of this position for me has been the opportunity to build lasting bonds and friendships with individuals in the community. I will especially miss working with children and young adults who I have watched grow over the years at Nadaka. This is not goodbye but a change! I am so excited to continue working with our community in a new way!

Yours Truly,
Monica McAllister

Guest Article: Tips for Preserving Nature While Cycling! By Eric Minghella

Preserving Nature While Cycling Through A Park

Cycling has many benefits. It is a healthy form of transportation, so you are getting a work-out when you go for a ride. It is also environmentally-friendly and allows you to get where you need to go because it doesn’t leave a carbon footprint because you don’t use any fuel. And, it is also fun and a great way to relieve stress. With a greater number of public lands, nature preserves and parks creating areas for cyclists, they are drawing larger crowds. If you go out cycling to enjoy the great outdoors, you need to focus on preserving nature while cycling through a park. Here are a few tips to help you keep the park looking its best.

Stay on the Trail

You should never stray from the designated route, whether it is a trail, path sidewalk, or road. By just getting slightly off the trail, you are crushing flora and damaging plant roots. When plants are damaged, wildlife is affected.

Watch for Wildlife

Remember, if you are in a park you are visiting the home of many critters. These animals don’t realize – or care – if you are there. You are visiting their home, so stay on the lookout. Ride at a safe speed, so you can slow down quickly enough to avoid a collision or avoid getting too close.

Don’t Cut Ruts

When you cut ruts in a trail, you are damaging plant roots and causing unnecessary threats for other cyclists. Ruts will fill with water during rainstorms. That will lead to muddy spots that are slippery, which can cause crashes. Also, ruts contribute to erosion.

Pick up the Trash

If you take along drinks or snacks, don’t leave your wrappers, packages, and bottles behind. If possible, take along reusable containers or water bottles, so you don’t have as much trash and you aren’t throwing away excess materials. If you come along trash someone else has left, pick it up and take it along to dispose of properly.

Stay of the Slopes

While it might seem like fun to ride across slopes, it isn’t environmentally-friendly. It contributes to erosion and will cause the trail to wash out later. Instead, avoid slopes and make your way around them.

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MLK Day of Service at Nadaka with Friends of Trees!

When:Mon, January 21, 2019, 8:45am – 1:00pm

Where:Nadaka Nature Park, Green Space Events (map)

Description: Join us for this special event in celebration of community service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We are excited to be working at Nadaka Nature Park to remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs. This event is in partnership with Friends of Nadaka Nature Park and with support from the Nature Conservancy and the Boeing Company.  RSVPs kindly requested.: 

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some breakfast treats and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts promptly at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes or boots – and be ready to have fun!

How do I register? All individuals and groups are kindly asked to RSVP to save your spot(s) by filling out our quick Registration Form. Registration is highly recommended but not required.

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for you to volunteer. We ask that youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Jenny, Pablo, and Carey at (503) 595-0213 // volunteer@friendsoftrees.org if you have questions or need any further information. We look forward to seeing you out there!more details»copy to my calendar.

No Ivy Day Cleanup at Nadaka Saturday, October 27th at 9 AM!

Come lend a hand to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park with Friends of Nadaka’s Annual No Ivy Day Saturday, October 27th  at 9 AM! We will be removing English Ivy and other invasive plants from the 10 acre forested portion of the park and replacing them with native plants!

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!

Register HERE!

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

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Location: Nadaka Nature Park 17615 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97230

Dates & Times: Saturday, 10/27,  9am-12pm

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.

 

Fall Bird & Nature Walk with Audubon Society of Portland at Nadaka- Saturday 9/22!

Join the Audubon Society and Friends of Nadaka for a family-friendly, guided nature walk, open to both beginners and advanced bird watchers/ naturalists. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, we will have some for you to borrow. Coffee and light refreshment will be provided. Spanish translation is available.

Meet us at the picnic structure. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: Nadaka Nature Park 17615 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97230

Dates & Times: Saturday, 9/22, 9am-10am

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

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.

SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup at Nadaka Saturday 9/29!

Join Friends of Nadaka for our Annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park on Saturday, September 29th- 9 AM to 12 PM!
Register Here:https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000FEGbZ

Location: Nadaka Nature Park, 17615 NE Glisan Street, Gresham
Date & Time: Saturday, September 29th 9 AM – 12 PM

We will be removing litter and invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park. There will also be an opportunity to work in the community garden and front 2-acres 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!

Meet at the picnic structure on the south side/Glisan Street side of the park. Parking available in St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot and along NE Pacific Street.

Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Garden Weeding/Cleanup.

Thank You for Making the 8th Annual Nadaka Community Festival a Success!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Nadaka Community Festival a marvelous success! This year we over 350 participants, 3 performances, and 34 partnering organizations & businesses, 22 of which hosted a community booth!

A shout out to our wonderful performers/artists, Albertsons on 181st & NE Glisan for donating refreshments, Starbucks for donating coffee for volunteers, Rockwood PUD for supplying water. Thank you to our Volunteers/Team Leaders, City of Gresham Staff, Gresham High School Key Club, Cenntential Park School, the East County Nature Crew, TALON Apprentices, & Nadaka SummerWorks interns who made this an amazing event! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Photos are posted on the Friends of Nadaka Facebook Group by Kalvin Victor Rattanavong and will be posted website as we receive them. If you have any photos you would like to share from the Festival, feel free to send them in an email to monica@friendsofnadaka.org or post them on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing everyone at the park this fall!

Photos by:                                                                                                                            Kalvin Rattanavong

Festival Sponsor

  • Albertsons on 181st & Glisan
  • City of Gresham
  • Owens Corning

Festival Donors

  • Rockwood PUD
  • Starbucks
  • St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church

Participating Organizations & Businesses

  • Audubon Society of Portland
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Centennial Park School
  • City of Gresham Fire Department
  • City of Gresham Police Department
  • Columbia Slough Watershed Council
  • Cub Scout Pack 214
  • CVIP-Citizens Volunteering in Policing
  • East County Nature Crew & Rosemary Anderson High School/ POIC Program
  • East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist
  • Friends of Trees
  • Job Corps
  • Kwianis Club-Rockwood Chapter
  • Metro
  • Multnomah County Office
  • Multnomah County Elections / Voter Education and Outreach
  • Oregon Food Bank/ OSU Extension Service
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Pueblo Unido
  • Reynolds Education Association
  • Reynolds High School Key Club
  • Rockwood People’s Utility District
  • Rosewood Initiative
  • Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church
  • SOLVE
  • Springwater Parks & Community District
  • SummerWorks Program
  • TALON Program – Audubon Society of Portland
  • Wallace Medical Concern

 Performers & Artists

  • Aztec Dancers
  • Terry Baber NW Panman & Fellow Musician – Steel Drums
  • Russian Folk Music with Natalia Baranova

  

8th Annual Nadaka Community Festival- August 18th!

8th Annual Nadaka Park Community Festival
Event Date: Saturday, August 18th
Time:  The event runs 12 PM – 3PM

Location:
Nadaka Nature Park
17615 NE Glisan Street
Gresham, OR 97230

It is time for the 8th Annual Nadaka Community Festival!
This fun and exciting event will be at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham on Saturday, August 18th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM!

This is a free event for the community with: 

~Aztec Dancers
~Free food (while supplies last)
~Nature & sports activities for all ages
~Portland Audubon’s live educational birds
~Community booths with information and activities
~Face painting
~Live music

Entrances & Parking: NE 175th & NE Pacific has parking in the neighborhood or NE 175th & NE Glisan with parking in St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot. Parking is also available on the south side of NE Glisan at NE 176th in the neighborhood. Crosswalk available across NE Glisan.

NO SMOKING – There is absolutely no smoking on site.

Photo by: Kyle Weismann-Yee and Billy Hustace Photography respectively

Thank you for your help promoting this event and to bring our community together!  If you have any questions prior to and/or during the event you may reach me directly at 503-956-8558.