East Hill Church in Gresham participated in a cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park on Saturday, August 23, 2014. We had 25 volunteers from the church and neighborhood who worked a total of 95 hours. These hours are important for our matching grants. East Hill provided food and drinks for all the volunteers.
The future community garden was weeded and volunteers worked on the new trail thru the woods from the Pine Square Apartments which was needed due to construction.
We are proud to be one of the 27 projects receiving Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grants. Check out the great projects receiving Metro grants here.
This Nadaka 2020 Conservation, Education & Stewardship grant is a three year matching grant in the amount of $61,000. The partners in this grant are the Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Friends of Nadaka, City of Gresham, Human Solutions, Outgrowing Hunger, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and HB Lee Middle School SUN Program. The grant will enable the Friends of Nadaka to help bring the park even more alive with activities.
This grant will support:
Programing to provide educational and community events and stewardship work days.
Hiring a Park Coordinator to coordinate and implement education and stewardship programs.
Establishing a Natural History Ambassador program.
Conservation activities by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Audubon Society.
Partial funding of Nadaka 2020 Operation and Maintenance Plan developed by the Friends.
Partial funding management of the community garden.
Obviously $61,000 will not cover all the things we want to accomplish and we must match this $61,000 with volunteer time, financial contributions from individuals or companies, donated materials, etc. All our grants for Nadaka are matching and are designated to pay for specific things which cannot be changed. That is why it is important for the community to help with these matches. Things like printing, paper, office supplies as well as many items such as signage, bike racks, tools are not covered by grant funds.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project go to the Donate & Get Involved page of the website. Volunteer time is also important so come out to one of the scheduled cleanups.
Title: Nadaka Cleanup With SOLV & Community Festival Location: Nadaka Nature Park – Meet at North Gate – NE175th Ave. & NE Pacific Link out: Description: SOLV Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park. Removing invasives and trash in the 10 acre forested portion of the park. Preparing for Community Festival that begins at Noon. Pre-register on line with SOLV for this cleanup. Refreshments provided for volunteers.
Then join friends and neighbors at the 4th Annual Nadaka Community Festival for family fun with music, face painters, Audubon live birds, activities for children and free hot dogs while they last. Festival is from Noon until 3:00pm. Start Time: 9:00am Date: 2014-09-27 End Time: 12:00pm
A big thank you to Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick for writing such a great article about Nadaka Nature Park for The Intertwine. Councilor Craddick has been a big supporter of Nadaka going back to when she was a City Councilor in Gresham.
Title: Walk & Talk at Nadaka Location: Nadaka Nature Park Description: Learn about native and invasive plants at Nadaka, history of Camp Fire Girls and upcoming construction of community garden, nature based play area, etc. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch after the tour. Start Time: 10:30 am Date: 2014-07-19 End Time: 11:30 am
Jane Van Dyke, Executive Director of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka appeared on the MetroEast Community Hotline recently to talk about the Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project.
Please join us for the Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony
Wed., July 9th – 6:30pm-7:30pm
NE 175th & NE Glisan, Gresham
Don’t miss the big celebration! After the years of dreaming, grant writing, meeting, planning, permitting, and designing, construction will soon be underway. Help us to turn the dirt and celebrate building the park and garden including nature play space, paths, benches, meadow, and picnic shelter. Light refreshments.
For more information:
Contact: Jane Van Dyke, Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Contact: Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka
On May 14, 2014 the SUN students from HB Lee Middle School had fun building hobbit and fairy houses at Nadaka. They were quite creative in their designs and we decided to call it a forest art project. See a few more forest art photographs in the gallery.
SUN students from HB Lee Middle School recently collected rocks at Nadaka, painted them like turtles and added them to Turtle Rock at Nadaka. Turtle Rock is one of the special things remaining from the Camp Fire Girls. I’m told the Camp Fire Girls used to sit on Turtle Rock and make a wish.
SOLVE Cleanup at Nadaka on April 26th was a success for everyone. 37 volunteers came out to help remove invasives for this Earth Day cleanup with SOLVE. We logged 112 hours of volunteer time and filled a 40 cu yard dumpster. Some did take time out to enjoy Turtle Rock. A big thank you to Jazzy Bagel for the wonderful bagels.