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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
You’re Invited to the 3rd annual Gresham Green and Clean Day of Service!
- 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 Wilkes 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.
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!
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.
A young visitor meets a vulture puppet at Portland Audubon’s Welcome Back Vulture Day event – Tinsley Hunsdorfer