Nadaka Unveils Nature Statues

We are delighted to welcome Slider the otter and Seeker the raven to Nadaka.  Slider was created by artist Rip Caswell and Seeker was created by artist Chad Caswell.  The bronze statutes were made possible by the generous donation of Joan Albertson, Gresham Outdoor Public Art and the artists. ...Read More »

Nadaka Park's Community Garden

Nadaka Park’s Community Garden recently mentioned in The Outlook.

If you missed this garden workshop, the next one is Shutting Down the Garden on Thursday, September 21 @5:30pm-7:00pm. Rain or shine.  It will include information on preparing your garden for winter, cover crops and mulch.  The workshop is FREE.

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Light A Fire Award to Friends of Nadaka

On Friday, October 14, 2016 the Portland Monthly magazine awarded the Friends of Nadaka a Light A Fire Award in the category of Game-Changing Project.  This award recognized an innovative collaboration that generates a transformative impact for one or more nonprofits. There were over 100 nominations submitted of which seven were given...Read More »

Nadaka Nature Park Opens

Nature Play Sign


On April 4th, 2015 the new 2 acre section of Nadaka Nature Park opened to the delight of the community.  Read more about the opening in the article written by Jodi Weinberger of the Outlook.

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Nadaka: A Model for Renewing East County’s Parks?

Lee Dayfield and Jim Labbe

On Saturday April 4th, Gresham residents will celebrate the opening of the new Nadaka Nature Park and Garden. This innovate community park project represents a huge accomplishment in the face of declines in public park investment the last 15 years. The Nadaka experience...Read More »

Nadaka Grand Opening

A big thank you to MetroEast Community Media for putting together this great promotion for the grand opening celebration at Nadaka.

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Grand Opening Celebration at Nadaka

You’re Invited to the Grand Opening Celebration
of Nadaka Nature Park

Saturday, April 4th 10:00am to Noon

The official opening of the newly created community garden, nature based play area, and picnic shelter on the south two acres of the park.

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Job Opening - Nadaka Park Coordinator

Our partner, Columbia Slough Watershed Council has posted job openings for an Education Director and the new Nadaka Park Coordinator. Check them out and pass it on to anyone you might know looking for a great position.

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Nadaka Cleanup With SOLVE & Festival Sat., Sept. 27th

Its happening Saturday, Sept. 27th.  The Fourth Annual Nadaka Community Festival & Cleanup.  Nadaka is a beautiful 10 acre forest where we will be removing invasives and litter in the morning from 9:00am to Noon.  You can pre-register with SOLVE for this event here.  If you...Read More »

Nadaka Receives Metro Nature In Neighborhoods Grant

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...Read More »

Nadaka Cleanup With SOLV

Title: Nadaka Cleanup With SOLV & Community Festival
Location: Nadaka Nature Park – Meet at North Gate – NE175th Ave. & NE Pacific
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Description: SOLV Cleanup at Nadaka Nature Park. Removing invasives and trash in the 10 acre forested portion of the park. Preparing for Community Festival...Read More »

The Intertwine Features Nadaka

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.

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MetroEast Community Media Hosts Friends of Nadaka

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.

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Nadaka in the News Again

The Gresham Outlook featured a section on “Exceptional Women” which featured the work Lee Dayfield has done at Nadaka.  Read about the “magic of Nadaka“.

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Walk & Talk at Nadaka

Come to Nadaka this Saturday,     April 12th at 10am for a Walk & Talk thru Nadaka.  We will meet at the North gate – NE 175th & NE Pacific.  There will be an Invasive Species Specialist from the City of Gresham, someone from the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to...Read More »

Eagle Scout Project Includes New Bench


Joey Wojtas of Scout Troop 606 chose Nadaka to do his Eagle Scout Service Project in the Fall of 2013.  This was not the first time Troop 606 has done a project at Nadaka and their Scouts continue to volunteer at Nadaka.

Joey organized the project which included clearing a...Read More »

Nadaka Receives Oregon State Parks Grant


   We are thrilled to announce that our Nadaka Neighborhood Park project grant submitted to the Oregon Parks & Recreation has been awarded funds in the amount $523,480.  Nadaka was ranked #11 out of 35 applications and only 22 were funded. 

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Cleanup & Boulder Moving With 671 Engineering Company of Army Reserves

On June 15 & 16, 2013 the 671st Engineering Company of the Army Reserves came out to Nadaka to move boulders out along NE Glisan.  They also worked with other volunteers removing weeds from the future community garden area.

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Nadaka Urban Forestry Service Learning Project

This Spring 2013, Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Friends of Nadaka and the City of Gresham are collaborating with Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) to develop and implement a service learning project at Nadaka.

With funding from the City of Gesham and East Multnomah Soil & Water...Read More »

Stepping Up to Restore Parks

Nadaka made news in the Oregonian April 27, 2013 when Lee Dayfield was interviewed about her involvement to improve the park.  Read More

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Early Neighborhood Meeting on Proposed Nadaka Neighborhood Park - Land Use/Development Application

Title: Early Neighborhood Meeting on Proposed Nadaka Neighborhood Park – Land Use/Development Application
Location: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan, Gresham, OR 97230
Description: This meeting is being held to discuss a proposed project; Nadaka Neighborhood Park, located adjacent to St. Aidan’s church. The property can be legally identified...Read More »

Boulders For The Nature Based Play Area In The News

The Saturday, March 30, 2013 Oregonian did a story on the boulders to be used in the nature based play area.  Even without being officially in the nature based play area they are already being enjoyed.  Check out the gallery for more photographs of the boulders.

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Join SOLVE at Nadaka for Earth Day Cleanup

There is a SOLVE event scheduled again this year on Saturday, April 20th from 9 am untl 1 pm.  Join other Friends of Nadaka to help improve the park.  If you know  students looking for community volunteer opportunities, Scouts, ball or soccer teams, church groups or businesses please pass on...Read More »

Nadaka Master Plan Approved by Gresham City Council

On December 18, 2012 the Gresham City Council unanimously approved the proposed revisions to the Nadaka Neighborhood Park Master Plan.  Thank you City Council.  And thanks to MIG, the Project Committee and the City staff for all the work in helping to craft the new plan and preparing and making...Read More »

Metro Council Refers Natural Areas Maintenance Levy to Voters

On December 18, 2012, the Metro Council unanimously approved a resolution referring a five-year parks and natural areas levy to voters in May 2013. If approved by voters, the levy will provide much needed funding for the restoration and long-term maintenance of natural areas that Metro has acquired and permanently protected...Read More »

Neighborhood Greening Exchange

On December 8th, our partner, the Audubon Society of Portland, is putting on a forum to exchange ideas about how to effectively carry out neighborhood-driven greenspace projects. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss strategies for outreach, community organizing, and fundraising for trails, community gardens, natural area acquisition and...Read More »

Results of Neighborhood Canvassing

Thanks to those who volunteered their time to canvas on behalf of Nadaka on November 17 – Jim Labbe, Gladys Ruiz, Tamara Layden and Lee Dayfield.  We knocked on at least 200 doors at the Pine Square Apartments, Madrona Place Apartments and Rockwood Building apartments.  We were able to personally...Read More »

Nadaka In The News

Check out this article in the Saturday, November 17th Oregonian.  It is not mentioned in this article but the progress at Nadaka has been accomplished with the support of too many individuals to list here or in the newspaper article.  Thank you to all our Friends.  There are...Read More »

Plans for Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project

View the revised plan prepared by MIG and reviewed by the Project Committee and interested neighbors for the development at the South edge of Nadaka along NE Glisan.  This revised plan will go before the Gresham City Council for final approval on December 18th at 3:00 pm.
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Grant for Camp Fire History Kiosk at Nadaka

The Friends of Nadaka with the partnership of Human Solutions has received a $1000 matching grant through the City of Gresham’s Arts & Cultural Assistance Grant Program for a Camp Fire history kiosk at Nadaka.

Camp Fire historian, Nancy King will be designing the display and Jerry King will...Read More »

Thank You for Nadaka Community Festival

A big Thank You goes out to all the generous sponsors of the 2nd Annual Nadaka Community Festival–Albertson’s at NE 181st, Audubon Society of Portland, City of Gresham, Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist, EarthH2O, Friends of Nadaka, Meyer Memorial Trust, Owens Corning Gresham, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and the Wilkes East...Read More »

Metro East Community Hotline Interview

Lee Dayfield from Friends of Nadaka and Jim Labbe, Audubon Society of Portland were recently interviewed to discuss the Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project. The interview can be seen here.

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MIG Firm Hired

With the Project Collaborators using the Columbia Slough Watershed Council as a fiscal agent MIG was hired in May 2012 to begin meeting with the Project Committee, reviewing and refining the Master Plan, developing a site survey, preparing construction documents and permitting.  Project Committee meetings are...Read More »

Nadaka Article in New Publication

In the 2nd Edition of “Wild in the City Exploring the Intertwine” on page 287 you will find the Nadaka Nature Park story. The book has many wonderful hikes in the Portland Vancouver region’s network of parks, trails and natural areas and can be purchased thru OSU.

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Outlook Article Features Upcoming Festival

Nadaka Nature Park’s upcoming Nadaka Community Festival is featured in an article in the Monday, June 25th edition of the Outlook. The festival will be on August 11th, from 9 am until 3 pm.

Check out the article and we hope to see you there.


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