Free Beneficial Insect Workshop with EMSWCD

Beneficial Insect Workshop
Saturday, November 4th
9 AM-11:30 AM
St. Aidan’s Church – Murdock Hall, 17405 NE Glisan St.
Join us for a free workshop on beneficial insects and  learn how they work around the clock to protect your garden from pests. Meet the diverse cast of predators that provide free pest control, discover plant types and management practices that provide food, water, and shelter to attract and sustain beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.

This event is presented by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and hosted bySt. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and Friends of Nadaka.

For more information about this event contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or

7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival- Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Nadaka Community Festival a marvelous success! This year we over 400 participants, 3 performances, and 35 partnering organizations & businesses, 28 of which hosted a community booth!

Nadaka is especially grateful for the generous donation of the magnificent bronze otter and raven by Joan Albertson, the creators of the sculptures, artists Rip Caswell & son Chad Caswell, as well as the work done by Lee Dayfield and Gresham Outdoor Public Art for making the installation and reveal of these beautiful art pieces possible.

A shout out to our wonderful performers/artists, Albertsons & Organically Grown Co. for donating refreshments, Starbucks for donating coffee for volunteers, Rockwood PUD for supplying water. Thank you to our Volunteers/Team Leaders, and the STRYVE & SummerWorks interns who made this an amazing event! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Photos will be posted on the Friends of Nadaka Facebook and 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 or post them on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing everyone at the park this fall!

Photos by:                                                                                                                     Gresham Outlook -Christopher Keizur- Bronze Statue,                                                     Kalvin Rattanavong- Aztec Dancers

Festival Sponsor

  • Albertsons on 181st & Glisan
  • City of Gresham
  • Metro
  • Owens Corning
  • St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church

Festival Donors

  • Organically Grown Company
  • Rockwood PUD
  • Starbucks

Participating Organizations & Businesses

  • Audubon Society of Portland
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • City of Gresham Fire Department
  • City of Gresham Police Department
  • COG Master Recycler Program
  • Columbia Slough Watershed Council
  • Cub Scout Pack 214
  • CVIP-Citizens Volunteering in Policing
  • East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Friends of Trees
  • Gresham’s ATP (Active Transportation Plan)
  • Johnsons Creek Watershed Council
  • Kwianis Club-Rockwood Chapter
  • MHCC –Early Head Start Program/Transiciones Programa
  • Multnomah County Office
  • Multnomah County Elections / Voter Education and Outreach
  • Multnomah County Library
  • Northwest Family Services
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Reynolds Education Association
  • Rockwood Rising Project
  • Rosewood Initiative
  • STRYVE- Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere
  • Voter Registration Multnomah County
  • Wallace Medical Concern

 Performers & Artists

  • Aztec Dancers
  • Terry Baber NW Panman – Steel Drums
  • Russian Folk Music with Natalia Hougan

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 here in The Outlook.

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.

Register at:

or by calling 971-231-4191.


SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup at Nadaka! – Saturday, 9/23

Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday, September 23rd from 9 AM to 12 PM ! 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:

Date & Time: Saturday, September 24th,  9 AM -12 PM

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 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.

Fall Bird & Nature Walk with Audubon Society of Portland – 9/30 at 9 AM

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. For more information about this event contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or
Location: Nadaka Nature Park 17615 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97230

Dates & Times: Saturday, 9/30,  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.

Photography by: © Michael J. Andersen, CA, Lake Hodges, San Diego County, Feb. 2010

Volunteer at the 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival This Saturday Aug., 12th!

Celebrate Nadaka Nature Park – be a volunteer!

Celebrate Nadaka Nature Park and volunteer at the 7th Annual Nadaka Festival on Saturday, August 12th. Nadaka Nature Park, situated between NE Glisan & NE Pacific at NE 175th, is a delightful 10-acre natural space acquired by the City of Gresham in 1995. The park had only limited access until the purchase of adjacent 2 acres in 2009. Today, thanks to a network of diverse partners including the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project has developed a thriving community garden, nature-based play area, and provides a wide range of community programs. Help us celebrate the beautiful growth of this community and natural space by donating your time to the festival!

 What: Nadaka Nature Park Festival; a free family-friendly event

When: Saturday, August 12thh, 2017.

Event time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:

Shift 1: Event Setup 9:00am – 12:00pm

Shift 2: Event 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Shift 3: Cleanup 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Sign up by following this link to the volunteer registration form.


  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Self-directed and willing to take initiative.
  • Currently seeking volunteers at least 16 years of age.
  • Willing to interact with children.
  • Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a busy fair/festival atmosphere.
  • Spanish helpful but not necessary.


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Fatland at

By phone: (503) 281-1132.


August Tadpole Tales At Nadaka!- Thursday 8/3/17

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 but it is not mandatory, no charge for adults at time of event or if donation causes financial hardship. Meet at the picnic structure.

 Register at: call 503-956-8558.

Thursday, Aug., 3rd 10 AM- 11 AM

17615 NE Glisan Street Portland, OR 97230- Nadaka Nature Park Picnic Shelter

For more information, contact Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or email at


7th Annual Nadaka Park Community Festival! – Saturday 8/12

It is time for the 7th Annual Nadaka Community Festival! This fun and exciting event will be at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham on August 12th from Noon to 3:00 PM! This is a free event for the community with:

~Aztec dancers who will perform in the meadow
~Free food
~Activities for all ages
~Portland Audubon’s live educational birds
~Face painting
~Live music
~Community booths with information and activities
~Noon – Unveiling of “Celebrating Nature” a generous gift to Nadaka Nature Park from Joan Albertson. A Bronze Otter by Artist Rip Caswell and a Raven by Artist Chad Caswell. Gresham Outdoor Public Art.

Date & Time: Saturday, August 12th Noon to 3 PM
Address: 17615 NE Glisan Street, Gresham, OR 97230.

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.


Don’t Forget to Register For This Saturday’s Nadaka Tea Fundraiser!

Don’t forget to register for the Third Annual Nadaka Nature Park Tea Fundraiser THIS Saturday, June 17th at 12 PM!
Register Here:
Thursday, June 15th at 8 PM is the last day to register!
Cost: $25 per person

Enjoy a variety of delicious teas, scones, sandwiches and desserts. After a raffle for local art, gift cards, & photography, join us for a guided tour of Nadaka Nature Park. This is your opportunity to dress up, mingle, and show Nadaka Nature Park how much you care! Prizes will be awarded for the best hat!

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