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: https://nadakateafundraiser2017.eventbrite.com
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!

For more information visit our website: www.friendsofnadaka.org



The Great Thou Art Day Camp!- At St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church/ Nadaka Nature Park

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About Great thou Art Camp 

Children from ages 6 to 12 spend one week-long session in which to discover the world of creating with creation itself.  Listening to a story of the earth and using the flora of our natural surroundings, campers will bring their own unique artistic interpretation together with found objects from nature to create beautiful art.   Campers will explore new skills and ideas through painting and drawing, music and dance, theater, book arts, fiber arts and more.

Dates: June 26-30th, Monday – Friday

Location: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church- 17405 NE Glisan Street, Gresham, OR 97230


Registration for the week-long session is open to children from ages 6 through 12 (both as of January 1st, 2017).  

Tuition and Camp Hours: Full Tuition: $205 per child, M-F, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$15 fee charged for every 15 minutes the child stays after camp is over.

Scholarship Candidate fee: $30 (Scholarship Form and documentation required.)

Campers need to provide their own sack lunch each day; water is available. No peanuts or nuts in lunches please.

QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT registrar.staidans@gmail.com


The camp’s supportive, process-oriented environment nurtures creativity and builds community.  Throughout the week everyone is encouraged to put into practice the Great thou Art Camp values of kindness, compassion, love for each other, and the earth.

Camp Celebration:On Friday at 2:30 pm, families will gather for the Great thou Art Camp Celebration to view all the beautiful artwork produced by our wonderful children during camp and to pick up campers’ art work.


At 9:00 am campers gather sign-in and assembly. There is a snack during morning studio, and approximately a one-hour-long lunch/recess break midday. At the end of each afternoon, campers meet again in their assigned groups for an afternoon assembly with campers sharing examples from each studio and sign-out. Camp ends at 3:00 pm.


3rd Annual Nadaka Tea Fundraiser!

Nadaka Tea Fundraiser

Join Friends of Nadaka for our 3rd Annual Nadaka Tea Fundraiser! Enjoy a variety of delicious teas, scones, sandwiches and desserts. After a raffle for local art, gift cards, photography & more, 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!

Reservations may be submitted for an individual or a group (max. 10) before Friday. June 9th, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Please submit only one request per person or group. Seating is limited so make your reservation now.

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Who: This year we are welcoming groups and well behaved children over the age of 6.

When: Saturday, June 17th 12 PM-2 PM.

Where: Murdock Hall, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland OR 97230

For more information and to register by phone contact Monica McAllister- Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator at monica@friendsofnadaka.org or call 503-956-8558.

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May Tadpole Tales at Nadaka Nature Park

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, no charge for adults at time of event or if donation causes financial hardship. Meet at the picnic structure.

 Register at https://nadakatadpoletalesmay.eventbrite.com or call 503-956-8558.

Thursday, May 11th 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 monica@friendsofnadaka.org.

 Future Dates & TimesFirst Thursday of the month starting in June, 10-11am

Thursday, June 1st 10am-11am

Thursday, July 6th 10am-11am

Thursday, August 3rd 10am-11am

4th Annual Pleasant Valley PLANT SWAP- Saturday April 29th

4th Annual Pleasant Valley PLANT SWAP

17625 S.E. Foster Rd. Gresham, OR 97080

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

 Rain or shine, gardeners gather to share and exchange plants and knowledge with all. The Plant Swap is hosted at Pleasant Valley Grade School. The main parking lot is on Richey Road just north of Foster. The site offers parking, and a small breezeway area with restrooms.

 Contact: Duane Werner, cell phone: 503-784-4528

Or email at duane_werner@frontier.com

 THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: NO SALES, Only exchanges and freebies, please. Tailgating Encouraged. Bring your plants from Propagation; grown from seeds, shovel pruned, reseeded plants, or extras from a large nursery purchase. Size doesn’t matter. The format for the trade is like a tailgate party. Traders exchange expert gardening information as well as plant materials. In two hours all the deals are sealed. We have plenty of parking.  Label your plants with botanical and common names, color, height, width, etc. if possible. Pictures are also great.

 FREE STUFF: The last half hour (11:30–12:00) you MAY be able to pick up some free plants from gardeners that are willing to give it away. Many gardeners generously share plants from the abundance of their gardens. This is an excellent way to begin your garden and an excellent way to thin out that giant patch of Shasta Daisies, etc.

 WHAT IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO TRADE: Cookies, chocolate, or breakfast items work like money at the Plant Swap!

 Rain or shine, gardeners gather to share and exchange

plants and knowledge with all.


SOLVE It for Earth Day Cleanup at Nadaka Tomorrow 4/22 at 9 AM !

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 22nd 9 AM-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: http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/nadaka-nature-park-cleanup

Date & Time: Saturday April 22nd 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 monica@friendsofnadaka.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.

Free Native Plant Workshop with EMSWCD & Nadaka Nature Park!

Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well together, and get tips to help them thrive! A slideshow will highlight their unique features and desired growing conditions so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard.

Register online at: www.emswcd.org/workshops

When: Thursday

Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church 17405 NE Glisan St, Portland, 97230.

Contact:  Katie Meckes at 503-222-7645 or Monica McAllister- monica@friendsofnadaka.org, 503-956-8558

This class is hosted in partnership by Friends of Nadaka, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

EGG HUNT AT NADAKA! Friday April 14th

Friday, April 14 From 4:00-5:30 P.M.
Address: 17550 NE PACIFIC ST. PORTLAND, OR 97230

Toddlers – 1st grade from 4:00-4:30pm
2nd grade and up from 4:30-5:00pm

Bring Your Own Basket!
All ages welcome!
Join us for fun!

Volunteers needed!!!
(you can call Fatima (503)998-6499)

• To help prepare the egg-hunt 3:00pm (spread the eggs)
• To give out the Prizes 5:00pm.
• To help clean after the egg-hunt event 5:30pm.

*The first 50 kids will receive a redeemable ticket for a Prize*
*200 kids will receive a goody bag*

Plant Swap at Bella Vista Park- Sunday, April 9th 1-3PM

Want to get FREE plants to enhance your landscape? Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council for the Northwest Neighborhood Plant Swap, Sunday, April 9 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Bella Vista Park, 401 NW Bella Vista Drive.

This plant swap event is for the community to share bulbs, seeds, and cuttings with neighbors. Gardening experts will be on hand to answer questions and assure that invasive plants are not being shared accidentally.

Come learn more about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. For more information visit the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.