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 to organizations and five to individuals.
Check out the article published in the November Portland Monthly issue and the video at the bottom was shown at the gala event.
In November voters will have a chance to support continued stewardship in our local and regional natural areas. Renewal of the Regional Natural Area Levy will directly support stewardship work on Metro-owned natural areas in Gresham (e.g. Gresham Buttes and Grant Butte Wetlands) as well as support local grants like the ones supporting conservation education at Nadaka Nature Park. Please vote yes on 26-178!
This Measure renews the 2013 parks and natural areas levy twithout raising taxes. A home assessed at $200,000 would continue to pay just $20 a year. That’s a small price to pay to protect our area’s clean water and some of our most beautiful natural areas.
For more information about this Measure check out the Metro website.
Join the Friends of Nadaka at the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Slough Celebration Gala event on February 5, 2016. Its really exciting that the Nadaka Park & Garden Project will be receiving an Achievement Award.
Click here for more information and to order your tickets now.
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.
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.