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Friends of Natural Areas

What is a Friends Group?
Friends groups are made up volunteers, neighbors, co-workers, and park lovers who come to a natural area on a regular basis, usually once a month, but sometimes quarterly, to do hands-on restoration with the support of Portland Parks & Recreation staff. While activities vary with the seasons, friends groups are regularly involved in removing invasive weeds, planting native plants, building fences and trails, picking up litter, monitoring plants and wildlife, and more! We supply the gloves, tools, training, plants, and snacks and the friends group provides the people, smiles, laughs, energy, and advocacy for the long-term health and beauty of Portland's parks and natural areas.

Friends groups are the heart of our natural area parks!
Get to know some of our existing friends of natural areas below. You can see where they work, what their goals are, who is involved, and what the schedules are for restoration events and meetings. Don't see a friends group for your favorite natural area? Interested in starting one with a group of your neighbors? Call us and we will help you make it happen!

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Friends of Tideman Johnson
First Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except January and July-September). (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time changes.) Join PP&R and the Friends of Tideman Johnson to maintain plantings, plant native plants, mulch or remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instructions, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meet at SE 37 & Tenino, south of SE Crystal Springs Blvd. Walk down the hill to the boardwalk. TriMet #75, SE 45 & Crystal Springs Blvd bus stop (walk west on Crystal Springs Blvd then south on SE 37). Bike/walk the Springwater Corridor trail to the park: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/springwatermap. For more information or to RSVP, contact Susan at 503-823-6131 or susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov. Call Susan at 503-823-5937 on day of event.

Forest Park
First & third Saturday of the month, 8:45 AM-noon (except major holiday weekends or in case of severe weather. Major holiday weekends include Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). Join PP&R's No Ivy League for ivy and invasive plant removal. Meet at our Field Headquarters near the Lower Macleay trailhead (2960 NW Upshur) before 8:45 AM. Wear weather-appropriate, grubby clothing. We'll provide gloves and tools. For more info, contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

No Ivy League
First & third Wednesday of the month, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Join local volunteers and the No Ivy League for mid-week restoration and invasive plant removal. Meet at our Field Headquarters near the Lower Macleay trailhead (2960 NW Upshur). Wear weather-appropriate, grubby clothing. We'll provide gloves and tools. For more info, contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

The Forest Park Conservancy
Every Thursday, 9:00 AM-noon. Join the Forest Park Conservancy, one of PP&R's community partners, to improve Forest Park's hiking trails and native vegetation. Removing invasive plants, mending hiking trails, planting native shrubs, or just hiking and pruning are some of the restoration activities. Contact Mikala at 503-223-5449 x106 for meeting location (varies). More info at www.forestparkconservancy.org

Laurelhurst Park
Second Wednesday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (April-October). Join PP&R staff and neighborhood volunteers to clean up shrub beds and add native plants to the park. Meet at the restroom building on SE Ankeny. Dress for the weather; tools and gloves will be provided. For more info, email Vince at vincent.moore@portlandoregon.gov

Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project
Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except December-February). (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time changes.) Join PP&R, the Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project and Hands On Portland to maintain plantings, plant native plants, mulch or remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instructions, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meeting site changes each month, although project sites are always located along the Springwater Corridor trail, between SE 82 & 111. RSVP through Hands On Portland to learn this month's project location: handsonportland.org. TriMet #14, 19, 71 & 72, depending upon meeting location. Bike/walk the Springwater Corridor trail to the site: www.PortlandOregon.gov/parks/springwatermap. For more information, contact LSHRP coordinator Ed Kerns at edkerns@aracnet.com or 503-234-4947. Call Susan at 503-823-5937 on day of event.

Friends of Powell Butte
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except December) Join PP&R, Friends of Powell Butte, and Hands On Portland to rebuild and restore the trail and fence systems, maintain native plantings, and remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Volunteers must be at least age 16 (without adult supervision) or age 8 (with adult supervision). Younger children must be accompanied by adults, and volunteers under age 18 must have a parent sign our liability form. Volunteers must be able to hike up to 5 miles with the group. Meet at Gates Park, SE 138 & Holgate Blvd. TriMet #17, SE 136 & Holgate bus stop. Note that the group will be hiking quite a distance from the parking lot, so be on time to be sure to meet up with the group. For more information, contact Susan at susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6131. Call Robert at 503-823-6729 on day of event only. RSVP is required through Hands On Portland: handsonportland.org. Type in Powell Butte and zip code 97266.

Friends of Ross Island Natural Area
Monthly, May-October only. Help the Friends of Ross Island restore this beautiful urban greenspace. Paddle from the Portland Boathouse (1515 SE Water Ave) to Ross Island. Along the way, learn about the history of the island, its ecological value, and the vision for its future. Canoes will be provided free of charge by Willamette Riverkeeper for those volunteers who do not have their own. Children are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult. Limited to 25 volunteers per work party. Registration is required: contact Marissa at marissa.dorais@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7016.

Friends of Terwilliger & West Willamette Restoration Partnership
Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except June, July & August). Join PP&R, the Friends of Terwilliger, and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership in removing invasive non-native species, including English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and clematis. Meet at the restrooms on SW Terwilliger & Hamilton. For more info, contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

Friends of Errol Heights
Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon. (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time changes.) Join PP&R and the Friends of Errol Heights to maintain trails and plantings, plant native plants, mulch, or remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instructions, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meet at SE 45 & Tenino Drive, unless noted otherwise on the Stewardship Calendar. TriMet #75. For more information or to RSVP, contact Susan at susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6131. Call Susan at 503-823-5937 on day of event.

South Portland Riverbank Partners
Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except August & December). Help restore the banks along the Willamette River between Willamette Park and the Sellwood Bridge. Meet at the picnic shelter at the south end of Willamette Park. Please bring water and gloves. To register, contact Marissa at marissa.dorais@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7016.

Friends of Woods Park
Fourth Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except December). Join the Friends of Woods Park in removing invasive non-native species, including English ivy, clematis, laurel, and Himalayan blackberry, and replacing them with native plants. Trail work is done on a seasonal basis in the summer months. Meet at the Stairway Trail entrance off SW Woods Pkwy. Parking is available at the SW 45 entrance by the gate. For more info, contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

Friends of Marquam Nature Park
Last Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon. (Sign up at handsonportland.org for the December work party.) Join PP&R, the Friends of Marquam Nature Park, and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership in removing English ivy and other invasive species from the park. Trail maintenance and plantings are done on a seasonal basis. Gloves and tools are supplied or you may bring your own. Please bring a water bottle if you have one, and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Meeting location varies by month: contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423 for directions.

Friends of Mt Tabor Park Weed Warriors
Last Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (March-October) (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time additions and changes.) Join PP&R and the Friends of Mt Tabor Park Weed Warriors to remove invasive species, maintain plantings, plant native plants, or mulch. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meet at the main parking lot in Mt Tabor Park (next to the amphitheater, basketball court, and restrooms), accessed by SE 60 & Salmon or SE 69 & Yamhill. TriMet #71 to SE 60& Salmon (follow Salmon to park entrance and up the hill) or #15 to SE 69 & Yamhill (follow SE 69 into park and take entrance to the right) . For more information or to RSVP contact Alexa at AlexaTodd.FMTP@gmail.com or Susan at 503-823-6131. Call Alexa at 503-459-1425 or Mary at 503-287-6959 on day of event.


Friends of Hoyt Arboretum
View volunteer activities or call 503-865-8733.


Elk Rock Island Walking Patrol
Concerned about safety in the neighborhood parks? Want to know what you can do about it? Join the Elk Rock Island Walking Patrol. Learn who to call for assistance: the local police, park rangers, and code compliance staff are committed to respond to various situations - park damage, emergencies, bad behavior, etc. For more info, contact Marissa at marissa.dorais@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7016.


Arbor Lodge Park
Join neighbors to weed and maintain the park without chemicals! Meet at the west ballfield between N. Dekum & Bryant. For more info about the next scheduled work party, email Ginger.