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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Meet the Staff

   

Cuh

Born in Klamath Falls, OR.

This is her second summer at NDC.

She enjoys hiking and listening to animals.

She also likes hanging out with friends, volunteering, and listening to music.

Clover

Born in Ethiopia.

This is her first summer at NDC.

She enjoys hiking and camping.

Outside of work, she likes playing soccer, hanging out with friends and sleeping.

Mockingbird

Born in El Paso, TX.

This is her second summer at NDC.

She enjoys hiking, exploring, and observing nature - especially cool and useful native plants.

She also likes biking and finding the perfect raspberry.

Sequoia

Born in Austin, TX

This is her second summer working at NDC.

Her favorite nature activities are birdwatching and looking at trees.

Outside of work, she likes swimming and reading.

Roly Poly

Born in Portland, OR

This is her first summer at NDC.

She enjoys running wild into the fresh air.

She also likes hiking!

Caribou

This is their first summer with NDC.

They enjoy long walks on the beach, hikes with friends and plant identification.

Playing piano, reading and staying hydrated.

Ookami

Born in Seattle, Washington.

This is his first summer at NDC.

One of his favorite activities in nature is to go on long hikes in the rain when no one else is out hiking

Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering at the Oregon Zoo, rereading the Harry Potter series, and speed-solving Rubik's Cubes.

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Squid

Born in Reno, NV.

This is her fifth year with NDC.

She loves to catch grasshoppers, roll down hills and climb trees to lay on their branches.

At home, she enjoys playing guitar, reading and singing.

Pangolin

Born in Portland, OR.

This is her second summer at NDC.

Her favorite nature activities are camping, hiking and swimming.

She also joins writing, painting, photography and reading.

 

Scorpion

Born in Portland, OR

This is his first year with NDC.

He enjoys looking for bugs.

He also enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with friends.

 

Ginger

Born in Portland, OR

She enjoys taking a hike after studying to relax.

She also likes dancing, camping and reading a good book.

 

Moose

Born in Portland, OR

This is her first year with NDC.

She loves to hike, backpack, ski and just be outside.

She also likes trail running, piano and reading.

   

Sushi

Born Portland, OR

Her second year with NDC. She also was with the Teen Naturalist Team for 4 years.

Enjoys looking at nature and reading about it.

Outside of work she likes to read, hang out with friends & have fun.

 

Wren

Born in Stamford, CT

This is her ninth year with NDC.

She loves spending time exploring in nature, including looking for and listening to birds!

When she's not at work, Wren might be teaching yoga, meditating, knitting or spending time with her husband working on their house.

 

Shrew

Born in Portland, OR.

This is her second year at NDC.

She loves hiking, camping and learning about new plants while out in nature. 

In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing lacrosse and volunteering at the library and with Special Olympics.

 

Paper

Born in Bakersfield, CA

This is his sixth year with NDC.

His favorite thing to do in nature is hiking and being among the trees.

He also enjoys listening to music.

 

Porpoise

Born in Portland, OR

This is his first year as paid staff with NDC - he's also been a Teacher Apprentice and a camper!

His favorite things to do in nature are to backpack, boat camp and explore.

He also likes to longboard and snowboard.

 

Oxalis

Born in Portland, OR. 

This is her second year at NDC.

She enjoy leading hikes with kids, playing teambuilding games, listening to the songs of birds in silent sit spots, white water kayaking, and identifying new plants when I'm in nature.

She also enjoys writing, reading, drawing, sewing, baking, cooking, and having a good time with close friends.

   

Ember

Born in Portland, OR.

This is her third summer with NDC.

Her favorite things to do in nature are hiking, reading and listening to music outside.

She also enjoys drawing.

Hubble

Born in Portland, OR.

This is her first summer with NDC.

She likes to ski, hike and wander.

She also likes playing in her bagpipe band.

 

Balsam

Born in Ft. Dodge, IA

This is her 10th summer with NDC

She likes to walk her dog, hike, swim in lakes and fly kites at the coast!

She also enjoys to play the guitar, write, read, run, bike, make/edit videos and dabble in photography

 

Columbia

Born in Portland, OR

This is her first year with NCD

She likes that she always gets to experience something new - even if she has been there 100 times.

She also enjoys reading and cooking.

Cactus

Born in Ojo de Agua, Michoacán, Mexico.

This is her third summer with NDC.

She loves hiking in natural areas and seeing the children excited about nature and edible plants.

In her free time she likes traveling and meeting diverse people.

Racoon

Born in Miami, Fl

This is his first year as paid staff with NDC - he's also been a Teacher Apprentice and a camper!

He likes to hike, backpack, explore and play camouflage.

He has practiced Taekwondo for 4 years and also practices Jiu-Jitsu.

Fern

Born in Hillsboro, OR

She loves to listen in nature.

She also plays softball.

Gnome

Born in Portland, OR

She feels the best and most connected to the world while in nature. She really likes building forts and fairy houses.

She likes to travel, hike, swim, read and learn new things!

Tree

Born in Sacramento, CA

This is my first year with NDC!

In nature Tree likes to walk around, make cordage, hang out with people and look at different plants.

Other interests are playing softball, video games and swimming.

Hazelnut

Born in Portland, OR

This is her first year with NDC.

She loves to meet new critters anywhere outside.

She also plays the cello.

Iris

Born in Mogadishu, SOMALIA

This is her third year with NDC.

She likes to hike be away from the noise of the city.

She likes to teach children about the environment.

 

Dirt

Born in Saigon, Vietnam

One of his favorite activities in nature is to sit and stare out into the world.

He likes walking, biking and sports.