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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

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

Oct 29 - No Ivy Day 2016

Join us on October 29, 2016, for Portland Parks & Recreation's annual citywide effort to remove invasive ivy. Gather across the greater Portland area to show your support for our treasured local ecology!

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Portland Parks & Recreation Sites

Baltimore Woods
Join Friends of Baltimore Woods and Portland Parks & Recreation to remove invasive non-native species, including English ivy, clematis, and Himalayan blackberry. Invasive species removal restores wildlife habitat and to encourages native species regeneration to prevent erosion and water run-off. Please wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome but children must be supervised by an adult.

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: N Catlin Ave, & N Decatur St.
  • For more information, contact Isabel LaCourse at 503-729-0318 or 

Forest Park
Join the No Ivy League for a morning of ivy removal in Forest Park. Gather here on October 29 for Forest Park volunteer events and join us afterwards for our celebration! Volunteers meeting here will hike ~1 mile to our ivy removal location in the park. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided.

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: 2960 NW Upshur Street, Portland, Oregon 97210
  • Site Coordinator: Mary Verrilli,, 503-823-3681

Hoyt Arboretum
Join PP&R and Hoyt Arboretum Friends to aid in the removal of ivy from the arboretum. Come out and explore the arboretum and help keep this important natural area healthy. Volunteers will hike 10-15 minutes to the work site. Come prepared to get dirty, dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, coffee and KIND snacks provided.

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Address: Meet at the visitor center maintenance yard.
  • Site Coordinator: Mark McKinney; for day of event questions only, contact Mark at 503-823-6229
  • For more information please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or

Johnson Lake
Johnson Lake Property has lots of small patches of ivy scattered throughout the site. We will spread out through the park to hunt and pull ivy as we find it, and keep it from taking over the native plant habitat! 

Please wear long pants and sleeves, and closed toed shoes, and bring a reusable water bottle. we will provide snacks, and juice and water for your enjoyment. All tools and gloves will be provided. 

  • Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
  • Address: Meet at the end of NE Colfax Street, off of NE 92nd. (Park address is 5850 NE 92nd Dr - but use above location)
  • For more information contact: Yoko Silk 503-278-1341

Marquam Park
Join PP&R and the Friends of Marquam Nature Park to continue ivy removal Marquam Nature Park! Help restore this beautiful and important natural area by removing ivy. This event is family friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

Riverview Natural Area
Join Portland Parks & Recreation in removing English ivy. Help restore this natural area to benefit wildlife habitat and native plant species. This is a is family friendly event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

Springwater Corridor trail 
Join the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association Greening Committee, Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Portland Parks & Recreation to remove ivy and other invasive plant species in this area that hosts red-legged frog (a sensitive species) and western red-backed salamander. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea, on site portable toilet, KIND Snacks and homemade treats provided. Wear long sleeved shirts, thick pants and sturdy boots. Terrain is hilly, with some potentially wet areas so bring rubber boots if you have them. Tri-met bus: #71 (+ walk less than 1/3 mile west along the SCT.) Bike/Walk on the Springwater Corridor trail:

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Meet at: SE 128th and the Springwater Corridor trail, just north of Foster Road where Reedway intersects with SE 128th. Street parking. Please be aware not to block neighbors’ driveways.
  • For more information contact Dolores: or Courtney:
  • Call/text Susan at 503-823-5937 day of event.

Woods Memorial Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Woods and to help remove invasive ivy and to benefit the health of Woods Creek. Meet at the top of the Stairway Trail. Parking is available at the entrance by the gate. Please carpool as parking is limited. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

Partner Sites

Homewood Park Ivy Pull
Homewood Park is a 1.25 acre, forested park in the Hector Campbell Neighborhood of Milwaukie. A short walking trail connects Home Avenue to SE Garrett Drive under a canopy of mature Douglass firs. This project will focus on removing ivy from the forest floor to make room for a more diverse native plant population. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring a water bottle and your favorite pair of gloves. NCPRD will provide tools, extra gloves, drinks, and snacks.

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12 PM
  • Address: 10821 SE Home Ave Milwaukie, OR
  • Site Coordinator: Matt Jordan,, 971-313-2031

Nettle Creek
Join the Tryon Creek Watershed Council (TCWC) as we restore Nettle Creek, an important tributary located in Lake Oswego. This beautiful urban stream has become overgrown with invasive ivy and we need your help! Please come dressed ready to work outside with sturdy shoes, long pants, and weather-appropriate clothing. TCWC will provide gloves, tools, snacks, and water. Due to the steepness of the site, we recommend volunteers ages 12 and up.

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Address: Intersection of Andrews Road and Atwater Road Lake Oswego, OR 97034
  • Site Coordinator: TCWC Volunteer Coordinator Adra Lobdell, (904) 476-5592

Bosco Farm Park Ivy Pull 
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bosco Farm Park! At this event we are partnering with the PP&R No Ivy League ito remove non-native English Ivy from Bosco Farm Park. Bosch Farm Park is located at 3601 N.E. 39th St. Vancouver, WA. You should wear weather-appropriate clothing (and clothes you don't mind getting dirty!), long pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle if you have one. Light refreshments and water will be provided. If you (or anyone in your group) are under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be signed. Please go to and print the minor consent form. Please have your parent or guardian complete this form and bring with you to the event. If you have any questions please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Llewellyn, at (360) 397-6118 ext. 1627 or

  • Time: 9:00AM - 12:00 PM
  • Address: 3601 N.E. 39th St. Vancouver, WA 
  • Site Coordinator: Karen Llewellyn 360-397-6118 X1627

Noble Woods Park
Help us remove invasive English ivy at Noble Woods Park. All of the tools, supplies, water, and work gloves needed for the project will be provided. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup. 

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Address: 23480 W Baseline Road (North Entrance) Hillsboro, OR 97123 
  • Site Coordinator: Scott Crowell 503-330-4252

Nadaka Nature Park
Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday, October 29th 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! 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.

  • Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • 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.

Boutwell Creek
The Oswego Lake Watershed Council invites you to join us as we restore Boutwell Creek, an important tributary to Oswego Lake. This creek lies mostly on private property and has become neglected and overgrown with invasive species. We need your help to improve this important creekside property!

This site is in the final stages of restoration and will require removing invasive plants like English ivy and shiny geranium. This work party is a great way to give back to the environment, meet others in the community, and to experience a beautiful creek not often seen by the public!

Please wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and weather-appropriate clothing. OLWC will provide tools, gloves, and snacks. We work rain or shine so come prepared for the weather.

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: 910 Fairway Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 
  • Site Coordinator: Adra Lobdell (904) 476-5592