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No Ivy Day - October 24, 2015




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Portland Parks & Recreation Sites

Baltimore Woods
PP&R and the Friends of Balitmore Woods invite you to join us for the removal of English ivy and other invasive weeds in beautiful Baltimore Woods! Our work area for the day is on recently-acquired public property adjacent to Cathedral Park and it really needs some love. Help us get it ready to be a healthier place for people and wildlife! We'll provide gloves, tools, training, and snacks. Volunteers will meet at the intersection of N. Edison & N. Alta Ave and work from 9am-noon. This site has a capacity of 30 people. Visit for more details.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: N. Edison St and N. Alta Ave Portland, OR 97203

Site Coordinator: Marissa Dorais,, 503-823-7016

Forest Park - Lower Macleay
No Ivy League Field Headquarters. Gather here on October 25 for Forest Park work parties and afterward for our celebration! Volunteers meeting here will hike ~1 mile to our ivy removal location in the park.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: 2960 NW Upshur Portland, Oregon 97210

Site Coordinator: Kevin McWhirter,, 503-823-3681

Forest Park with Friends of Trees
Join Friends of Trees to pull invasive English ivy in preparation for future native tree planting in Forest Park! Our Forest Park sites are small and located in sensitive habitat, so we need to limit how many people can participate. Please REGISTER HERE to save your spot! We'll respond with the exact site location and other event details. Please arrive 8:45am to be registered and assigned to a crew. The event will start promptly at 9am. We provide breakfast snacks and hot chocolate/coffee, as well as gloves, tools, and guidance. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes and get ready to have fun! This planting is part of PP&R's No Ivy Day in partnership with Forest Park Conservancy and supported by REI. Please contact Jenny or Ian at 503-595-0213 if you have any questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Gateway Green
Gateway Green is envisioned as a 38-acre open space and recreation area. Connected to Portland's famed 40 Mile Loop (a pedestrian and bike route originally proposed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1904 and now nearly complete), and it is currently reachable by foot, bike, car, and light rail. Join the Friends of Gateway Green in ongoing invasive species removal! 

Time: 9am-noon

Address: NE 99th Ave & NE Pacific Portland, OR 97220
Meeting Spot: From Park & Ride structure, go through the Gateway MAX station to the I-205 Multi-Use Path, then north, by foot or by bike, on the MUP (toward Rocky Butte) about 1/4 mile, following the Friends of Gateway Green event signs.

Site Coordinator: Linda Robinson,

Gabriel Park - SW 45th entrance
Join PP&R and the newly formed Friends of Gabriel Park to remove ivy in the natural area and help restore this beautiful park. 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. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided.

Time: 9am-noon

AddressMeet at the parking lot by the tennis courts off of SW 45th Ave

Site Coordinator: Janelle St Pierre; on the day of event only, you can contact Janelle at 503-307-3426.

Please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or for more information

Lesser Park
Join PP&R and the Portland Community College Habitat Team in their effort to remove tree ivy in this natural area. 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. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: SW Haines and SW 57th Ave. Parking is available along the street and volunteers will meet at the trailhead.

Site Coordinator: Nathan Schulte; on the day of the event only, you can contact Nathan at 971-271-4278.

Please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or for more information.

Marshall Park - SW 18th Place entrance
Join the Friends of Marshall Park and neighbors in removing English ivy from this natural area. Let's make this beautiful natural area healthy for people and wildlife. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: SW 18th Place, meet at the park entrance

Site Coordinator: John DeLance

Please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or for more information.

Marquam Nature Park - SW 12th & Gaines
Partner with PP&R and the Friends of Marquam Nature Park to continue ivy removal in this recently updated entrance to beautiful Marquam Nature Park! Explore our new trail system and get the chance to remove ivy in this newly added area. 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. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: 3730 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97239

Site Coordinator: Charlie Nappi; on the day of event only, you can contact Charlie at 503-823-6537.

Please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or for more information.

Mt Tabor Park
Because we have done such a great job of removing ivy on Mt Tabor, we will actually be planting native plants on No Ivy Day - imagine that! A great way to celebrate our past ivy removal work on Tabor. Join PP&R, the No Ivy League, Friends of Mt Tabor Park, and other Weed Warriors community members. Please wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy walking shoes, and bring rain gear, a sunhat, and water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee, and KIND bars will be provided.

TIme: 9am-noon

Address: SE Salmon Way Portland, OR 97215
Meet at: Main parking lot on Mt Tabor (next to the basketball court and amphitheater), accessed by the SE 60th & Salmon park entrance.

Driving directions: I-84 East to the SE 58th Ave exit. From the exit, turn left onto Glisan and then immediately right onto SE 60th. Drive south on 60th. There is a traffic light at SE Salmon; turn left here and follow the road into the park to the main parking lot. OR drive west on SE Division to SE 60th, turn north (right) onto SE 60th and then right (east) onto SE Salmon at the traffic light.

TriMet #71 to the Salmon Street entrance: Take the first trail to the left when you enter the park and then take the next road to the left. #15 to the Yamhill Street entrance: walk up the right entrance road to the main parking lot.

Site Coordinator: Alexa Todd, FMTP Volunteer Coordinator,

Springwater Trail @ SE 128th Ave
Join the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association Greening Committee, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and PP&R to remove ivy and other invasive plant species in this area that hosts the red-legged frog (a sensitive species) and western red-backed salamander. Meet at SE 128th and the Springwater Corridor trail, just north of Foster Rd where Reedway intersects with SE 128th. Park alongside road; take care not to block neighbors' driveways. Instruction, tools, gloves, onsite porta-potty, coffee/tea, water, and treats provided. Dress for the weather: long sleeved shirts, thick pants, and sturdy boots or shoes (no open-toed shoes, please). Terrain is hilly, with some potentially wet areas. Volunteers needed: 20

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Address: Springwater Corridor Trail Portland, OR 97236

Site Coordinator: Susan Hawes,, 503-823-5937

Terwilliger Creek
The Homestead Neighborhood Association and Friends of Terwilliger are partnering with PP&R to work on an area along Terwilliger Creek. We may work in adjacent areas of Terwilliger Parkway, depending on number of volunteers and ivy growth. Meet at the picnic table by the restrooms at SW Hamilton & Terwilliger at 9am. Rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! We estimate volunteer capacity at 20 to 25.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: SW Terwilliger and SW Hamilton Portland, OR 97239

Site Coordinator: Susan Egnor,, 503-939-3828

Woods Memorial Natural Area
Join the Friends of Woods and PP&R to help build a new trail and remove invasive ivy. 

Time: 9am-noon

Address: SW Marigold and SW 48th Ave

Site Coordinator: Jeff Hough; on the day of event only, you can contact Jeff at 971-284-7754 

Mary Verrilli,, 503-823-9423

Partner Sites
Work sites hosted by other organizations.

Nadaka Nature Park
Join the City of Gresham Natural Resources Program and Friends of Nadaka in removing invasive ivy and other weeds in this unique natural area. This 10-acre forest in northwest Gresham was saved from development because it served as a day camp for the Camp Fire Organization for many decades. Today Nadaka is a city park that provides an island of native habitat and a place for the community to access and learn about nature. Visit to find out more about the park. Help restore the forest understory of this neighborhood treasure. We have capacity for 50 volunteers. We will provide gloves, tools, training, and refreshments.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: Meet at the park entrance on NE Glisan St, just before NE 178th Ave, in the parking lot next to St Aidan's Episcopal Church.

Site Coordinator: Ivy Watson,, 503-875-4392

Oak Creek HOA
Tryon Creek Watershed Council (TCWC) invites you to join us to remove ivy and other invasive species at the Oak Creek HOA. We invite members from the community to help restore this shared neighborhood green space. Volunteers will meet at the intersection of Vesta and SW Oak Creek Drive. TCWC will provide tools and snacks. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and rain gear depending on the weather. Also bring water and sun protection. Our volunteer capacity will be approximately 30 participants. Please RSVP with Adra Lobdell, the TCWC volunteer coordinator.

Time: 8:45am-noon

Address: SW Vesta St and SW Oak Creek Drive Portland, OR 97219

Site Coordinator: Adra Lobdell,, 904-476-5592

Spring Park Natural Area
Spring Park is a pocket park / natural area located on the Willamette waterfront in Milwaukie, OR. It owned and managed by North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD). The site contains a rare mix of wetland, grassland, and Oregon white oak / mixed deciduous ecosystems, which provide habitat to numerous species of mammals, birds, insects, and fish. Ivy is scattered throughout the roughly seven acres of natural area, where it suppresses native species establishment and growth. There is enough ivy present to occupy a group of 10 for 2-3 hours. Parking spaces are limited at the site, but can be found on the adjacent streets.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: SE Sparrow St and 19th Avenue Milwaukie, OR 97222

Site Coordinator:Zev Levine, NCPRD Natural Areas Program Coordinator, 971-313-2031

Sunlight Condos HOA Natural Areas Restoration Project
This 2-acre mixed Douglas fir, maple, and cedar woodland encompasses a community-owned natural area near the upper reaches of Sylvan Creek. Volunteers will focus on removing ground ivy from the understory of a flat, easy-to-access section of the forest. Clippers, loppers, and gloves will be available. Directions: From Beaverton (Hwy 26 or 217), take Barnes Rd/St Vincents Hospital exit. Travel east on SW Barnes Rd past hospital for 2 miles. Turn right onto SW Barnes at intersection with W Burnside. Site will be on your right. From Portland (via Hwy 26), take Sylvan exit 71B. Travel north on SW Skyline Blvd for 1.5 miles. Take left onto W Burnside Rd. Take left after half mile onto SW Barnes Rd. Site will be on your right.

Time: 9am-noon

Address: 6426 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97221

Site Coordinator: Michelle Delepine,, 503-490-4446 (mobile)

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a 670-acre natural area owned by Oregon Parks & Rec Dept. Dedicated volunteers have cleared over 200 acres of invasive species and are committed to removing the plants without the uses of chemicals. We can handle up to 100 volunteers. Check out Friends of Tryon Creek! Pull together to remove invasive English ivy and to protect our forest. Ivy out-competes our native plants, covers tree canopy stopping photosynthesis, takes over the forest floor, and ruins precious habitat. We choose to remove this ivy manually without chemicals in order to minimize damage to the ecosystem, so help from the greater community is very much appreciated. Hang out with fellow nature enthusiasts and give back to your community; we have the capacity to welcome up to 100 volunteers!

  • Registration is not required, but please call ahead with groups of 5 or more
  • Parking space is limited so carpooling is recommended if possible
  • All minors must be checked in at the Nature Center with their minor's insurance form signed by a parent/guardian (can be found on our website at
  • Anyone under 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Gloves and a light snack provided
  • Please bring your own water bottle
  • Please dress for the weather, to get dirty, and to be off trail (sturdy shoes and long pants are strongly suggested)
  • We usually need to hike at least 15-20 minutes to get to the spot where we will be working

Time: 9am-noon

Address:  11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, OR 97219

Site Coordinator: Sarah Kreisman,, 503-636-4398

Frequently Asked Questions

What is No Ivy Day?
No Ivy Day is an annual ivy removal event in Portland, Oregon started in 2003 focused on providing stewardship opportunities in our beloved natural areas while raising awareness of the challenges they face.

What is the schedule of events?

8:45am - Work parties begin around the city

Noon - Work wraps up

12:30 pm - Celebration at Lower Macleay begins. Refreshments, mingling, guest speakers

2:00 pm - Celebration winds down, thanks for another great year!

What should I bring to an ivy removal work party?
Please be prepared for dirty work - long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle are a must! Most work sites will provide gloves and tools unless specified; check out their site description to make sure.

What if I didn't RSVP for a work site by October 17?
Join us at Lower Macleay or head to high capacity sites such as Tryon Creek.

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