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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 858
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Susan Hawes,


Mary Verrilli,


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Natural Area Stewardship

  • Bring a friend, a neighbor or a coworker! Community members volunteer with the No Ivy League at Forest Park

  • Remove invasive plants! Volunteers celebrate a great day pulling invasive Garlic Mustard

  • Plant a tree...or two, or three! Volunteers from Trillium High School planted native trees and shrubs at Whitaker Ponds

  • Explore your city! Open volunteer event at Terwilliger Nature Park.

  • Spread the love...and the mulch! Student volunteers at Columbia Children's Arboretum give their neighborhood natural area some love

  • Build something new! Students from Columbia Christian High School with Portland Parks staff built a split rail fence at Kelley Point Park


Please visit our new stewardship website at for all current volunteer opportunities


The Natural Area Stewardship program works with volunteers to help restore our natural areas to encourage native species regeneration, provide habitat to wildlife and insects, and provide safe trails to park visitors. We do this through various volunteer projects such as invasive species removal, native planting and plant maintenance, fence building, and trail work. We host monthly volunteer events in our natural areas throughout Portland. All events are family-friendly and open to all ages unless otherwise noted.