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Oct 24 - No Ivy Day

NO IVY DAY 2015 RESULTS

  • 20 sites throughout the Portland area 
  • More than 290 volunteers participated in invasive plant removal, contributing more than 870 volunteer hours of labor to the fight against invasive species
  • 150 trees were cleared of ivy and more than 130,000 square feet (3 acres) of ground ivy was removed.

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NO IVY DAY 2015 SITES
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Portland Parks & Recreation Sites

Baltimore Woods
PP&R and the Friends of Baltimore 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; so come 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 Decatur St and N Caitlin Ave and work from 9am-12pm. This site has a capacity of 30 people. Visit friendsofbaltimorewoods.org for more details.

Elk Rock Island
PP&R and the Friends of Elk Rock Island  invite you to come out to help clean up this Portland gem! Elk Rock is in need of clean up and invasive removal and we could use your help. Remember to wear/bring: Long pants and closed-toed shoes, layers, hats and waterproof clothing for weather, full water bottles and work gloves or hand tools if you got 'em!

Forest Park - Lower Macleay
Join the No Ivy League for a morning of ivy removal in Forest Park. Gather here on October 24 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. 

Gabriel Park - SW 45th Street entrance
Join PP&R and the 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. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

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 mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov 

Marquam Nature Park and Terwilliger Park Joint event - SW Terwilliger Blvd. and SW Hamilton
Join PP&R, the Friends of Marquam Nature Park, Friends of Terwilliger and Homestead Neighborhood Association to continue ivy removal Marquam Nature Park and Terwilliger Park! Help restore these two beautiful and important natural areas 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. 

Marshall Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and 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, native plants and wildlife. 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. Street parking is available but please be aware not block neighbors' driveways.

River View 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. 

Rosemont Bluff
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and Rosemont Bluff neighbors to remove invasive species (ivy, blackberry, clematis) and pick up litter. Removing invasive species will allow native plants to regenerate and picking up litter will beautify this little neighborhood natural area! Wear long thick pants, a long sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and/or sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

  • Time: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Address: Meet at: NE 68th & Hassalo. Street parking. Please be aware not to block neighbors’ driveways. 
  • Tri-met bus: #19, NE 68th & Glisan bus stop. Walk north on NE 69th for .3 mile.
  • For more information or to RSVP contact Ted Hilton Walker: hiltonwalker.ted@gmail.com or Susan: susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6131. Call/text Susan at 503-823-5937 day of event. 

Springwater Corridor trail at SE 128th Avenue
Join the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association Greening CommitteeJohnson 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 portable toilet, coffee/tea, water, and snacks 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: 25

Sylvania Nature Area Park
The PCC Sylvania Habitat Restoration Team is happy to host another No Ivy Day volunteer event in our local natural area removing ivy. We will meet at Parking Lot 10 and walk to the site. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided.

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

Arnold Creek
Join Tryon Creek Watershed Council as we remove invasive ivy along Arnold Creek, an important tributary to Tryon Creek. We made a big impact on the ivy last year so we will be removing small patches that are starting to creep back up. This maintenance is an important step in removing ivy from the site completely and we need your help!

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. We will work rain or shine so come dressed for the weather. Tools, gloves, and snacks provided.

  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Location: 3135 SW Palatine Street, Portland, Oregon 97219.
  • Questions? Contact Adra Lobdell at volunteer@tryoncreek.org

Butler Creek North Fork
Help us remove ivy that is threatening trees and crowding out understory natives in this beautiful riparian corridor tucked away in a Gresham neighborhood. Please dress for the weather and for working in natural areas: sturdy, close-toed shoes, long sleeves and long pants, raingear if needed. Bring a water bottle. We will provide tools, gloves, and refreshments.

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Meet at the creek crossing between 1797 and 1933 SW Willow Parkway, Gresham.
  • Questions? Contact Ivy Watson, ivy.watson@greshamoregon.gov, 503-618-2383 for more information

Cedar Glenn
The Cedar Glenn condominium community comes together to help remove ivy from their neighborhood. Help remove ivy that is taking over the evergreen bushes behind the mailboxes down to the grassy knoll below our property. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts. Bring gloves, water bottle and clippers if you have them. Garbage bags will be provided. 

  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Meet at the western most mailboxes at SW 46th and Caldew.
  • Questions? Contact Pam Quale, pamajq@yahoo.com for more information.

James Abele Park
Come and join North Clackamas Parks & Recreation Department (NCPRD) in Happy Valley to help remove English Ivy from James Abele Park.The event will go on rain or shine, so dress appropriately and wear sturdy shoes. This is one of our first events in the neighborhood and we are very excited to meet a new group of committed neighbors. Please note: if you search "James Abele Park" through Google, it will take you to the wrong location on William Otty Street. 

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: 12953 SE Royal View Street for coffee and introductions
  • Site Coordinator: For questions contact Zev Levine at zlevine@clackamas.us or 971-313-2031

Nadaka Nature Park
Join Friends of Nadaka and City of Gresham Natural Resources program removing ivy and other invasive weeds as part of on-going habitat restoration efforts in this beautiful community park. Please dress for the weather and for working in natural areas: sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves, raingear if needed. Work areas are easily accessible from the parking lot. We will provided tools, gloves, and refreshments.

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Location: Nadaka Nature Park, 17615 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR. Meet at the Picnic Structure.
  • Questions? Contact Ivy Watson at ivy.watson@greshamoregon.gov or 503-618-2383 for more information.

Springbrook Creek
Oswego Lake Watershed Council (OLWC) invites you to join us to remove ivy at our Springbrook Creek site. We invite members from the community to help restore this important riparian habitat that has become overtaken by English ivy and other invasives. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. We will work rain or shine so please come dressed for the weather. OLWC will provide tools, gloves, snacks, and water. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP with Adra Lobdell, OLWC Volunteer Coordinator, at adra@oswegowatershed.org 

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: Hope Community Church parking lot- 14790 Boones Ferry Rd. Lake Oswego, OR 97035
  • Site Coordinator: Adra Lobdell, OLWC Volunteer Coordinator, at adra@oswegowatershed.org 

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Join us at Tryon Creek State Natural area in our efforts to eradicate English ivy from the park! To date we’ve cleared ivy from 200 acres of the 650-acre park. Together, our collective work is restoring the Tryon Creek for both wildlife and visitors—present and future!

Volunteers should be prepared to be off trail and to get dirty, and hike at least 15 minutes to the work site. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants to protect from stinging nettle. Gloves and a light snack will be provided. Please bring a water bottle. Volunteers will meet at the Nature Center. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All minors must have a minor waiver form signed and completed by a parent or legal guardian before volunteering at the park. Forms are available on our website at tryonfriends.org, or can be filled out the day-of at the park.


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
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 Celebrate your efforts! Enjoy refreshments, mingle with community members and share ivy removal stories.

Celebrations at the following sites:

  • Forest Park Lower Macleay- 2960 NW Upshur
  • Terwilliger Park- SW Terwilliger Blvd and SW Hamilton St by the bathrooms
  • Marshall Park- SW 12th Drive- meet by the playground
  • Springwater Corridor trail and SE 128th.

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 16?
Join us at Lower Macleay

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