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Portland Parks & Recreation Celebrates 25 Years of Environmental Education Fundraising

Holiday Wreath Sales Benefit Scholarships for Nature Camps and Classes

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Environmental Education division presents the 25th annual holiday wreath fundraiser. Wreath sales support scholarships for underprivileged children to attend PP&R’s Summer Nature Day Campprogram and Children's Nature Classes, where environmental educators connect children to the natural beauty and ecology of Portland’s parks. PP&R’s environmental educators help teach children about nature when they are young, a practice which helps them care about parks and natural stewardship throughout their lives.

WHAT: Portland Parks & Recreation Environmental Education’s 25th Annual Holiday Wreath Sale

WHERE/WHEN: Monday, December 1-Monday, December 15.

Locations citywide, please see below OR http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/469104 for more info.

Wreath-making and wreath sales every day (weekdays AND weekends) at Mt Tabor Yard Greenhouse, (6437 SE Division): 10am-3:30pm. Other locations: hours vary (please see below).

Profits from wreath sales are used to benefit Portland children would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of a program. One-third of profits will be used to subsidize PP&R’s nature classes, and the remaining amount will help send children to a week of Nature Day Camp on a 95% scholarship. PP&R’s Environmental Education division provides the camp staff, bus transportation, water and snacks. Last year PP&R partnered with the Ortiz Family Center in NE Portland to provide the camp experience to 25 children. Portland Parks & Recreation hopes to raise $13,000 towards camp and class costs this year.

WREATH SALE LOCATIONS

Mt Tabor Yard (6437 SE Division): Monday, Dec 1-Monday, Dec 15 (10am-3:30pm every day, weekdays and weekends)

Portland Building Customer Service Center (1120 SW 5th Ave): Monday, Dec 1-Monday, Dec 15 (every Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm)

Hoyt Arboretum Visitor’s Center (4000 SW Fairview Blvd): Monday, Dec 1 - Monday, Dec 15 (every Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm; closed Sundays)

Bureau of Planning & Sustainability's "1900 Building" (1900 SW 4th Ave.): Tue, Dec 2 & Tue, Dec 9 from 3pm-4:30pm

Wastewater Treatment Plant (5001 N Columbia Blvd in the Admin Building): Thursday, Dec 4 from 11:30am-1:30pm

Southwest Community Center (6820 SW 45th Ave): Saturday, Dec 6 from 10am-2pm

Sellwood Community Center's Snowflakes in Sellwood Holiday Bazaar: Sat, Dec 6, 9am-4pm and Sun, Dec 7, 10am-3pm Sellwood Community Center (1436 SE Spokane St)

Matt Dishman Community Center (77 NE Knott St.): Friday, Dec 12 from 11am-1pm

Wreath-making classes for the public are available 9:30am-2pm on Nov 30, Dec 5, 6 & 7 at Mt Tabor Yard Greenhouse. Please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/469104 for registration info.