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PP&R Partner Groups

What is a Friends Group?
Friends groups are made up volunteers, neighbors, co-workers, and park lovers who come to a natural area on a regular basis, usually once a month, but sometimes quarterly, to do hands-on restoration with the support of Portland Parks & Recreation staff. While activities vary with the seasons, friends groups are regularly involved in removing invasive weeds, planting native plants, building fences and maintaining trails, picking up litter, monitoring plants and wildlife, and more! We supply the gloves, tools, training, plants, and snacks and the friends group provides the people, smiles, laughs, energy, and advocacy for the long-term health and beauty of Portland's parks and natural areas.

Friends groups are the heart of our natural area parks!
Get to know some of our existing friends of natural areas below. You can see where they work, what their goals are, who is involved, and what the schedules are for restoration events and meetings.

Don't see a friends group for your favorite natural area? Interested in starting one with a group of your neighbors? Call us and we will help you make it happen!

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Friends of Tideman Johnson
First Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except January and July-September). (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time changes.) Join PP&R and the Friends of Tideman Johnson to maintain plantings, plant native plants, mulch or remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instructions, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meet at SE 37 & Tenino, south of SE Crystal Springs Blvd. Walk down the hill to the boardwalk. TriMet #75, SE 45 & Crystal Springs Blvd bus stop (walk west on Crystal Springs Blvd then south on SE 37). Bike/walk the Springwater Corridor trail to the park: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/springwatermap. For more information or to RSVP, contact Susan at 503-823-6131 or susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov. Call Susan at 503-823-5937 on day of event.

The Forest Park Conservancy
Every Thursday, 9:00 AM-noon. Join the Forest Park Conservancy, one of PP&R's community partners, to improve Forest Park's hiking trails and native vegetation. Removing invasive plants, mending hiking trails, planting native shrubs, or just hiking and pruning are some of the restoration activities. Contact Zachary Peal at zachary@forestparkconservancy.org at 503-223-5449 x106 for meeting location (varies). More info at www.forestparkconservancy.org

Laurelhurst Park
Second Wednesday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (April-October). Join PP&R staff and neighborhood volunteers to clean up shrub beds and add native plants to the park. Meet at the restroom building on SE Ankeny. Dress for the weather; tools and gloves will be provided. For more info, email Vince at vincent.moore@portlandoregon.gov

Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project
Saturday events are intermittent. Please see Stewardship Calendar for upcoming event dates & times. Join PP&R and the Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project to maintain plantings, plant native plants, mulch or remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instructions, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. For more information, contact LSHRP coordinator Ed Kerns at edkerns@aracnet.com or 503-234-4947 or Susan at 503-823-6131. 

Friends of Powell Butte
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except December) Join PP&R, Friends of Powell Butte, and Hands On Portland to rebuild and restore the trail and fence systems, maintain native plantings, and remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Volunteers must be at least age 16 (without adult supervision) or age 8 (with adult supervision). Younger children must be accompanied by adults, and volunteers under age 18 must have a parent sign our liability form. Volunteers must be able to hike up to 5 miles with the group. Note that the group will be hiking quite a distance from the parking lot, so be on time to be sure to meet up with the group. For more information, contact Susan at susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6131. Call Neil at 503-351-9725 on day of event only. RSVP is required through Hands On Portland: handsonportland.org. Type in Powell Butte and zip code 97266.

Friends of Terwilliger & West Willamette Restoration Partnership
Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except June, July & August). Join PP&R, the Friends of Terwilliger, and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership in removing invasive non-native species, including English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and clematis and native plantings on a seasonal basis. Meet at the restrooms on SW Terwilliger & Hamilton. For more info, contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

SW Trails
SW Trails is a community group which promotes walking and biking in southwest Portland, Oregon. In partnership with PP&R SW trails host volunteer trail maintenance events monthly at different natural area parks. Check out their website for more information and volunteer event details. Or contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

Friends of Gabriel
Join PP&R and Friends of Gabriel to maintain plantings, plant native plants, mulch or remove invasive species at Gabriel Park. Find volunteer restoration events and more information here! Or contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

Friends of River View
Join PP&R and Friends of Riverview to maintain plantings, plant native plants, mulch or remove invasive species at River View Natural Area. Find volunteer restoration events and more information here! Or contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

Friends of Errol Heights
Third Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon. (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time changes.) Join PP&R and the Friends of Errol Heights to maintain trails and plantings, plant native plants, mulch, or remove invasive species. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instructions, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meet at SE 45 & Tenino Drive, unless noted otherwise on the Stewardship Calendar. TriMet #75. For more information or to RSVP, contact Susan at susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6131. Call Susan at 503-823-5937 on day of event.

Friends of Baltimore Woods
Every Thursday in May from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm and continues every Thursday in June through August from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Meet at N Baltimore Ave & N Decatur St., near Cathedral Park to remove invasive species throughout the Park. Tools, gloves, and fun provided. Bring water and weather/task appropriate clothing—closed toed shoes and things you can get dirty. For more information contact Isabel at 503-729-0318 or Isabel.LaCourse@PortlandOregon.gov.

Friends of Woods Park
Fourth Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (except December). Join the Friends of Woods Park in removing invasive non-native species, including English ivy, clematis, laurel, and Himalayan blackberry, and replacing them with native plants. Trail work is done on a seasonal basis in the summer months. Meet at the Stairway Trail entrance off SW Woods Pkwy. Parking is available at the SW 45 entrance by the gate. For more info, contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423.

Friends of Marquam Nature Park
Second Wednesday and last Saturday of each month, 9:00 AM-noon. Join PP&R, the Friends of Marquam Nature Park, and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership in removing English ivy and other invasive species from the park. Trail maintenance and plantings are done on a seasonal basis. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Please bring a water bottle if you have one, and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Meeting location varies by month. Sign up at Hands On Portland.  contact Mary at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9423 for directions.

Friends of Mt Tabor Park Weed Warriors
Last Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon (March-October) (Please see Stewardship Calendar for date & time additions and changes.) Join PP&R and the Friends of Mt Tabor Park Weed Warriors to remove invasive species, maintain plantings, plant native plants, or mulch. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy walking shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and/or sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, and treats provided. Meet at the main parking lot in Mt Tabor Park (next to the amphitheater, basketball court, and restrooms), accessed by SE 60 & Salmon or SE 69 & Yamhill. TriMet #71 to SE 60& Salmon (follow Salmon to park entrance and up the hill) or #15 to SE 69 & Yamhill (follow SE 69 into park and take entrance to the right) . For more information or to RSVP contact Stasia at fmtp.weedwarriors@gmail.com or Isabel at Isabel.LaCourse@PortlandOregon.gov / 503-723-0318. Check out the Weed Warriors handbook here.

Hoyt Arboretum Friends
Hoyt Arboretum Friends is a member-supported, non-profit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation to manage Hoyt Arboretum. HAF's mission is to maintain and improve Hoyt Arboretum and its collections for all people through advocacy, resources, awareness and education. HAF manages the Visitor Center and volunteer resources, promotes the arboretum, plans special events, publishes visitor information, and provides critical financial support for Hoyt Arboretum operations, maintenance and capital improvements.

View volunteer activities or call 503-865-8733.

Elk Rock Island Walking Patrol
Concerned about safety in the neighborhood parks? Want to know what you can do about it? Join the Elk Rock Island Walking Patrol. Learn who to call for assistance: the local police, park rangers, and code compliance staff are committed to respond to various situations - park damage, emergencies, bad behavior, etc. For more info, contact Isabel at Isabel.LaCourse@portlandoregon.gov or 503-729-0318.

Friends of Columbia Children's Arboretum                                                                                                                                                    Friends of Columbia Children's Arboretum is a group of dedicated community member's whose mission is to protect, enhance and restore the Columbia Children's Arboretum as an educational and recreational resource for all generations. There are multiple volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum throughout the year. Contact Yoko Silk if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about joining the friends group: yoko.silk@portlandoregon.gov; 503-278-1341.