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Stewardship Saturdays

Holiday Tree Toss at Kelley Point Park

Saturday, January 4th from 10am-1pm

*This event is currently waitlisted!*

Santa may deliver his gifts by sleigh, but this holiday season you can by canoe! Help us give the gift of habitat to salmon in the Slough! With all the tinsel and lights removed, we will re-purpose discarded holiday trees by strategically inserting them into existing log jams to increase beneficial salmon habitat in the lower Columbia Slough. Please dress for the weather. This event runs rain, shine, or snow! We provide the trees, boats, and hot cocoa. You provide rain gear and holiday cheer! Register here!

Columbia Park Nature Patch Installation

Saturday, January 25th from 10am-1pm

Help us build a “nature patch” at Columbia Park! We’ll plant native trees and shrubs to create habitat for pollinators and birds at this North Portland park. Nature patches help manage stormwater and improve the health of rivers and streams, as well as provide enjoyment to park visitors. Training, gloves, tools, snacks, and warm drinks will be provided. Please dress for the weather and wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toed shoes. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Columbia Children’s Arboretum

Saturday, February 1st from 9am-12pm

Join us and our friends at Portland Parks & Recreation in our work to continue restoration on this unique property. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in planting native shrubs and trees to restore wildlife habitat for pollinators and birds and help reduce stormwater run-off. This event runs rain or shine! Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Snacks, tools, training and gloves will be provided. Register here!

World Wetlands Day at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Sunday, February 2nd from 9am-12pm

Join Columbia Slough Watershed Council as we celebrate World Wetlands Day by caring for the largest urban wetland in the United States, which is right in our backyard! Wetlands perform a number of vital ecosystem services such as buffering coastlines from extreme weather, reducing the intensity of floods and droughts, and serving as the most efficient carbon sinks on Earth. Yet, we have lost 35% of the world’s wetlands since 1970. We need our wetlands! So let’s get together and help restore Smith and Bybee Wetlands, an incredibly valuable ecosystem right here in our watershed! Register here!

NE Ainsworth Habitat Corridor Installation

Saturday, February 8th from 10am-1pm

Join Columbia Slough Watershed Council and our partners as we come together to install a native habitat corridor on NE Ainsworth. We’ll be planting native shrubs, rushes, and grasses in the medians on NE Ainsworth to increase habitat connectivity for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Please dress for the weather and wear long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes. We will provide training, tools, gloves, snacks, and hot drinks. Meet on the north side of Alberta Park. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Heron Lakes Golf Course

Saturday, February 22nd from 9am-12pm

Come plant native shrubs and trees to create wildlife habitat on this publicly owned golf course in historic Vanport. This 340-acre site contains a full 18-hole course with ponds, wetlands, and natural habitats that provide important ecosystem services in our watershed. The Blueprint Foundation is partnering with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to lead the restoration plantings on site. Please dress for the weather and wear long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes. We will provide training, tools, gloves, snacks, and hot drinks. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Wilkes Creek Headwaters

Saturday, February 29th from 9am-12pm

Wilkes Creek Headwaters contains the springs that feed the only free-flowing stream in the city that still enters the Columbia Slough. Restoring headwaters habitat, the habitat at the source of a river or stream, is a critical part of the waterway restoration process. Restoration efforts at this site have been focused on enhancing the existing Western red cedar forest, and planting native trees as well as shrub and forb understory in other areas of this park. This event runs rain or shine! Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Snacks, tools, training and gloves will be provided. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Kelley Point Park

Saturday, March 7th from 9am-12pm

Kelley Point Park is located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, where the Columbia Slough meets the Willamette. The park includes over 100 acres of natural areas and hosts a variety of wildlife, including beavers, otters, deer, ospreys, and bald eagles. We will be continuing restoration efforts to improve the riparian area next to the Columbia Slough, which will help improve habitat quality where young salmon find refuge on their way to the Pacific. Meet at the canoe launch gravel lot, about 300 ft after the turn onto Kelley Point Park Rd. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Johnson Lake

Saturday, March 21st from 9am-12pm

Johnson Lake has experienced a number of changes over the last century. It was a popular swimming hole until the Vanport flood of 1948, which flooded the lake and made it murky. Since then the lake has experienced increased pollution, but clean-up projects – in fact, the Council’s very first native planting – have helped to restore the property surrounding the lake. Join us as we continue the longterm stewardship of the Johnson Lake natural area! This event runs rain or shine! Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water, rain gear, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. Training, tools, gloves, snacks, and warm drinks will be provided. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Columbia Blvd Wastewater Treatment Plant

Saturday, March 28th from 9am-12pm

Join Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro, and Verde for this restoration planting at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant. We’ll be planting native shrubs and trees to create habitat for wildlife, help manage stormwater, and prevent soil erosion. This event will be conducted primarily in Spanish! The event takes place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes. Instruction, tools, gloves, snacks, and warm drinks will be provided. Register here!

Earth Day Restoration at Wilkes Creek Headwaters

Saturday, April 18th from 9am-12pm

Celebrate Earth Day by restoring habitat at the headwaters of the Columbia Slough! Because Wilkes Creek flows into the Columbia Slough, its protection is part of a greater effort to keep the Slough healthy. At this site, which was previously a hazelnut orchard and holly farm, volunteer restoration efforts have been focused on enhancing the existing Western red cedar forest, and planting native trees, and shrub and forb understory to the rest of the park. This event takes place rain or shine! Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Snacks, tools, training and gloves will be provided. Register here!

Restoration Planting at Baltimore Woods

Saturday, May 9th from 10am-1pm

Baltimore Woods is a 30-acre strip of woods and greenspace between the residential and industrial areas near Cathedral Park and Pier Park. It serves as a habitat connectivity corridor of native Oregon white oak woodland that provides many ecosystem benefits. While less than 2% of the original Willamette Valley oak woodland remains, Baltimore Woods has remnant oak stands that provide high-value food and shelter for a variety of birds and mammals. This event takes place rain or shine! Please dress for the weather and wear long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes. We will provide gloves, tools, training, snacks, and warm drinks. Register here!