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2017 Stewardship Opportunities

City of Lake Oswego Trillium at Iron Mtn Park

WE NEED YOUR HELPING HANDS!

The City works with a number of wonderful volunteer and Friends groups to help keep our parks and open spaces healthy and beautiful. Below is a  list of park stewardship events where we need volunteer help to protect and restore the natural areas of our community. New events will be added periodically, so please check back for updated information. Thank you for your continued support of Lake Oswego's natural park areas! Please check this website before attending a Stewardship work party to get any updates or changes.

Notice: For every volunteer opportunity, we recommend that volunteers wear long pants, sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Feel free to bring heavy-duty work gloves, pruners and loppers. Before arriving, please fill out the Stewardship Volunteer Waiver (at the bottom of the web page in the "Supporting Documents" box). Please bring reusable water bottles; this simple step will assist us in our efforts to reduce waste.

If you would like to organize an event, please contact Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, at 503-534-5697 or bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us

Upcoming Stewardship Events

Path TLC for Freepons Park Woods
September 24, SU 1 - 3 pm
The paths in this lovely natural area need some extra attention! Roll up your sleeves, pick up a shovel and help Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods spread gravel on the paths. Shovels and gloves provided.
Parking: 1399 Bickner St.
Contact: Barbara Fisher 503-636-3153 or lanefisher@comcast.net

Free the Trees in Cornell Natural Area
October 8, SU 1–3p
Join Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods to remove invasive species in this “on the wild side” 3 acre natural area. We’ll walk down Cornell St. together to the work side in the woods. Terrain is steep and may be difficult for young children.
Parking: Limited parking on Larch St. Carpooling is recommended.  Park on Hemlock or Hallinan St.
Contact: Barbara Fisher 503-636-3153 or lanefisher@comcast.net

Give Mother Nature A Hand At Springbrook Park
October 14, SA  9–11a
Its time to Dig in and plant native species in this wonderful 52 acre natural park. Friends of Springbrook Park invite you to nestle tender plants into the forest and restore this park. Those univited invasive species are calling our names too! Springbrook Park is behind the soccer field at Uplands Grade School. Look for directional signs for the planting site in the woods.
Parking: Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd.
Contact: Tom Bland 503-636-8696 or blandt@hotmail.com

Free The Trees in Iron Mountain Park
October 15, SU 1–3p
Come out and admire the gorgeous Fall foliage in this 50 acre natural park. Join Friends of Iron Mt. Park, learn something interesting about this special park and help tackle ivy that smothers native species. Your Stewardship help makes a difference in this diverse ecosystem that's home to many species of plants, animals and birds. 
Parking: Trailhead is behind the Oswego Hunt Club. Trail head is off graveled Brookside Rd./Twin Fir Rd.
Contact: Mike Buck 503-914-8607 or m.bucks@comcast.net

Improve a Trail at East Waluga Park
October 28, SA 9:30–11:30a
Who needs to go to the gym when you can help Friends of Waluga Park  work on trail improvements? Rumor has it there are wheelbarrows and a pile of gravel at this work party. We may do some invasive species removal, too.  Blue heron, eagles, raccoons and deer frequent these woods.
Parking: 15505 Quarry Rd.
Contact: Will Mahoney-Watson 503-752-3430 or will@waluganeighborhood.org

Weed Warriors Wanted in Woodmont Park
October 29, SU 1–3p
The Friends of Woodmont Park invite you to help them continue to restore this incredible natural park to its healthy status. Roll up your sleeves and help remove invasive species that threaten the native species in this natural park. Look up in the towering trees and perhaps you’ll see the owl that calls this natural park his home.
Park at the intersection of Atwater Rd and Knaus Rd., Lake Oswego. Park is down a graveled trail.
Contact: Heidi Schrimsher 503-754-6640 or heidigarden@msn.com

Lets Pull Together in Woodmont Park
November 4, SA  1–3p
We need your helping hands! Join others that care about the natural areas and help remove those pesky invasive species. Your help in restoring this natural park is very important to our local residents…the native plants, birds, animals and pollinators all thank you for your help! Take time to explore the old orchards, visit the dancing creek and wander through the meadows and forest. 
Park at the intersection of Atwater Rd and Knaus Rd., Lake Oswego. Park is down a graveled trail.
Contact: Heidi Schrimsher 503-754-6640 or heidigarden@msn.com

Plant Native Species in Hallinan Woods
November 5, Su   1–3p
Put on your garden gloves and help plant native species in tranquil Hallinan Woods. Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods have cleared out most of the invasives, so let the fun begin! There may be a few invasives to tackle, and if we see any trash we are giving it the Heave Ho!  When you leave you will see the great impact you have made in the health of this incredible forest.
Parking: Hemlock or Hallinan St.
Contact: Barbara Fisher 503-636-3153 or lanefisher@comcast.net

Heave Ho to the Invasives at Southwood Park
November 11, SA  10a-12p
Grab a shovel or clippers and give the invasives a one way ticket out of the natural areas of Southwood Park. This tucked away park is a hidden treasure that hosts a babbling stream that was recently unburied from mounds of invasive blackberry vines by Stewardship volunteers. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds sing and notice how the massive fir trees have been cleared of the ivy that threatened to smother them.
Parking: 6200 Pamela St., Portland
Contact: Kim Valley 503-336-4646 or kvalley1@yahoo.com

Let's Pull Together at Iron Mountain Park
November 12, SU 1 - 3p
We need your helping hands! Join others that care about the natural areas and help remove those pesky invasive species. Your help in restoring this natural park is very important to our local residents…the native plants, birds, animals and pollinators all thank you for your help!
Parking: Trailhead is behind the Oswego Hunt Club. Trail head is off graveled Brookside Rd./Twin Fir Rd.
Contact: Mike Buck 503-914-8607 or m.bucks@comcast.net

Come and Get the Dirt in Freepons Park
December 3, SU  1–3p
Bring a pal and come to our planting party to help restore Freepons Park Woods! Plant native species, look for and remove invasive species and make a difference in the ecosystem's health.  If you spot some trash, toss it in our garbage bag. You will meet other great folks that care about restoring the natural areas of the parks. Notice the towering fir trees around you have been freed from the smothering ivy that used to cover them!
Parking: Intersection of Bickner Rd. and Hemlock St.
Contact: Barbara Fisher 503-636-3153 or lanefisher@comcast.net

Fa La La...It's a Planting Party at Southwood Park
December 9, SA 10a-12p
Tis' the season to be jolly and what's more fun than planting native species in Southwood Park? These native species provide food and shelpter for our pollinators, birds and many critters. Grab a shovel and dig in! Keep an eye out for th edeer that traverse through this natural area, maybe you'll see Rudolph!
Parking: 6200 Pamela St., Portland
Contact: Kim Valley 503-336-4646 or kvalley1@yahoo.com

Prep the Park and Free the Trees at Southwood Park
February 10, SA 10a-12p
The Friends of Southwood Park invite you to help them continue to restore this incredible natural park to its healthy status and prepare it for another lovely season. Roll up your sleeves and help remove invasive species that threaten the native species in this natural park. Look up in the towering trees and perhaps you’ll see the owl that calls this natural park his home. 
Parking: 6200 Pamela St., Portland
Contact: Kim Valley 503-336-4646 or kvalley1@yahoo.com

Give Mother Nature A Hand At Springbrook Park
February 24, SA  9–11a
Dig in and help plant native species and remove invasive species. Join  Friends of Springbrook Park as they continue with restoration of this jewel of a park. There will be native species, shovels and supplies on site. Springbrook Park is behind the soccer field at Uplands Grade School. Look for directional signs for the planting site in the woods.
Parking: Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd.
Contact: Doug McKean 503-888-7592 or doug.mckean@gmail.com 

 

For further information,

please visit: lo-stewardship.org

or call Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, 503-534-5697.

Stewardship Snapshots and Past Events

Friends of the Parks & Volunteer Appreciation BBQ & Pie-A-Palooza! July 19, 2017


The Parks Department had a great time Grillin' & Chillin' a fantastic Bar-B-Que picnic for our valued volunteers that help in the Parks' Natural Areas!
Volunteers brought friends, family, and their appetites to the 3rd Annual Stewardship Volunteer Appreciation BBQ! There was great food, incredible homemade pies & plenty of cold drinks in our wheelbarrows...you can't beat that for Stewardship ingenuity!
We celebrated our volunteers through Stewardship recognitions, service awards, raffle prizes and by revealing the names of our three Stewarship Gnomes: Greenie, Blossom, and Oak!
We greatly appreciate your time, energy, and commitment to protecting and restoring Lake Oswego's beautiful park natural areas.

For more pictures and information from past Stewardship Work Parties, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/past-stewardship-events !

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Volunteer Appreciation Bar B Que!Volunteers Helped Load our New Trailer!Lake Oswego Rotary help restore Campbell Native Garden 051615Iron Mtn Park, Lake OswegoIron Mtn Park, Lake OswegoIron Mtn Park, Lake OswegoBryant Woods Park Lakeridge Cross Country and Track teams 0415Empty planting containers Springbrook Park work party 022115East Waluga Park - Boy Scout Troop 127 and Friends of East Waluga 022815Huge shout out to the Tigard Home Depot for supporting the Stewardship programThimbleberry Trail in Springbrook Park. Thank you, Lakers and Friends of Springb