Volunteer Stewardship Opportunity at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Volunteer Event
Please join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Oaks Bottom for a planting event at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
9:00 am 11:30 am

Help keep Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge healthy by planting native trees and shrubs with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Oaks Bottom. Please bring your own face covering and water bottles. Gloves and extra face coverings will be provided to anyone who needs them. Please note, everyone will be asked to wear face coverings throughout the event and maintain distance between participants.

For the safety of our volunteers and staff, we are asking that you please take this health screening the day before or the day of the event. It is an anonymous form and it helps to make sure we are all healthy and staying home if we have any symptoms. If you or anyone in your household has any of the symptoms listed on the health assessment, or if you are otherwise feeling sick, please stay home. We will miss you, but there will be other chances to volunteer!

Start health screening

Registration is required.
To register, please fill out the registration form.

Registration form

Meeting Location
Please look for white sandwich board "EVENT" signs with arrows directing you to our work site. See the map at https://goo.gl/maps/ujc5qQjF8q2wgVzD8. The worksite is about a 10-15 minute walk down a paved path with a slight incline.

Location Description
Planting will take place in uneven terrain that may also have patches of standing water. Rainboots are recommended

There is a small lot at the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - North Parking and Trailhead. See the map at https://goo.gl/maps/ujc5qQjF8q2wgVzD8. If parking lot is full, there is additional parking along SE Milwaukie Avenue.

For more information, please contact Anne Marie Santos 503-729-0318 or annemarie.santos@portlandoregon.gov.

Getting Ready for the Event

Thank you for helping to keep Portland parks healthy and beautiful! Here are a few tips to get you ready for your stewardship event.

  • Registration is required for all stewardship events.  
  • Complete a health screening (brief online survey) before attending each event. Start the screening at portland.gov/health-assessment.
  • Please volunteer close to home or in your community.  
  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of any contagious illness or have had recent contact with someone exhibiting symptoms of any illness.  
  • Bring a face covering to be worn properly at the event at all times, and maintain at least 6 feet physical distance from others. PP&R will provide face coverings for anyone who doesn’t have their own.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, water, and snacks. PP&R will provide training for the activity, tools, and gloves for anyone who does not have their own.
  • In order to ensure your comfort and safety, please remember to dress for the weather, wear close-toed shoes, bring a water bottle, and be ready to get dirty!
  • Unless otherwise noted, all events are family-friendly and all ages are welcome to participate. However, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult for the duration of the event. We encourage you to attend events with members of your household/family!  
  • While groups are welcome to join many of our regularly scheduled stewardship events, please contact the event coordinator listed in the description before arriving with a group. This will ensure that there are enough gloves and tools for everyone to work, and will also ensure that we are following COVID-19 protocols, which limit event size. We are also available to schedule special service events at your group's convenience during the week or on weekends. Learn more about Volunteer Stewardship for Groups.


Anne Marie Santos (she/her/hers)

Willamette River Watershed Parks and Natural Areas