Portland Parks & Recreation’s Natural Areas Stewardship program works with volunteers of all ages to restore and enhance Portland’s parks and natural areas. Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and partners, Portland’s natural areas benefited from the following positive impacts each fiscal year.
Fiscal Year July 2019 - June 2020
In FY 2019-2020, Natural Areas Stewardship supported over 18 community initiated grants to implement ecological enhancement projects, community science, and education in PP&R natural areas.
Stewardship coordinators partnered with over 125 groups, including:
- 54 schools (public, charter, private, job training)
- 38 community organizations/non-profits
- 18 friends groups and neighborhood associations
- 6 business/corporate groups
- 9 government agencies
Natural Areas Stewardship supports the work of other City of Portland programs. In FY 2019-2020, Natural Area Stewardship coordinators hosted:
- 8 events in collaboration with PP&R Native Gathering Garden
- 11 events in collaboration with PP&R Ecological Sustainable Landscape Initiative
- 8 events with PP&R Environmental Education (including field trips and GRUNT/Teen Nature Team programs)
- 46 stewardship field trips with the Bureau of Environmental Services Clean Rivers Education
- 4 events in collaboration with Leach Botanical Garden
Stewardship coordinators support long-term mentorship and career opportunities for young people by collaborating with multiple internship programs. In FY 2019-2020, Natural Area Stewardship in east Portland provided support to programs like Audubon TALON, the Green Workforce Collaborative, and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) Natural Resource Pathways program, plus hosted:
- 2 interns from the PP&R Environmental Education Teen Program
- 3 interns from Lents Youth Initiative
- 2 interns from the Pacific International Academy
- 3 interns from the Adult Urban Forestry Internship program (coordinated by Friends of Trees)
In addition, Stewardship Coordinators sponsored two paid PP&R Youth Conservation Crews (YCC) of 18 teens, for eight weeks in the summer, helping to provide job skills and networking opportunities to young environmental leaders.
View/Download the 2019-2020 Annual Report
Fiscal Year July 2018—June 2019
"PP&R Natural Areas Stewardship engages young people with relevant, culturally responsive experiences that help foster awareness of environmental justice. Providing our students exposure to paid internships and job opportunities, combined with the experience to be competitive candidates, allows our partnership to further move the needle towards equity and representation in green industries."
-Jason Stroman, Program Coordinator, Blue Print Foundation