No Ivy Day 2020

Volunteer Event

Join Portland Parks & Recreation for our 17th annual No Ivy Day, an annual citywide effort to remove invasive ivy. Gather across the greater Portland area to show your support for our treasured local ecology! Registration is required, sites are limited, face coverings are required at all events.

Registration is required for all events.

Please register in advance by clicking the registration link for your preferred location below. 


Baltimore Woods

Join Friends of Baltimore Woods, Portland Parks & Recreation, and SOLVE to help restore this site. Projects will include blackberry and ivy removal. Please wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event, and to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Tools, gloves and face coverings will be provided for anyone who needs it. This project is great for children over 8 years old. 


Columbia Slough ACME site

Come join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council in this region wide event to rid our natural landscapes of the pesky invasive species English ivy. We will be working at an active restoration site on private property along the Columbia Slough adjacent to Johnson Lake Natural Area. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. See the event page on columbiaslough.org for more information on our COVID safety protocols.


Forest Park- Registration Full

Join Portland Parks & Recreation's No Ivy League and Solve for a morning of ivy removal in Forest Park. This is where it all started 17 years ago. Come learn more about Forest Park, the largest park within city limits in the United States, which is over 5,000 acres. Volunteers will meet at the Holman Lane trailhead located at NW Raleigh Street and hike about ½ mile to our ivy removal worksite. Volunteers will be hiking and working off trail on uneven ground. Please dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle and snacks. If you have your own gloves please bring them as well! PP&R will provide gloves for anyone who doesn't have any. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event, and to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. PP&R will provide tools, gloves and face coverings for anyone who needs it.

  • 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Forest Park- Registration Full
  • Site Coordinator Mary Verrilli, mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-8367

Gateway Green- Registration Full

Join Friends of Gateway Green to help restore this natural area for the big reopening. Gateway Green is a new park under construction through November 2020. It is organized around a small forest, which is environmentally protected and demands a great deal of invasive species removal, planting of native vegetation, and maintenance. This year is especially important: as we prepare the park for its big reopening later this fall, we want to clear the bike trails of invading ivy and give the forest as much of a "refresh" as we can to welcome new visitors (humans, and wildlife!) Your participation in No Ivy Day will help put the "finishing touches" on what has been an epic park construction process! 

  • 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Gateway Green- Registration Full
  • Site Coordinator Paul Dickow, chair@gatewaygreenpdx.org or 503-473-2156

Homewood Park- Registration Full

Join North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) to help restore Homewood Park. Volunteers will be pulling English ivy from a forested natural area. Everyone is encouraged to bring there own gloves and water bottles. NCPRD will provided extra gloves, hand tools, water, and snacks. All ages welcome if accompanied by an adult. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event, and to maintain 6 feet of physical distance.

  • 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Homewood Park- Registration Full
  • Site Coordinator Matt Jordan, mjordan@ncprd.comor 971-313-2031

Hoyt Arboretum- Registration Full

Volunteer with Hoyt Arboretum Friends to care for Hoyt Arboretum’s trees and trails by removing invasive English ivy during this citywide annual event! With 189-acres and more than 6,000 trees along 12 miles of trails, volunteers are incredibly important to maintaining Hoyt Arboretum’s tree collection and trail system, and it’s a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn about and care for rare and unusual trees and plants from around the world. Stewardship crews occur rain or shine; volunteers should come dressed for the weather including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Volunteers should plan to bring water, snacks, a face covering (cloth or homemade is fine, and extras will be available onsite; must be worn when physical distancing is not possible), and hand sanitizer. Registration is required (crew size is limited). Volunteers will meet at the worksite; exact meeting location details will be sent out prior to the event date.

Hoyt Arboretum is accessible by US-26 and W Burnside Street, as well as the Red and Blue MAX lines (Washington Park Station) and bus route 63. Volunteer parking passes will be provided. There is also a limited amount of free on-street parking.  


Indian Creek Natural Area

Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Portland Parks & Recreation to protect trees by clearing ivy at this little natural area through which Indian Creek runs on its way to Johnson Creek. Instruction, tools, gloves and on-site portable toilet provided. Wear long-sleeved shirts, thick pants and sturdy boots. Bring a filled water bottle, sunhat, rain gear if needed, and any snacks or other beverages you might need. Bring gloves, a face covering and a trowel or hand clippers if you have them; if not, they will be provided. (Apologies that due to Covid-19, we are not able to provide coffee/tea or snacks.) Terrain is hilly and uneven in places. Young children encouraged to join our nearby event at Veteran’s Creek Natural Area. RSVP is required and participant numbers are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Johnson Lake - Registration Full

Come join PP&R to help remove English ivy from Johnson Lake property! By removing ivy from the ground, we create space for many different native shrubs and trees to grow, which improves the habitat for the wildlife that live in the park. Please keep in mind, because most of the ivy at this site is growing on the ground, this work will involve a lot of bending over and pulling. Please dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle and snacks. If you have your own gloves please bring them as well! PP&R will provide gloves for anyone who doesn't have any. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event and to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. PP&R will provide extra face coverings for anyone who needs it.

  • 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • For more information contact, Yoko Silk at yoko.silk@portlandoregon.gov or 503-278-1341.

Marshall Park- Registration Full

Join Portland & Parks & Recreation, Friends of Marshall Park and Tryon Creek Watershed Councilin removing Irish ivy from Marshall Park.  Volunteers will be hiking and working off trail on uneven ground. Please dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle and snacks. If you have your own gloves and face covering please bring them as well! PP&R will provide gloves for anyone who doesn't have any. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event and to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. PP&R will provide tools, gloves and face coverings for anyone who needs it.

  • 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Marshall Park- Registration Full
  • For more information, contact site coordinator Mary Verrilli at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-8367


Multnomah Arts Center- Registration Full

Join the Watershed Resource Center to help plant over150 native plants to the landscape at the Multnomah Arts Center! Tools and gloves will be available, but please bring your own face coverings, gloves and tools if possible (a shovel should be the only tool you'll need). No snacks or restrooms will be available, so please bring your own snacks/water and plan to use the restroom before you arrive. We'll be outside the whole time. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed toed shoes.

  • 10:00AM-12:30PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Multnomah Arts Center- Registration Full
  • For more information, contact site coordinator Erik Horngren at watershed@swni.org or 503-823-2862

Mt. Tabor Park- Registration Full

Join Friends of Mt. Tabor Weed Warriors and Portland Parks & Recreation for restoration work at Mt. Tabor Park. Volunteers will gather in the open lawn across the parking lot from the visitors center. We will split the group up into small groups of 4-5 and then divide up tasks between the groups. The typical weeds we remove from this site are blackberry, ivy, clematis, and morning glory. We usually offer the option to do litter clean up, or trail raking. Wear long sleeve shirt, long pants, and close toed shoes. This park has restrooms and running water/soap. Bring water bottle (there is a refill station at this park) We are recommending that volunteers bring their own gloves and face coverings. Shovels, hand pruners and loppers will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if that is best for you. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event and to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. PP&R will provide tools, gloves and face coverings for anyone who needs it.

  • 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Mt. Tabor Park- Registration Full
  • For more information, contact site coordinator David Grandfield at david.grandfield@portlandoregon.gov or 503-729-0318

Pier Park- Registration Full

Join Portland & Parks & Recreation and Friends of Pier Parkin removing invasive non-native species, including English/Irish ivy and Himalayan blackberry. Volunteers must bring their own gloves and face coverings which must worn during the event. They can bring their own tools such as loppers, hand pruners and shovels, but tools will also be supplied by PP&R. This event is family friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, bring a water bottle and snacks.

  • 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Pier Park- Registration Full
  • For more information, contact site coordinator Steve Davis at hillchucker@gmail.com

Veteran's Creek Natural Area- Registration Full

Join Johnson Creek Watershed Counciland Portland Parks & Recreation to protect trees by clearing ivy at this little Natural Area through which Veteran’s Creek runs on its way to Johnson Creek. Instruction, tools, gloves and on-site portable toilet provided. Wear long-sleeved shirts, thick pants and sturdy boots. Bring a filled water bottle, sunhat, rain gear if needed, and any snacks or other beverages you might need. Bring gloves, a face covering and a trowel or hand clippers if you have them; if not, they will be provided. (Apologies that due to Covid-19, we are not able to provide coffee/tea or snacks.) Terrain is hilly and uneven in places. Children welcome and must be accompanied by an attentive adult. RSVP is required and participant numbers are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Meeting Location will be sent out to registered volunteers prior to event
  • Register for Veteran's Creek Natural Area- Registration Full
  • For questions about registration, please contact Katherine Charney at 973-943-9978 or katherine@jcwc.org
  • For all other questions, contact site coordinator Susan Hawes at 503-823-5937 susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov

Woods Memorial Park

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Woods Park and to help remove ivy and to benefit the health of Woods Creek. Meet at the top of the Stairway Trail. Parking is available at the entrance by the gate along SW Woods Parkway just off of SW 45th Avenue. Please carpool as parking is limited. Please dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, and bring your own water bottle and snacks. If you have your own gloves please bring them as well! PP&R will provide gloves for anyone who doesn't have any. All participants will be expected to wear a face covering/mask during the event and to maintain six feet of physical distance. PP&R will provide tools, gloves and face coverings for anyone who needs it.


No Ivy Day 2019 Results

Thanks to all our volunteers and site leaders who contributed at No Ivy Day 2019. Here is what we were able to accomplish;

  • 325 volunteers came out to 19 different sites 
  • Saved 172 trees
  • Removed 2 acres of invasive ivy
  • Planted 500 native plants

Contact

Mary Verrilli

Westside Watersheds Parks & Natural Areas

No Ivy League

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