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Fernhill Nature Patch Planting

Volunteer Event

Join PP&R, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to complete the Fernhill Nature Patch with lots more awesome native plants!

Join us to celebrate Portland's newest urban habitat by helping to install lots of native plants to complete the Fernhill Nature Patch

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools (shovel/trowel), gloves, and face coverings, however PP&R will provide these as needed. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your own personal water bottle and snacks.

Please register ahead of time here and please complete this brief online health survey the day before the event:

Meet at: the nature patch - on top of the hill above the splash pad and restroom in the NW corner of the park. 

Questions: Contact Eric Rosewall at or call/text 503-341-0855.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to keep Portland's parks healthy, beautiful, and safe for people and wildlife! 

Here are a few tips to get you ready for your stewardship event.

  • Registration is required for all stewardship events. Unregistered volunteers will unfortunately have to be turned away due to gathering size limitations.

  • Complete a health screening (brief online survey) before attending each event:  

  • 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 at the event 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. If you have your own tools, feel free to bring those as well. PP&R will provide tools and gloves for anyone who does not have their own, and training for the days activity. 

  • 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 large group. This will ensure that there are enough gloves and tools for everyone to work. We are also available to schedule special service events at your group's convenience during the week or on weekends. Learn more about programs for groups.  


Eric Rosewall

Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes Program Coordinator