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Hands-on, minds-on! Make a Portland Park your outdoor classroom. Classes led by nature educators meet in Portland Parks and teach Pacific Northwest ecology. Students learn through exploration, questions, and play.
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Portland Parks & Recreation's Stewardship Coordinators are eager to help you connect with your local natural areas. Contact us today to find out how you can get involved!
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Organize a day of outdoor learning for your classroom, community group, or club through Portland Park's City Nature program!
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Portland Parks & Recreation posts information on closures, delays, and cancellation affecting our sites and programs during inclement weather.
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The mission of the PP&R Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is to manage pests that are harmful to the health, function or aesthetic value of park landscapes in an efficient, effective, and environmentally responsible manner, while paying careful attention to public and employee safety.
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Browse the content below to learn more about our No Ivy League work.
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Since 1994, The No Ivy League has worked tirelessly to empower youth, educate the public, and remove English ivy from Portland's parks.
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Breaking down barriers and expanding understanding.
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Every season brings different opportunities to connect to nature right outside your door! We will be adding resources to this page as they are created. Please visit this site frequently for new information.
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Portland Parks & Recreation has developed a Natural Area Acquisition Strategy to guide completion of a connected system of natural areas in Portland.
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Portland Parks & Recreation's Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes Initiative adds nature patches to park landscapes that provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are natural gardens that support native pollinators and offer opportunities for exploration.
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Friends groups are made up of volunteers, neighbors, co-workers, and park lovers who come to a natural area or park on a regular basis (sometimes monthly, sometimes quarterly) to do hands-on restoration with the support of Portland Parks & Recreation staff.
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To better understand the value of those who engage in environmental stewardship of natural areas, PSU studied volunteer steward’s motivation to participate, their sustainable behaviors and attitudes toward stewardship-related constructs.
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Renew Forest Park is a 20-year initiative that includes three critical components: Restore, Rebuild, and Reconnect.
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PP&R's management of the Portland park system serves as an outstanding example of exemplary management of an urban public recreation and natural area resource.
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Portland is home to more than 152 miles of completed regional trails laced together, connecting people to each other and to the natural beauty of our city.
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Be aware that rain and high water can leave trails and roads a bit of a mess with hazards like downed trees, landslides, and flooding. Portland Parks & Recreation addresses weather-related impacts as soon as resources allow.
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Are you an interested in learning more about the environment and looking for a volunteer or service project? Well you have come to the right place!
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Help keep Portland's natural areas healthy, beautiful, and safe for people and wildlife!
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Statistics and outcomes of the Youth Conservation Crew in 2018
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The Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) provides employment opportunities for a diverse population of Portland-area youth. Crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills and exploring environmental career paths.