The Nature & Trails Department staff works closely with many community groups while restoring natural area parks and providing educational opportunities for the public. These groups are also a great watershed and/or stewardship resource for individuals and the community at large.
Friends of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park
The Friends of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park work with staff to inspire a love of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, as well as participation in its care and protection. The Friends engage the local community in support of park activities, with a focus on increasing awareness of the environment, organizing fundraising opportunities and promoting volunteerism.
There is no cost to join, but Friends are encouraged to participate in park activities through advocacy, donations and volunteering. Join the Friends via email or stop by the Tualatin Hills Nature Center to fill out an application.
You can also join the Friends for free guided nature walks. Volunteers from the Friends group lead these walks, which can take 1.5 - 2 hours and range in length. Here's the upcoming schedule of activities:
Saturday, March 9, at 9:30 a.m. - Snap a picture of local wildlife while joining the Friends for a moderately-paced walk that will cover up to 2 miles of trails (all ages welcome).
Sunday, March 24, at 10 a.m. - Meet some community members and get some exercise with a fast-paced walk that will cover 4.5 miles of trails (ages 10+ welcome).
Sunday, April 14, at 10 a.m. - Meet some community members and get some exercise with a fast-paced walk that will cover 4.5 miles of trails (ages 10+ welcome).
Saturday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m. - Snap a picture of local wildlife while joining the Friends for a moderately-paced walk that will cover up to 2 miles of trails (all ages welcome).
No registration is required, just show up and join in!
Fans of Fanno Creek
The Fans of Fanno Creek is a non-profit group dedicated to the protection, restoration and enhancement of Fanno Creek and its tributaries. They encourage citizen involvement through advocacy and involvement in watershed restoration projects.
Fanno Creek originates in the West Hills of SW Portland and winds through southern Beaverton and Tigard, eventually feeding into the Tualatin River in rural Washington County. Fanno Creek is one of the few urban streams in the area that supports populations of wild cutthroat and steelhead trout.
SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings individuals, local businesses, communities and conservation groups together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship. They work with public and private land managers alike, providing small grants for projects when needed.
The Tualatin River Watershed Council is a watershed stewardship organization that promotes and encourages sustainability and watershed-wise practices throughout the Tualatin River Basin by connecting volunteers, friends groups and landowners with resources to restore and protect the land. They also provide watershed stewardship education and share information on watershed conditions with interested parties.
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