Pitching in for the environment

Walk like a ladybug

Want to share your love of nature with adorable 2- to 5-year-olds? Walk through gardens and natural areas while touching slimy slugs, smelling tree bark, and listening to bird calls?  

Become a Ladybug Walk leader. 

Portland Parks & Recreation seeks volunteers to lead Ladybug Walks from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday mornings. The parks bureau provides two to three hours of training. Then you’ll shadow others for a few walks until you’re ready to lead your own. Volunteers must pass a background check.

To find out more: 


Befriend a tree

January is a great time to plant trees, and Friends of Trees could use your help at one of several upcoming events.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, the nonprofit will plant in Southeast Portland neighborhoods. Assemble either at St. Marks Church, 5415 S.E. Powell Blvd., or Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 3520 S.E. Yamhill St.

On Monday, Jan. 20, plant native trees or shrubs in Tualatin to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday. Show up at Ibach Park, 10455 S.W. Ibach St. Or plant trees in a native wetland in King City Park along the Tualatin River. Meet at 17470 SW Montague Way, King City.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, meet at Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 N. Rosa Parks Way, to plant in North and Northeast Portland, or Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 11560 SE Market St., to plant in East Portland.

Arrive by 8:45 a.m. for each event; plantings start at 9 a.m. and last several hours. Come dressed for the weather, wearing sturdy shoes. For more information, call 503-595-0213.

Get promoted

Ever joined an environmental stewardship project and felt you wanted a bit more ... responsibility?

SOLVE has a plan for you. The state’s leading environmental cleanup nonprofit is offering a workshop to train folks how to lead such projects. Instead of picking blackberries, planting trees and picking up trash, you’d be organizing others to do the same.

Learn the basics of watershed restoration, how to recruit and manage volunteers, handle logistics, address safety considerations, prevent volunteer burnout, work with the media, and do fundraising.

For questions, contact Kaleen Boyle at 503-844-9571 x332, 800-333-7658 x332, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF CAROLINE SKINNER  - Volunteer Patrick Birkle digs out invasive plants at Nob Hill Nature Park in St. Helens.

Wear long sleeves for this one

Speaking of new challenges, how about removing poison oak?

Friends of the Columbia Gorge wants volunteers for an all-day cleanup at its Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail, on the Washington side of the river. The event takes place 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Mark your calendar for this one.

To sign up, go to:

Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities. If your organization has an activity to promote, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and use a subject line of Down and Dirty.

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