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The Portland Parks Board has always been a great proponent of PP&R! Our Diversity Development Committee felt another way the Board would get a first-hand "Parkie experience" was to shadow our frontline staff. Portland Parks Board Chair Vigeland was gung-ho on the idea! Today she job- shadowed one of our fine PP&R carpenters, Pete Zoltanski. Julie spent the morning replacing bricks at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and this afternoon replacing park bench boards in our North Park Blocks. She says she had a blast, and will encourage the other board members to follow her lead. Thanks, Julie!
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PP&R presents volunteer opportunities at Ross Island Natural Area

Paddle to Preserve Ross Island!
This summer, Portland Parks & Recreation's City Nature division is
offering six canoe trips to Ross Island Natural Area,
in partnership with and the Friends of Ross Island.

Once on the island, we’ll work to enhance wildlife habitat and learn more about the animalsand plants that currently call the island home.

Family friendly! Children are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Use your own canoe or kayak or reserve a spot in one of our canoes for only $10 per person!!
No Boat? No Problem!
You can use one or ours! Register today at using the course numbers listed below.

Or, please RSVP by contacting Marissa at
(503) 823-7016 or

Event info and course numbers:
Saturday, May 19th 8:30am-12:30pm Wildlife Monitoring 378375

Saturday, June 9th 8:30am-12:30pm Invasive Species Removal 379158

Thursday, July 12th 6:00pm-9pm Educational Paddle 379166

Wednesday, August 8th 6:00pm-9pm Educational Paddle 379167

Saturday, September 8 8:30am-12:30pm Wildlife Monitoring 379168

Saturday, October 20th 8:30am-12:30pm Planting Native Plants 379175
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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hosting the first-ever BioBlitz for Forest Park Wildlife on May 18th – May 19th. A BioBlitz is an intense, 24-hour survey of all the living things in an area. In this case, we are focusing only on animals within Forest Park, and we are definitely including arthropods and mollusks. Participants sign up for a four-hour block of time to survey a specific type or group of animals.

Are you are interested in helping to document the wildlife that use Portland’s largest natural area, read on for more information about the first-ever Forest Park Wildlife BioBlitz.
Do you like finding and identifying owls? Slugs? Millipedes? Moths? Lizards? Mammals? Wildlife tracks and sign? Sparrows and flycatchers? Newts and salamanders? Worms? Share your knowledge, have fun and help us better understand Forest Park wildlife.
We are currently accepting applications for participants who would like to join a team and be led by a wildlife expert in search of animals in Forest Park. Participant applications will be accepted until all teams are filled. We have worked with team leaders to define routes and times best suited for detecting wildlife species. The number of teams will be limited to approximately 40 this year, and team leaders have been selected based on their level of expertise and outdoor leadership experience. We have tried to find leaders and build teams to document the broadest diversity of wildlife in the park, and to make this a fun event for everyone.
To apply as a participant, simply go to and then click the “BioBlitz Participant Application” link on the upper left.
Apply now! We are anticipating a fun and informative event as we try to expand our wildlife inventory for the park.
Converse about Forest Park wildlife
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Dear Friend of Portland Parks, Portland Parks & Recreation, and our partners in the Washington Park Alliance, want your guidance as we make improvements to parking and shuttle service in Washington Park. We’re conducting a survey through Opt In to learn about your experiences traveling to and from the park. Opt In is an online panel of residents who weigh in on important issues that affect life in the Portland metro region – issues from parking to natural areas, from urban growth to climate change. Membership is hassle free – you just have to answer a few questions to join. Then you’ll automatically be emailed our survey. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a $100 cash card or free tickets to an upcoming Zoo Concert!To take the Washington Park Survey is a quick 2-step process:
1) Join Opt In by clicking here: Opt In Washington Park survey , then;
2) We’ll email a link to our survey to you.Thanks for helping us make it easier for you to get to the attractions in Washington Park. Enter now to win a $100 cash card or free concert tickets! To learn more about Opt In, check out Thank you so much.
Have you ever wanted to share your views about parks, neighborhoods, transportation, recycling or other issues that affect your quality of life? Here’s your chance. Metro and its partners created Opt ...
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Studies show that kids who lay outdoors are physically and mentally healthier! Do you agree?
Studies have shown increasingly, children are spending more and more time indoors and that outdoor time significantly improves children’s mental and physical health and school performance.
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The 2012 Summer Free for All is coming soon with free and fun movies, concerts, playground and lunch programs!
What event are YOU most looking forward to?
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PP&R's Ladybug Nature Walks continue tomorrow (Friday, May 11) at Kenilworth Park! SE 34th Ave & Holgate Blvd, 10am-11am.

Preschoolers ages 2-5 & their parents explore nature in Portland’s parks with trained naturalists Fridays mornings. No registration needed, just show up and have fun!
Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster and a nature guide.

Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songs and experience the many changes of the seasons.
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Healthy parks, healthy Portland!
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