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Portland Parks & Recreation

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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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No Ivy Day 2019

The 16th annual No Ivy Day is October 26, 2019

 No Ivy Day Sites and Registration 

PP&R Sites
Forest Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation's No Ivy League and the Forest Park Conservancy for a morning of ivy removal in Forest Park. This is where it all started 16 years ago. Come learn more about Forest Park, the largest park within city limits in the US, which is over 5,000 acres. Volunteers will meet at the Holman Lane trailhead located at NW Raleigh St and hike about ½ mile to our ivy removal worksite. Volunteers will be hiking and working off trail on uneven ground. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided.

Hoyt Arboretum-
Join Hoyt Arboretum Friends to volunteer for No Ivy Day! Hoyt Arboretum is Portland’s living museum of trees with more than 2,000 species of trees to explore along 12 miles of trails. Volunteer crews are incredibly important to maintaining the arboretum’s 189-acre grounds, particularly in removing invasive species like English ivy. This is an outdoor volunteer opportunity. Please dress for the weather; long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes are necessary. Tools, gloves, and parking passes are provided. 

Hoyt Arboretum can be accessed via US 26 or W Burnside. Volunteers can also take the MAX (Red or Blue line) to the Washington Park MAX Station or take Bus #63. Parking is available in the parking lots adjacent to the Visitor Center (volunteer parking passes will be provided). There is also a limited amount of free on-street parking.  

Indian Creek Natural Area
Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Portland Parks & Recreation, and other community members to protect trees and native shrubs by clearing ivy from around them at this little Natural Area through which Indian Creek runs on its way to Johnson Creek. Everyone welcome! Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea, snacks and on-site portable toilet provided. Wear long-sleeved shirts, thick pants and sturdy boots. Terrain is hilly and uneven in places. Children welcome and must be accompanied by an attentive adult.

Tri-met: Bus #19 (I-205 Overpass stop) or Green line MAX (Flavel stop). Pass under the I-205 Overpass, then walk southeast 200 feet on Mt. Scott Blvd. (Flavel becomes Mt. Scott Blvd.), then east on SE Knapp for ¼ mile. Indian Creek is on your right.

Bike/Walk the Springwater Corridor and I-205 trails: www.PortlandOregon.gov/parks/springwatermap. 

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Address: Knapp Falls located on SE Knapp Street, 1/4 mile east of Flavel (google maps says it Flavel but other maps may say Mt Scott Blvd)
  • Register for Indian Creek Natural Area
  • For more information, please contact Courtney at courtney@jcwc.org or Susan Hawes at 503-823-6131or susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov.  Day of event questions ONLY call/txt Susan at 503-823-5937

Johnson Lake
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to remove invasive English ivy from around Johnson Lake! We will take a short walk into the park to locate and pull patches of English ivy. Removing invasive species helps encourage native species regeneration and improves wildlife habitat. Volunteers will be working at the Johnson Lake property, pulling ivy by hand. We may also do a litter pick up. We will provide any tools needed, gloves, and snacks and hot tea and coffee.   Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, and sunhat. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult.

Public transportation and parking: Max Red line to 82nd Ave, then walk 1 mile to Johnson Lake North Trailhead. Bus #71 to Parkrose/Sumner TC then walk 1.2 miles to Johnson Lake North Trailhead.
There is ample parking for cars on NE Colfax Ave and along NE 92nd.  

Marquam Nature Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Marquam Nature Park, the West Willamette Restoration Partnership and Hands on Portland to continue ivy removal in Marquam Nature Park! Help restore this beautiful and important natural area by removing ivy. This event is family-friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided.  Please carpool when possible as parking can be limited

Marshall Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Marshall Park, Marshall Park Neighborhood Association and Tryon Creek Watershed Council to continue to restore the Foley Balmer section of Marshall Park by removing ivy and planting native plants! This event is family friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided.

Pier Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and Friends of Pier Park in removing invasive non-native species, including English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and help removed fallen branches from the park. This event is family friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided.

Bus #75 and #44 will serve the Pier Park Stop  

Woods Memorial Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Woods Park and to help remove invasive ivy and to benefit the health of Woods Creek. Meet at the top of the Stairway Trail. Parking is available at the entrance by the gate along SW Woods Parkway just off of SW 45th Ave.. Please carpool as parking is limited. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided. 

Partner Sites 

Nadaka Nature Park
Friends of Nadaka is teaming up with Portland Parks & Recreation to host a No Ivy Day event at Nadaka Nature Park! Gather your friends, families, and neighbors to help restore a safe and healthy habitat at Nadaka by pulling out invasive English ivy and removing other nonnative species from the park. This event is family friendly, and all are welcome! Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided, as well as tools and gloves.  Dress for the weather and to work in natural areas: long pants, and closed-toe sturdy shoes are recommended. Please bring a water bottle!

We will be meeting at the Picnic Shelter along NE Glisan Street. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. 

Directions: DRIVING: -Heading east from Portland use I-84/US 30E take Exit 13 and turn right onto 181 Street. Continue on 181 Street, and then turn right onto Glisan Street. Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church will be on your right. -Coming from Troutdale along I-84 / US 30W: Heading west from Hood River use I-84/US 30W take Exit 13 and turn left onto 181 Street. Continue on 181 Street, and then turn right onto Glisan Street. Nadaka Nature Park and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church will be on your right. PARKING: - Entrance at 176th St. and NE Glisan - You may use the St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230. - Entrance at NE Pacific Street and 176th - You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

 MAX: - Option #1: Take the Max Blue Line (East or West) to E 181st Ave MAX Station Stop ID 8364. From the Max stop, walk east along E Burnside Street towards 181st Ave. Turn north/left and walk along 181st to NE Glisan Street. Turn west/left at the 181st and NE Glisan intersection. Walk along NE Glisan Street until you reach 176th Ave. Nadaka will be on the north side of NE Glisan Street. - 

Option #2: Take the Max Blue Line (East or West) to the E 172nd Ave Max Station Stop ID 8352. From the Max stop, walk west along E Burnside Street to 172nd Ave. Turn north/right onto 172nd Ave towards NE Glisan Street. At the intersection of 172nd and NE Glisan turn east/right until you reach 176th Ave. Nadaka will be on the north side of NE Glisan Street.

Portland Community College (PCC) Sylvania Campus
Come remove the invasive species English ivy with the PCC Habitat Team at our "Rainy Woods" site at PCC Sylvania.  .We will continue work along a path through a natural area that has lots of English ivy. We will pull ivy and some blackberry. We will have gloves, water, and some snacks. Please dress appropriately for the weather, dirt, mud, and the outdoors! Please bring your own water bottle. All minors must be accompanied by their guardian. 

Driving directions: If driving, enter the main entrance to PCC Sylvania, turn left on the "ring road" (G street). The ring road starts to head downhill and there is a stop sign. Park somewhere between where you begin to head downhill and the stop sign. Our site is opposite (south) of the stormwater retention ponds. Parking is free on Saturdays.
Public Tranportation: If riding the 78 or 44, get off at the PCC Sylvania Main Stop in front of the library. Walk south to the ring road and walk uphill. We'll be on the right working in the woods south of the ring road!

 Spring Park/ Elk Rock Island
Join North Clackamas Park and Recreation District and Friends of Spring Park and Elk Rock Island for a morning of restoration work. Volunteers will be pulling ivy from Spring Park and Elk Rock Island. This is a beautiful site on the Willamette River. Some hiking, rough terrain, and poison oak can be expected. Please wear closed toed shoes, long pants,long sleeves and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, instruction, water, and snacks will be provided.  

Tenny Creek Park
Join the VINE (Vancouver Ivy Near Elimination) Squad Tenney Creek Park in Vancouver, WA. At this event, volunteers will remove non-native English ivy. By removing this invasive plant, native plant communities will be given an opportunity to thrive. This is an all age, family friendly event. Youth 13 and younger may attend  with a parent or guardian. Teens 14 to 17 must return a signed minor consent form to attend without a parent or guardian. http://bit.ly/EventConsent 

Look for the “Volunteers At Work” signs! Please dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring your own water bottle. Training, gloves, tools, cold water, cold coffee and light refreshments will be available. Refillable water bottles are encouraged. This site utilizes on street parking. Please carpool when possible. There are no public bathrooms at this location but facilities are nearby. We look forward to seeing you there!

Directions: From downtown Vancouver Take  I-5 N toward Seattle 3.0 mi Take exit 4 for NE 78th St 0.3 mi Turn right onto NE 78th St 0.1 mi Turn left onto NE Hwy 99 Pass by Baja Fresh (on the right) 0.5 mi Turn right after Del Taco (on the left) 1.1 mi Turn left onto NE 32nd Ave 0.1 mi Turn left at the 1st cross street onto NE 91st St This site utilizes on street parking. Please carpool when possible. 

English ivy Information
Investigate Hedera hibernica and Hedera helix knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact us

Mary Verrilli, Westside Stewardship Coordinator
mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-9423

No Ivy League Field Headquarters
503-823-3681
2960 NW Upshur Street, Portland Oregon 97210