Oregon

2017 Volunteer Work Parties

If you have questions or would like to register a group of 5+, please contact orvolunteers@tnc.org or (503) 802-8100.   

APRIL
Whetstone Savanna Work Party
Saturday, April 15 from 9am to 12pm near Medford
Whetstone Savanna is a spring wildflower haven and home to two federally listed endangered plants, as well as threatened vernal pool fairy shrimp. Join The Nature Conservancy and SOLVE for a family-friendly work party. Volunteers will help remove invasive curly dock from vernal pools to improve the native habitat. Register

Celebrate Earth Day on the Willamette Confluence
Saturday, April 22 from 10am to 2pm in Eugene
Where the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River meet, the Willamette Confluence provides habitat for salmon and other at-risk wildlife. Volunteers will remove English ivy during this family-friendly restoration event in partnership with SOLVE. After the work, join Conservancy staff on a short walking tour of our latest restoration project. Register

Camassia Natural Area Work Party
Saturday, April 29 from 9:30am to 2:30pm in West Linn
Camassia is a spring wildflower haven and contains many “small worlds”—from Oregon white oak-madrone woodlands to wet meadows. Volunteers will pull English ivy during this event, and families are encouraged to join. Register

MAY
Cascade Head Work Party
Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 4pm near Lincoln City
Cascade Head Preserve is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly. Volunteers will help remove invasive blackberry, and the work includes a five-mile roundtrip hike with significant elevation gain. Register

Noble Oaks Fence Pull & Preserve Tour
Saturday, May 13 from 10am to 3pm near Willamina
This Willamette Valley site establishes a core habitat “anchor” for oak and prairie species in wine country between Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the Conservancy's Yamhill Oaks preserve. Volunteers will help remove old wooden fence and enjoy a walking tour of the preserve. Register

Miami Wetlands Work Party
Saturday, May 20 from 10am to 4pm near Tillamook
Adjacent to Tillamook Bay, Miami Wetlands features restored wetlands that benefit northern red-legged frog, chum salmon, peregrine falcon and other at-risk wildlife. Volunteers will help remove invasive bindweed from our restoration plantings. Register

Lindsay Prairie & Boardman Grasslands Event
Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21 near Ione
These preserves are some of the Columbia Basin’s last remaining examples of native sage and grassland ecosystems. Volunteers will help repair and build fencing during this 2-day work party. Volunteers are welcome to stay at the Conservancy's property in Ione. Register. 

JUNE
Cascade Head Trail Work Event
Saturday, June 3 from 10am to 4pm near Lincoln City
This coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly. During this event, volunteers will perform trail work. Register

Tending Our Ashland Forest
Saturday, June 3 from 8:30am to 12:30pm in Ashland
Join the Conservancy, City of Ashland and Lomakatsi Restoration Project for a morning of raking duff (accumulated old bark and debris) from the base of large old trees to protect them from fire damage. Register

Juniper Hills Bat Box Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, June 3-4, East of Prineville
This 14,000-acre preserve harbors ancient junipers, an outstanding diversity of bunch grasses and colorful earth formations. During this work party volunteers will build bat boxes for the preserve. We will work a full day on Saturday & half day on Sunday. Register. 

Powell Butte Work Party
Saturday, June 10 from 9am to 12pm in SE Portland 
The Nature Conservancy, Hands on Portland, and Portland Parks & Recreation are joining forces to perform trail work, invasive species removal, and native plant care. No experience is necessary & families are encouraged to join. Register

Kilchis Estuary Restoration Event
Saturday, June 17 from 10am to 4pm in Tillamook
In the southeast corner of the Tillamook Bay, tidal wetlands and Sitka spruce swamp habitat are being restored to improve habitat for native species, including Chinook, chum and coho salmon. Volunteers will remove barbed wire fence during this event. Register

Lawrence Memorial Grassland Work Party
Saturday, June 17 from 10am to 4pm near Shaniko (Central Oregon)
This site ​is home to the best remaining example of native, biscuit-scabland prairie in the Columbia Basin. Volunteers will repair fence, remove invasive species and enjoy a walking tour of the preserve. Register

Upper Table Rock Restoration Event
Saturday, June 24 from 8:30am to 12:30 pm in Central Point
The Table Rocks are remnants of lava flows that filled the canyons of an ancient, meandering Rogue River over 7 million years ago. Atop these mesas is a mosaic of grassy mounds, stony flats and vernal, or seasonal, ponds. During this family-friendly event, volunteers will pull invasive star thistle. Register.

JULY
Sutton Lake Work Party 
Saturday, July 15 from 10am to 4pm near Florence
Sutton Lake Marsh is a beautiful coastal preserve dominated by native shrubs like crabapple and willows. Volunteers will remove invasive English ivy and Scotch broom during this event. Register.

Popcorn Swale Volunteer Event
Saturday July 15 from 8:30 to 11:30am near Roseburg
This site is home to one of the best remaining examples of Umpqua Valley wet prairie, and the federally endangered rough popcorn flower as well as other rare plants. We will remove teasel during this family-friendly event. Register.

Cascade Head Pinnacle Work Party 
Saturday, July 22 from 10am to 4pm near Lincoln City
This coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly. We will remove Canada thistle from the Pinnacle, an area of the preserve that is closed to the public. Register 

AUGUST 
Blind Slough Swamp Event 

Saturday & Sunday, August 5-6 near Astoria
This area is home to Oregon’s best remaining Sitka spruce swamp and it provides habitat along the Columbia River for bald eagle, osprey and river otter. Volunteers will remove invasive purple loosestrife from two sites on the Columbia River during this work party. On Saturday, we will work on foot at the North Coast Land Conservancy's Wolf Bay Preserve, and on Sunday, we will work from canoes at The Nature Conservancy's Blind Slough Swamp. Register

Willow Creek Restoration Work Party
Saturday, August 19 from 9am to noon in Eugene
Willow Creek's native grasslands, ash woodlands and perennial streams provide the best remaining example of native wet prairie habitats in the southern Willamette Valley. During this work party, volunteers will collect native wildflower seed for use in future prairie restoration. Register.

Sycan Marsh Astrology Work Party
Sunday & Monday, August 20-21 near Silver Lake
You are invited to spend an Astrological weekend at Sycan Marsh! Volunteers will remove fence and improve facilities during this event, working a full day Sunday and a half day Monday. On Sunday night we will have the opportunity to explore the night sky, and hopefully see meteors from the Perseid meteor shower. On Monday we will experience the solar eclipse. Learn more & register.

Cascade Head Weekend Work Party
Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27 in Lincoln City
Join us for a two-day work party on this coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers will gather seeds from native grassland species and/or pull Queen Anne’s lace. The work involves a four+ mile hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working. Register.

SEPTEMBER
Cascade Head End of the Season Work Party

Saturday, September 9 from 10am-4pm in Lincoln City
This preserve is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During this event, we will be gathering seeds from native grassland species to be used in future restoration. Volunteers can also pull invasive weeds. The work includes a three+ mile round trip hike with elevation gain. After the work, stick around for an end of the season coast volunteer recognition party from 4-6 pm. Register.

Zumwalt Prairie Weekend Work Party
Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17 near Enterprise
This preserve is home to a wide diversity of plants and animals and is most noted for its diversity of nesting raptors, expansive grasslands, and spectacular views of the Wallowa and Seven Devils Mountain ranges. Volunteers will repair fence, prepare a prescribed fire unit, remove invasive species and/or improve facilities. We’ll work a full day on Saturday and a half day Sunday. Register

Connect with Nature at Mt. Tabor Park
Saturday, September 30 in SE Portland
Help restore Mt. Tabor Park by removing invasive species, maintaining native plants and performing trail maintenance. After the work, stick around for a celebratory event with local food and live music! Register.

OCTOBER
Willow Creek Restoration Event

Saturday, October 14 from 10am to 1pm in Eugene
Willow Creek's native grasslands, ash woodlands and perennial streams provide the best remaining example of native wet prairie habitats in the southern Willamette Valley. During this work party, volunteers will collect native wildflower seed for use in future prairie restoration. Register

Sycan Marsh Weekend Work Party
Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15 near Silver Lake
This vast, verdant wetland in the upper reaches of the Klamath Basin is a key site for wetland research and restoration, and is home to thousands of nesting and migrating birds, threatened fish and newly discovered aquatic creatures. During this work party, volunteers will remove old fencing and improve preserve facilities. We’ll work a full day Saturday and a half day Sunday. Register

Tom McCall Trail Work Party
Saturday, October 21 from 9am to 4pm
Tom McCall is home to one of Oregon's most impressive displays of spring wildflowers and more than 200 plant species, including grass widows, prairie stars, shooting stars, balsamroot, lupine and Indian paintbrush. During this event, volunteers will be performing trail maintenance on the McCall Point trail. Tasks include brushing the trail corridor, reshaping the trail surface, and cleaning water bars and dips. Learn more & register.

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