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You can help protect watershed health! Volunteer to plant trees, sign up for our newsletter, host a presentation, or attend a free workshop.

SCHEDULED EVENT CALENDAR

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Educational Opportunities


  • Oswego Lake Watershed Tour   During Summer and Spring OLWC offers monthly watershed tours for area residents to introduce them to Oswego Lake Watershed and provide an overview of watershed science and issues affecting watershed health.  Transportation is in individual vehicles and carpooling for the tours is arranged at the beginning of the tour. Custom tours can also be arranged for groups of up to 15 individuals. Tours are free, but pre-registration is required.
    WhenThe third Saturday of each month from May through October,  9:00am – 11:00am
    WhereUplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, United States (map)
    DescriptionThis field trip begins at one of the headwaters of Springbrook Creek and follows the creek route to Oswego Lake with visits at several key areas along the creek. The tour concludes at Oswego Creek as water leaves the lake and makes its way to the Willamette River. This event is free and family-friendly. RSVP is required. Please e-mail Stephanie at stephanie@oswegowatershed.org to reserve your space.

    RSVP Required — email stephanie@oswegowatershed.org to reserve your space.

 

Volunteer Opportunities


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  • Upcoming Friends of Springbrook Park Work Parties
    (for details and final dates/times check the calendar above):

    • Work Party: Saturday, May 6  9-10 am
      Join Friends of Springbrook Park as they remove
      ivy and invasives that smother native species in this
      majestic 50.49-acre natural park. Park at Uplands
      Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road.
      Contact Kim Sloat at 503-860-8665 for additional
      information, and visit www.SpringbrookPark.org
    • Education Events. Events throughout the school year (Dates to be determined.). Project Details: A member of Friends of Springbrook Park will partner with Lake Oswego School District and district faculty to develop and implement curriculum that encourages students to learn about and explore the plants, animals, and ecosystems of Springbrook Park.
      Contact: Anne Lider (503-701-2291).
  • Upcoming Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods Work Parties
    • Work Party: Sunday, April 23, 1-3 pm
      Free the Trees in the Cornell Corridor of Trees

      Join Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods to remove
      ivy in the Cornell  “Corridor of Trees” Natural Area.
      This work party is not recommended for children
      under 6 years old due to terrain. Park off Larch
      Street and look for Stewardship signs; carpooling
      recommended. Contact Barbara Fisher at 503-636-
      3153 for additional information.
      Contact: Barbara and Jim Fisher 503-636-3153
  • Upcoming Friends of Iron Mountain Work Parties
    • Work Party: Sunday, April 30th 1:00-3:00 pm
      Roll up your sleeves with Friends of Iron Mountain
      Park to restore this incredible 51-acre natural area. Park
      near the Brookside Road trailhead behind the Oswego
      Hunt Club off of Twin Fir Road. Contact: Michael Buck
Looking East to the lake from the top of Iron Mountain. Photo by Susanna Kuo

Looking east to the lake from the top of Iron Mountain. Photo by Susanna Kuo

  • Watershed Programs OLWC offers 30 minute programs about the Oswego Lake watershed. The programs are based on a virtual tour of the watershed and cover the basic science of watershed function. Please contact Stephanie Wagner at stephanie@oswegowatershed.org for more information.
  • Watershed Education Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed to support school programs and watershed tours and programs.  We are particularly looking for individuals who are interested in supporting the 5th grade watershed programs at Tryon Creek or leading watershed tours. Training is provided for all volunteer opportunities. Please contact Stephanie Wagner at stephanie@oswegowatershed.org for details.

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DO YOUR PART AT HOME!

Lake Oswego Backyard Habitat Certification ProgramGarden naturally:

  • Certify your yard through the Backyard Habitat Certification Program – CLICK HERE to learn more. 
  • Reduce your use of toxic gardening products
  • Use slow-release fertilizers
  • Avoid combined fertilizer and pesticide products like “weed and feed”
  • Remove invasive weeds and replant with native vegetation
  • Keep soil from washing into the storm drains in the street

Soak up stormwater runoff:

  • Rain gardens slow down and soak up stormwater runoff on your property.

Watershed-friendly household maintenance:

  • Soak up driveway spills with kitty litter and throw in the garbage
  • Sweep your driveway instead of washing it
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste at a disposal facility – drains in the street lead to local streams

Maintain your vehicles to reduce pollution:

  • Fix vehicle fluid leaks to keep them from washing into streams
  • Wash your car at a car wash or over grass

Even your pets can help:

  • Please pick up after your pets – bacteria from dog waste pollutes our waterways

CLICK HERE for more information about classes, small grant opportunities, and “how-to” guides.