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

We are beginning to plan for fall invasive species removal and installation of native plants! We will be implementing COVID-19 safety guidelines and working with small groups of volunteers. Please email Jack at to be added to our volunteer mailing list! You will be notified of volunteer opportunities when they are scheduled.



Oswego Lake Watershed Council’s number one priority is the health of our community and volunteers. We appreciate all of you and want you to know that our staff is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and taking appropriate measures to ensure that we are doing our part to promote wellness in the community. OLWC is following the recommendations of local government, the WHO, CDC and OHA.

We currently do not have any scheduled public volunteer events. However, volunteer events will resume in Fall 2020 with new COVID-19 safety protocols. Please email Jack at to be added to our volunteer mailing list! You will be notified of volunteer opportunities when they are scheduled.

We will also continue to engage with the OLWC community online by using email and our social media platforms. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We appreciate your patience and hope that all of you continue to stay healthy during this challenging time.

Take care,

OLWC Staff and Board


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.

    When: The third Saturday of each month from May through October,  9:00am – 11:00am

    Where: Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, United States (map)

    Description: This 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 to reserve your space.

    RSVP Required — email to reserve your space.

  • 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 for details.


Volunteer Opportunities with Our Partner Organizations

Friends of Springbrook Park

  • Work Parties – watch the calendar above
  • Our Next Work Party is on Saturday, October 24th 2020
    For our Volunteer Work Parties we will be placing new signs around Uplands Neighborhood. Please join us when you see this sign:
    Springbrook Park Volunteer Work Party this Saturday 8-11 am - Meet at Uplands School - Trail Kiosk
  • 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).

Let the Bloom Continue and Grow

Join Friends of Iron Mountain

Our 2020 Spring Work Party dates are
from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

The March 15th work party has been cancelled.

Our staging area will be the Brookside trailhead. Crew leaders will greet and help you in these invasive species removal projects. At each session, some aspect of the park will be highlighted so everyone will take away some insight besides dirty clothes!

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring gloves if you have them. Beverages and snacks are provided.



Garden naturally:

Lake Oswego Backyard Habitat Certification Program

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