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Volunteer Opportunities

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The Wetlands Conservancy relies on volunteers working together to maintain, restore, and survey (aka steward) nearly all our urban properties throughout the seasons. You can join in by volunteering for any of the following work events. Additionally, if you have an idea for a wetland activity, or if you’re just looking for a chance to spend time in a wetland, contact volunteer@wetlandsconservancy.org. We’ll find a way to get you out there!

 

Cleanup at Hearthwood Wetland

Thursday, October 6th 9:30-12pm

Join us for a cleanup in Clackamas, just south of Johnson Lake. Our native plantings need a leg up against tall grasses and invasive species that thrived in this summer’s heat! Help to add support and breathing room for these vital transplants.

Cleanup at Minthorn Springs 

Saturday, October 8th 9:30-12pm

Cleanups at Minthorn every second Saturday of the month. Join the dedicated crew of volunteers that tends to this beloved wetland. 

Planting at Knez Wetland

Saturday, October 15th 9:30-12pm

RSVP above for a planting event at Knez wetland in Tigard. This tiny beaver haven tucked between highway 217 and 99W needs an influx of new native plants. Last year’s willow stakes have survived the summer and now it’s time to add wetland-loving shrubs and rushes to the mix. 

Cleanup at Cedar Mill

Saturday, November 5th 9:30-12pm

Join us for a day of trash removal in one of our most biodiverse urban wetlands. Cedar mill is a great spot for birdwatching and bioblitzing, so bring you binoculars and your smartphone! Last year we nearly filled a dumpster by the end of the day. This time we’ll see if we cant finish the job!

Cleanup at Gresham Meadowlands

Sunday, November 6th 9:30-12pm

Come visit Gresham for a day of planting, trash removal, and trimming back the blackberry. This tiny wetland is home to many amphibian and bird species that rely on our stewardship for the good of their habitat!

Cleanup at Minthorn Springs

Saturday, November 12th 9:30-12pm 

Cleanups at Minthorn every second Saturday of the month. Join the dedicated crew of volunteers that tends to this beloved wetland. 

 

 

COMMUNITY SCIENCE 

Beaver Survey Season is here!
Beavers are great indicators and sustainers of wetland health. The Wetlands Conservancy collects annual data on urban beaver populations throughout Washington County. Trained community scientists are currently logging signs of beaver activity along creeks and streams between wetland preserves.

In 2021, community scientists logged 57 dams and 20 lodges throughout the Tualatin River Basin. We trained 64 people, performed 21 guided surveys, and covered nearly 32 miles of stream! Check out our observations here as they are uploaded in real time. This year, we’ve trained 75 community scientists and will be visiting even more sites in the watershed! Surveys are ongoing throughout September and October. Stay tuned to find out how much action we log!

AND come to Multnomah Arts Center’s annual beaver festival, September 24th!

Amphibian Survey Season 
Certain amphibians are indicators of wetland health. The Wetlands Conservancy collects annual data on urban amphibian populations throughout Washington and Clackamas Counties. Trained community scientists search for and log amphibian egg masses within our wetland preserves. 

In 2022, our team of 72 community scientists logged nearly 1000 total amphibian egg masses. We searched 51 miles of breeding habitat over the course of 28 guided surveys, and next year we plan to do even more!

Guided surveys four times a week throughout February and March. Join our survey team!

Our next virtual training will be February 4th, 2023

Interested? Email volunteer@wetlandsconservancy.org for more information or fill out the form below.