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October 14, 2017 – Restoration Planting

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A Wonderful Restoration Planting Party in Springbrook Park

Two dozen friends and neighbors planted over 350 native plants and ferns along the White Oak trail on the south side of Springbrook Park from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Sunny but cool weather was welcomed.

Students from PSU and Chemeketa College volunteered as part of their environmental studies program. Mormon neighbors from Just Serve served their community. Several young men also pulled ivy from nearby trees. Thanks to these wonderful folks who are helping restore our native urban forest.

Fall 2017: Preschool Nature Walks

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Friends of Springbrook Park have created a valuable free opportunity for preschool children to explore nature in a guided, enthusiastic environment.

The preschoolers are provided with “Exploration Buckets” to hold their findings as they dig, magnify, catch bugs, and learn about nature!

This Fall we had two wonderful mornings in Springbrook Park with over 50 preschool children experiencing nature. Focus was on finding things that are natural and things that should not be there, like an ear of corn. Lots of fun.

Many thanks to our volunteers: Sue Thomas, Anne Lider, Michelle Tanz, Laura Tanz, Sara McKean, Megan Big John. And a special welcome to Debra Barnett, who joined to learn how to lead these nature walks.

The preschool children learned many new things and had a ball!

This entry was posted on October 6, 2017, in 2017.

May 6, 2017: Invasive Removal

Fifteen friends and neighbors pulled of Herb Robert, AKA “Stinky Bob,” invasives from one area of the park. In two hours folks filled a dozen large plastic bags of the invasive. Wow and thanks!

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April 14 & 22: Preschool Walks

Over 70 preschool children with caregivers walked in Springbrook Park and learned about birds, plants, slugs, worms, and much more. This hands-on learning enriched the lives of our young ones. More to occur in the Fall and next year.

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This entry was posted on June 21, 2017, in 2017.

February 18, 2017: Restoration Plantings

A grateful shout-out to the incredible volunteers who showed up Saturday morning, February 18, to help Friends of Springbrook Park and the Oswego Lake Watershed Council plant nearly 200 native plants in the park and remove invasive English Ivy from a large area next to the park. Terrific work from a terrific group of neighbors. Your efforts are making a real, positive difference in restoring the health of this natural area. Thank you so much Doug McKean for managing the projects. And Eric Lider’s grandkids.

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This entry was posted on June 21, 2017, in 2017.

June 4, 2017: National Trails Day

National Trails Day was celebrated in walking groups lead by Sue Thomas, nature specialist. Folks learned the interconnections of the forest, wildlife, soil conditions, and the inter-dependability that our forests provide to all of us.

June 4, 2017 National Trails Day