Stewardship Opportunities

We need your helping hands!

The City of Lake Oswego works with volunteer Friends Groups to help keep our parks and open spaces healthy and beautiful. Below is a  list of park stewardship events where volunteer help is needed to protect and restore natural areas in our community. New events will be added periodically, so please check back for updated information. Thank you for your continued support of Lake Oswego's natural park areas!
Please check this website before attending a Stewardship work party to get any updates or changes.

Notice: For every volunteer opportunity, we recommend that volunteers wear long pants, sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Before arriving, please fill out the Stewardship Volunteer Waiver (in the "attachments" section to the right). Please bring a reusable water bottle and heavy-duty gloves.

If you would like to organize an event, please contact Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, at 503-534-5697 or bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us

Upcoming Stewardship Events

Native Species Planting at East Waluga Park - This Saturday!
February 17, Saturday,  9:30a-11:30a

Join us and nestle native species into East Waluga Park's beautiful natural areas. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds sing and notice how the trees have been cleared of the ivy that threatened to smother them. Stewardship appreciates our volunteers that make a huge difference in restoring this natural area!  We plant rain or shine so dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes.
Parking: 15505 Quarry Rd.
Contact: Babs Hamachek, 503-867-0083 or bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us

Friends of Trees Planting Party at River Run
February 17, Saturday, 9a-1p

Join Friends of Trees and the City of Lake Oswego in planting native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants to restore this important habitat area adjacent to the Tualatin River. This project is part of a larger effort under way by the City of Lake Oswego in partnership with Ash Creek Forestry to improve over 65 acres of regionally significant ecological communities in the immediate area. RSVPs requested for groups of more than 5 people – visit http://friendsoftrees.org/volunteering/group-registration to do so. RSVPs are not required for individuals or groups of 4 or fewer — you can simply show up!
Parking: 19700 River Run Dr.
Contact: Jenny or Pablo at (503) 595-0213

Give Mother Nature A Hand At Springbrook Park
February 24, Saturday, 9–11a
Dig in and help plant native species and remove invasive species. Join  Friends of Springbrook Park as they continue with restoration of this jewel of a park. There will be native species, shovels and supplies on site. Springbrook Park is behind the soccer field at Uplands Grade School. Look for directional signs for the planting site in the woods.
Parking: Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd.
Contact: Doug McKean, 503-888-7592 or doug.mckean@gmail.com 

Restore the Native Landscape at East Waluga Park
March 3, Saturday, 9:30 - 11:30a

Thanks to hard work from volunteers last fall, the invasive plants have been cleared from this lovely park -- now it's time to plant native species! Come help the Friends of Waluga Park restore natural habitats while enjoying the first blooms of spring!
Parking: 15505 Quarry Rd
Contact: Babs Hamachek, 503-867-0083 or bhamachek@ci.oswego.or.us

Calling All Green Thumbs to Southwood Park
March 10, Saturday, 10a-12p

Grab a pair of gardening gloves and get ready to make an impact in this Lake Oswego gem. The Friends of Southwood Park invite you to join the most fun part of restoring natural habitats -- planting species native to Oregon landscapes!
Parking: 6200 SW Pamela St
Contact: Kim Valley, 503-336-4646 or kvalley1@yahoo.com

Iron Mountain Park Needs Your Helping Hands
March 18, Sunday, 1-3p

Rise to the challenge with Friends of Iron Mountain and help remove the invasive plants and planting native sword ferns in their place. Bring a friend or family member, grab a shovel or clippers, and dig in!
Parking: Gravel trail head is off Brookside Rd./Twin Fir Rd behind Oswego Hunt Club.
Contact: Mike Buck, 503-914-8607 or m.bucks@comcast.net

Let's Pull Together at Woodmont Park
April 8, Sunday, 1-3p
Woodmont Park has some invasives that need to be cleared -- it's time to pull together! The Friends of Woodmont Park will be leading the charge in removing invasive species and protecting the native plants that were so carefully restored to this lovely natural area. See you there!
Parking: At the corner of Knaus Rd and Atwater Rd
Contact: Heidi Schrimsher, 503-754-6640 or heidigarden@msn.com

Native Planting Party at Iron Mountain Park
April 15, Sunday 1-3p

Now that you've helped successfully clear Iron Mountain Park of invasive species, it's time to plant the native species that call Oregon home. The Friends of Iron Mountain will be nestling native plants into the landscape from 1:00 - 3:00, and are excited for you to join them!
Parking: Gravel trail head is off Brookside Rd./Twin Fir Rd behind Oswego Hunt Club.
Contact: Mike Buck, 503-914-8607 or m.bucks@comcast.net

You Can Do it All at Springbrook Park
April 21, Saturday, 9-11a

Do you prefer removing invasive species, or planting native ones? You can do both at this exciting work party! The Friends of Springbrook Park will be doing double-duty at this work party, and would love for you to come join in the fun!
Parking: Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd.
Contact: Laura Tanz, 503-636-5120 or bltanz@hotmail.com

Impact our Environment at Woodmont Park
April 22, Sunday, 1-3p

Join the Friends of Woodmont Park in pulling out those pesky invasive species that threaten the natural environment. Grab your gardening gloves and take up the charge against English ivy, blackberries, and invasive grasses!   
Parking: At the corner of Knaus Rd and Atwater Rd
Contact: Heidi Schrimsher, 503-754-6640 or heidigarden@msn.com

Go Wild at Springbrook Park
May 19, Saturday, 9-11a

The Friends of Springbrook Park have a mission in this magnificent natural area: to free the trees and clear the ground of invasive species! Join in their efforts to protect the carefully restored native plants that are in danger of being smothered by non-native invaders.
Parking: Uplands Grade School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd.
Contact: Kim Sloat, 949-677-7815 or kcsloat@aol.com

Learn more about our Friends Groups and Neighborhood Associations

For further information, please visit: lo-stewardship.org or call Babs Hamachek, Parks Stewardship Coordinator, 503-534-5697.

Stewardship Snapshots and Past Events

Freeing the Ferns at Lily Bay



Sunday, February 4 - Lily Bay Natural Area hosted 22 volunteers at a Stewardship work party to Free the Ferns from invasive species, as well as remove ivy from trees and removing blackberries.  Volunteers came from Hillsboro, Oregon City, West Linn, Portland and Lake Oswego to lend a hand to Mother Nature. There were students from 4 high schools representing NLYM (National League of Young Men), a PSU college student, a boy scout, students from Hillsboro, adults from NE Portland, and local residents. The 3 Stewardship Gnomes hid in native species providing a learning experience as our youngest volunteers searched for them.

Planting Party at Southwood Park

Saturday, December 9 - The Friends of Southwood Park were joined by an enthusiastic group of about two dozen volunteers. They planted 200 ferns in record time with the help of Park employee Kyle Bateman. Kyle brought the Stewardship trailer and truck to the work party, and people from Lake Oswego and the Portland metro area helped to conserve this important Lake Oswego jewel and restored the natural habitat. They planted in an area that was previously cleared of invasives through the hard work of the Friends of Southwood Park volunteers.

Send in the Scouts!


Boy scouts from troop 413 helped nestle 200 native ferns into Hallinan Heights Woods on November 5th.

For more pictures and information from past Stewardship Work Parties, visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/past-stewardship-events !

Volunteers from the National Young Men's League in Lily Bay Natural Area
Volunteers in Lily Bay
A Young Volunteer, Maia, finds Greenie the Gnome