Things will look different!
Starting in October, we'll let you know about volunteer projects with calendar updates that you can choose to receive on your phone or by email. Look for kudos, photos and interviews with volunteers at http://www.eugene-or.gov/eps and on our Facebook page.
Saturday, September 27
9 a.m. - noon
Bertelsen Nature Park
(just north of Bertelsen and W11th)
Celebrate National Public Lands Day! Join other volunteers in the community to enhance habitat and trails in the West Eugene Wetlands. Eugene Park Stewards will supply the tools, gloves and a snack. Family friendly. For more information or to let us know you are coming (always helpful but not required) call 541-682-4845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Right Up
1 - 4 p.m.
Native Plant Nursery
With cooler fall weather, Eugene Park Stewards' September work parties at the Native Plant Nursery return to afternoons. September 19 and 26, work parties will run from 1-4 pm. Kelsey Irvine will continue to host seed collection at the Nursery this fall. Come join her and discover this treasure tucked away in Alton Baker Park. To find out more, call 541-682-4831 or email email@example.com.
Should I plant natives or not? This is a question that comes to the forefront whether you are landscaping a city park or your own backyard. As leaves change color and fall approaches we begin to think about the upcoming planting season. EPS thought maybe we should take a look back to this past spring to see how one park adoption group and a group of college students experiences the rewards of landscaping with native plants.
In the early spring of 2014, the University of Oregon's plant identification class visited the Laurelwood Bog, an Adopt-a-Park project in east Eugene located on the northwest corner of the Laurelwood Golf Course. The class takes a number of field trips to park areas including Alton Baker, Skinner Butte, the West Eugene Wetlands and this small park restoration area. Hugh Prichard, an adjacent property owner and the volunteer leader of this adoption says “volunteers have been removing invasive and planting native plants for the past four springs and are seeing a wonderful transformation.” This park site has ten different environmental conditions that play hosts to over 90 native plant species which are clearly identifiable in springtime, a blessing for budding botanists.
The landscape architecture class students, over 35 of them, were very enthusiastic to find such a place only 8 blocks from the university to learn about native plants. One student shared that it is “cool to see a mutually beneficial (relationship) between a governmental organization and a private (land owner).” When asked what they thought of the Laurelwood Bog one student shared it is “a micropark that blurs the lines of landscape architecture” and found the park to be “very inspirational looking into the future.” The adoption group and educators look forward to this field trip becoming part of the curriculum for years to come. For more information contact south region volunteer coordinator, Carrie Karl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-682-4850.
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Eugene Park Stewards
1820 Roosevelt Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97402
View the Eugene Park Stewards Regions map to identify your region and volunteer coordinator.