Explore the Intertwine

June 2015 Newsletter

School is almost out, and summer almost officially here -- what a glorious season for enjoying The Intertwine! Why not check out a new park or trail this month? 

Alliance Updates 
Announcements, opportunities and events from the staff of  The Intertwine Alliance 

Trails triumph. A great BIG thank you to the 80 Intertwine Alliance volunteers who kept the American Trails International Trails Symposium hiking along smoothly May 17-20. It was a smashing success, with trails professionals and enthusiasts from around the world convening right here in Portland at the convention center. Thank you also to the many Intertwine Alliance partners who worked at the Metro Trails Fair and the trade show. It was a huge honor to showcase our regional system of parks, trails and natural areas to an international community.

Rally 'round for health. There are still a few seats left at The Intertwine Alliance's third Health & Nature Forum, set for Thursday, June 11 -- but you'd better act fast! Join your fellow health and conservation professionals as we move from formulating the vision for our collaborative work to shaping a specific, on-the-ground project. We need your passion and good thinking at the table. Learn more, and register today. Free, limited to 100 participants.

Focus on Clark County. Connect with your southwest Washington-area peers at the second gathering of The Intertwine Alliance's Clark County Network on Wednesday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn what’s going on in your parks-trail-conservation community as we build a strong sub-regional network. We'll spend time working in small groups on the topics of volunteer programs, funding efforts, operational challenges and communications. RSVP today! 

Partner round-up. Equal parts business and fun, The Intertwine Alliance Partner Meeting is coming up on Friday, June 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. This year's gathering is a breakfast at the Moda Center featuring dynamic keynote speaker Kevin Carroll. Click here for more info and to RSVP. We're looking for one to three representatives from each partner organization, so if you haven't already, please choose your delegates and sign up. We look forward to a fun and productive morning. 

Committed to change. This summer and fall, The Intertwine Alliance continues its equity and diversity work with two antiracism workshops facilitated by nationally respected Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training. Stay tuned for information about a one-day workshop on Thursday, July 16, and a 2.5-day Advanced Institutionalized Antiracism Workshop from Oct. 6-8. We'll send an invitation and registration for the July 16 training in mid-June. Registration will be limited to 100 people, with priority for partner organizations. Email with questions. 


Intertwine News 
Announcements and opportunities from Intertwine Alliance partner organizations

Zoo to-do. Many of you are familiar with the exciting news that the Oregon Zoo is building a brand-new education center, opening in 2017, to serve as a regional catalyst for conservation education and action. The center's main exhibit hall, the Nature Exploration Station (NESt), will feature experiences organized around four "actions for wildlife": Use Less, Speak Out, Explore and Give Back. The zoo invites conservation partners to submit stories on one of these themes illustrating how an ordinary person took a small action leading to big change. Raw material and related multi-media content is due Friday, June 12. For more information and specifications, contact Brent Shelby at or 503-525-4240.

Growing ever greener. Portland Parks & Recreation’s South Waterfront Greenway Central District opened to the public on May 14, with a grand-opening celebration set for Saturday, June 27. The greenway pairs a city park and valuable transportation corridor with wildlife habitat along the river’s edge, all on land reclaimed from industrial use. Gracing the park are five river overlooks with benches, extensive lawn areas, public art and more. Come to the river on the 27th and celebrate with fellow parks supporters.

Party with a Portland icon. Great Blue Heron Week is in full swing, with hikes, paddles and more for all ages scheduled through June 7. Don't miss the grand finale, the Ross Island Regatta, this Sunday. View the week's full schedule on the Audubon Society of Portland's web site.

Bike better. Metro has released the ninth edition of its Bike There! map, featuring 1,500-plus miles of on- and off-street bicycle routes stretching to the far reaches of the Portland metropolitan region. Click here for six reasons the map is special, plus a list of spots you can pick one up. 

Turtle talk. Wanna create a turtle nesting habitat? Wondering whether a turtle is male or female? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's new "Guidance for Conserving Oregon's Native Turtles, Including Best Management Practices" will help you out with this and anything else you've ever wanted to know about conservation of Oregon's two native turtle species. Download your free copy today.

Managing change in community forests. Tools and strategies for dealing with invasive pests, changing climate regimes and increased urban density are the topics at the Oregon Community Trees annual conference this Thursday, June 4. Register here to join your fellow city tree enthusiasts.

Bright ideas. Last month's Outside Voice guest blog was all about thinking outside the box, with The Intertwine Alliance's own Janet Bebb bringing back industrial reuse ideas from abroad, and Alta Planning + Design's Mia Birk and Katie Mangle making a case for nontraditional (i.e. private) funding for big trail projects. Let them inspire you.


Partner Happenings 
Highlighted partner events for the coming month and beyond. For more, see the Intertwine Alliance partner calendar

  • Think deeply. There's still time to sign up for the First Annual Oregon Ecopsychology Symposium, organized by the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, this Friday, June 5. Register here.
  • Create beauty. Leach Botanical Garden is developing eight new acres, and wants your input on garden designs at open houses on June 7, 9, 10 and 11. You can also learn about the design process and comment online.
  • Play hard. Try your hand at rock climbing, fishing, archery, biking, campfire cooking and more on Saturday, June 13, at National Get Outdoors Day, organized by the Parks Foundation of Clark County at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
  • Dream big. Jeff Speck, city planner and author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, speaks about Tigard's quest to become the most walkable city in the Northwest on Monday, June 15, at 6:15 p.m. Free, at the Broadway Rose Theatre in Tigard. 
  • Rock out. Tickets are on sale now for Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District's Aug. 15 Groovin' on the Grass concert, this year starring legendary 10-piece ensemble Tower of Power. 
Add your organization's events to The Intertwine Alliance partner calendar! Click here to learn how.
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