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May 2015 Newsletter

Alliance Updates

Thanks a million! The Intertwine Alliance Spring Summit 2015 on April 21 was a smashing success, with our vibrant coalition filling the room at the Oregon Zoo. Hundreds of professionals and civic leaders from across The Intertwine rolled up their sleeves and went to work on the topics of conservation, community engagement and nature education. Then we celebrated! One of the reasons we established The Intertwine Alliance was to attract new investment. At the summit, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced a $1 million-a-year award to the Portland-Vancouver National Wildlife Refuges to engage urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. (Director Ashe, right, with Intertwine Alliance Board Member Don Goldberg.) The Intertwine Alliance helped develop the proposal and will collaborate with its partners to implement the programs. Read more here, and look for an upcoming Outside Voice blog post on the topic. Questions? Email Executive Director Mike Wetter at

Third Health & Nature Forum coming right up. We know that health and nature are deeply and inseparably related. Join us on Thursday, June 11, as we bring healthcare and environmental professionals together once more 'round the same big table to explore the intersections of their work. The Spring 2015 Intertwine Alliance Health & Nature Forum will move from formulating our collective vision to shaping specific, on-the-ground projects. We need your thinking and creativity about what the first project should be. Learn more and register today. Free, and limited to 100 participants.

Help! As many of you have heard, The Intertwine Alliance is coordinating volunteers for the entire 2015 International Trails Symposium coming to Portland May 17-20. We need 150 t0 200 trails enthusiasts to fill a variety of fun, active roles over a five-day period. Benefits include a symposium t-shirt and free admission to one symposium session for each four hours volunteered. If you work as a room host, you get access to two sessions per shift. Learn more or sign up here. 

GPSENA perfect fit. Welcome to new Intertwine Alliance partner the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network! GPSEN envisions a healthy, just and thriving region where sustainability education is prioritized and integrated across sectors. 

Intertwine News

New park alert! 2.4-acre Kʰunamokwst Park in the Cully neighborhood, NE 52nd Ave and Alberta, celebrated its grand opening on April 25. Kʰunamokwst (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst) is a Chinook wawa name meaning “together." Cool stuff ranges from a nature-play area and water feature to a picnic shelter with eco-roof.

Save an Oregon tradition. Believe that all Oregon 5th- and 6th-grade children should attend outdoor school? Join Outdoor School for All, a new campaign led by former Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder to raise awareness and gain legislative funding. Your help is needed at an organizing meeting this Wednesday, May 6. 

STEM for all. STEM week Oregon, a new statewide effort by the Portland Metro STEM Partnership to celebrate and promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning, is in full swing through May 10. Register your organization's STEM-related activities and find out other ways to participate here.

Canopy connections. Community forests -- their financing, governance and long-term management -- will be the focus of the second-annual Northwest Community Forest Forum, organized by Sustainable Northwest and the World Forest Institute, on May 11 & 12. Continue the conversation on Thursday, June 4, at the Oregon Community Trees annual conference -- where the hot topic will be tools and strategies for dealing with invasive pests, changing climate regimes and increased urban density. Register here.

Into the Great Blue. The Audubon Society of Portland collaborates with NGOs, private businesses and government agencies throughout The Intertwine for Great Blue Heron Week, this year May 27 to June 7. Celebrating Portland's official city bird and other local native species, the week is chock full of outings for all ages, from hikes and cycles to history tours. View schedule here

Movin' in May. Join the Walk + Bike Challenge, a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. It's organized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance during the month of May with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and others. Register your child's school here.

Did someone say 'happy hour'? Oregon's Pelican Brewing is releasing a special edition of its Imperial Pelican Ale in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The special-edition bottle will be distributed from May through October on the west coast, and in Hawaii and Utah, with a portion of  proceeds going to the refuge. How cool is that?

Save your sunny space. Wanna represent your organization to a crowd of 5,000 at National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 13? There's plenty of space for booths and activities at Fort Vancouver, but you've got to reserve by May 31. Contact Tracy Calizon with Gifford Pinchot National Forest at or 360.891.5156, or Robert Gutierrez with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at or 360.816.6247.

Inside Outside. Here's what went on in Outside Voice last month:

Partner Happenings

  • Changing the historical lens. Most books about Lewis and Clark have been written from a white man’s perspective. Now get the Native American women's point of view, from artist Pat Courtney Gold of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The May 10 presentation is part of a Mother's Day event at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Botanical boogie. A maze, Audubon education birds, paper making, nature walks, music, 25-cent ice cream and more await at  “A-Maze-ing Nature,” a free children's nature fair at Leach Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 16
  • State of the creek. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council holds its first annual Johnson Creek Science Symposium on Thursday, May 21. Academic, government and nonprofit experts will share their best understandings of watershed conditions plus the latest results from studies focused on Johnson Creek. RSVP to
  • Human nature. The Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling hosts its First Annual Oregon Ecopsychology Symposium on Friday, June 5. Ecopsychology reenvisions psychology to better reflect humankind’s interdependence with the rest of nature, and to address issues of social and environmental justice. Register here.

For more upcoming events, see the Intertwine Alliance partner calendar. To add your organization's events, click here.
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