|January 2015 Newsletter
Wishing all Intertwine Alliance partners and friends a
healthy, happy, *parks-and-trails-filled*
Getting active on transportation. Attend The Intertwine Alliance's Regional Active Transportation Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.
We're excited to dive deeper into our region’s most pressing active
transportation issues, and look forward to ongoing discussions on these
topics. The forum will focus on the importance of walking and bicycling
projects, and their role in supporting larger regional strategies.
Contribute to a discussion that could guide and influence future
investments in transportation. "How We Get There
Matters" will take place at Portland State University's Native American
Cultural Center in downtown Portland. Sponsored by Metro, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and Portland State University's Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, the event is FREE and open to Intertwine Alliance partners and the public. Read more, or register today.
Cohort for change. The
Intertwine Alliance is launching its equity and inclusion strategy this
year. One element of the strategy is to provide support to interested
Intertwine Alliance partners through an equity and inclusion
cohort. Starting in February, a pilot group of 10 partner
organizations will meet once a month for 8 months to assess their
organizations and apply an equity lens to organizational policies,
programs and practices. The program will be facilitated by PSU Professor Ann Curry-Stevens and the Coalition of Communities of Color, who will help create a supportive learning community. Interested? Meet the facilitators at an information session on January 12
from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 622 of PSU's Academic and Student
Recreation Center, 1800 SW 6th Ave. Applications available at the
information session, or get one from Kevin at email@example.com. Learn more about the cohort here.
Strengthening our core. Want to get involved with The Intertwine Alliance’s work? Consider our Core Group,
the advisory team that supports staff by helping shape our current
thinking, developing new ideas, connecting us with partners, and giving
feedback on a range of Alliance efforts. Are you a strategic thinker
good at blending big-picture brainstorming with on-the-ground action? If
so, we need you! The group meets once a month, currently on the fourth
Wednesday. Please email Program Manager David Cohen at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Southwest style. A hearty welcome to new Intertwine Alliance partner Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
A nonprofit coalition of 17 neighborhood and three business
associations in southwest Portland, SWNI empowers citizen action to
improve and maintain the livability of neighborhoods. Welcome to the
Alliance! Curious about becoming a partner organization? Here's how.
Funding alert! The
Community Watershed Stewardship Program is accepting Stewardship Grant
pre-applications through Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. A partnership between the City
of Portland Environmental Services and Portland State University, CWSP helps Portlanders improve their neighborhoods and communities while boosting watershed health. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded for projects focused on:
-- Neighborhood safety, health and livability
-- Youth leadership and skills development
-- Community gardens and greenspaces
-- Art and education
-- Clean-up and restoration
-- Stormwater management
A grant review committee will invite selected applicants to submit full proposals in April. Click for more information or a pre-application form.
Epicenter of happy trails. Registration has begun for the May 17-20 International Trails Symposium, taking place right here in Portland! Save up to $120 by registering
before March 20. American Trails holds the symposium every two years
for trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, users, and tourism
and business interests. The Intertwine Alliance will organize
volunteers for the event; stay tuned for more info. This year's theme is
"Solutions for Success," with a focus on tackling tough issues in trail
design, technology, sustainability, management, advocacy and health.
Big brains under the blue sky. The Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition Institute
continues a series of six regional discussions about outdoor education,
and how it can better serve the needs of our communities, with a
gathering on Wed., Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Metro Council
Chamber. Oregon’s outdoor school programs have a rich history dating
back to the late 1950s, but today less than half of Oregon students
participate in the program. Here's a chance to shape outdoor education's
future; register here.
AmeriCorps and justice for all.
Have a compelling environmental project idea? Does it incorporate
equity and social justice? Could an 11-month AmeriCorps Member help you? If so, consider this: Confluence AmeriCorps' fifth
annual request for proposals begins Jan. 29. Each year, Confluence
Environmental Center partners with nonprofits, schools and government
agencies to create 20 full-time AmeriCorps positions in the Portland
area. Information sessions are scheduled for Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 from
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at TaborSpace. Proposals due March 19. Click for more information.
Final reminder. The deadline for Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods
grants is Jan. 13. Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to
$100,000 are available for a wide variety of projects, such as nature
education for children, job training for nature-based careers, and
building capacity for groups to connect communities to nature. For more
info, contact Crista.Gardner@oregonmetro.gov.
Best in the land. Another reminder that the Oregon Department of State
accepting nominations for State Land Board Awards, recognizing efforts
promoting responsible, sustainable stewardship of state resources,
through Feb. 20. Categories are: Wetland Project, Stream Project and
Previous winners have been located throughout Oregon and have
included dam removals, fish habitat
improvement and farmland restoration. The
Partnership Award honors organizations that advance the
Department of State Lands' work through volunteer efforts.
Click here for nomination forms.
Wrapping up a fantastic year. In 2014's final Outside Voice blog post, Intertwine Alliance Executive Director Mike Wetter ponders the importance of passing the podium from the "geezers" to today's youth leaders. Also, in case you missed it, Metro's Mark Davison and GreenWork's Robin Craig contributed a thought-provoking piece about "food parks," a centuries-old tradition in Europe gaining ground right here in The Intertwine.
Your public broadcast system. Have something to spread far and wide throughout The Intertwine? Consider writing for the Outside Voice blog. With a new post every other week, Outside Voice
showcases the diverse stories, opinions and expertise of Intertwine
partners and friends. Anything of interest to parks,
trails and natural area enthusiasts is good fodder. Email blog editor
Tara Wilkinson -- email@example.com -- for submission guidelines.
Training season. Learn how to plan and implement your own environmental community project, the ins and outs of watershed basics, and more with SOLVE training sessions throughout the month of January. Have a specific project in mind? Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 2 for SOLVE IT,
"Oregon’s Largest Earth Day Event," happening April 18. SOLVE provides
supplies, project support and training to every volunteer leader. For
more details, visit www.solveoregon.org, or contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluffs & canyons & more. Take a trip Jan. 15 and Jan. 17
through the geologic history of the Metro region. This two-part class
led by Metro naturalists begins with an evening of maps and stories
illustrating basic regional geology. Then take a day-long journey
through Metro natural areas and parks for a hands-on investigation of
local geologic features. Cost $50. Suitable for ages 15 and up. Read more or register.
Leading the way. Three-day workshop the "Art of Participatory Leadership: An Art of Hosting Intensive" is set for Feb. 11-13 at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. The Art of Hosting
was born out of the field of large-group facilitation, where
self-organization and “a leader in every seat” are organizing
principles. The workshop will focus on processes, tools and engagement
strategies to bring out the best in communities and foster deeper
collaboration. Read more and register.
For more upcoming events, see the Intertwine Alliance partner calendar.