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March 2015 Newsletter

Oregon Zoo sponsors Spring SummitSpring Summit Blooms! On Tuesday, April 21, The Intertwine Alliance will hold its 2015 Spring Summit, once again hosted by Intertwine partner the Oregon Zoo. We'll have a special guest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, here from Washington, D.C., to make an exciting announcement. You won't want to miss it! The Summit kicks off at 1 p.m., but for those new to the Alliance or interested in a thorough update, Executive Director Mike Wetter will lead an Intertwine 101 session at noon.

Registration is still a few weeks away. You'll receive an email announcement when our page is fully up and running with a chance to sign up for one of three break-out sessions:
  • Youth presenters at 2014 Fall SummitConservation: We'll launch an ongoing exchange among large-landscape and watershed-scale coalitions.
  • Youth engagement: Following up on the fall 2014 youth summit (shown right), we'll explore links among our many youth-focused programs.
  • Daycation App & Our Common Ground campaign: Learn about the upcoming "Daycation" app and how you can participate.

We're also looking for a couple of volunteers to help with set-up and logistics starting at 11:30 a.m the day of the event. Email Kevin at if you're interested. Stay tuned for detailed workshop and registration information later this month.

Alliance Updates

International Trails SymposiumVolunteer gig of the season. The Intertwine Alliance is coordinating volunteers for the 2015 International Trails Symposium coming to the Oregon Convention Center May 17-20. We need 150 t0 200 trails enthusiasts in a wide variety of roles over a five-day period to show our out-of-town guests the way Portland does things. Benefits include free admission to one symposium session for each four hours volunteered. Sign up today!

Showing our stuff. On the heels of last year's Metro Annual Trails Fair success, we're going big, putting ourselves on an international stage. Sunday, May 17, the first day of the International Trails Symposium, is Public Awareness Day and will be the setting for this year's trails fair. We need our regional groups to step up and share your great trails efforts with the rest of the world. It should be a fun time for all. Register to be an exhibitor at the fair.
Or click here for more information.

We've got movies, you bring the popcorn. The Intertwine Alliance has created a brand-new YouTube channel, and the entire recent Active Transportation Forum, "How We Get There Matters," is now stored there in about 20 short videos. Wish you'd been able to attend the gathering? Want to revisit a particularly interesting point from a presentation? Consult the footage! You can also check out this Flickr album of the event.

GutMonkeyGutsy new partner. Local company GutMonkey has joined The Intertwine Alliance, and we're super excited to have its big, daring vision on board. Looking for ropes courses, back-country expeditions, retreats, staff trainings, or choose-your-own-adventure style keynote presentations and workshops? Check out GutMonkey's offerings. Welcome to the Alliance!

Intertwine News

Oregon Active Transportation SummitA biking, walking revolution. Register for this year's Oregon Active Transportation Summit, the state's premiere gathering of active transportation advocates and practitioners, coming March 30-31 to the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. Focused on the most relevant challenges and opportunities facing our changing urban, suburban and rural landscapes, it's coordinated by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance with a large steering committee representing dozens of organizations and agencies. Keynote speakers will be Paul Steely-White of New York's Transportation Alternatives and Melissa R. Wells of PolicyLink in Washington, D.C. Click for more information and to register.

Outdoor educators unite. Don't miss the 2015 Oregon Environmental Education Conference happening March 18-21 at YMCA Camp Collins in Gresham. Workshop tracks include: building a career in environmental education, advocacy, inclusion (ensuring all audiences are engaged), and STEM-related topics. The event is organized by the Environmental Education Association of Oregon with lead sponsor Gray Family Foundation. Cost is $175-$200. Register here

Jean NorwoodFarewell to Jean. The Intertwine Alliance lost a dear friend and hero with the passing of Jean Norwood in February at age 95. A longtime environmental leader in Clark County and an effective advocate for Vancouver's urban trees, Jean inspired us and will be missed. Read The Columbian newspaper's account of her life and accomplishments.

Weigh-in, Washington. Clark County wants to know what residents most want from its park system. Take a five-minute online survey to help guide priorities for the county's seven-member Parks Advisory Board, which determines long-range plans for the development of parks, trails, sports fields and other amenities. In addition, three open houses with Parks Advisory Board representatives are scheduled for March 3, 4 and 5 at various locations. Click here for places and times, a video and other information.

World Forestry CenterNeed event space?
The World Forestry Center is offering discounts on its meeting and banquet halls to fellow Intertwine Alliance partners. Whether you're planning a small team-building meeting for 20 or a banquet for 250, World Forestry Center spaces provide casual elegance right in Washington Park. Contact Director of Event Services Jennifer Kent at or 503-488-2117 to discuss rates or other partnership and sponsorship ideas.

Intertwine visionaries. February's Outside Voice features guest blogger Thao Nguyen of Portland Parks and Recreation reflecting on the successes of an unconventional job fair organized by the Youth Mentoring Collaborative. Also, a Q&A with Metro's Jim Desmond celebrates two decades spent pioneering Metro's natural areas program.

Partner Happenings
  • Tualatin Riverkeepers Group Paddle TripsTualatin Riverkeepers' Summer Paddle Trips and Nature Day Camps are open for registration. Group paddle trips are held monthly May through October and launch from three sites in the City of Tualatin. Nature Day Camps begin in June with sessions for various ages.
  • SOLVE's 10th annual Women in Science Day, for girls ages 12 to 24 to learn about career paths in the sciences, is Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Genentech in Hillsboro.
  • Join the fun at Johnson Creek Watershed Council's 15th annual Watershed-Wide Event on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Various locations throughout the watershed.

For more upcoming events, see the Intertwine Alliance partner calendar.

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