Greening Wilkes

Greening Wilkes is a collaborative project to engage the community surrounding Wilkes Park and Natural Area in East Portland to restore and revitalize green spaces throughout the neighborhood. Friends of Trees, Verde, Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Bird Alliance of Oregon have teamed up to lead complementary free events and outings for the local community to help in this restoration effort, learn about the amazing natural resources that are present, and help envision how the open spaces may add resilience and health to the community in the future.

Map of Greening Wilkes Project

Greening Wilkes info graphic 2023

Additional Info About the Event on EARTH DAY (April 22, 2023)

This event will center around Wilkes Park, where food, tools and community tabling will be set up. Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead a group across the street to Wilkes Creek Natural Area to mulch native plants and remove litter/invasive species. Friends of Trees and Portland Parks and Recreation will lead a group to Wilkes Creek Headwaters one block south for the same tasks. The bird walk will leave from Wilkes Park after lunch to and walk through both natural areas to observe the birds enjoying the space you just improved!

This event is part of the Wilkes Greening project a collaboration, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Verde, Friends of Trees, Bird Alliance of Oregon and Portland Parks and Recreation to improve the areas environmental wealth, enhance the natural areas and provide community and educational programming to the neighborhood. Learn more about the project here.

This event is rain or shine! We provide gloves, tools, plants, and planting instructions. Please dress comfortably for the weather, bring water, wear sturdy shoes and long pants, and in case of rain, bring rain gear!

Parking will be available on the street throughout the neighborhood.

Interested to learn more about the Greening Wilkes project? Read our blog story.

If you are interested in receiving free native trees and plants or attending future nature walks, restoration work parties, please check back here periodically for updates.

Questions? Email or call Micah:, 971-222-6128