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Down & Dirty

Pitching in for the environment


Lead the change you want to see

Want to take a leadership role in local efforts to nurture the environment?

The Portland-based Center for Earth Leadership is accepting registrants for its popular — and intensive — Agent of Change training.

The program aims to inspire environmental-minded citizens to take the next step to become activists and leaders. Participants agree to enroll in a series of weekly classes in downtown Portland that begin in October, taking on an environmental project in the community as part of the training.

After completing the course, participants join the Agent of Change Network, receiving ongoing support, mentoring, inspiration and education from program staff and alumni.

More than 900 adults have enrolled in the program, leading to several innovative environmental restoration and advocacy efforts.

For more information and to enroll: earthleaders.org/~earthlea/agent-change/

Beautify the Sandy River

Every summer, some of the people enjoying the Sandy River leave a little behind.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, SOLVE will lead a cleanup effort at the river where it crosses through Lewis and Clark State Park in the Troutdale area. By removing trash, volunteers help improve water quality, protect wildlife, and make the area more beautiful.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, and is restricted to adults 21 and over.

To get there, take Exit 18 off Interstate 84, head south toward Lewis and Clark State Park, turn left onto Crown Point Highway, then left into the parking lot. Meet at the picnic area and look for the SOLVE signs.

Then stick around to enjoy the beautiful river on what figures to be a nice summer day.

For more information: www.solv.org/get-involved/events/clean-sandy-lewis-and-clark-state-park.

TLC at your local park

Want to make your local park more healthy?

There are several upcoming projects at Portland parks, largely oriented to removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants:

• The Weed Warrior Service Project, at Mount Tabor Park in Southeast Portland, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot at the top of the volcano, near the amphitheater.

For more information: www.solv.org/get-involved/events/join-last-saturday-weed-warrior-service-project-2 

• Woods Park in Southwest Portland, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 26. Meet at the Stairway Trail entrance off Southwest Woods Parkway. Parking is available at the 45th Drive entrance by the gate.

More information: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/475377 

• Willamette Park, on Southwest Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street in Portland, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 19. Help improve the Willamette riverbank.

More information: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/465836

• Marquam Nature Park, at Southwest Marquam Street and Sam Jackson Park Road in Southwest Portland, from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, July 26.

For more information: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/483331 

Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities. If your organization has an activity to promote, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and use a subject line of Down and Dirty.