Earth Day across the Tryon Creek watershed

Earth Day across the Tryon Creek watershed

This year’s Earth Day was a busy one! We are grateful to have nurtured several Partnerships that all came to fruition that busy weekend.

The good folks at JP General in Multnomah Village have hosted a table for TCWC outside of their shop during the Multnomah Village Earth Day celebration, donating the portion of the proceeds to the Tryon Creek Watershed Council. Our board members Terri and Danielle tabled there and spoke to several community members, possibly including you! 

Simultaneously on Saturday, as part of our relationship with the Boones Ferry Terrace homeowners association and Riverdale High School’s National Honor society, we delivered a special Earth Day Watersheds Workshop presentation on campus that Saturday afternoon.

Because attendees didn’t necessarily live in the Tryon Creek watershed, we put together an exploratory worksheet for students to understand which watersheds (yes, plural!) they live in, to muse about potential greenspaces to steward near them, as well as what types of resources and organizations could be available to support their efforts. Read more here about our ongoing relationship with Riverdale High School and the Boonesferry Terrace neighbors.

On Sunday the 21st, TCWC’s Coordinator Alexis was the guest speaker for Lake Oswego United Church of Christ’s Earth Day service. We’ve been working with LOUCC for several years to steward the tributary running through their property. As part of the service, Alexis shared a pared-down version of TCWC’s Watershed 101 workshop with an emphasis on reflections on our relationship to nature, incoming work in the Tryon Creek watershed, and hope in the face of climate change.

LOUCC is involved in the community in many wonderful ways, including hosting Respond to Racism meetings, having recently hosted the Friends of Tryon Creek & Oswego Lake Watershed Council guest David Lewis, on his book Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley. LOUCC was also the first gold star rated sustainability certified Church in Clackamas county. 

After the service, several community members gathered at the pathway leading into the LOUCC woods where Alexis and key greenspace volunteer, Kathy White, described changes over time and upcoming work along the tributary. You can view Alexis’ talk here.

From Multnomah Village, to Riverdale High School, to Lake Oswego UCC, Tryon Creek Watershed Council had a celebratory Earth Day indeed!