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A work party, one of two scheduled each year, is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

COURTESY PHOTO: CAROLINE SKINNER - Volunteers help out at a Nov. 7 2020 work party at Nob Hill Nature Park.It takes more than one green thumb to keep Nob Hill Nature Park in pristine condition year-round.

Two work parties are scheduled each year at the St. Helens Park, the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in November. Volunteers can slap on rain jackets, if the weather is inclement, fetch a shovel and get down to the nitty-gritty.

Caroline Skinner, a volunteer park steward at Nob Hill, along with her partner, Howard Blumenthal, said this fall's event is Nov. 5. It takes place in two sessions, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In both cases, you're asked to meet at the park entrance, where the water treatment facility is located across the street at 451 Plymouth St.

"This time, we're working near the lower bridge and near the park entrance," Skinner said, noting the morning session, which is being handled by Emily Martin of the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, will focus on planting, mulching and weeding at the new Fifth Street Row Trail.

In the afternoon session, the main group will likely work on ivy removal and planting near the lower bridge.

Skinner said plans are to build a short spur trail from one of the main trails over to a new bench, which is located near the top of the stairway.

"It (the new bench) looks out at the northern tip of Sauvie Island and the point where the Multnomah Channel joins the Columbia River," Skinner said. "It's a very restful spot to sit for a minute and watch the river traffic."

Joining a work party can be a good chance to meet your neighbor and get acquainted with one of the true jewels among the parks of St. Helens.

"Nob Hill Nature Park is a city park — it's open daily dawn to dusk," Skinner said. "The Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park handle a great majority of the parks maintenance … we pick up trash, we maintain plantings, we do support watering in the summer."

Skinner continued, "We really rely on the community to come out twice a year and help us with larger projects."

You're asked to dress for the weather, since November can bring downpours.

Pre-registration is not required, but it is requested. If you're interested in helping out or learning more, contact the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council at

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