Friends of Tryon Creek

The mission of the Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) is to create lasting connections to the natural world by delivering inspiring and innovative educational and stewardship programs. FOTC's goal of conserving and enhancing Tryon Creek State Natural Area is also achieved by overseeing efforts to maintain trails and facilities, creating meaningful volunteer opportunities and developing successful partnerships with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and others who share our values and goals. Organizational Values FOTC Board, staff and stakeholders value: the importance of direct experience with the natural world the integrity and diversity of the natural landscape building community and ...

Friends of Tryon Creek
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
United States
(503) 636-4398

Executive Director

David Cohen

Management Team

David Cohen, Linda Koser, Jeffrey Gray, Stephanie Wagner, Amy Hoffman, Jeffrey Gray, Melissa McIntire, Linda Koser

Board of Directors

David Cohen, Matthew Collins, Sarah Kreisman, Linda Koser, Jeffrey Gray, Lu Beck, Carl Axelsen, Peter Browning, Judy Dannen, Laura Dobyns, Cindy Ellison, Terry Griffin, Phil Hamilton, Sharon Hawley, Jan Johanns, Jeff Lang, Gary Pagenstecher, Nathan Reagan, Patrick Rowe, Stephanie Wagner, Amy Hoffman, Jeffrey Gray, Melissa McIntire, Linda Koser

Mission

The mission of the Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) is to create lasting connections to the natural world by delivering inspiring and innovative educational and stewardship programs. FOTC's goal of conserving and enhancing Tryon Creek State Natural Area is also achieved by overseeing efforts to maintain trails and facilities, creating meaningful volunteer opportunities and developing successful partnerships with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and others who share our values and goals. Organizational Values FOTC Board, staff and stakeholders value: the importance of direct experience with the natural world the integrity and diversity of the natural landscape building community and new audiences growing successful partnerships inclusivity and accessibility to all high-quality lifelong learning experiences financial and organizational stability creativity and resourcefulness our relationships with our diverse constituencies Vision Statement: FOTC sees a strong societal imperative in actively connecting our broad audiences with the natural wonders of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. We fully understand the value that exposure to this world has on individuals of all ages, emotionally, psychologically and physically. In a time when we are seeing more dependence on and interest in technology, especially by children, FOTC is committed to reintroducing these audiences to the many benefits that this world has to offer and nurturing a renewed sense of commitment to its preservation.

Programs

Tryon Creek State Park is a 675-acre forest located on the boundaries of Portland and Lake Oswego. Although the canyon was first logged in the 1880's, the forest has naturally regrown into a lush stand of second growth red alder, Douglas fir, big leaf maple, and western red cedar. In 1969 plans were being made to develop this land for housing. At that time, the neighbors organized themselves into the Friends of Tryon Creek Park (the Friends) to help secure funds to save the land and find strategic partners to make a permanent park a reality. In 1970 Oregon State Parks decided to incorporate Tryon Creek canyon as a state park. The state continued to buy more land until the original 645 acres were acquired. The Friends then agreed to develop and fund the Nature Center which is still the focus of activities in the Park (in 2002 FOTC remodeled the space to house our growing staff and a dedicated environmental education classroom space). Due to the efforts of the Friends and our ability to engage the community, the Park remains relatively pristine, with a third of the park free of invasive species. Tryon Creek State Natural Area (as it has been re-named) remains the only state park within a major metropolitan area (and Portland's second largest public green space after Forest Park), allowing the park to play a unique role in relation to all other Oregon State Parks properties. The Friends receive no direct monetary support from the State of Oregon, but have developed a unique partnership with OPRD creating programs that lead to greater access and personal connection for our broader community to this special place. Over the years the organization has conservatively grown to have an annual budget of approximately $500,000 and a staff of 6 full time and 3 part time employees. Our membership numbers over 1,100 and the number of regular volunteers averages 200 a year (this number is over 1,700 if you include all volunteers). Throughout the year, the Friends provide environmental education programs to approximately 5,000 school children and teachers and to over 3,300 adults and families through guided interpretive hikes, natural history presentations, family-oriented events and educational programs. Other Friends' sponsored activities in the park include building and maintaining trails, ivy removal, and stream restoration. Events and programs offered include the spring Trillium Festival community celebration, a Nature After Hours adult education series, and Forest Music, a summer music series, to just name a few, all produced by the Friends and presented free to the public. We have significant partnerships with Portland State University's Center for Science Education (Friends staff also teach students as part of PSU's Capstone program, making a connection with nature a part of their school experience), the Tryon Creek Watershed Council, Metro, City of Portland/Bureau of Environmental Services, the City of Lake Oswego, and of course our most significant partner - OPRD.

Statistics on Friends of Tryon Creek

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $510,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $510,000
  • Religious Affiliation: None