Since 1970, our community led non-profit organization has inspired and nurtured the People of Tryon Creek.


Mission

The mission of Friends of Tryon Creek, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, is to inspire and nurture relationships with nature in our unique urban forest. 

Vision

Friends of Tryon Creek envision a collaborative, creative and engaged community where people and wildlife thrive in relationship to each other and Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The Friends’ intention for this special place and the people connected to it – now and in the future – inspires fun, action, well-being, and ecological and community health.

What We Achieve

  • 4,500 students served annually through Field Trip, After-School and Nature Day Camp programs
  • 20,000 volunteer hours each year represents a $482,800 value in service
  • 1/3 of our annual operating budget is made up of many meaningful gifts from our community of individual donors.
  • 110 acres certified through Backyard Habitat Program at some level within City of Lake Oswego – amplifying the habitat value of our urban forest.
  • 260 acres of invasive English Ivy removed by volunteers.
  • 40 years of Nature Day Camps and counting …

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers give over 20,000 hours each year to support Friends of Tryon Creek and Oregon State Parks education, outreach and stewardship programs. Whether guiding hikes, pulling ivy, greeting visitors, building forts, or leading school field trips, our volunteer community helps to make Tryon a unique urban forest. 

Values

Action
Community
Collaboration
Creativity
Fun
Impact
Inclusiveness
Inspiration
Leadership
Well-being
Wonder