Friends of Tryon Creek

BIPOC-Led Organization
OCT Qualified


Friends of Tryon Creek's mission, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, is to inspire every community to identify, cultivate or reclaim their relationship with nature in this cherished urban forest.

Bottom Line for Portland

We tend the land, teach youth and adults, and make Tryon Creek State Natural Area a place EVERYONE can find or build their connection to nature. 

Thousands of youth served through camps and 50 field trips a year, plus free day camp programming for BIPOC youth! 3,500+ trees planted in the last year with the help of 300 volunteers, plus noxious weeds removal! Festivals like Trillium Festival and Indigenous Culture Day! 

And what we do at this park goes beyond its 660 acres – as more and more people find their relationships with nature here, we are building the future of an equitable environmental movement and a new way to relate to public lands. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Portland area has some beautiful forests -- that aren't accessible to all of us. A long history of colonial settlement, racism, and redlining have cut BIPOC communities off from the city's forests, their health and climate benefits, from place-based relationships with nature, and by extension, from environmental careers and the environmental movement, and the whole community suffers as a result. 

We can't change the city's layout or history overnight, but Friends of Tryon Creek is aiming to make Tryon Creek State Natural Area, managed by Oregon State Parks, as accessible and welcoming as possible to all, while leading a regional effort to build place-based relationships to nature that will help us live in right relationship to our planet. 

We know that for much of our organization’s history, Friends of Tryon Creek has engaged in the sort of exclusion that we are now working to reverse, and that we will make mistakes even with strong BIPOC leadership (70%+ of both staff and board). We continue to work humbly and in partnership towards a better future.  


Your donation at any level makes you a member of Friends of Tryon Creek, so you'll get invitations to members-only night hikes and events, a discount at our Nature Store, and more! 

All donors get exclusive early access to our newest Tryon gear release from Patchmarks via our web store and a $5 credit for a free patch or sticker, or a discount on another item.


New donors get a Friends of Tryon Creek sticker. 

New donors will have their gifts matched by Baysinger Partners Architects, who are contributing $5,000.

On limited Big Give Days, all donors will get a 10% discount from Poppy & Finch, a local native plant-inspired design studio.


ELSO and Friends of Tryon Creek partner throughout the year to create nature-based education opportunities with Black and Brown youth, we're co-promoting our organizations during the GiveGuide. 

Baysinger Partners Architects is providing matching funds for our campaign, and we will publicize their work on our current capital project and their support of the campaign.

Patchmarks makes fun gear for Friends of Tryon Creek and Tryon Creek State Natural Area including beanies, hats, patches and stickers, we're partnering on some brand new items for incentives.

We are cross-promoting on social media with Oregon Humanities and Poppy & Finch.

$24,905 raised of $20,000 goal
206 donations
125% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1970

Tax ID: 23-7079356

Friends of Tryon Creek is in the Environment category which is sponsored by A to Z Wineworks.

They're a medium-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co. and Washington Co.

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