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Centennial Park School

A place to belong. A way to achieve. - Centennial School District

CPS Partners with Nadaka

Students (all hooded--you can't see their faces, it must be rainy--digging and planting.


Centennial Park School has many dedicated community partners, and one of them is Nadaka Nature Park. Nadaka is a wooded 10-acre park located at 176th and Glisan. It includes a playground, nature trails, community garden and a covered picnic area. Students from CPS worked to maintain and improve the park, which is just over a mile from our school. They planted over 195 native ground cover plants, including Fringecup, Oregon Sunshine, and Coastal Strawberries. The also planted Nootka Roses, Western Red Cedars, and Ponderosa Pines, for a total of 40 bushes and trees. This totaled over 235 plants! Along with planting, students helped with habitat restoration by removing invasive species like English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry. They also winterized the community garden by removing old harvest crops, weeding, mulching, and planting cover crops. By engaging in this program, CPS students worked cooperatively, actively improved their community environment, learned about invasive species, and worked to combat global warming.