Ridgewood ES & THPRD Ridgewood View Park
Ridgewood View Park is a partnership between Ridgewood Elementary School and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD). Three times a year, all Ridgewood students spend an hour learning and serving at Ridgewood View Park. Students plant native plants, remove ivy and blackberries and learn from THPRD park rangers how to care for the park and our forests.
The Ridgewood Elementary School and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District collaboration at Ridgewood View Park began with a group of 5th graders in 2013 and has expanded to include every Ridgewood student serving the park district and the Ridgewood Elementary School neighborhood three times per year.
Through this partnership 4,700 square feet of English Ivy have been pulled, 1,300 square feet of Himalayan blackberry have been removed and more than 300 native trees and shrubs have been planted. Additionally, litter has been removed from the park.
The combined efforts of Ridgewood Elementary School and THPRD are improving the school, park, community and planet and helping students learn so many lessons outside of the classroom.