NSO Service Day

NSO teams up with the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement for NSO Service Day.


NSO Service Day 2022 Information

  • Service Day Session 1: 8:30a.m.–11:30 a.m.
    • Mammal and Bird Groups
  • Service Day Session 2: 12:45–3:45 p.m.
    • Invertebrates and Plant Groups

Here is a look at NSO 2022 Service Day partners.

Tryon Creek Watershed Council and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Session 1, Group 1: Tufted Puffin
  • Session 2, Group 1: Christmas Anemone

The Tryon Creek Watershed Council works to protect and restore the ecological health and function of the watershed right in L&C’s backyard. Students participating in this service activity will gain a greater sense and understanding of place and stewardship for the campus community, while engaging in direct service to remove invasive species from the watershed. Non-native, invasive plant species tend to stifle the growth of native plants that provide food and habitat for native wildlife. Removal of non-native invasive species allows the natives to thrive. Those participating in this service activity should wear shoes and clothing that are appropriate for outdoor hands-on activities. Also, please bring water and a snack to ensure you stay hydrated and fueled.



  • Session 1, Group 1 - Sea Lion
  • Session 1, Group 2 - Brown Pelican
  • Session 1, Group 3 - Brandt’s Cormorant
  • Session 1, Group 4 -Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Session 2, Group 1 - Sun Sea Star
  • Session 2, Group 2 - Helmet Crab
  • Session 2, Group 3 - Sea Palm
  • Session 2, Group 4 -Giant Green Anemone

Brighten-A-Day is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that combats isolation and spreads cheer by sending love, hope, and joy through letters, encouraging video messages, friendly conversations, care packages, devices, and more. Students participating in this event will be crafting cards and letters to send to local Portland hospital patients, seniors, and frontline workers. Students may also record encouraging video messages for retirement home residents!


Cards for Hospitalized Kids

  • Session 2, Group 1:Purple Sea Urchin
  • Session 2, Group 2:Pickleweed
  • Session 2, Group 3:Surfgrass
  • Session 2, Group 4:Ochre Sea Star

Cards for Hospitalized Kids is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. Students engaging in this service activity will be creating cards that will then be distributed to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation.


Next UP

  • Session 1, Group 1: Humpback Whale
  • Session 2, Group 1: Studded Sea Balloon

Next Up is a local nonprofit organization that works to amplify the voice and leadership of young people to achieve a more just and equitable state here in Oregon. They work to create systems change, develop bold leaders and mobilize young voters. Students participating in this service event will learn about antiracist organizing and direct action. Students will walk away from this session with tools and resources that will help them in creating social change in our own Portland community. If you are interested in antiracist community organizing this is the session for you.


Binky Patrol

  • Session 1: Group 1 - Killdeer
  • Session 1: Group 2 -  Elephant Seal
  • Session 1: Group 3 - Pacific Gray Whale
  • Session 2: Group 1 - Sea Lemon
  • Session 2: Group 2 - Moon Jellyfish
  • Session 2: Group 3 - Feather Boa Kelp

Binky Patrol, Inc. is an all volunteer, national, nonprofit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS and other chronic and terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind. Students participating in this direct service activity will be creating no-sew blankets to be donated to Binky Patrol and then distributed to children.


Lift Up Portland

  • Session 1, Group 1: Coast Mole
  • Session 2, Group 1: Rainbow Leaf Seaweed

Lift Urban Portland (Lift UP) is an organization working to reduce hunger and improve ​the lives ​of ​low-income residents ​of Northwest and Downtown Portland. They believe that everyone in Portland should have access to healthy food and opportunities to connect ​with others. Students participating in this service activity will be writing notes to individuals who receive their groceries through Lift UP and learn more about the organization.

Operation H.O.P.E.

  • Session 1: Group 1 - Pigeon Guillemot
  • Session 1: Group 2 -Orca 
  • Session 1: Group 3 -Sea Otter
  • Session 2: Group 1 - Red Octopus
  • Session 2: Group 2 - Sand Dollar
  • Session 2: Group 3 - Rockweed

Asha Hope Amanaki was founded by Susifina Afemui-Pittorf and Ashwin Prabhu with the aim of serving the underserved or underrepresented communities in the Portland Metro region. Asha Hope Amanaki means HOPE in Hindi, English, and Tongan representing the roots of the founders and the goals of the organization of serving the underserved or underrepresented populations via Heath, Outreach, Partnership and Encouragement. Students participating in this service activity will be creating origami pieces for Asha Hope Amanaki to be handed out at their event on International Day of Elder Persons on October 1st, 2022.

Lewis & Clark College Office of Sustainability (Morning)

  • Session 1, Group 1: Sandpiper

Join the Sustainability Office for NSO Service Day and make a difference in your new home! At our session, you’ll learn about L&C’s Climate Action Plan with Amy Dvorak, the Director of Sustainability, and Elijah Black, Energy Program Intern and founder of the Tiny House Club. We’ll spend some time learning about energy management on campus then we’ll share the love by posting energy saving signs and completing energy audits on campus!

Write Around Portland

  • Session 1, Group 1: Bull Kelp

Join Write Around Portland for a community writing, learning, and service experience. Led by a trained facilitator, you’ll have a chance to write, share, and connect with others; learn about Write Around Portland’s mission to change lives through the power of writing; and help prepare materials for workshops held in partnership with social agencies in Portland.


  • Session 1, Group 1: Black Oystercatcher

SOLVE restores and preserves Oregon’s environment by mobilizing the power of volunteers and partners with the generosity of donors. Across the state, SOLVE brings diverse communities together to improve the health and safety of our neighborhoods and natural areas including our coast, rivers, parks, and forests. Students engaging in this direct service activity will be participating in a waste clean up of the campus grounds. Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes, clothing, and bring water for hydration. All other supplies will be provided. Students are required to sign a waiver for this event, prior to participation - this is a requirement of SOLVE.