What People Are Saying:

"It felt like a great escape from the classroom, and made me wish we could take our kids outside every day. We slowly walked back to school, wishing to be outside all day." — Partner Teacher with our Slough School Program

What People Are Saying:

"I love this program and look forward to participating (in the future). My granddaughter was very uneasy with "the forest" and many of its creatures. Tad Pole Tales has turned her into a real nature enthusiast....day hikes, camping worms, and much more. " — Tadpole Tales Participant

What People Are Saying:

"It (Slough School) gave students a chance to learn science material, which has become rare due to increasing educational demands." — Teacher

Recent News

  • Explorando el Columbia Slough

    Saturday June 13th, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97218

    ¡Celébrase la naturaleza en la ciudad y el ambiente del Columbia Slough!  Este festival bilingüe de la familia y el medio ambiente ofrece actividades en español y ingles para todos las edades.  Explorando es gratis y incluye: viajes en canoas con una guía, música en vivo,  baile folklórico, cuentos e historias bilingües, artes, actividades y más!  El primer 300 personas les recibirán camisetas gratis del Explorando.

    Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Explorando is free, and includes: guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts & crafts, workshops, and more!  The first 300 visitors receive a free Explorando t-shirt.
    VOLUNTEERS still needed for this event!  Interested? as Register here.

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  • Looking for photos or videos from Slough Celebration?

    A selection of photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page.  All images are available on Flickr.

    Each award winner was honored with a humorous video skit that highlights their work.  View this year’s award videos here.

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  • Congratulations Slough Celebration Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2014 Slough Celebration Award Winners!  We had a great time celebrating with you at Slough Celebration. Leadership Award Winner Randy Belston - City of Portland was honored for his innovative work with Roosevelt High School students. Our first Achievement Award Winner this year was Don Goldberg - Trust for Public Land for his work on the Colwood Property Project. Also receiving the Achievement Award was the Mason Flats Stormwater-Wetland Restoration Project, City of Portland. In addition to celebrating the award winners you helped us raise over $25,000; our greatest show of support at Slough Celebration Gala to date.  All proceeds go to support the Council’s important work educating our community and improving the health of our watershed. Thank you!

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  • Slough Stories

    The Columbia Slough Watershed Council celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and there are a thousand stories to tell. This video is a compilation of a few of the stories told at the Slough Stories event in November 2014. This is part of an effort to document efforts large and small that have improved the Columbia Slough watershed and raised public awareness of the waterway and the region. Enjoy this trip down memory lane (or should we say a paddle down memory slough).

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Cycle the Well Field

Saturday May 30, 8:45am

This event is now full; add yourself to the wait-list and we'll contact you as spots open.

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Explorando el Columbia Slough

Saturday June 13, 1:00pm

Join us at this bilingual family nature festival for all! Celebra tus raices con la naturaleza! (Celebrate your roots in nature!) Rock wall, guided canoe trips, face painting and more!

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Bring Your Own Boat Paddle

Tuesday June 23, 5:30pm

Bring your own canoe or kayak for a guided tour.

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