What People Are Saying:

"“Explorando gives people the opportunity to learn about the importance of preserving the nature of the Columbia Slough, of enjoying the plants, wildlife, and water that other areas lack. Explorando is becoming more popular each year.”" — Fernando Vélez

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

Recent News

  • CANCELLED: Wilkes Headwaters summer stewardship event for 6/1

    Our Wednesday, 6/1 work party must be rescheduled due to some broken equipment.

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  • 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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  • 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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Moonlight Paddle

Friday July 10, 9:00pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. Accepting wait-list registrations only.

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Great Slough Clean Up

Saturday July 18, 9:00am

Join the adventure and help find haul trash out of your favorite waterway! Prizes for the best finds and most enthusiastic volunteers!

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Summer Stewardship

Tuesday July 28, 9:00am

Volunteer for our second watering and weeding work party at Wilkes Headwaters!

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