Aquifer Adventure

Join us September 12th from Noon-4 PM at Aquifer Adventure for an afternoon of piratical fun. Big and little pirates alike are invited to this free family festival all about groundwater, with free T-shirts for the first 300 kids!

This event is full of hands-on activities, giving participants of all ages the chance to learn about hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows below your feet!  Come dressed in your finest pirate togs, or just learn to speak like a pirate when you arrive.

The Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council have teamed up to bring you this interactive Saturday afternoon. Educators will help young scientists navigate a larger than life aquifer; learn the obstacles that our water travels through on its way to our drinking water supply. Young pirates will make their own edible aquifer and discover how delicious learning can be. As a family, make a household cleaner that really works and is a green alternative to harsh chemicals. Take a ride on a pirate ship (disguised as extra-stable canoe bi-marans) and voyage in search of a treasure island.  The trips provide safe fun for the whole family on the slow-moving Columbia Slough. We’ll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, and a canoe captain to steer - you provide the paddling muscle and curiosity. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible. Visitors can make their own pirate hats and other crafts, enjoy face-painting, and more. Aquifer Adventure is sure to bring out the pirate – scientist in you! 

FREE!  No registration required. Food will be available for purchase. All activities (including 15-minute canoe rides) are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event Location:
NE 166th Ave and Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

Event Time:
12:00 – 4:00 PM

Questions? Contact the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at:  (503) 281-1132 or  Visit the event page here.

This event is supported by volunteers. Their work is essential to the success of the festival! Assist as a youth activity leader or lend a hand at the Welcome Tent. Interest in groundwater and or geology is a plus and volunteer positions are available throughout the morning and afternoon for various experience levels. This is a great opportunity for groups and individuals! Visit to sign up online or contact to learn more. By phone, (503) 281-1132.

More about Portland’s Groundwater:
Groundwater from the Columbia South Shore is a secondary source of drinking water for Portland and is a critical component of the region’s drinking water system. Groundwater is used to help meet higher summer water demands and to provide water during emergencies or when Portland’s primary drinking water source, the Bull Run watershed, is not available.

This event is a part of the outreach efforts of the Portland Water Bureau’s Groundwater Protection Program. The Cities of Portland, Gresham and Fairview have implemented this program to protect the Columbia South Shore Well Field – a drinking water source for over 800,000 Oregonians. One of the main goals of the groundwater protection program is to educate people and businesses and prevent chemical spills that could seep into the ground and pollute our drinking water. The cooperation of everyone living and working in the protection area is crucial to keeping our drinking water safe.  For more information on groundwater protection visit Portland Water Bureau.

Resource Description
Volunteer for Aquifer Adventure View the full position description here for more information.


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