Slough News

Here’s what’s new in the Slough!

For more information about Council events and programs please contact our staff at 503-281-1132 or email


New Volunteer positions now open!

Wednesday August 13, 4:20pm

We’re now accepting volunteers for the fall season of Slough School - help connect kids to the outdoors and provide support as these students get to know what it’s like to be a real field scientist! Take a look at the complete position description and see if Slough School is the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Or, join us indoors as part of our office team. We’re now accepting office assistant volunteers to help manage the day-to-day workings of the office. We couldn’t run smoothly without this team. Join today! View the full position description and application instructions to learn more.

Position Opening - Stewardship Director (Part-time)

Tuesday August 12, 5:04pm

Now accepting applications for the position of Stewardship Director!  For position description and details see the employment section of our website.

Aquifer Adventure - Discover Your Inner Pirate!

Friday August 08, 11:18am

Join us September 13th from Noon-4 PM at Aquifer Adventure for a FREE 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

Volunteers are needed for this event! (Must be 16+ or accompanied by an adult volunteer) Visit our volunteer info page for details on helping at this event.

Questions? Contact the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at:  (503) 281-1132 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  Visit the event page here.

Fall Stewardship Education Intern position currently open.

Tuesday July 22, 5:54pm

Slough School Education Intern Position Open

The Slough School Education Intern will prepare and deliver field-based educational programs and classroom-based educational presentations to K-12 students attending schools within the Columbia Slough Watershed.  She/He will also assist with general council activities.
Position closes August 11th at 4 PM.  Application requirements and position description here.

Please contact Jane VanDyke, Executive Director, for more information at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (503) 281-1132.

Connecting the Community to the Watershed

Monday June 02, 3:24pm

Learn about our work in the Columbia Slough Watershed.
Pro bono video production by Jeff Ball.

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