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

Noticias del Columbia Slough


By Connie Gibson
Thank you to the hundreds of participants who came out to enjoy the Columbia Slough at the 23rd Annual Canoe Regatta at Multnomah County Drainage District!

Photo copyright 2017 Connie Gibson



Welcome to our 2017 Paddle Team Members!

Welcome to our 2017 Paddle Team Members!

Each year the Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts dozens of educational paddling events that expose adults and children to the wonders of the Columbia Slough watershed.  Our mission is to incorporate cultural awareness into the conservation narrative by helping to connect and engage diverse populations with their local natural areas.

We couldn’t accomplish this without the help of the many community members who donate their time and energy to this mission. For the past three years, we have trained and supported over fifty volunteers to assist with our Twilight Paddles, Slough School kids’ paddles and our summer festivals. This year, we are immensely grateful to have over twenty-five committed volunteers to help us expand and grow the offerings of the recreation program.

In mid-April our 2017 paddle team volunteers assisted several trainings where they learned about the Council’s history and its many challenges and opportunities. Volunteers assisted a hands-on training where they learned about different safety, communication, and paddling methods for leading tours on the Columbia Slough Watershed.  Our volunteers’ varying levels of experiences, from first-time paddlers to experienced outdoor recreationalists, have provided a rich diversity of perspectives in our interpretation of nature.

Thanks to our new partnership with Next Adventure, we are able to accommodate the growing demand and interest in exploring the Slough from our watershed community.  As partners, our vision is to create and foster opportunities for community members to enjoy the outdoors while helping to support conservation efforts that enhance the habitat we depend on for recreation activities.

Throughout the paddle season our volunteers will benefit from paddle skill building, increased knowledge of our local natural areas, plants, and wildlife and the opportunities of sharing their knowledge with community members.  We are incredibly grateful for your commitment and look forward to sharing this journey with you!


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We’re Seeking volunteers for our bilingual nature festival, Explorando!

We’re Seeking volunteers for our bilingual nature festival, Explorando!

Explorando el Columbia Slough
Date: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Time: 1-5pm, volunteer shifts vary
Colwood Golf Course
7323 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR, 97218

What is Explorando el Columbia Slough?
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council presents its annual Explorando el Columbia Slough, a bilingual nature festival with fun activities for the whole family! We plan this event with the Cully community for community members to enjoy guided canoe rides, dance and music by local artists, storytelling, gardening activities, nature crafts and more.

Do I have to speak Spanish to participate?
Not necessarily. Those with little to no Spanish are welcome to volunteer - we’ll partner you with a Spanish speaker!

What’s it like to volunteer?
Volunteers help manage festival set up, registration, arts and face painting, parking, gardening, canoe trip registration, food and drink and more! Snacks, lunch and an event t-shirt are provided for all volunteers.

To learn more and register visit the event page.

Welcome to our new Stewardship Director, Matthew!

Welcome to our new Stewardship Director, Matthew!

Matthew has worked as a field botanist for the National Park Service mapping native plant communities in Washington State and for the Institute for Natural Resources mapping juniper woodlands and sagebrush. Matthew received his B.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech inspired by his love of food and plants. After working many years in vegetation management, he decided to complete his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State. This gave him the opportunity to expand his impact and to work with communities within an urban context.

You can reach Matt at 503-281-1132 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

His knowledge, sense of humor, and ability to tackle new projects are a wonderful addition to our organization!

Fall Brunch with Lavender & Thyme

Fall Brunch with Lavender & Thyme

Join us for a fall brunch fundraiser catered by Lavender and Thyme! Bring your friends and family anytime between 10am and noon to enjoy this fully catered brunch at the scenic Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Tickets include a three-course, chefs choice brunch, coffee, tea, or cocoa. Meat and vegetarian options are available.

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

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