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Columbia Slough Watershed Council


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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



The Willamette Week hand-picks non-profits to include in their annual fundraising campaign each year called the Give!Guide. We made it in this year! Your contributions help to restore the watershed and provide a good educational experience for kids for years to come.  Just $10 buys a seat on a canoe for two students’ first time on the water! If you give through Give!Guide, you’ll receive prizes for your donation of anything over $10! Giving goes through the end of the year, but give early because some prizes are available while supplies last! Our Council specific gifts include: G!G donors of $20+ to CSWC will be entered to win one of two sets of Danner boots, socks and a T-shirt. Donors of $125+ will receive a set of handmade, nature-themed notecards. Donors of $400+ will receive a private paddle on the slough for six.

Wanna join 2017-18 Education Team?

Wanna join 2017-18 Education Team?

Each year Slough School delivers hundreds of educational programs to students of all ages in Portland Public, Parkrose, Reynolds, and Gresham-Barlow School districts, in addition to colleges and private schools.  We facilitate authentic learning from the Columbia Slough and its watershed. We strive to make sure students are safe, having fun, and learning outside!

To accomplish this, we would love the help of community members who can donate their time and energy to ensuring the success of Slough School and its programs!  This year, we are hosting a training on Saturday, Sept 23rd to train our Volunteer Educators!

Who: You!
What: Slough School Volunteer Training and free lunch
Where: Columbia Slough Watershed Council, 7040 NE 47th Ave
When: Sept 23rd, 10am-2pm

To join the Volunteer Educator team, please contact Volunteer Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Looking for a service opportunity for your business or community group?

Looking for a service opportunity for your business or community group?

Did you know that Columbia Slough Watershed Council offers group volunteering experiences throughout the calendar year? Your group is welcome to join us this Winter for Stewardship Saturdays, our outdoor restoration events or in 2018 for events like Explorando, Regatta, or Aquifer Adventure. Group volunteering is a great way to build camaraderie, get exercise and serve your community - join us!

For more information, get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Kirk Fatland.

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(503) 281-1132

Register Your Fred Meyer Card to support the slough!

Are you a Fred Meyer customer? Support the Slough just by getting groceries! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million each year - up to $625,000 each quarter to community organizations - make this support go to work for your watershed! All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer. By registering your card you are helping decide what these funds support.

To register your card visit:  Register and then add Columbia Slough Watershed Council as your Community Rewards organization. Search for organization number: 83957

Questions?  Give us a call at: (503) 281-1132 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Whitaker Ponds Documentary

Filmmaker Dave McFarland first visited Whitaker ponds with his Son’s school friend trip through the Slough School Program (partnership with City of Portland’s Clean Rivers Education Program).  He was intrigued by the contrast of the natural and industrial world that surrounds Whitaker Ponds.  This film was inspired by his experience at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park.  Columbia Slough Watershed Council thanks Dave for his work on this beautiful portrait of the park.