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Noticias del Columbia Slough

Slough School is seeking passionate volunteers to help with our education program!

Slough School is seeking passionate volunteers to help with our education program!

Slough School education volunteers assist with stewardship projects (native plantings, mulching, invasive species removal), water quality investigations, and natural history tours for students in the Slough School program. Volunteers first take on a shadowing role observing a staff educator and assisting with behavior monitoring and group management. Once volunteers establish familiarity with the flow of programming, they have the opportunity to lead activities and experiment with teaching/communication styles.

Visit our volunteer opportunities page to learn more.

Explorando success / Explorando: un exito!

Explorando success / Explorando: un exito!

El 11 de Junio de este año, mas de 400 personas asistieron nuestro festival bilingüe ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!  Familias e individuales disfrutaron de todo lo que la naturaleza del Columbia Slough ofrece con viajes guiados en canoa, exploraciones en el bosque de Whitaker Ponds Nature Park y cuentos e historias bilingües.  Al mismo tiempo, el evento celebro nuestra cultura latina local con bailes folklóricos, música en vivo, arte, manualidades y artesanías para representar las diferentes formas en las que valoramos la bella naturaleza que nos rodea.  Muchas gracias a todos los miembros de la comunidad que nos ayudaron con la planificación, la recaudación de fondos, y la ejecución de este maravilloso evento!

On June 11 this year, over 400 people came out to celebrate nature in the city at ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough! Families and individuals enjoyed everything that the Columbia Slough has to offer with guided canoe trips, a scavenger hunt inside the forest of Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, and bilingual nature tales and narrations.  At the same time, the event celebrated our local Latino culture with folk dancing, live music, and arts & crafts to represent the different ways in which we value the nature that surrounds us.  Many thanks to all the community members and partners who helped us with the planning, fundraising, and execution of this wonderful event!


Meet Our New Executive Director: Corrina Chase!

Meet Our New Executive Director: Corrina Chase!

We are delighted to have Corrina Chase join the Columbia Slough as our new Executive Director.  She brings nine years of watershed council leadership to this position, having served as Coordinator for both the Tryon Creek Watershed Council and prior to that, the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council on the Oregon coast. Her past work also includes organic biogeochemistry for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and for MIT/WHOI in support of paleoclimate research, marine invasive species research, and restoration charrette planning. She is a passionate social justice advocate. She has a BS in geobiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a master’s in marine affairs from the University of Washington. She enjoys playing music, hiking, sailing, kayaking, chanterelle hunting, and gardening.

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 Summer 2016 for events like Explorando el Columbia Slough, our bilingual nature festival. Group volunteering is a great way to build camaraderie, get exercise and serve your community - join us!

Take a look at our Volunteer Partnerships info sheet for more information and get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Hanna Davis, for more information.

Hanna Davis
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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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