Thursday, March 12, 2015

Slough News And Activites

Summer 2 for VR
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
March, 2015

Check out news from the Council below including information on our new North Portland Outreach Specialist position, event highlights, volunteer opportunities and our updated Spring Calendar.  Enjoy!

Stewardship Saturdays - March 14th and March 21st

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This Saturday, March 14th (Volunteers needed!)
9:00am - 12:00pm
15401 NE Fremont St. Portland, OR 97230

Saturday, March 21st
9:00am - 12:00pm
Peninsula Crossing Trail @
N. Princeton St. and N. Carey Blvd.

Stewardship Saturdays are community volunteer work parties. Activities range from native plant planting to invasive species removal, trail maintenance, litter cleanup and more. Get your hands dirty and help make the watershed more livable for plants and people!

Tools, training, gloves and snacks provided.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Hanna Davis at or call (503) 281-1132.

Slough 101 this Saturday!

Come learn from over eight local experts about the past and present happenings in the watershed. This FREE workshop
IMG_1212covers the history, water, wildlife, recreation options and current issues of the Columbia Slough Watershed. Presenters will lead hands-on activities including a tour of a pump station and macroinvertebrate discovery. Pre-registration is required for this free workshop, and light refreshments will be provided. 

Suitable for adults and teens 14 & up.

Time: 9am - 12: 45pm

Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Dr
Portland, OR 97211

FREE; Registration Required or 503 281-1132

Brunch with the Birds

This is a great introduction for beginning or intermediate bird watchers. We’ll walk the trails at Whitaker Ponds birding then enjoy a delicious lunch from the Council.  Space is limited to 20 people; suitable for adults and children 12 & up.  Advance registration required. $5 suggested donation.

 10 am - 1 pm

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Suggested $5 donation; Registration Required or 503 281-1132

We're Hiring: North Portland Outreach Specialist

(Temporary: May 2015 - August 2016 & Part-time: 14 hr/week)
The North Portland Outreach Specialist (NPO Specialist) will primarily act as an outreach agent with the North Portland community. The NPO Specialist will work with the Council’s education, outreach, and stewardship directors.  Tasks include: research and outreach to existing community groups within North Portland, working in partnership with these groups to determine contacts, interests, and concerns, conducting key stakeholder interviews, holding focus groups, and populating a new database with names and contacts of community leaders, teachers, agency employees, and potential volunteers. Closes April 3, 2015 at 4 pm.  See more information in our Employment section of our website. 

Tadpole Tales  for Kids 3-5 

April - May
10-11 am

Don't miss this nature discovery program for little explorers ages 3-5. Themes change each week and locations change each month.  Suggested donation/child is $3; adults free. 

April Location: Whitaker Ponds 7040 NE 47th Avenue, Portland, OR 97218

May Location: Nadaka Nature Park 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97030

Learn more and register here.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Paddle Team now recruiting!

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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. We're seeking novice to advanced paddlers who would like to volunteer to assist with our Twilight Paddles, Slough School kids’ paddles and our summer festivals.

Saturday, April 11th, 9am - 12pm
AND Thursday, April 16th, 4pm - 6pm  

Want to learn more?
For details and application information, view the 

Like festivals, people and the Slough?

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Consider joining our Volunteer Outreach Team!

Outreach volunteers represent the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at farmers markets, paddling festivals, street fairs and outdoor festivals all around North and North East Portland. Volunteers engage event-goers in conversation, field questions about the organization and its events and provide general enthusiasm around allthings Slough-related!

Thursday, April 2nd
5pm - 8pm 
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave. 
Portland, OR 97218

Details and application information available on the 

Spring Events Calendar 


    Slough 101 March 14th, 8:45 AM-1:30 PM
    Stewardship Saturday March 14th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Stewardship Saturday March 21st, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM


    Brunch With the Birds April 9th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Stewardship Saturday April 18th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Bring Your Own Boat Paddle April 29th, 5:30-7:30 PM

 Watershed Walk May 7th, 8:30 -10 AM (NEW)
    Stewardship Saturday May 9th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Cully Critter Cruise Saturday May 16th, 9:30-11:00 AM (NEW)
    Evening Canoe the Slough May 21st, 6:00-8:30 PM
    Slough Tour: Vanport May 29th, 4:00-6:00 PM
    Cycle the Well Field May 30th, 8:45 AM-1:30 PM

June    Explorando el Columbia Slough June 13th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Bring Your Own Boat Paddle June 23rd, 5:30-7:30 PM
Join us for a Council meeting! Meetings are open to the public and generally occur monthly on the last Monday of the month.  More info here:

Native Plant Sale March 28

Friends of Baltimore Woods Native Plant Sale, in St Johns Plaza 10 am - 3 pm, hundreds of native plants at reasonable prices. Click here to see a list of plants. 

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Contact Us

Visit our Website
or call us at 503.281.1132

7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Slough Activites: Learn About Our River and Slough

Three great ways to get involved!

Volunteer registration for Aquifer Adventure is now open!

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Saturday, September 13th
Portland Water Bureau Launch 
16650 NE Airport Way 
Portland, OR 97230

Ahoy thar, matey! It’s time to celebrate at Aquifer Adventure! Join our volunteer crew for a swashbuckling adventure on the high sloughs, as the Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council team up to present a FREE, family-friendly event full of educational games and pirate booty. We’ve had over 800 pirates-in-training attend in past years – and we really need your help to make this a huge success. This is a great opportunity for groups and individuals ages 16 and up.

Event open to the public 12-4pm  
Shift 1: 8 AM -11:00 AM (Set Up) 
Shift 2: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM (Event Shift) 
Shift 3: 1:30 - 4:30 PM (Event Shift)
Shift 4: 5:00 - 6:30 PM 
(Clean up at Columbia Slough Watershed Council's office - 7040 NE 47th Ave.)

Registration required

Contact Hanna Davis at
(503) 281 - 1132

Now Recruiting...

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Slough School Volunteers - Fall Season
If you enjoy time in the outdoors and working with children, this is a great opportunity for you! Lead nature walks, enjoy Slough wildlife with curious, energetic students and build your outdoor leadership skills. With the support of experienced outdoor educators, you'll help bring outdoor, experiential education to students within the beautiful Columbia Slough Watershed. Get the full volunteer position description and application instructions here.

Office Volunteers - Fall Season
Are you efficient, organized and detail-oriented? Do you enjoy color-coding? Are you a wiz with Excel? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider joining the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s team of volunteer office assistants. Help us serve our community and pursue our mission to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed. Learn more about the position here.

Contact Hanna Davis at
(503) 281 - 1132

Now Hiring: Fall Education Intern

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Looking to improve your outdoor leadership skills? Hone your teaching style? Consider applying to become our Slough School Education Intern this Fall!

The Slough School Education Intern will prepare and deliver field-based educational and stewardship programs and classroom-based educational presentations to K-12 students attending schools within the Columbia Slough Watershed. She/He will also collaborate on weekend community stewardship events and assist with general council activities. View the full position description here.

For more information:
Contact Jane VanDyke at or call (503) 281-1132.

Volunteer Paddle & Potluck

Tuesday, September 23rd
4:00 - 6:00pm, open paddling - RSVP required
6:00 - 7:00pm, group potluck 
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

Have you volunteered with the Council in the last year? Join us for our fall volunteer appreciation event, the Paddle & Potluck. Learn more and RSVP to the event by visiting our website.

Hope to see you soon,

Volunteer Coordinator
Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Learn About Our Slough

I have been on or to many of these activities and they are not only educational; they are fun!! 

Upcoming Slough Activities

Join us for these upcoming events! For a full calendar of events, click here.  For information on any of the events listed below, contact our staff at: or (503) 281-1132.

Columbia Slough Regatta 2014

Sunday August 03, 9:00am
Join hundreds for a fun paddle along the slough! We provide the boats (or you bring your own) and you get to explore by boat.
More Information

Subs on the Slough

Friday August 15, 11:30am
A free lunchtime tour all about groundwater! Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail. Advanced registration required; suitable for adults and children 10 & up.
More Information

Ladies Lunchtime Paddle

Tuesday August 19, 10:00am
This event is now FULL unless you have your own boat. You may register for our wait-list and we will contact you if spots open up.
More Information

Bat Night

Friday August 29, 7:30pm
Bring the family and join us for a bat talk and nighttime walk.
More Information

Aquifer Adventure

Saturday September 13, 12:00pm
Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater!
More Information

Bring Your Own Boat Paddle

Thursday September 18, 5:30pm
Bring your own boat for a group paddle!
More Information

Brew on the Slough

Monday October 13, 6:00pm
Join the Council for drinks and appetizers!
More Information

Owl Prowl

Friday October 24, 7:00pm
Bring your family on a nighttime hike!
More Information

Tadpole Tales (Weekly Event)

Thursday March 05, 10:00am
Children aged 3-5 with their parents are invited to join us on Wednesdays this spring for Tadpole Tales, our nature adventure program. Come just once or every week! (March - May)
More Information

Friday, June 06, 2014


June Meeting to Elect Board Members

Wednesday, June 18
7:00 PM

NEW LOCATION:  517 NE Roth | Suite G | Roth Estates

Keep Bridgeton Thriving & Unique | Help Elect the Board

Help elect the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association board and keep Bridgeton a thriving and unique neighborhood. The BNA is a community organization working on the issues and needs of our neighborhood: the environment, land use, safety and community.

Vote for a Board That Cares

We’ll have a slate of current and new nominations for board members who want to serve.

Add Your Voice – Get Involved

Being a board member doesn't have to be a huge time commitment. Contribute your energies on projects that match your skills and interests and help make the decisions that make Portland's smallest neighborhood the city's best kept secret.

We're looking new board members who want to make a difference and build Bridgeton's capacity to take action to move forward our priorities.

Write-ins and floor nominations will be welcomed at the meeting.

We’ll have a list of the key issues impacting our neighborhood at the meeting.