Thursday, June 11, 2015

Know Your Slough - And Have Fun


Take a look at our summer events and join us!   All events are free and open to the public (registration required in most cases). See you this summer!
Explorando el Columbia Slough
Saturday, June 13th, 1pm - 5pm
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

Celebrate nature in the city and the Columbia Slough at Explorando!

This free bilingual family festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages, including guided canoe trips, live music, dancing, rock climbing, face painting, storytelling and much more!

The first 300 visitors receive a free Explorando t-shirt.  No registration required.
Join the event on Facebook or learn more here.
Summer Tadpole Tales
Last Wednesday of the Month
10:00am - 11:00am June-August

Summer tadpole tales will be held on the last Wednesday of each month during the summer months at Nadaka Nature Park.

Children aged 3-5 with their parents are invited to a short story and guided nature walk. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers! $3 admission/donation per child, no charge for adults.

Columbia Slough Regatta
Sunday August 2nd, 9am-1pm
Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Dr, Portland, OR 97211

The Columbia Slough Regatta is a kayak and canoe event for the whole family!
Join our on-the-water festival and celebrate the Columbia Slough.

The Columbia Slough Regatta is great for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Despite the name, the Columbia Slough Regatta is not actually a race, more of a leisurely wildlife-watching group paddle.

We provide the boats or you are welcome to bring your own.

A donation of $8.00/person or $25/family is requested. Pre-registration required.Online or (503) 281-1132

Bring Your Own Boat
Tuesday June 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Load up your canoe or kayak for a summertime paddle!

Paddler and naturalist staff will lead this group trip in search of birds, otters, turtles, and osprey. $5 suggested donation, suitable for adults and teens.

Pre-registration requested.  You must bring your own canoe or kayak and life jacket to participate in this paddle trip. NO equipment is available to borrow from the Council.

Register Here
Moonlight Paddle
Friday July 10th, 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Under the cover of darkness, hunt for beavers, owls, and other nighttime creatures.  The full moon (and Council staff) will lead the way through the braided network of Slough channels.  Bring your own boat, or sign up to reserve one of our canoes or kayaks for your party. Suitable for adults and teens aged 14+ .  This is a guided group paddle.

Boats are limited.
Learn more and register here
Great Slough Clean Up
Saturday July 18th, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join the Council for our seventh annual trash-hauling extravaganza! Help out in our bimaran canoes, bring your own boat, or sort trash on land.

Prizes for the best finds and most enthusiastic volunteers! Boats, gloves, refreshments, and Slough mud provided. For this event we welcome volunteers age 14 and up.
With your help, the Slough gets cleaner ever year! 

Space is limited, so register today!
We have a variety of other activities for all ages happening this Spring.
Check our calendar for a full list of Summer events.

Monday, May 11, 2015






12 NOON TO 1:00 P.M.



Friday, May 08, 2015

Nextdoor Bridgeton [and more]

If you live in the Bridgeton area, please join: Nextdoor Bridgeton

It's an easy way to connect with neighbors, report crime, sell stuff, make announcements, post events, etc.

If you live elsewhere and there in no nextdoor for your neighborhood -  start one for your area

Click on the blue links to go to the nextdoor site.

Spring Slough Activites

May 16, 9:30-11:00AM
Explore, learn and have fun with your neighbors! Led by local experts, residents of all ages will travel the neighborhood and learn to identify and record the plants and animals along the way. This event will be the first ever community-led nature and wildlife inventory of the Cully Neighborhood. Don't miss out!

No experience necessary. The first 100 people to sign up will get a free T-shirt.
Click here to register.

The Cully Critter Cruise concludes with the Grand Opening celebration at Khunamokwst Park (11AM-3PM).

Location: Khunamokwst Park, 52nd and Alberta St., Portland, OR 97218

Volunteer guides/naturalists needed: Do you have naturalist experience or like working with youth and leading groups? We'd love to have you join our team as a volunteer leader.Sign up here.
Evening Canoe the Slough
Thursday May 21st

Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the Columbia Slough.We'll provide the guide, vessel, paddle and life jacket, you provide the muscle.

Choose one of four trips leaving at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00PM.

Registration required. 
Click here.
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
Tadpole Tales
Wednesday Mornings

You and your children are invited to join us for a short story and a guided nature walk. Different activities happening each week.

This Spring program runs each Wednesday from 10:00-11:00AM.

Suitable for children ages 3-5.
Click here to register. 

April Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
We have a variety of other activities for all ages happening this Spring.
Check our calendar for a full list of Spring events.

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