Thursday, August 02, 2012

August Slough Activites

The lazy days of August are upon us, which means it's time to relax by the Slough!  Join us this month for some enjoyable excursions:

Bat Night

Bat released from a cardboard boxFriday, August 3, 7:30-9:30pm
Whitaker Ponds, 7040 NE 47th Ave
It's batty that we still have spots availableSign up now to bring your family with kids aged 5+ for a nighttime hike all about bats.  We'll search for these flying mammals with a handheld bat detector. $5 suggested donation.

Nadaka Community Festival

Hot dogs at a nature parkSaturday, August 11, 9am - 3pm
Nadaka Nature Park
, NE 174th & Glisan

Celebrate new parks in Gresham with this community festival at Nadaka Nature Park!  Help pull weeds from 9am - noon, then enjoy hot dogs, live music, kid's activities, and community information from noon to 3pm.  The Council will be hosting a table at this fun event.

Subs on the Slough

Tasty lunch and groundwater infoFriday, August 17, 11:30am - 1pm
Columbia Slough Trailhead, 16650 NE Airport Way

Join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free lunchtime tour. Learn about protecting Portland’s underground drinking water source in the Columbia Slough Watershed, and view the solar array that helps off-set the Portland Water Bureau's energy needs. Lunch is provided at picnic tables along the scenic Columbia Slough trail. Advanced registration required; suitable for adults and children 10 & up.

Bring Your Own Boat Paddle

Evening paddle tripWednesday, August 22, 5:30-7:30pm
Simpson Launch, 11198 NE Simpson

Have you been out to the "secret" launch on NE Simpson yet?  Bring your canoe or kayak to join this group paddle exploring the mysterious nooks and crannies in the Upper Slough. 
RSVPs requested; $5 suggested donation.  No equipment is available to borrow.

Regatta Recap

Father and daughter at the RegattaThank you to all 477 people who came out to the St Johns Launch last Sunday for the Council's 18th annual Columbia Slough Regatta!  Over 210 boats launched with festive balloons attached, and families enjoyed the free t-shirts, free snacks, lemonade, and community information.  Congratulations to Carol H, our raffle winner who went home with over $470 worth of prizes!

If you'd like to see photos from the event, check out the Council's Facebook page.  You might even see yourself out on the water!


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