Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Slough Activities


Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Our mission: "to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed."







Tadpole Tales 3

Photo Credit Rhett Wilkins

Hello from the Columbia Slough Watershed Council!

Upcoming Events:
  • Better Living Show: This weekend! Expo Center
  • Tadpole Tales: Every Wednesday, March-May 10-11:00AM
  • Rain Garden Workshop: Saturday, March 23rd 9 AM- 1PM
  • Bird Walk with Audubon: Friday, April 5th 8-11:00AM
  • Clean-up at Johnson Lake: Saturday, April 6th 10AM - 1PM
  • Brunch with the Birds: Friday, April 19th 10AM-1PM
  • Earth Day Clean-up at Force Lake: Saturday, April 20th 9 AM
  • BYOB-Bring your own BOAT Paddle: Wednesday, April 25 5:30-7:30PM
  • SAVE THE DATE- Explorando: Date changed to June 22nd 1-5PM
*Volunteer Opportunity*
Represent the Council at the Better Living Show!
When: This Saturday March 23rd, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland 97217

We are looking for a volunteer to come to the Expo Center this weekend to help represent the Council. The Better Living Show is where everything green, sustainable and efficient comes together!
If you have an interest in talking with people about the work that the Columbia Slough Watershed Council does, this would be a fun afternoon for you. You will get instructions before you volunteer so you'll be prepared for any questions!

Interested? Contact Nathan Barrett at: or 503 281-1132

Can't volunteer at the show but interested?  Come visit us at the show- it's free!
Show hours: 
Friday, March 22 Noon - 8 pm
Saturday, March 23 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday, March 24 11 am - 5 pm
More info here:

*Volunteer Opportunity*
Clean-up at Johnson Lake
Saturday, April 6th , 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Location: NE Colfax Street and NE 92nd Street

Join our friends at Portland Parks & Recreation and the Sumner Association of Neighbors for a morning of spiffing up Johnson Lake!
Help remove invasive plants, clear trails, and remove litter from this "hidden gem" of a natural area. Sumner neighborhood will pay for lunch from Subway for the first 10 volunteers who sign up!

Ready to help? Register here.

Workshop is full but we expect a few cancellations so do register for the wait-list- we will most likely have a couple spots.
Rain Gardens 101
Saturday, March 23rd: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

Learn how to build your own rain garden! We'll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time. Join this interactive workshop!

Wait-list registration required; sign up here.

*Birding Event*
Brunch with the Birds
Friday, April 19th: 10AM-1PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Look for songbirds and spring migrants with metro naturalist James Davis before settling down to a delicious lunch provided by the Council. $5 suggested donation, suitable for adults and teens aged 12+. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. Advanced registration required.

Registration required: Sign up here.

*Volunteer Opportunity*
Earth Day Clean-up at Force Lake
Saturday, April 20th , 2013 9 AM- 12 PM
Location: Force Lake
11415 N Force Ave.
Portland, OR

Celebrate Earth Day by joining Friends of Force Lake, SOLVE and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council on a clean up of Force Lake. We'll be removing invasive plants and picking up trash from in and around the lake. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Native Planting, Maintenance & Monitoring.

Interested? Register here.

*Paddle Event*
Bring Your Own Boat Paddle
Wednesday, April 24th: 10AM-1PM
Location: Smith & Bybee Wetlands
5300 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97203

Load up your canoe or kayak for a springtime paddle! CSCW staff/volunteers will lead this group trip at Smith & Bybee Wetlands in search of bald eagles, otters, turtles, and osprey. $5 suggested donation, suitable for adults and teens 12, pre-registration requested.

You must bring your own canoe or kayak and lifejacket to participate in this paddle trip. NO equipment is available to borrow from the Council.

Interested? Register here.

Tadpole Tales - March 27th!
Wednesdays (March- May), 10-11:00 AM
March: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland
April: Columbia Children’s Arboretum, 300 NE Meadow Ln., Portland
May: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility, 19595 NE Sandy, Portland Routes are accessible to strollers.

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. Families are welcome to bring a snack.

Event runs rain or shine.
$3 admission/donation per child, no charge for adults.
Please RSVP to attend here.
*Birding Event*
Bird Walk
Friday, April 5: 8-11 AM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Outreach Team Volunteers Needed!
Do you like to meet new people? Do you care about healthy communities? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is seeking passionate volunteers to help represent the organization at community events as a part of our Outreach Team. Volunteers will receive training on expectations of the role and how to represent the council.  Time commitment is two events over the spring/summer season.  Outreach Team volunteers and are contacted as opportunities arise and can choose opportunities based on availability.

Our first training is April 17th 5:30-7:00.  Dinner provided!
Interested?  RSVP here to attend the training.

For more events and updates, visit our website: or give us a call!
(503) 281-1132
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