Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Education Plus Fun In Our Watershed

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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

March 12, 2014

Slough 101: March 15th  - Get to know your watershed!

We have just a few spots left! Come learn from over eight local experts and see the watershed as it was and is Slough 101today. This FREE workshop covers the history, water, wildlife, 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

Sponsored by City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau.

FREE; Registration Required


Tadpole Tales (Ages 3-5)

Tadpole Tales CroppedWednesdays March- May 10-11am.

Don't miss this nature discovery program for little explorers ages 3-5. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers. Themes change each week and locations vary each month.  Suggested donation/child is $3; adults free.

March: Whitaker Ponds 7040 NE 47th Avenue, Portland, OR 97218
April: Columbia Children’s Arboretum: 10040 NE 6th Dr. Portland, OR
May: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility: 19619 NE Sandy Blvd

Learn more and sign up here.

Slough Tour: Water Flow

MCDD 3Tuesday, March 18th 4-5 PM.
Learn about the history of water control in the Portland area and get an up-close look at the people, machines, and structures that keep parts of NE Portland and Gresham from flooding. Co-hosted by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and the Multnomah County Drainage Districts, this tour led by a District Engineer highlights the water flow of the Columbia Slough waterway and the levees and pumps that maintain water levels.

Free, pre-registration requested, suitable for ages 10 and up. Please dress for the weather.

Register here

It's Planting Time - We Need YOU!

Tools only Stewardship Saturday Force LakeThe ground is soft and the time is right! The Council is busy taking advantage of planting season and we need your help.  Volunteers are needed at a number of upcoming restoration events.  If you have a group of people you'd like to organize - please contact Hanna Davis at:

We'll be at three locations in March and April.  Come play in the mud and help us plant natives in the watershed!

Planting at Peninsula Crossing Trail in N. Portland Mar. 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Earth Day Stewardship at Force Lake April 26, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Earth Day Stewardship at Wilkes Park April 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Upcoming Events Calendar:


    Slough 101 March 15th, 9:00 AM-12:45 PM
    Slough Tour: Waterflow March 18th, 4:00-5:00 PM
    Stewardship Saturday (Planting) March 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM


    Site Planning Workshop April 6th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Brunch With the Birds April 11th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Earth Day Stewardship at Force Lake April 26, 9:00am - 1:00pm
    Earth Day Stewardship at Wilkes Park April 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Bring Your Own Boat Paddle April 30th, 5:30-7:30 PM


    Rain Gardens Workshop May 4th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Slough Tour: Bird Walk May 6th, 8:00-10:00 AM
    Cycle the Well Field May 31st, 8:45 AM-1:30 PM (SAVE THE DATE)


    Explorando el Columbia Slough June 14th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Bring Your Own Boat Paddle June 24th, 5:30-7:30 PM

Get Involved!

Paddle Team

It's getting warmer and we'll be out on the water with many paddling events soon!  Join the team and help guide our kayak and canoe trips. 

Paddle Team Training: Wed, April 23rd 3-6 PM (Not free but interested?  Contact us and we'll arrange another training option.)

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