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