Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Learn More About Our Slough - and Have FUN!!


I have been to many slough activities over the years, and have enjoyed all of them.....

It's Paddling Season!
Bring Your Own Boat Paddle
Thursday April 21, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Load up your canoe or kayak for a springtime paddle!  In this guided trip we will go in search of bald eagles, otters, turtles, and osprey.
Suitable for adults and teens 12+
$5 suggested donation
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 For BYOB Paddle
Stewardship Saturday: Wilkes Creek Headwaters
Saturday April 23, 9:00am - 12:00pm
This year we will celebrate Earth Day by helping to restore this valuable headwaters habitat. Wilkes Creek runs directly into the Columbia Slough, so caring for the creek directly affects the health and water quality in the Slough. Join us!
Register For Stewardship Saturday
Tadpole Tales Series
Monday May 2, 10:00am - 11:00am
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. Themes change weekly. Event runs rain or shine.
Register For Tadpole Tales
Cycle the Well Field
Saturday May 21, 8:45am - 1:30pm
Bring your bike and your friends for a tour of Portland’s Columbia South Shore Well Field! Experts from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 16-mile trip on easy terrain. Learn about the safety, functionality and history of Portland’s underground drinking water system, which supplements the main supply from Bull Run. Helmets required; light refreshments provided; recommended for ages 12+.
Free - pre-registration required.
Register for Cycle the Well Field
Bilingual Outreach and Events Intern (Paid)
Strengthen your connection to the community this Spring and Summer with an internship at the Columbia Slough! This position gives you the opportunity to work with various aspects of a successful non-profit organization while enjoying time outdoors in canoes and kayaks! Help us connect the community with the watershed through outreach events, paddling events and organization management.

Learning and Benefits: This position provides experience in event planning, multicultural communications, community outreach, and canoeing. The Intern will gain familiarity with the workings of a successful watershed council and small non-profit organization. 

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Karen Carrillo at by 5:00PM on Monday, April 18, 2016.

For more details, see full position description.
Do You Shop at New Seasons?
 Now you can donate your 5 cent reusable bag refund to the Columbia Slough!  We're so excited to have been chosen as a partner for the Bag It Forward program at the New Seaons University Park location.  Click here to learn more.
Stories of our Watershed Film Event
Wednesday April 13, 7:30pm - 9:30am
The 11 films selected for this event represent a wide range of river systems from the Pacific Northwest to the Middle East.  Selected films share stories from a variety of conservation organizations, tribes, watershed councils, agencies and filmmakers. Explore the selected films in the list below.
Event features include an opportunity to meet the film makers and organizations that developed the films, prize drawings, and much more!

Location: Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR
Click here to see the films and learn more.
April Bird Walk at Nadaka
Friday April 8, 8:00am - 9:00am
Join Friends of Nadaka and the Audubon Society of Portland for our monthly guided Bird Walk at Nadaka Nature Park. This is a family-friendly event open to beginners and advance bird watchers. If you have your own binoculars, great! If not, we will have some for you to borrow. This is a great event to help you brush up on your birding basics and identification.

Location: Nadaka Nature Park 17615 NE Glisan St. Portland OR 97230

More information: Monica McAllister at 503-956-8558 or
Interested?  Email Monica McAllister at