What People Are Saying:

"It felt like a great escape from the classroom, and made me wish we could take our kids outside every day. We slowly walked back to school, wishing to be outside all day." — Partner Teacher with our Slough School Program

Recent News

  • We’re hiring! Executive Director

    After nine years of dedication to the Council, our current Executive Director Jane Van Dyke will be retiring.  We wish her the best!

    The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director’s primary duties are providing leadership of the Council, driving the implementation of actions to fulfill the organization’s mission and implementing the strategic plan with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director manages all aspects of the Council’s day to day operations including supervising staff, budgeting, and achieving organizational goals. As the face of the Council, the Executive Director strengthens relationships and collaborates with partners and donors achieving long term financial stability and a growing Council presence and network in the community.  The Council is also focused on the development of a comprehensive plan to improve racial equity and diversity in our programs and governance.  The Executive Director will lead this work and guide staff in plan implementation. The Executive Director operates under the general direction of the Council’s board of directors. See full position description here.

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  • Nominations are Open!

    It’s time to nominate for the 2015 Slough Celebration Awards!  Do you know an individual or group who has had a strong positive impact on the Columbia Slough Watershed?  Nominate them for a Leadership or Achievement Award! Nominations are due Thursday, November 19th.

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  • Now recruiting Slough School volunteers for Fall!

    Now’s your chance to participate as a volunteer and assist educators in providing quality outdoor education experiences to Slough students!

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  • Slough Stories

    The Columbia Slough Watershed Council celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and there are a thousand stories to tell. This video is a compilation of a few of the stories told at the Slough Stories event in November 2014. This is part of an effort to document efforts large and small that have improved the Columbia Slough watershed and raised public awareness of the waterway and the region. Enjoy this trip down memory lane (or should we say a paddle down memory slough).

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Bike the Levees

Sunday October 11, 10:00am

Bring your bike and your friends for a tour of Portland's levee system! Riders will explore how the levees are managed for the balance of safety, recreation, and restoration.

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Native Plant Workshop

Thursday October 15, 6:30pm

This workshop will introduce you to common native plant communities in Portland. You’ll walk away with loads of information so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard.

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Owl Prowl

Friday October 23, 7:00pm

Owl talk and nighttime walk for families.

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