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Contact Nathan Barrett, Community Connections Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-341-1517
Priority Volunteer Positions
Explorando el Columbia Slough
Saturday, June 22nd
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Discover city nature with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council during its twelfth annual Explorando el Columbia Slough festival Saturday, June 22nd at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Explorando is a free bilingual family-friendly event at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Avenue in Portland. The event includes canoe trips, hands-on environmental activities, a rock climbing wall, live birds and insects, music and folkloric dances.
Volunteers are needed (Spanish-English bilingual desirable, English only OK) in a variety of roles including interpretation, canoe guides, hands on games and arts and crafts, face painting, food and welcome tent. Sign up for a volunteer shift here. Volunteer receive a free t-shirt and snacks!
Volunteer Paddling Team
Each year the Columbia Slough Watershed Council hosts dozens of educational paddling events that expose adult and children to the strange wonders of the Columbia Slough. We’re seeking intermediate to advanced paddlers who would like to volunteer to assist with our Twilight Paddles, Slough School kids paddles, and our big summer festivals.
Slough School Education Assistants
(September through June)
Does making spider web out of spaghetti sound like fun? Slough School (our main education program for school-aged children) is looking for people who can volunteer on weekdays, generally between 9-12 or 12-3 to help with: field science programs (water chemistry and water bugs) & student restoration (planting, invasive removal, etc. w/ kids). Anyone with the ability to support kids and teachers is welcome. Minimal commitment requires helping approximately once a week for at least 4 weeks.
Volunteers are invited to make a difference within the watershed during the Council’s Stewardship Saturdays. Stewardship Saturdays take place at least once per month and include activities like planting native plants, removing invasive weeds, and cleaning up litter. From Force Lake in north Portland to Fairview Creek in Gresham, these work parties provide excellent opportunities to explore and support natural areas in your watershed. View the Council’s online calendar for event details.
Group Stewardship Volunteering
Looking for a fun team-building activity for your business, school, or community organization? The Columbia Slough Watershed Council would like to invite your group to volunteer. The Council hosts volunteers year-round to help with native plantings, invasive weed removal, litter removal, and trail maintenance at sites located in Portland, Fairview and Gresham. Let us know what your interests are and we’ll work with you to organize a volunteer event that suits your needs.
Outreach Support Opportunities
Regatta, Explorando, Aquifer Adventure! Event Volunteers Needed
We rely on volunteers to make all of our annual events a success. We need help with specific events such as Explorando (bilingual environmental festival), Regatta (paddling festival), Aquifer Adventure (groundwater festival), and the Slough Celebration (Awards Ceremony & fundraiser). We also have opportunities assisting with set-up and registration for smaller events such as Brew on the Slough, Slough 101, and others. There’s always great food and lots of fun.
Join the team that expands our reach. This esteemed group of volunteers helps represent the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at events and fairs through out the year. Volunteers receive an hour-long training, and are then contacted as outreach opportunities arise. This year, we’re looking forward to attending Portland Farmers Markets, street fairs, and outdoor festivals.
Columbia Slough Auction Committee
Love tying ribbons? How about fundraising? We need volunteers to help procure and organize donations for the Slough Celebration’s silent auction fundraiser early February of each year. Come committed – you’ll be responsible for one of more auction duties, and must be able to attend monthly or bi-monthly Committee meetings in addition to the big event.