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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Visit the organization web site: http://www.columbiaslough.org/

What We Do

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is a diverse group of neighbors, property owners, businesses, environmental groups, recreation advocates, and government agencies who work to restore and enhance the 60 miles of waterways, wetlands, and slow moving channels known as the Columbia Slough.

Through partnerships and action we work towards Our mission: to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed.

Opportunities for service with us

Education Opportunities

Slough School Education Assistants 
Love kids and learning? 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 (planting, invasive removal, etc. w/ kids) & student restoration (water chemistry and water bugs). Anyone with the ability to support kids and teachers is welcome. 

We are also looking for assistant guides for our Our Tadpole Tales program. This is a parent/child program for preschool-aged kids involving reading a story and taking a short, thematic walk.  If you like young kids, stories, and learning – get in touch. 

Interpretive Walks - Lead Guides and Assistants

We are looking for assistant and potentially lead guides to offer guided nature walks for adults and families across the watershed. Birds, Bats, Plants, & Bugs! Name your expertise, we’re interested. 

Stewardship Opportunities

Stewardship Saturdays
Once a month, during the Council’s Stewardship Saturdays, volunteers are invited to make a difference by planting natives, removing invasive weeds, and cleaning up litter. From Force Lake to Osborne Creek, these work parties provide excellent opportunities to explore and support wonderful natural areas in your watershed.  Check out our calendar for dates and details. 

Group Stewardship Volunteering
Looking for a free, fun, rewarding, and team-building activity for your business, school group, or community organization? We’re able to host stewardship work parties throughout the year. Events usually involve native plantings, invasive weed removal, or the occasional maintenance or building project. Let us know what your interests are, and we’ll see if we can organize a volunteer event that suites your needs.

Outreach Support Opportunities

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 on Feb 10, 2012. 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.  Click to learn more details. 

Outreach Task Force
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 a one hour 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. 

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.

Preferred way to contact:
Karen Carrillo
7040 NE 47th Avenue
Portland, OR 97218 Directions
Bus Service
Bus75 to Columbia Blvd & 47th