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+. Meet at Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station. FREE. Pre-registration required (visit columbiaslough.org to register).
On May 30, 1948 at 4:17pm a levee burst and the Columbia River flooded Vanport City, once the second-largest city in Oregon. This tour features speakers, three sites with public art and informational signs and sharing by Vanport families and historians. A World War II housing project, Vanport was home to nearly 100,000 people during its existence, hosted Vanport College (now PSU) and many innovative educational and social programs. This outdoor tour begins at the Delta Park/Vanport Park & Ride and continues by carpool. Suitable for adults and children aged 10+; registrations required.
Bring the whole family for a safe and fun canoe trip on the slow-moving Columbia Slough! We'll have some canoes set up in a "bimaran" configuration - this setup is safe for new paddlers, infants and grandparents alike. Families may also borrow single canoes. If you are interested in kayaks, let us know in the comments section of your registration and we'll check on availability and get back to you. We'll provide the canoe, lifejacket, paddle, - you provide the paddling muscle. Enjoy the water, plants, and wildlife from the best seat possible! $5-8/person $15/family suggested donation, advanced registration required.
Venture out with a refuge naturalist for a free nature walk to explore the oak savanna, riparian forest and wetland ecosystems and natural history of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
Topics will vary from walk to walk but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.
February Theme: Winter Twigs on the Refuge
March Theme: Signs of Spring
Elegant, majestic and talkative - thousands of Sandhill Cranes spend time on Sauvie Island each winter. Transportation is provided for this outing to view wild cranes feeding, flying and being cranes - what's that all about? Chances of seeing Bald Eagles and other raptors are also very good. We depart from the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 150 E Main Street, where you can arrive by MAX, bus or park your vehicle in the nearby free parking garage. This trip is limited to 7 participants so don't wait to register!
Winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year and is followed by the gradual return of the light. Come celebrate the end and the beginning of this cycle by walking the prairie and ash forest at the St. John's Landfill. This landscape hosts a spectacular array of song birds, waterfowl, raptors, and mammals that live along the Columbia Slough. All ages. Preregistration required. $6/person, $11/family.
The Friends of Gateway Green presents Community Cross - a family friendly cyclocross exhibition race for all ages and abilities! Please join us in celebrating and support Portland's first recreational bike park in the making!
On-site registration will begin at 9 AM. $20 race entry donation supports the Build Gateway Green capital campaign. Exhibition racers are eligible for raffle prizes regardless of race finishing placement. Non-racers may also purchase raffle tickets for $20.
The day's schedule:
9:00 AM - Registration begins
10:00 AM - Welcome Announcement
10:10 AM - Kiddie Cross opens (remains open throughout the day)
10:10 AM - Men's C (45 min)
11:05 AM - Men's B (45 min)
12:00 PM - Women's B & C and Juniors (45 min)
12:55 PM - Women's A (60 min)
2:05 PM - Men's A (60 min)
3:15 PM - Single Speed (45 min)
Please consider riding your bike or taking transit to the event. Parking is available at The Oregon Clinic (1111 NE 99th Ave). Community Cross will be set up approximately .25 miles north of the Gateway/NE 99th Ave TC MAX station.
Have fun and help out at Columbia Springs! We will work on several projects around our site and end with a guided nature walk. Projects may include gardening, painting, trail maintenance, and more. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome! Children under 14 are welcome with parent or guardian supervision and teens under 16 with parent or guardian permission. Snacks and tools provided. Please bring sturdy shoes, appropriate outdoor work clothing, a water bottle, and your enthusiasm for helping the community! To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-882-0936 ext. 230. Walk-in's welcome. For more information, visit our website at http://www.columbiasprings.org/events/annual-events/stewardship-saturdays/.
In partnership with the Gresham Bicycle Tourism Initiative, JCWC will host a group bike ride exploring points of interest within the City of Gresham including several natural areas. All ages and skill-levels welcome. The ride will take about 2-3 hours.
Start at Linneman Station - 3804 West Powell Loop, Gresham, OR
This 7 mile ride stops at 4 natural areas along the Springwater Corridor Trail for brief presentations on each, including:
- Gresham Woods/Butler Creek- Renate Dietrich, Field Surveyor with City of Gresham, will be speaking at Gresham Woods
- Ambleside Natural Area
- Main City Park- *guest speakers from the Friends of Tsuru Island/Gresham Sister City Assoc will address riders.
- Upper Johnson Creek Natural Area- site tour by Aquatic Contracting
Join us in downtown historic Gresham after the ride for food and drinks!
Join the Bicycle Tourism Initiative Saturday, September 20th for a scenic and informative 50-mile ride with many stops along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Learn some great stories about the highway presented by ODOT's Kristen Stallman and some equally interesting factoids about salmonids delivered by knowledgeable staff from State Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Metro. Meet at Corbett High School for the ride start. The route follows the Historic Columbia River Highway east to Bonneville and the Cascade Hatchery at Eagle Creek. The tour returns to Corbett along the Historic Highway and continues to Troutdale for a last glimpse of salmon and a discussion about the historic highway's role in Oregon's tourism economy.