Columbia Slough Part IV – Environmental Education

My Volunteer Experience The Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) works directly with several of my passions: outdoor place-based education, service learning projects and stewardship. I volunteered with their Slough School education program, which works with students in the surrounding schools. Staff members visit classrooms and teach students  a wide range of topics, such as water qualityContinue reading “Columbia Slough Part IV – Environmental Education”

Columbia Slough Part II- Natural Surroundings Education

-Columbia Slough near Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Facility- I’m a huge proponent in learning about your natural surroundings. What are the native species in your area? What are the bodies of water near you, and the mountains and hills that surround your city/town? Do you know where your tap water comes from? I encourage everyoneContinue reading “Columbia Slough Part II- Natural Surroundings Education”

Columbia Slough- What Is It?

(Columbia Slough on Bike Bridge Near the Wastewater Treatment Plant) Whenever I move to a new area, I immediately seek out the nature spots nearby, and best places to walk my dogs. When I moved to Portland OR., and started exploring my neighborhood, I stumbled upon the nature reserve on Columbia Boulevard next to theContinue reading “Columbia Slough- What Is It?”

Toxic Utility Poles

Ever notice that black sticky looking goo on utility poles when you put your sign up for the weekend garage sale?  I had never given it a second thought until I attended the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) held on the University of Oregon’s campus this spring. According to the panelists on the “DioxinContinue reading “Toxic Utility Poles”