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Gorge Explorers 2016: a photo essay

As the penultimate week of my first time through Gorge Explorers comes to an end, there is much to reflect on. GEx is such a multivalent camp experience, with layers of mentoring that are many and diverse: high school students mentor 3rd graders; teachers from local elementary schools mentor everyone in the room; CGEI staff [...]

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I’m “Lichen” What I’m Seein’

I took advantage of a day off of school this winter to attempt a hike at Tabletop Mountain, which runs along a stretch of the PCT near Stevenson, WA.  This is a gorgeous hike that includes rapid changes in ecosystem type, which affords much to see along the way. Unfortunately, there was no summit for [...]

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Dana Lyons Live!

Singer, song-writer Dana Lyons will be performing his eclectic mix of conservation and social justice music at Hood River’s Columbia Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. Dana’s concert is a benefit for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute. Bringing together a mix of comedy, ballads and love songs, Dana Lyon’s [...]

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Spring is in the air!

Although it has felt like spring has sprung for the past few weeks here in the Gorge, the season officially begins on the vernal equinox March 20! This year spring is welcomed by a total eclipse and a super moon – two stellar ways to ring in the season, if you catch my drift. Unfortunately [...]

Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute rafting on the White Salmon.

Special Offer for 2014!

Join us on an exclusive one-day eagle viewing rafting excursion in the spring of 2015! Make a tax-deductible contribution of $500 or more by the end of the year and you, along with a few friends, will be invited on this incredible opportunity. More information here.

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SECRETS After Dark Costume Ball

Join us for our first annual SECRETS After Dark Costume Ball on October 25th. The theme for the costumes this year is going to be Mythological Creatures of the Woodland Realm. Costume ideas may include fairys, trolls, sasquatch, bird people, talking trees, and many other mythical creatures (we know, sasquatch isn’t mythical but it’s a [...]

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Enroll a student now for our summer camp in August!

Have your students join us this summer as we offer our Outdoor Wilderness Learners (OWLs) day camp August 11th-15th from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Designed for children that have just finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade OWLs is sure to be a highlight of the summer for any young camper. Cost is $70 [...]

Spring Equinox Party on Saturday March 22nd

This could be yours for $20!

A classic 1965 Chevy truck for $20!

On Friday June 6th we will pull the winning raffle ticket to see who the lucky new owner is of this 1965 Chevy C-10 3/4 ton truck. We are only have 500 raffle tickets available so hurry up and get yours now right HERE. The truck was a generous donation to us last year by [...]

Where has the Wind Gone?

What amazing crisp fall days and beautiful leaf colors we’ve been having. But I have been feeling like something has been missing… Where has the wind gone? Searching for the answer to the question lead me to explore a couple different ecosystems. The famous winds of the Columbia Gorge are created by the climate differences [...]