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SECRETS After Dark: Costume Ball

It’s that time of year again: the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute cordially invites you to join us for a night of celebration at our annual SECRETS After Dark Costume Ball. This year, our event will take place on Friday, October 28th at River City Saloon (207 Cascade Avenue, Hood River). Starting at 8pm, join us [...]

Celia's wonder

Moments of Wonder

In the closet of my childhood bedroom there are rows and rows of shoeboxes, each one carefully labelled in black permanent marker: Bagamoyo 2002, Zanzibar 2004, Pt. Roberts 2006. Inside each box is a treasure trove of beach glass, small bits of driftwood, and oddly shaped pebbles that have been collected from every beach I [...]

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Event: Unity Picnic @ Hood River Library

CGEI is excited to announce our presence at Hood River County Library’s annual Picnic in the Park! This year’s theme is “unity,” and we’ll be participating in the conversation by hosting “Biodiversity Jenga” and a collaborative community mural. The event starts at 5:30 pm at the library, and will take place indoors as well as [...]

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WIND MTN. (a hiker’s review)

A note from Bear: The following text is what I hope will be the first of many contributions from community members and volunteers. Today’s post, a meditative review of a favorite local hiking spot, is written by Moh Burford: poet, librarian, and occasional volunteer in the SECRETS classroom and on field trips, during which he [...]

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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 [...]

Meet a rock

on Getting Close

  I have this memory: I was very young, sitting in the backseat of my mom’s car, her driving. Looking out through the windows like I’d just noticed their transparency, I saw for the first time, I mean really saw, the mountains surrounding us, making up the Rogue Valley in which we lived. Curious and [...]

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How to Adapt

a brief user’s guide on getting through life, as gleaned from plant adaptations invented by students in our SECRETS program.   1) Everything that comes out of your mouth can be a seed—or a thorn.                                         [...]

Blue belly

on Wonder

In grad school, I learned to be really good at answering questions. You had to be—English departments, in striving for quantifiable excellence that might mirror their scientific sister departments, have come to prioritize things like thesis statements, highly specialized arguments, and the propping up of one’s reasoning on legs made of unquestionable steel.     [...]

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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 [...]

Tree Reading

Check out this fun video from our Gorge Explorers program!

Our Gorge Explorers summer program has come to a close and we’ve taken a moment in our latest newsletter to reflect on the whirlwind of programming that occurred over the past few months. Check out the video that one of the high school students in our Gorge Explorers program created that highlights some of the [...]