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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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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 [...]

A Wintry Mix You Say?

Welcome to winter in the gorge! There is nothing more majestic and a little bit startling to receive a blizzard warning for the Pacific Northwest, especially in Hood River County. Even though I was super excited to see snowflakes coming down from the sky a few weeks ago, it was a bit concerning when I [...]

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Steelhead Jones

Have you met Steelhead Jones?

Follow Steelhead Jones, the brave adventurer and ecologist, as he explores the Mt. Hood National Forest and discovers organisms living in the forest ecosystem. This is the first installment of a series that is sure to be entertaining, and potentially even educational.   Steelhead Jones #1 – Ecosystems

First Impressions

It’s my second week in the Columbia River Gorge and I still cannot believe how lucky I am to call this place my new home. As I recall the awe and beauty I felt gazing at Mt. Hood for the first time, I remember how I immediately wanted this land to become a part of [...]

Drew Eastman leading students on an exploration of the Mt. Adams foothills.

Outdoor Education as a Lifestyle

“Don’t ever give up trying to get kids outside!” is what 90 year old Phyllis Clausen uttered as we brought closure to our discussion on May 3rd. These words have stuck with me and in some ways have been haunting me. With a work load that seems to continually increase, avenues for income steadily decreasing, [...]

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Baby Birds in My Backyard!

I have baby birds in a birdhouse in my yard! Each time I get near the birdhouse I can hear the babies inside chirping and peeping. Not having seen the parents, and curious to know what species of bird they are, I got a ladder and took a peek inside. While unable to see the [...]

It finally snowed!

On Thursday February 6th, 2014 I woke up with hopes that the forecast was accurate and we were finally going to get some precipitation, however, I remained cautiously optimistic due to the lack of water we had seen this winter. As I sat in a meeting that morning, next to a large picture window, I [...]

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Who’s Eating the Trees?

Winter is on its way and sadly the beautiful fall colors are fading. Luckily we live in an ecosystem where it stays green, or evergreen if you will! But look around and you’ll notice many more pines are loosing their green dressings and unfortunately they are not just  getting ready for winter. The pines in the [...]

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 [...]