About

The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, with the north canyon walls in Washington and the south canyon walls in Oregon.

The mission of the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute is to create life-long learning opportunities that foster a sense of wonder and community stewardship in the natural systems of the Columbia River Gorge.

A sense of place provides people with opportunities to learn about and connect with their community and their natural surroundings.

Place-based education is relevant to people’s everyday lives, encouraging them to take pride in the place where they live, to connect with the world in a natural way, and to become informed, contributing citizens.

Our array of environmental science and educational programs promote understanding and appreciation of the ecological underpinnings of the local forest and shrub-steppe communities, and how these ecosystems operate in connection to the human world.

In conjunction with our commitment to equity and inclusivity, the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. All staff and volunteers are expected to uphold this commitment.

The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute is a 501 (c)(3) education organization.  Our Tax ID is 93-1187452.