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 [...]


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 [...]

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, [...]


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 [...]

Jumping for Joy

2013 Fall Field Trips Slideshow

With all of the sunny weather we’ve had recently and our 2013 fall field trips complete we’re looking forward to moving into a snowy winter. However, we were fortunate enough to capture the sun with the majority of our field trips and had an incredible time expanding the sense of wonder within all of the [...]


Volunteer with SECRETS!

You’ve heard of our SECRETS program, maybe you even went through it! Now we want your help to educate a new class of SECRETS stewards! After 16 years in the Gorge and working with thousands of students we are still just as excited to be starting 17th year! If you want to be involved we [...]


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle your shoes?

It could be argued that recycling may be one of the best ways for us to create positive change in the world. The amount of waste being created by humans is increasing all the time and is increasing more rapidly than even ten to twenty years ago. This increase of human caused waste is due to a [...]


Two new and creative ways to support us!

Without any extra cost to you we have two new ways for you to help us in delivering our programs to the communities of the Columbia Gorge. The first way helps keep the world just a little bit greener, one pair of shoes at a time: Do you have an old pair of shoes taking [...]


New Online Store and Summer Sale!

Emily’s excited about our new online store and our summer sale! You can get an eCOOLogy shirt and a Don’t Run from Bears book for only $20! Our new online store is up and running you can check it out now. In addition to sweet swag you can feel great knowing you are helping provide [...]


It’s spring!

Although it officially became spring over a month ago the wildflowers have just recently begun displaying their beauty on the hillsides of the Gorge. The bright yellow of the Balsam Root and the deep purple of the Lupine have been capturing the eye of our camera lens lately. They have also captured the mind and [...]