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On the insistence of owls

1. One day last summer, my partner and I hiked a loop that began at Crawford Oaks in Columbia Hills State Park, located on the Washington side of the river, just east of The Dalles. It was a spontaneous decision—to go on the hike in the first place, to do a full loop, to begin [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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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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 [...]