What is SECRETS?

Check out this amazing video and see what students think about the SECRETS program! Westside SECRETS Courtesy of 5th graders at Westside Elementary

One Amazing Volunteer!

Jodi is an amazing SECRETS volunteer who works with us at Colonel Wright Elementary. Learn how you can get involved with SECRETS here! Master Recycler Jodi TePoel Helps Local School Make Money From “Garbage” Anyone who knows Jodi TePoel knows that she is a passionate dumpster diva. A busy mom of three, she volunteers at [...]

Reflections for 2012

Just as most of us do upon entering a new year we at CGEI have had some down time in December to reflect on our past year. Transition has been the theme for us over the course of 2012. We’re hoping for exciting possibilities and opportunities to occur as 2013 begins to unfold. There’s much [...]

Looking Ahead to the New Year

  “It just may be that the most radical act we can commit is to stay home. What does that mean to finally commit to a place, to a people, to a community.”         ~  Terry Tempest Williams   For the past 16 years, the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute has committed its resources to serving [...]


We need you!

Do you like kids, love the environment and have some free time during the school year? Be a SECRETS volunteer!  

White Salmon Rafting

Beat the Heat!

With air temperatures in the upper 90′s and the swimming holes occupied we’ve been reflecting on our summer programs. The Gorge Explorers program came to an end of it’s fourth summer a couple weeks ago. We finished with a fun day involving the community and a mini carnival at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. We [...]