Mission, Vision, and Core Values


The mission of the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute is to provide educational opportunities with an emphasis on stewardship and a sense of wonder in the natural systems of the Columbia River Gorge. Recognizing the unique biologic, cultural, and geologic nature of the region, we use a place-based approach to educate participants through innovative and experiential programming, in an effort to cultivate the long-term sustainability, conservation, and vitality of the Columbia Gorge communities.


Our vision is to create an ecologically literate citizenry.

Core Values

Service – Wellness – Passion – Community – Equity