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You know our programs…..School, SECRETS, Rivers For All, OWL’s

But do you know our name? Gorge Ecology Outdoors With your support, GEO is empowering the advocates, change makers, stewards and scientists our planet and community needs to thrive.    Since 1996  over 25,000 students in the Columbia Gorge have been inspired to care for nature and our local community through outdoor experiences and education.  [...]

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Check out our distance Community Day with the SECRETS program!

We’ve had to make a lot of changes this year and rethink how we can stay connected to the hundreds of students we work with. While we have been able to do some of our programming in-person with distance and face coverings we’ve had to switch some into an online, distance learning format. We’ve been [...]

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on Getting Close

  I have this memory: I was very young, sitting in the backseat of my mom’s car, her driving. Looking out through the windows like I’d just noticed their transparency, I saw for the first time, I mean really saw, the mountains surrounding us, making up the Rogue Valley in which we lived. Curious and [...]

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How to Adapt

a brief user’s guide on getting through life, as gleaned from plant adaptations invented by students in our SECRETS program.   1) Everything that comes out of your mouth can be a seed—or a thorn.                                         [...]

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on Wonder

In grad school, I learned to be really good at answering questions. You had to be—English departments, in striving for quantifiable excellence that might mirror their scientific sister departments, have come to prioritize things like thesis statements, highly specialized arguments, and the propping up of one’s reasoning on legs made of unquestionable steel.     [...]

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I’m “Lichen” What I’m Seein’

I took advantage of a day off of school this winter to attempt a hike at Tabletop Mountain, which runs along a stretch of the PCT near Stevenson, WA.  This is a gorgeous hike that includes rapid changes in ecosystem type, which affords much to see along the way. Unfortunately, there was no summit for [...]

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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 [...]

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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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 [...]

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Join us for a Field Excursion!

We have a new list of program offerings that we are excited to begin sharing. On Monday Feb. 4th, 2013 from 9am – 4pm we will be hosting two separate Field Excursions. The Power of Water and Fairy Habitat Restoration will provide participants with a fun-filled outdoor educational experience. In the Power of Water participants [...]