Where has the Wind Gone?

What amazing crisp fall days and beautiful leaf colors we’ve been having. But I have been feeling like something has been missing… Where has the wind gone? Searching for the answer to the question lead me to explore a couple different ecosystems. The famous winds of the Columbia Gorge are created by the climate differences [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]

Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute rafting on the White Salmon.

Free Whitewater Rafting Trip!

Join us for a day of whitewater rafting on the White Salmon River! We’re giving away one free rafting trip on the White Salmon River with All Star Rafting! Here are the details: -You must be available to go rafting in the morning on July 25th. -You must be able to find three to five [...]

And Our New Executive Director is…

We are very excited to announce that Drew Eastman will be taking over the role of Executive Director for CGEI. Drew has been a wonderful addition to our organization and we are confident he will excel in his new role. The past one and a half years working with the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute has [...]

In it for The Long Run

On this first day of spring, we are easily moved to be thankful for this time of year, for the long winter to be over.  This is the time of year for hope, outdoor endeavors and recreation, gardening, for blessed warmth. The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute was started in 1997 and we are celebrating our [...]

Thank You!

Thank you very much for your generous donation!

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We’re hiring!

After three years of serving as the Executive Director for the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute Dr. Morehouse has accepted a position with the Gorge Discovery School, as Head of School and co-teacher. “Aaron made significant contributions to CGEI in the last 3 years. We’ve got strong support from the community and we’re on track to continue [...]

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Looking for some meaningful work?

Being able to provide meaningful environmental and place-based learning experiences to children is one of the great pleasures that we have here at CGEI. We’re currently seeking other individuals who may share our passion for educating youth throughout the gorge. If you’re interested in more information on how to get involved with our programs please send [...]


We need you!

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