SECRETS Volunteer Interview

Click on the link below to hear Sedge, also known as Paul Moyer, talk about why he volunteers with SECRETS. SECRETS Volunteer Interview “I believe we must help, in whatever ways we are able to offer future generations an experiential understanding of how amazingly wonderful this planet earth is.” – Paul Moyer

Teacher interview about SECRETS

Teacher Interview about SECRETS Click on the link above to hear what Mrs. Burns has to say about The SECRETS Program. “I haven’t ever seen outdoor education look the way it does here.”  – Mrs. Burns

Community Day

Community Day Click on the link above to watch a class of 4th and 5th graders become stewards of their ecosystem by planting trees!

Programs Offered at The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute

Liz, also known as Huckleberry, talks about all of the ways CGEI reaches the youth of The Gorge. Click on the link to watch the video! Programs Offered at The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute

Burrowing Owls via Flickr

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 [...]

SECRETS Costume Ball flier

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 [...]

Meet a rock

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.                                         [...]

Blue belly

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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SECRETS After Dark Costume Ball

Join us for our first annual SECRETS After Dark Costume Ball on October 25th. The theme for the costumes this year is going to be Mythological Creatures of the Woodland Realm. Costume ideas may include fairys, trolls, sasquatch, bird people, talking trees, and many other mythical creatures (we know, sasquatch isn’t mythical but it’s a [...]