Columbia River Watershed Festival

Celebrating and sharing our local watershed!

The Columbia River Watershed Festival is an annual event hosted by Columbia Springs and partners like Clark County Dept. of Environmental Services, Clark Public Utilities, and the City of Vancouver. The event moves to a new park location each year. Fourth grade classes at nearby schools are invited to attend and learn about watershed health through hands-on activities and presentations. While this event is not open to the public, teachers can sign their class up to attend one day of the event. Community members are welcome to attend as volunteers.

2016 Columbia River Watershed Festival: September 29 & 30, Cottonwood Beach
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Nearly 900 local fourth grade students participated in this year’s festival where they learned about watersheds through engaging and educational presentations from Clark Public Utilities, Waste Connections, storyteller Will Hornyak, City of Vancouver Urban Forestry, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Stream Team, Master Composter/Recycler, singer/songwriter Mo Phillips, Vancouver Watersheds Alliance, Master Gardeners, Water Resources Education Center, and Columbia Springs. 
Thanks to all the volunteers, presenters, and students that made this year’s festival a success!

Comments from fourth grade teachers about the Columbia River Watershed Festival: 

“They loved it! Students that don’t always shine in class were ‘experts’ with the hands-on activities.”

“They had a GREAT time! They learned a lot and I even had parents email me to say that their student came home and told them everything they learned and how much fun they had.”

“The festival was very hands on for my students. It will help in their understanding of the impact society has on the environment in general.”

For additional information about the Watershed Festival, please contact Jenna Kallestad at (360) 882-0936 ext. 228 or via email at

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