Our Mission

Columbia Springs strives to offer a unique settings and educational experiences that foster a greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship. We do this by directly connecting with almost 20,000 people annually.

Our Programs

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Onsite Education

Over 6,000 local students participate in science-based field trips each year. Curriculum for the field trips is designed with Next Generation Science

Standards. The Education Coordinator works with local school district administrators to create the best programs possible that support in-class learning. Columbia Springs also provides nature-based Summer Camp to dozens of children a year.

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Salmon in the Classroom

Fifty schools host fish tanks for coho salmon as part of their science curriculum. The program coordinator provides fish dissections and other activities in class at

participating schools. Students participate in fish releases at the end of the school year to release their salmon into local streams. Over four thousand children are reached by this program annually.


Public Events

Events and festivals help thousands of people every year connect with nature and learn about the environment and human impact. Kids Fishing Festival partners with

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and offers hundreds of children a year the opportunity to learn how to fish. Guided Walks and Family Nature Days are provided monthly during the warmer seasons and offer guests free tours  and activities to learn about the Hatchery and the unique natural features at Columbia Springs.



Around 500 volunteers participate yearly with Stewardship Saturdays, community events, and other onsite projects and programs. Lead Volunteers are highly

trained and provide support for field trips and events. The Docent program trains site ambassadors to provide interpretive activities and Guided Walks. The Volunteers Program also supports all other programs, including staffing our Visitor Center.


Repair Clark County

This is a new program to Columbia Springs, and is supported by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Partnering with local agencies like ReTails and

the City of Vancouver, Repair Clark County organizes events around the county where folks can bring broken household items and usually have those items fixed by expert volunteer “fixers”. These events are free to the community.


Vancouver Trout Hatchery

The hatchery was built in 1938 as a WPA program due to the cold spring water found on Columbia Slope. It was scheduled to close in the '90's but was saved by a

group of community partners including Clark Public Utilities and the City of Vancouver, who still support it today! It remains a functioning hatchery producing 780,000 trout, chum salmon and steelhead annually. The hatchery is run by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Want more data? View our 2019 Annual Report on all our programs accomplishments and our City of Vancouver Annual Report on the accomplishments of our on-site education and volunteer programs.

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Columbia Springs strives to offer a unique setting and educational experiences that foster a greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship.


We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity.
Our ID number is 91-2127405.

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