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Digging up dirt

Digging up dirt

At the end of August 2020, our contractors at WSP performed cone penetration tests (CPTs) at the West Biddle Dam site, and collected soil samples. The test is called a cone penetration test because it consists of a cone attached to a rod that is pushed into the soil...

A walk on the geophysics side!

A walk on the geophysics side!

On September 3rd and 4th 2020 an electrical resistivity and a self-potential survey were performed. The purpose of these two surveys is to identify seepage areas. A seepage area is an area where ground water is flowing along paths under and around the dam. Both...

We’re Hiring – Join Our Team!

We’re Hiring – Join Our Team!

Do you remember the first time you saw a banana slug? Are you a child at heart that loves exploring moss-covered forests or turning over rocks in the stream to see what lives underneath? Join our creative and passionate team of Columbia Springs Educators and guide the...

Where’d the Water Go?

Where’d the Water Go?

The question we were asked most often in the last month: wasn't there more water here before?  We promise that you aren’t losing your mind, West Biddle Lake has gone through some changes recently! If you noticed that the lake seemed emptier than usual, you are...

We’re Replacing the Dam!

We’re Replacing the Dam!

We hope you enjoyed our first Campfire Conversation with Columbia Springs webinar on June 24th. We aim to host a series of presentations and conversations throughout the year to share important updates to our programs and our site with you.    Many of you already...

Our Commitment to Safety

Our Commitment to Safety

COVID-19 confusion? We're with ya!   At Columbia Springs we value the safety and comfort of our community. Last week the CDC released guidance for vaccinated adults, which was followed by a series of government officials’ responses and goals for our Nation, our...

Calling All Adventurers!

Calling All Adventurers!

  05.17.2021 UPDATE: Behind the Scenes at Columbia Springs is now open to the public! The links below will no longer work. Please visit our site and open the app to access our adventure!   Do you enjoy being outdoors? Do you have an affinity for scavenger...

Community Blooms at Columbia Springs

Community Blooms at Columbia Springs

Spring is now here, and with the support of generous local gardeners Columbia Springs was able to provide hydrangea cuttings to community members in preparation for the season – free of charge. Flowers signify love, and that is exactly what we saw at our March 12th...

Tales of the Annual Orander Fish Release

Tales of the Annual Orander Fish Release

The first fish release field trip I ever attended was at Jim and Barb Orander’s house, with 52 fourth graders from Hockinson Elementary. It was my first year as Salmon in the Classroom Coordinator. At that point we only hosted a handful of fish release field trips....

12 Days of Giving from Columbia Springs

12 Days of Giving from Columbia Springs

The end of the year is a season of giving, and this year that spirit is especially important to the organizations around you. The Columbia Springs team has shown great innovation and creativity throughout the trials of 2020 by finding ways to show up for our community...

Join us for a Snag Scavenger Hunt!

Join us for a Snag Scavenger Hunt!

It’s been a rough year for all, and now colder weather is on its way. You have been trapped in the same three rooms doing the same activities day in and day out. Your family and relationships are feeling the strain, and you are searching for an escape. If this sounds...

Repair volunteer helps salmon stay cool!

Repair volunteer helps salmon stay cool!

“Pete, you looked like Ghostbusters just then,” I said. Pete let out a hearty laugh and explained, “This machine has two modes it operates on... that’s the noisy mode.” He ran a wand over different internal components of one of our aquarium chillers, checking for...

A Wildlife Nursery at Columbia Springs

A Wildlife Nursery at Columbia Springs

It’s that time of year again! Animal babies of many species are being reared at Columbia Springs. The latest resident to hatch a brood is our blonde mallard duck. Mama duck has ten ducklings following her around West Biddle Lake right now. If one is quiet and still...

Rowdy Toddlers Running Amok

Rowdy Toddlers Running Amok

“Nature Play” is a fun catch phrase folks in the education field like to throw around. It can refer to special playgrounds with features like logs to balance on, trails to walk, and boulders to climb. Nature play areas have lots of sticks, dirt and rocks. Mimicking...

Creating family memories at Columbia Springs

Creating family memories at Columbia Springs

My family stumbled on Columbia Springs one Sunday morning years ago when our boys were very small. What caught our attention was the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which Columbia Springs shares with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. My little sons were eager to...

Tales of the Awesome Restoration Volunteers

Tales of the Awesome Restoration Volunteers

In early 2018 several local Rotary groups contacted Columbia Springs to plan service events on site. The events were meant to fulfill an international initiative for each Rotarian to plant a tree that year. About half a dozen groups came out to the green spaces of...

Make Your Spring Cleaning Matter

Make Your Spring Cleaning Matter

Even busy working moms think about spring cleaning this time of year. For me, when the sunshine comes in through my windows again after the long winter I realize how dirty my house is. The cleaning binge that ensues is a very important yearly ritual that ensures a...

Columbia Springs wins Clark County Green Business Award 2019

Columbia Springs wins Clark County Green Business Award 2019

Columbia Springs would like to thank Clark County Public Health for presenting the Clark County Green Awards in 2019. We are honored to be the recipient of the first Green Business Award for nonprofits and government agencies. For nearly twenty years, Columbia Springs...

Collaborating to Accomplish Projects

Collaborating to Accomplish Projects

Thanks to a giant collaborative effort between The Wall construction company, Mutual Materials and the City of Vancouver Public Works, we are creating a permeable outdoor meeting space in the backyard of our Visitor Center. Using the friction between the bricks and...

Why I give to Columbia Springs

Why I give to Columbia Springs

This is your last week to give to Columbia Springs in 2018. With so many amazing charities in the area, here's why I think you should consider supporting our programs: When field trip students are asked what their favorite part of their experience was, many students...

Adding Art to Columbia Springs

Adding Art to Columbia Springs

Walking along Heron Loop Trail, you may have noticed some new additions. George Kenny, a local chainsaw artist, spent an afternoon carving owls, herons, and other creatures into dead cedar trees. Over the course of a few hours, Kenny and his son Garrett Aries carved...