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Message from our Executive Director

Message from our Executive Director

Dear Columbia Springs Community, It has been an amazing experience leading Columbia Springs! The past four and a half years we’ve accomplished so much because of teamwork, volunteerism and the generous support of our donors. I am so proud to have worked with our staff...

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

Do you remember the first time you saw a banana slug? Did you spend your childhood, outside, exploring moss-covered forests or turning over rocks in the stream to see what lives underneath? Join our fun and passionate education team and guide the next generation of...

Together We Made a Difference

Together We Made a Difference

We are so grateful to be a part of the Southwest Washington Community. This year on September 19th, 4,393 donors worked together to raise $1,657,970 for 169 local nonprofits. Thank you supporting these groups who provide essential services to our community! Columbia...

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...

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

Columbia Springs Environmental EducatorApply by September 1st, 2019Do you remember the first time you saw a banana slug? Did you spend your childhood outside, exploring moss-covered forests or turning over rocks in the stream to see what lives underneath? Join our fun...

Johnson Bixby Supports Hooked on Nature

Johnson Bixby Supports Hooked on Nature

Hooked on Nature10th Annual Auction Dinner Fundraiser featuring our Local Celebrity Chef Salmon Bake-OffOctober 5th, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.Warehouse '23, Vancouver, WAPresented by Johnson Bixby Johnson Bixby, a financial planning firm in Vancouver, WA, and Columbia Springs...

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...

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

Columbia Springs Environmental Educator Apply by September 1st, 2019 Do you remember the first time you saw a banana slug? Did you spend your childhood outside, exploring moss-covered forests or turning over rocks in the stream to see what lives underneath? Join our...

Director’s Blog: Invasion of Alien Species

Director’s Blog: Invasion of Alien Species

Before I worked at an environmental education center, I had heard of invasive species but I didn’t appreciate why they were such a threat. I knew English ivy and Himalayan blackberries are the most common culprits of an invasion of alien botanical species but frankly...

Director’s Blog: It’s not easy being green

Director’s Blog: It’s not easy being green

It was a little over three years ago I was hired by Columbia Springs as the Executive Director. I was inspired to take this job because of my strong attachment to Columbia Springs. I am the mother of children who benefited from its programs. With support and luck, I...

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...

Join us at a Workshop!

Join us at a Workshop!

Meet some of the incredible professionals who are hosting workshops at Columbia Springs this Spring! To learn more about the workshops and register online, click here. Grace Teigen and Gene Wigglesworth will be teaching an Intro to the Environment Workshop Series....

Looking back at 2018

Looking back at 2018

The numbers are in and 2018 was officially our most successful year yet. We were able to improve the quality of our educational and experiential opportunities for people of all ages. We directly connected with nearly 19,000 people through our events, educational...

Kids Fishing Festival Registration Open!

Kids Fishing Festival Registration Open!

Kids Fishing Festival at Columbia SpringsPresented by Neil Jones Food CompanyMay 11th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Everyone must sign up to fish during a specific hour but you are welcome to enjoy the rest of the festival for the entire duration. The last hour of fishing is...

Planting Trees with Friends

Planting Trees with Friends

Trees are a vital component of the land at Columbia Springs, filtering air and water, providing shade and erosion control and much more. We are lucky to have this 100-acre natural area; but, there was one spot on our site missing trees: our parking lot. Most parking...

Nature Nuts Summer Day Camp – Register Today!

Nature Nuts Summer Day Camp – Register Today!

Calling all explorers! Have you ever wondered what critters live in our streams and forests? Or how to find food and shelter in the woods? At Nature Nuts Summer Day Camp, we'll uncover the wonders of the world around us with fun adventures every day, and make new...

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...

Join us at a Repair Clark County Event

Join us at a Repair Clark County Event

Repair Clark County, a program of Columbia Springs, hosts free events where community members can bring broken items to be fixed by skilled volunteers. In 2018, the program fixed 855 items for Clark County residents with a repair rate of 84%! The first event of 2019...

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...

Join us at Family Nature Festival

Join us at Family Nature Festival

When: October 13th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Where: Columbia Springs; 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver WA What: Family Nature Festival is a celebration of the natural wonders of Clark County with help from a number of our partner organizations and skilled volunteers....

Columbia Springs Volunteers: The Definition of Service!

Columbia Springs Volunteers: The Definition of Service!

Columbia Springs has experienced a successful, robust, and busy spring this year. As we are ending our field trip season, closing the Salmon in the Classroom fish release events, and saying farewell to the (rainy) planting season - we want to take a moment to...

Free Onsite Weekend Activities!

Free Onsite Weekend Activities!

We are now offering FREE onsite activities on weekend afternoons! Our newly trained Docent Volunteers will help you experience the outdoors in a whole new way. Join us for bird watching, water quality monitoring, fish viewing, natural history displays, native plant...

Welcome to our New Executive Director!

Dear Friends and Partners, I am extremely humbled and honored to join Columbia Springs as the new Executive Director. I want to thank the Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead this incredible mission that is a cause close to my heart. I also want to...

Give More 24!  –  9/19/19

Give More 24! – 9/19/19

How do we motivate giving? By informing passionate people about particular causes and asking them to financially give or volunteer their time to help.Give More 24! is a community wide giving day sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and 170...