Love Your Columbia Event Series: Love. Learn. Act.


Love Your Columbia tells the river’s story, brings the latest science to the public, and lets people get dirty to make the river clean again.  The education and outreach program cuts to the heart of why our 12,000 members support Columbia Riverkeeper: we love this river and its iconic salmon runs with a fierce passion. Love Your Columbia includes an event series, river cleanups, habitat restoration, the Adopt-a-River program, and water quality monitoring. Questions? Contact Lorri Epstein at

2017 Love Your Columbia Event Calendar

  • Aug. 6: Hanford Paddle (near Richland, WA)
    Join us for a float trip on the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River, the Hanford Reach.
  • August 7: Fossil Fuel Threats on the Columbia River (Hood River, OR)
    Why is the Columbia a target for fossil fuel exports? How have river communities bagged major victories against the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry? Get inspired and informed during Riverkeeper’s talk at Green Drinks.
  • August 26: Love Your Columbia Day: Restoration in your Community (multiple locations)
    Team up with hundreds of volunteers in communities along the Columbia to clean local beaches and restore river habitat. Interested in hosting a Love Your Columbia Day Event? Fill out this form & we’ll be in touch:

  • September 30: She Who Watches Tour  
    (Near Dallesport, WA)
    Visit the famous petroglyphs and pictographs of Columbia Hills State Park with an interpretive guide.
  • October 8: Fall Salmon Viewing on Eagle Creek with Renowned Photographer Peter Marbach  
    (near Cascade Locks, OR)
    Learn how to capture wildlife on film from a professional photographer while observing salmon on their epic migration.

 2016 Love Your Columbia Day Recap

Riverside and Bethel UCC cleanup at Nichols Natural Area.

Riverside and Bethel UCC cleanup at Nichols Natural Area.

On August 20, 2016, Columbia Riverkeeper celebrated the 2016 Love Your Columbia Day with community river cleanups, invasive species eradication, and restoration projects in local communities along the Columbia. Thank you to our partners for making it such a successful to to give back to the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Together, here’s what we accomplished:

  • Organized participants & volunteers: 160+ attendees
  • Number of events from the British Columbia to the Estuary: 16
  • Removed invasive species from the Columbia: 3+ truckloads
  • Collected & removed litter from the Columbia: 3,556 pounds of trash from tiny bottle caps to a big, metal safe from the riverside!

Thanks for showing the river your love! See the pictures here.

We’re tremendously grateful to all the volunteers and partner organizations that made this event possible including: All Adventures Rafting, Astoria Parks and Recreation, Billea Smith-Austin, Clark County Parks & Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Columbia Land Trust, David Tifft, ECOVA, Friends of the White Salmon, Gorge Fly Shop, Klickitat Trail Conservancy, Lake Windermere Ambassadors, Liv Smith Photography, Nature Connect NW, Riverside Community Church, SOLVE Oregon, and Vancouver Watershed Alliance. You have been fantastic advocates for the health of our river and the life that is connected to it. We Love Our Columbia!

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