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

LoveYourColumbiagraphicLove Your Columbia: Restoration in Your Community

We want to celebrate the Columbia River!

Love Your Columbia is an event, on August 26, 2017, where volunteers have the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds or perform another restoration activity at Columbia River locations in their community. The event brings together individuals, communities, and organizations along the river and throughout the watershed for a day to work towards restoring the resource that we all depend on. The purpose is to highlight the issues surrounding the river by increasing public awareness, working to restore its health, and encourage improved stewardship along the entire river. “Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead” (World Rivers Day). This is a fantastic way to connect to all of the communities and people along the river. Come and be part of the celebration!

Volunteer at an event in your community

Love Your Columbia Day 2017* Events:

*All events scheduled for Aug. 26, 2017 unless noted.

  • Astoria, OR: Maritime Memorial Park (10 Bay St.)
    Litter pickup with Columbia River Estuary Action Team (CREATE) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register here.
  • Cascade Locks, OR: Marine Park Sailing Beach (355 Wa Na Pa St.)
    Celebrate the Columbia with a community BBQ on August 24 at 6:00 pm. BBQ and beer brought to you by Columbia Gorge Racing Association and Thunder Island Brewing Co but feel free to bring an item to share. Register here.
  • Cascade Locks, OR: Thunder Island Brewery Co (515 SW Portage Rd.)
    Thunder Island Brewing Co will donate a portion of their proceeds on August 26 to Columbia Riverkeeper.
  • Hood River, OR: Nichols Natural Area (Nichols Parkway, meet in front of the Hampton Inn)
    Cleanup and invasive species removal with Columbia Riverkeeper and Riverside Community Church from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Register here.
  • Invermere, BC: Kingsmen Beach (1720 4 Ave.)
    Beach cleanup with Lake Windermere Ambassadors, time tba. Register here.
  • Invermere, BC: James Chabot Park (3rd Ave.)
    Cleanup with Lake Windermere Ambassadors, time tba. Register here.
  • Longview, WA: Willow Grove Boat Launch (7141 Willow Grove Rd.)
    Pick up trash and remove debris from the shore of the Columbia River from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Register here.
  • Lyle, WA: Klickitat Trail (Lyle Trailhead Parking Lot)
    Trail cleanup with Klickitat Trail Conservancy and Klickitat Advocacy at 9:30 am. Register here.
  • Milwaukie, OR: Mill Park (6201 SE Overland St.)
    Trash removal from Johnson Creek with Johnson Creek Watershed Council from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm followed by a BBQ from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Register here.
  • Mount Hood, OR: Mount Hood Meadows (14040 OR-35)
    Cleanup with Snowrider Project and Mount Hood Meadows from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register here.
  • Pasco, WA: Chiawana Park (2020 Rd. 88)
    Litter removal in the park from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Register here.
  • Portland, OR: Broughton Beach (4356 NE Marine Dr)
    Shoreline pickup with SOLVE from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register here.
  • Portland, OR: Kelley Point Park (N Kelley Point Park Rd.)
    Litter pickup with ECOVA on Friday, August 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Register here.
  • Portland, OR: Sauvie Island (13901 NW Howell Park Rd.)
    Beach cleanup with Entheo Gardens at 12:00 pm. Register here.
  • Underwood, WA: Mouth of the White Salmon River (Treiber Rd. & Cook-Underwood Rd.)
    Litter pickup along the mouth of the White Salmon River with Friends of the White Salmon River from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meet on the west side of the river by Manny’s Lonchera. Register here.
  • Vancouver, WA: Frenchman’s Bar (9612 NW Lower River Rd.)
    Park cleanup with Clark County Public Works from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register here.
  • White Salmon, WA: All Adventures Rafting (White Salmon River)
    Interpretive float on the White Salmon River on Sunday, August, 27. Register here.



2017 Love Your Columbia Event Calendar

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

  • Aug. 6: Hanford Paddle (near Richland, WA)
    Postponed due to weather, email for details on future date.
    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 (see above)
    Team up with hundreds of volunteers in communities along the Columbia to clean local beaches and restore river habitat.
  • 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 7: 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.

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