News Archive

April 21, 2018

Celebrating Earth Day with Mulch!

They swept. They weeded. The picked up litter. They mulched and, along the way, they learned about the native history of the Columbia River. More than 40 volunteers celebrated Earth...   more >

April 21, 2018

Earth Day Work Party at the Land Bridge

Thanks for the strong interest in the work party, our numbers have reached capacity. Please contact Courtney for further opportunities.  Volunteer Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon to tend...   more >

April 20, 2018

Confluence Partners with Vanport Mosaic for Story Gathering

Confluence will host our first Confluence Story Gathering in 2018 as part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival on Sunday, May 27th, from 11:00- 12:30 pm, at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.  To RSVP,...   more >

March 3, 2018

March 2018 News from Confluence

Sharing Stories of Celilo Linda Meanus smiled at the students as she told them stories of growing up with the sound of Celilo Falls ever present. As she spoke this week...   more >


April News From Confluence

April 25, 2016

Confluence Students Get Outdoors

One of the key features of Confluence in the Classroom is actually getting students out of the classroom. Field trips to culturally significant places connect kids more deeply to the our region's history, environment and many cultures. The program connects students with Native artists and tradition keepers to do meaningful projects about the Columbia River system.

This month, for example, 4-H students in Maupin, Oregon learned traditional basket weaving from Warm Springs artists and "fisher-peneurs" Brigette and Shaun McConville. Then they visited Sherar's Falls, a traditional fishing spot near the Warm Springs reservation. Seeing the fishing platforms there was like stepping back in time -- like visiting a small version of Celilo Falls. Except this is today and fishing remains vital to Native culture. It's a reminder to the students that Northwest indigenous traditions are alive and can connect us more deeply to the land we share. It's the kind of lesson that sticks with them long after they leave the classroom. 

Preserving Confluence Sites

Building public art to last generations requires constant tending. Just recently, Confluence installed new interpretive panels on the three overlooks of the Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver. Someone actually stole one of the old ones! The new signs connect visitors with an inclusive history of this land and riverscape. Vancouver's plains were farm and trading areas long before Lewis and Clark camped here and the Hudson's Bay Company set up shop. Another new feature on the Land Bridge: skate stoppers!

Meanwhile, this fall Confluence plans to refinish the black locust wood on the Bird Blind at the Sandy River Delta. Thanks to the Jordan Schnitzer and Thomas Lauderdale Confluence Art Endowment at the Oregon Community Foundation. Find out how you can support preservation of these extraordinary cultural art sites.

Don't Miss These Events

May 13, 2016: Confluence Listening Circle turns one! Join us to reflect, remember and celebrate one year after the dedication ceremony at Chief Timothy Park near Clarkston, Washington. Arrive by 5:30 pm for a picnic dinner and informal gathering.

May 21, 2016: Bio-Blitz at Fort Vancouver will be a day of biological surveying to record as many of the living species as possible with National Park Service rangers and community volunteers. 

June 4, 2016: Free Day and Anniversary Celebration at Cape Disappointment State Park hosted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

June 11, 2016: Get Outdoors Day at Fort Vancouver will feature a tour of the Confluence Land Bridge with Grand Ronde cultural educator Greg Archuleta through Confluence in the Community.