News Archive

January 3, 2019

Annual Appeal Ends + Gift for Monthly Donors

Thank you to all of the Friends and Legacy Makers who made the 2018 Confluence Annual Appeal a huge success! We heard from 68 donors who gave more than $16,000 to support this important work!Your...   more >

December 18, 2018

Educational Programs Planned for 2019

As a busy year comes to a close, the Confluence staff is hard at work planning and scheduling meaningful programming in schools and public spaces. The mission of Confluence is...   more >

November 6, 2018

Your Legacy In the Landscape

The Annual Appeal is one way the Friends of Confluence support the important work of telling the story of the Columbia River ecosystem through Indigenous voices in schools and in...   more >

October 10, 2018

Professional Development: Cultural Curiosity in the Classroom

Cultural Curiosity in the Classroom FREE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS October 27th 8 am - 5 pm Mt Hood Community College GE (General Education)201 Lunch Included Culture is something everybody has. With a willingness...   more >


Fall News from Confluence

November 3, 2017

Making a Difference at the Sandy River Delta

It was a blazingly sunny morning at the Sandy River Delta, near Troutdale, Oregon,  for "Make a Difference Day." Thank you to all the hardy volunteers who came out to help us with trail repair, cleaning the Confluence Bird Blind by Maya Lin and planting native shrubs nearby. All your incredible effort is what keeps this place so special.

A big thanks to the National Forest Foundation, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and to our partners:

Thanks also to Chris Lonigro for the great photos!


Beauty of the Place Matched by the Beauty of the Music

More than 80 people spent a stunning evening with pianist Hunter Noack, who performed live on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano at the Confluence Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park. Designed by Maya Lin, the Listening Circle sits atop an island in Nez Perce homelands, nine miles down river from the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers outside Clarkston, Washington.

In beautiful evening light and with rabbit brush in bloom, visitors enjoyed classical piano through headphones as they roamed the landscape, taking in the vivid blue sky and rugged mountain backdrop.

We're grateful to Hunter, the Avista Foundation, the Washington Arts Commission and the Confluence friends who traveled from near and far to join us for this remarkable event. Thanks also to Bridget Baker for the excellent photos!


Story Gathering at Chief Timothy Park

The latest Confluence Story Gathering explored stories and perspectives from Nez Perce homelands. A panel of thinkers and storytellers -- Allen Pinkham, Sr, (Nez Perce) Thomas Morning Owl (Umatilla) and Jefferson Greene (Warm Springs) -- shared their observations on October 7th at Chief Timothy Park near Clarkston, Washington. Story Gatherings are designed to elevate native voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. A special thank you to all the families and friends who came out to join us, braving some pretty strong winds, rain and even hail! Yet the stories prevailed.


New Children's Book on Maya Lin

Writer Susan Goldman Rubin has published a new children's book called Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands ( . This succinct biography of the celebrated artist includes Confluence sites and is great for students ages 10 to 14.


Message of Gratitude

As we near end of 2017, all of us at Confluence wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for sharing and supporting this important work throughout the year. We are honored to call so many amazing people our friends, as together we connect schools and communities with a more inclusive understanding of tour landscape. This is important work and it can only be done with your help.

Confluence is yours.

Thank you!