News Archive

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 >

August 22, 2018

Native Plant Walks on the Confluence Land Bridge

Confluence is honored to continue to work with Greg Archuleta, the Grand Ronde Lifeways Instructor, to offer this special series of walks. Greg will share native plants, their uses, and...   more >

July 25, 2018

Confluence Legacy Maker Dinner

Legacy in the Landscape In Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Land Bridge and the Bird Blind Feature Speakers: Architect Johnpaul Jones, Designer of the Land Bridge and Artist Lillian Pitt Our...   more >

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 >


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!