January 3, 2017
Legacy Maker Dinner Presented byThe Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE FoundationArlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer Dear Friend of Confluence, We are sad to report that we have postponed our dinner. The weather is... more >
November 21, 2016
Dear Friend of Confluence, #ConfluenceConnects students to place through art and education by introducing them to native artists and tradition keepers who share what it means to be from the river,... more >
October 14, 2016
Confluence is currently organizing a series of public forums that are intended to elevate indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. Confluence Story Gatherings are story-driven discussions,... more >
July 28, 2016
Stories are like tributaries. They shape the landscape as they confluence with other waters flowing toward the ocean. The history of the Columbia River system is filled with countless tales... more >
February Updates From Confluence
February 10, 2016
Classroom Projects in Full Swing
Students from NE Portland to Maupin, Oregon and from Vancouver to Trout Lake, Lyle and Wishram, Washington have been hard at work on projects related to the Columbia River system.
Confluence in the Classroom brings native artists and tradition keepers into schools for hands-on educational experiences that bring together social studies, history, art and the environment.
One teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Vancouver told us, "This project has been fantastic for helping the whole 7th grade social studies program develop a meaningful unit about Celilo Falls, fish and the Dalles Dam. Given that the project is meant to inspire thinking about how people interact with their environment, it's already done its job...and there's more to come!"
Thanks to our generous funders! Bill Healy Foundation, Firstenburg Foundation, PGE Foundation, Roundhouse Foundation and the US Bank Foundation.
Restoration at Sandy River Delta
It felt like early spring at the Sandy River Delta near Troutdale, Oregon as dozens of volunteers helped plant trees and shrubs this weekend. The community event was part of a major restoration project on public land managed by the U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with Friends of Trees, Friends of the Sandy River Delta and the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council. Volunteers planted trees and enjoyed a hike to the Confluence Bird Blind.
We participate in events like these through Confluence in the Community. Thanks to to the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust and the ESCO Foundation!
Maya Lin's Family Legacy
A famous female architect in China. A female doctor ahead of her time. A regional governor. And a revolutionary. These are some of the extraordinary people who are part of Maya Lin's amazing lineage. Her family history was the subject of a recent episode of the PBS program, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Along with Lin, it turns out the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architect Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities. The program shows how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.
Be A Part of Confluence
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 at the site, including at the Confluence Land Bridge, 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.
Subscribe to the Confluence Podcast to hear audio tours of our sites and explorations of the Columbia River system. The latest program features executive director Colin Fogarty at Ampersand Live.
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