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 >


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.

Watch the full episode.


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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