Elk Rock Island Paddle + Native Plant Walk
May
30
5:00 PM17:00

Elk Rock Island Paddle + Native Plant Walk

Join us and our friends at the Native Plant Society of Portland, and North Clackamas Parks and Recreation Department's Tonia Williamson for a paddle and hike to Elk Rock Island as part of Native Plant Month PDX!

WHEN: Thursday, May 30th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: Meet at the City of Milwaukie's Boat Ramp in Milwaukie Bay Park

If you love to explore the flora and fauna of oak and prairie habitats, Elk Rock Island is a wonderland. The Island is part of an ancient volcano that erupted 40 million years ago. It's located on the Willamette River just offshore from the City of Milwaukie. The island hosts more than 20 plant species that are uncommon and rare to Portland. Vernal pools on the island are particularly interesting. City staff have been monitoring unique plants, water quality, and critters in the vernal pools. Each time we visit the island we find several new species! Join us on this trip and help discover more!

DETAILS: We will be providing use of canoes, PFD's, and paddles free of charge. No paddling experience is necessary. If you have your own boat and plan to bring it along please let us know when you register. Bring warm layers, rain gear, close toed shoes, water, and a snack. If you plan to bring a camera or phone it would be best to have it stored in a water tight dry bag.

REGISTER HERE

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Pinot Paddle
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Pinot Paddle

The Willamette Valley, Oregon's largest wine region, brings the perfect balance of temperature, humidity, soil and river recreation to yield Willamette Riverkeeper's first inaugural Pinot Paddle! Experience a weekend of world-class wines and a celebrated National Water Trail.

While Pinot Noir is the Valley’s leading varietal, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and some 75 other varietals are also worthy of attention. In wine, location is the key ingredient, which is also true when it comes to selecting your paddling route and camping spot. We’ve combined the best both worlds with a weekend itinerary completely unique to our own Willamette Valley AVA.

Four premier Willamette Valley winemakers- Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery & Vineyard, Cramoisi Vineyard, Goodfellow Family Cellars, Winderlea Vineyard and Winery will join us in camp for a special tasting of their Pinot vintages, as well as other wines.

Click here for DETAILS and REGISTRATION

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Willamette Greenway Paddle Trip
Jun
29
9:30 AM09:30

Willamette Greenway Paddle Trip

Pick up a paddle and let’s celebrate the Willamette River Greenway with Willamette Riverkeeper and our friends at Oregon State Parks! Enjoy a scenic paddle trip from downtown Salem to the Wheatland Ferry where we'll observe wildlife while learning more about the river, its history, and our combined efforts to improve habitat.

WHEN: Saturday, 6/29 from 9:30am - 3:30pm

WHERE: Wallace Marine Park in Salem to Wheatland Ferry (11.5 river miles)

DETAILS: We will run a FREE shuttle service for this trip!  Meet us at Wallace Marine Park at 9:30am.  We'll aim to launch from the gravel bar by 10:00am.  At the take out, we'll drive you and your boats back to Wallace Marine Park. 

Riverkeeper canoes are available to reserve upon request FREE of charge (you must recruit your own paddling partner), or feel free to join us in your own canoe or kayak. Rentals include paddles and PFDs. If you bring your own boat, you must wear your PFD and have a whistle accessible, as required by the US Coast Guard.

Plan to be on the river for about 4.5 hours. Be sure to dress for conditions and pack extra layers, sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, water, snacks and a lunch.

REGISTER HERE

QUESTIONS: E-mail [email protected] or call 503-223-6418

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Paddle Oregon 2019
Aug
12
to Aug 16

Paddle Oregon 2019

Yes friends, its again time to don the smiles and suntans, then laugh our collective way down the beautiful Willamette on the wonderfully outfitted, award-winning Paddle Oregon!

There will be food that borders on the sublime. There will be stars. Tents. Music. And a moon so big, bright and happy your can’t help but howl. Best of all, there will be friendships made and remade, anointed by a National Water Trail so magical you’ll wonder how long a secret this amazing can possibly be kept!

Trip details and registration available at www.PaddleOregon.org this February.

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Great Willamette Clean Up 2019
Oct
5
8:30 AM08:30

Great Willamette Clean Up 2019

Hosted on the first Saturday of October, our annual Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day-of-action.  Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, drift boat, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris, while improving habitat and community spirit along the way.  Cleanup sites are posted throughout the basin, and our on-line registration for this event will open in September.  Several areas host post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, and “trash-talk.” 

Help support this effort and become a business sponsor! View our 2019 sponsorship packet for details.

If you are interested in coordinating a clean up site, contact [email protected].  

We look forward to your participation!

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us as we host the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Enjoy environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Film, ticketing, and raffle details to follow to follow this fall.

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Trashy Tuesday: PORTLAND
May
21
11:30 AM11:30

Trashy Tuesday: PORTLAND

WHEN: Tuesday, 5/21 from 11:30am to 1:30pm

WHERE: meet at the SE Portland Boathouse Dock

DETAILS: Join us at the Portland Boathouse dock, and help us pick up trash in the central part of Portland along the Willamette. Park in the 2 hour visitor parking spaces near the building, on the street, or ride your bike. 

Reserve a seat in one of our canoes, or bring your own boat. We will provide trash bags, non latex gloves, and trash pickers. Dress for the weather and paddling (layers, boots, and rain gear). We will spend about an hour or so on the water. 

If river conditions evolve to become too challenging or unsafe, we will cancel in advance.

REGISTER: email [email protected]

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Restoration Work Party @ Willamette Mission
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Restoration Work Party @ Willamette Mission

WHAT:  Work Party at Willamette Mission State Park
WHEN:  Saturday, May 18th, 9:30am - 12:00pm 

Join Willamette Riverkeeper and our partners Oregon State ParksOne Tree Planted, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundationfor a morning of mulching plants in the floodplain at Willamette Mission State Park. You'll learn about the importance of floodplain forests and our work to improve these valuable habitats. Tools, gloves and hot drinks provided! This is a family friendly event.

REGISTER HERE

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Trashy Thursday: SALEM
May
16
9:30 AM09:30

Trashy Thursday: SALEM

WHEN: Thursday, 5/16 from 9:30am to 1:00pm
WHERE: meet at Wallace Marine Park

DETAILS: Join us for our Trashy Tuesday event in Salem! We'll meet at Wallace Marine Park on the gravel bar next to the old boat ramp. Help us pick up trash in the central part of Salem along the Willamette. 

Reserve a seat in one of our canoes, or bring your own boat. We will provide trash bags, non latex gloves, and trash pickers. Dress for the weather and paddling (layers, boots or sturdy river saldal, and sun or rain gear). 

REGISTER: Email [email protected] 

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Volunteer For EARTH DAY: Salem *POSTPONED*
Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer For EARTH DAY: Salem *POSTPONED*

PLEASE NOTE- as of Thursday, 4/18 we have postponed this event due to flooding in the park. We are coordinating with our partners to set antoher date for May. Thank you.

WHAT: Work Party at Willamette Mission State Park
WHEN: Saturday, April 20th, 9:00am - 12:00pm 

Celebrate Earth Day and join Willamette Riverkeeper and our partners Oregon State ParksOne Tree Planted, and Bonneville Environmental Foundation for a morning of mulching plants in the floodplain at Willamette Mission State Park. You'll learn about the importance of floodplain forests and our work to improve these valuable habitats. Tools, gloves and hot drinks provided! This is a family friendly event.

REGISTER HERE

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Clean Water For Great Brews: Eugene
Apr
20
8:00 AM08:00

Clean Water For Great Brews: Eugene

WHAT: Clean Water for Great Brews!
WHEN: Saturday, April 20th, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Celebrate EARTH DAY and join Willamette Riverkeeper, local brewers, and River Guardian volunteers to help clean up our urban waterfront. We'll "dust off the cobwebs" from the winter high water and put the "shine" back on our riverfront in Eugene-Springfield! Come get dirty for good - and earn yourself a brew (or two) by participating at your favorite neighborhood location! There are numerous clean up sites available, including land based and boat based locations.

Each volunteer will earn a punch card good for 12 FREE brews at coffee houses and breweries in Eugene and Springfield in 2019!  

REGISTER HERE

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River Discovery Scappoose Bay Paddle
Mar
9
9:30 AM09:30

River Discovery Scappoose Bay Paddle

What: River Discovery Scappoose Bay Paddle
When: Saturday, 3/9 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Meet at Scappoose Bay Marina

Details: Breaking from the mainstem Willamette a few miles before the confluence with the Columbia, Multnomah Channel eventually spills into the low, tidal estuary of Scappoose Bay. Adjacent to Sauvie Island National Wildlife Area, the bay teems with wildlife. Here, juvenile salmonids seek refuge from strong river currents before migrating to the ocean, and bald eagles, herons, and tundra swans grace the skies. The Scappoose area claims a compelling Northwest history that includes thriving Chinook villages. We'll explore the Bay's many back channels as the water levels allow, and perhaps even visit the remains of an old wooden ship.  

Bring: $3 for the Marina parking fee, your camera, binoculars, water, lunch, and a hot drink. Dress WARM; tall rubber boots are suggested to keep your feet warm and dry. It can be very muddy here when stepping out of your boat. We also recommend packing a hat, gloves, extra warm/dry layers. Splash wear such as a rain coat and pants with fleece underlayers is a good choice for those using our canoes.

Need a Boat? Riverkeeper canoes are available upon request for $20 (per canoe) for non-members, or FREE for current members. You must recruit your own paddling partner.  

BYOBoat? Non-members are welcome to participate with a $10 donation, or choose to become an active Riverkeeper member for a one time fee of just $50. 

Your support makes our work and outreach possible! Become become a member today

REGISTER HERE

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Mussel Mania @ WildCraft Cider Works
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Mussel Mania @ WildCraft Cider Works

WHAT: Mussel Mania on the Willamette
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19th beginning at 6:30pm
WHERE: WildCraft Cider Works, Eugene

The western pearlshell mussel can be found in many rivers in Oregon, but like other river species, they are under threat from dams, pollution and habitat destruction. Join Willamette Riverkeeper and Executive Director, Travis Williams, for a talk about the health of this amazing species, and the new research eforts and discoveries happening on the Willamette today.

Remember - $1 from every WildCraft cider sold goes back to support Willamette Riverkeeper's mission to protect, restore and celebrate our river! So come raise a glass for freshwater mussels!

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Trashy Tuesday- Eugene/Springfield
Feb
12
8:00 AM08:00

Trashy Tuesday- Eugene/Springfield

Get Dirty for Good with Willamette Riverkeeper this fall!

WHAT: Trashy Tuesday- Eugene/Springfield
WHEN: Tuesday, 2/12 from 8:00am to 1:00pm

DETAILS: Join the Eugene-Springfield River Guardians volunteer crew to float the river while removing trash and debris from the urban waterfront. Limited seating in rafts or BYOB.

Please dress for the weather - bring weather-appropriate layers, including a hat and gloves for cooler temperatures - this is a rain or shine event! We will have extra dry bags available to carry your items safely. Wear closed-toe hard soled shoes and bring water to stay hydrated. PFDs provided for those without - PFDs are required for all participants. 

All Bing Your Own Boat (BYOB) participants should be able to adequately paddle in class 2 water, as there are some tricky places to navigate. Trash bags, pickers, gloves, tarps and tools for trash removal will be supplied.

*Further details & registration will be posted here soon!*

Interested? Contact [email protected]

  

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RIVER DISCOVERY: Bridges & Big Ships Paddle
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

RIVER DISCOVERY: Bridges & Big Ships Paddle

Join us as we kick off our River Discovery paddling season exploring a fascinating and seldom paddled stretch of the Willamette! Enjoy a rare opportunity to admire Portland's iconic bridges and huge ships from a unique perspective, while learning more about historic riverside industries, and today's Superfund challenges. 

What: Bridges & Big Ships Paddle Trip

When: Saturday, February 2nd from 9:30am to 2:30pm

Where: Paddle from the SE Portland Boathouse to Cathedral Park 

Details: We'll launch from the SE Portland Boathouse and will paddle 7.5 miles downstream, passing under eight historic bridges (including the Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway, Fremont, Union Pacific Railroad, and St. Johns Bridges), ending our trip at Cathedral Park.

Meet at the SE Portland Boathouse (1515 SE Water Avenue, Portland) in the parking lot just above the boat ramp. Please arrive around 9:30am as we aim to launch no later than 10:00am. Participants should be comfortable paddling for 2-3 hours in current. There are no restrooms along this stretch. Dress appropriately for *cold* and wet weather (bring hats, gloves, pack a spare set of dry clothes and extra warm layers! We will have extra dry bags on hand). Be smart about how you equip your feet: thick wool or fleece socks and warm rubber/waterproof boots are a good idea. Also bring water, snacks, lunch, a hot drink, and perhaps your camera.

Shuttle: Riverkeeper is offering a limited shuttle service from the take-out, back to the SE Portland Boathouse. You must reserve a seat in our shuttle in advance through this registration. We welcome participants to make their own shuttle arrangements as well. We expect to reach the take out sometime between 1:30pm and 2:00pm. The shuttle can take approximately 25-40 minutes (one way). Shuttle fee is $10.

Need a Boat? Riverkeeper canoes are available for free through this registration as well. You must recruit your own paddling partner.  

REGISTER HERE

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Hoppy Adventure Hour
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Hoppy Adventure Hour

WHAT: Hoppy Adventure Hour- Virtual Willamette Water Trail Tour & raffle drawing

WHEN: Monday, 12/10 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

WHERE: Lucky Lab Beer Hall on NW Quimby

Buy a beer, grab your seat and stay tuned for a presentation sure to inspire. Enjoy a virtual paddle trip down the nationally recognized Willamette River Water Trail with Kate Ross Kuthe of Willamette Riverkeeper. Learn about new water trail sites and how you can plan your own multi-day paddling adventure. Gain insight on how Willamette water quality has improved, what challenges the river faces today and how you can help. Seating will begin at 6:00pm, presentation begins at 6:30pm.  

As a Give! Guide partner event, REI will have incentives for those who donate to WRK on this evening, including a tent, pack, and 40oz water bottle.

More info here

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River Discovery: Willamette Falls Paddle
Dec
1
8:30 AM08:30

River Discovery: Willamette Falls Paddle

Join us for our last River Discovery trip of 2018: a paddling adventure the Willamette River's most impressive feature- Willamette Falls!

Located 26 miles upstream from the Willamette's confluence with the Columbia, Willamette Falls is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest by water volume. Its horseshoe shape, caused by a basalt shelf in the river floor, is 1500ft wide and 40ft high.

Led by Travis Williams and WRK staff, we'll explore the area around this natural landmark, admiring scenic views and the historic locks, as well as the mark of industries past and present. We may even glimpse an ancient petroglyph. Bring your own boat or reserve a Riverkeeper canoe (in which case you must recruit your own paddling partner).

WHERE: launching from Sportcraft Marina Boat Ramp in Oregon City

WHEN: 8:30am to 11:30am (arrive at 8:30am, and we'll launch by 9am) 

COST: this trip is FREE, but please consider making a donation of $10 or more to us through the Give!Guide

BRING: dress for conditions: wear clothing that wicks moisture, be prepared for rain, pack additional extra dry layers, water, & snacks

Questions? Contact [email protected]

REGISTER HERE

  

 

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us as we host the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Enjoy 12 environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Our program will also include FOUR special big screen premiers from prominent documentary filmmakers, including Uncage The Soul Productions and Freshwaters Illustrated, all focusing on Pacific Northwest themes.

Pre-sale tickets are available now at REI Portland ($12), or at the door of the Hollywood Theater the night of the event ($15).

Your ticket includes eligibility for one FREE raffle entry, and this year’s raffle prizes are off the charts! You have a chance to WIN an REI Co-op tent, packs, camp chairs, Patagonia fleeces and duffles, and our grand prize— a tandem canoe package (boat, paddles, PFDs & water trail maps)! Raffle tickets available for sale in the lobby the night of the event.

When: Thursday, November 29th

Where: Hollywood Theater, NE Sandy & 41st

*Doors open at 6:00pm, films begin at 7:00pm

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Mussel Mania on the Willamette!
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Mussel Mania on the Willamette!

Imagine the tales you could tell if you lived on the bottom of the Willamette for over 100 years like the Western Pearlshell Mussel!

WHAT: Mussel Mania on the Willamette

WHEN: Thursday, 10/18, refreshments @7:00pm, talk begins @7:30pm

WHERE: Patagonia Portland   

DETAILS: Join Riverkeeper & Executive Director, Travis Williams, along with our friends at Patagonia Portland, to learn how these bivales play a key role in the health of our river ecosystem, why they are under threat, and what Willamette Riverkeeper's extensive river surveys and research have revealed to date.

Enjoy refreshments from HopworksUnion WineHealth-Ade Kombucha and Patagonia Provisions own mussels!

REGISTER HERE!

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10 Annual Great Willamette Clean Up
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

10 Annual Great Willamette Clean Up

Registration is now OPEN!

CLICK HERE to view our available land and water based clean up sites, including numerous opportunities to reserve a seat in a kayak, canoe, raft or SUP thanks to our participating outfitters: Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe, Adventures Without Limits, City of Eugene River House, eNRG Kayaking, Next Adventure, Northwest Canoe Tours, and Paddle People in addition to Willamette Riverkeeper’s own canoes!

ABOUT: Hosted on the first Saturday of October, our annual Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day-of-action.  Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, drift boat, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris, while improving habitat and community spirit along the way.  Cleanup sites are posted throughout the basin, and our on-line registration for this event will open in September.  Several areas host post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, and “trash-talk.” 

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Paddle + Pull on the Willamette
Jul
25
9:30 AM09:30

Paddle + Pull on the Willamette

WHAT: Paddle & Pull on the Willamette

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25th from 9:30am - 3:30pm

WHERE: Michaels Landing in Corvallis to Hyak Park in Albany

  • NOTE: If you plan to reserve a seat in a Riverkeeper canoe, meet at Hayak Park at 9:00am (directions here). If you plan to bring your own boat, meet us at Michael's Landing at 9:30am (directions here). 
     

    DETAILS: The Willamette River supports diverse native plant and wildlife populations and provides clean water to Oregonians. Land managers, scientists, and concerned citizens are working together throughout the Willamette Basin to address the growing issue of aquatic invasives. Join staff from Willamette Riverkeeper, Benton SWCD, Portland State University, Oregon State Parks and other members of the Willamette Aquatic Invasive Network for a 9 mile paddle-and-pull outing, launching from Michael's Landing in Corvallis, and taking out at Hayak Park in Albany.

    Workshop participants will learn to identify aquatic weeds and effectively hand pull priority weeds. Paddle your own boat, or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe. Water Weed Field Guide provided.

    BRING: Pack two full water bottles, a warm layer, sun protection (glasses, hat and sunscreen), brown bag lunch, snacks, and closed-toe shoes.

    REGISTER HERE
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Ross Island Summer Solstice Evening Paddle & Pick Up
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Ross Island Summer Solstice Evening Paddle & Pick Up

WHAT: You are invited to join Willamette Riverkeeper and Portland Parks & Recreation for an evening canoe adventure to explore Portland's urban island wilderness- Ross Island, of course!

On this exclusive tour you'll be guided into the island's verdant interior (which is closed to the general public), learning about Ross Island's history, and the work we are doing to improve its habitat.

We will also work together to pick up trash from the beach (clean up supplies will be provided). Registration is free, and includes a paddle, PFD, and seat in a canoe.

WHERE: Meet in the gravel lot at above the river access ramp, next to the Portland Boathouse parking lot (1515 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214).

WHEN: Please arrive promptly at 5:30pm to check in, sign a waiver, and gear up. We will not hold up the group to accommodate you if you are late! We should return to the boat ramp by 8:30pm in the evening.
 
BRING: Dress appropriately for the weather (such as a rain coat, rain pants and extra layers). Tall rubber boots and long pants work well for walking around the island. Bring water, snacks, and a picnic dinner. 

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 503-223-6418. 

REGISTER HERE

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Willamette River Aquatic Invasive Workshop
Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

Willamette River Aquatic Invasive Workshop

WHAT: Aquatic Plant Workshop

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th from 10:00am - 3:30pm

WHERE: Delta Ponds in Eugene

DETAILS: The Willamette River supports diverse native plant and wildlife populations and provides clean water to Oregonians. Land managers, scientists, and concerned citizens are working together throughout the Willamette Basin to address the growing issue of aquatic invasives. Join staff from Willamette Riverkeeper, the City of Eugene, Benton SWCD, Portland State University, Oregon State Parksand other members of the Willamette Aquatic Invasive Network for a hands-on workshop on the Willamette River at Delta Ponds in Eugene. 

Workshop participants will learn to identify, survey for aquatic weeds, and effectively hand pull priority weeds through an on-the-water workshop at Delta Ponds. Paddle your own boat, or reserve a space in a City of Eugene canoe. Water Weed Field Guide provided.

BRING: Pack two full water bottles, a warm layer, sun protection (glasses, hat and sunscreen), brown bag lunch, snacks, and closed-toe shoes.

REGISTER HERE

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Clean Water For Great Brews
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

Clean Water For Great Brews

In honor of "Earth Day," we invite you to come join our River Guardian team, along with local coffee and beer brewers, to help clean up our urban waterfront in Eugene and Springfield. Volunteer to pitch in and "get dirty for good" at one of seven riverside clean up locations, and you'll earn a punch card good for 12 FREE BREWS at coffee houses and breweries in Eugene and Springfield.

WHEN: Saturday, 4/21 from 9:00am - 12:00pm (on land), 8:00am - 12:00pm (on water)

WHERE: see registration link for a list of water and land based clean up locations

DETAILS: This is not an easy task. We ask that you please dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots or hard soled shoes. All BYOB (bring your own boat) volunteers must be able to paddle class II water and are responsible for bringing their own gear. PFDs are required at all times during the event. Gloves, garbage bags and other clean up supplies will be provided. Bring a coffee cup for morning check-in!

QUESTIONS: Contact Michelle at 541-913-4318 or [email protected].

REGISTER HERE

 

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Help Plant Trees in Mount Tabor
Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

Help Plant Trees in Mount Tabor

Join Willamette Riverkeeper in partnership with One Tree PlantedPortland Parks & Recreation, and Bonneville Environmental Foundation to help plant trees at one of Portland's favorite urban natural areas in the Willamette Watershed, Mt. Tabor.

What: Help Plant Trees in Mt. Tabor!

Where: Mt Tabor Park (exact meet up location TBD) 

When: Saturday, March 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Details: Celebrate the arrival of Spring by joining us for a morning of native planting at Mt. Tabor Park! We'll be planting native trees, shrubs and forbs in an under story forest at this urban natural area (which is actually a volcanic cinder cone). Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. We will provide snacks, water refills, gloves, and tools. 

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 503-223-6418.

REGISTER HERE

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River Discovery Paddle Trip: Scappoose Bay
Mar
10
9:30 AM09:30

River Discovery Paddle Trip: Scappoose Bay

Join us as we explore the lowest reach of the Willamette system- Scappoose Bay! 

Where: meet at Scappoose Bay Marina

When: Saturday, March 10th, meet at 9:30am - about 1:30pm

Details: Breaking from the mainstem Willamette a few miles before the confluence with the Columbia, Multnomah Channel eventually spills into the low, tidal estuary of Scappoose Bay. Adjacent to Sauvie Island National Wildlife Area, the bay teems with wildlife. Here, juvenile salmonids seek refuge from strong river currents before migrating to the ocean, and bald eagles, herons, and tundra swans grace the skies. Scappoose also claims a compelling Northwest history that includes thriving Chinook villages, Lewis and Clark, and the Hudson Bay Company. We'll explore the Bay's many back channels as the water levels allow, and visit the remains of an old wooden ship.  

Bring: $5 for the Marina parking fee, your camera, binoculars, water, lunch, and a hot drink. Dress WARM; tall rubber boots are suggested to keep your feet warm and dry. It can be very muddy here when stepping out of your boat. We also recommed packing a hat, gloves, extra warm/dry layers. Splash wear such as a rain coat and pants with fleece underlayers is a good choice for those using our canoes.

Need a Boat? Riverkeeper canoes are available upon request for $20 (per canoe) for non-members, or FREE for current members. You must recruit your own paddling partner.  

BYOBoat? Non-members are welcome to participate with a $10 donation, or choose to become an active Riverkeeper member for a one time fee of just $35. 

REGISTER HERE

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Oregon Field Guide Viewing Party
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Oregon Field Guide Viewing Party

WHAT: Oregon Field Guide Viewing Party, featuring our freshwater mussel study
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th, beginning at 7:00pm, program airs at 8:30pm
WHERE: Lompoc Brewing's Sidebar Pub, 3901 N Williams Ave Portland
WHY: Because mussels matter!

DETAILS: Last August we conducted a revealing freshwater mussel study in the upper Willamette River near Harrisburg. While mussels are a key element in the river's ecosystem, filtering contaminants and cleaning the water, there is scant data on them in the Willamette watershed. When we discovered a rare, massive Western Pearlshell mussel bed near our Norwood Island property, we were determined to learn more about these bivalves (some of which can live up to 100 years) and the story they have to tell. 

In addtion to our staff and volunteers, an intrepid crew from Oregon Public Broadcasting's popular "Oregon Field Guide" program braved the summer's hottest temperatures to document our project.  

Experience our mussel research adventure by joining us as we gather together to view the broadcast premier of this anticipated Oregon Field Guide segment. 

On Thursday, February 15th, meet us at at Lompoc Brewing's Sidebar pub in Portland at 7:00pm where we'll provide appetizers, speakers, and mussel memes before tuning in to Oregon Field Guide's weekly broadcast at 8:30pm

Enjoy Lompoc's award winning brews and menu while warming yourself by the fire. We'll reveal our NEW "mussel shirt," proceeds of which will support continuing research.

Featured Speakers:

Celeste Searles Mazzacano, Ph.D-  Entomologist and freshwater mussel expert who designed our study, and will help you fall in love with the mighty mussel.

Ed Jahn-  Executive Producer of OPB's "Oregon Field Guide," and winner of 19 regional Emmy Awards for his documentary work, Ed lead the production of our mussel feature. After 17 years of producing content for Field Guide, this is his last project as he has been promoted to Executive Editor for Science and Environment at OPB!  

Travis Williams-  Riverkeeper, Executive Director, and a certified mussel maniac. Travis spearheaded this project, and will be leading Willamette Riverkeeper's future mussel studies along the mainstem river and tributaries this summer.   

Note: Space will be limited to 60 or so guests, so arrive promptly. Lompoc has some reserved parking, otherwise you'll have to park along area side streets. Sidebar is located on N. Williams, a well traveled bike path.

Questions about this event? Email [email protected]

 

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Restoration Work Party
Feb
10
9:30 AM09:30

Restoration Work Party

Join us along with our friends at Oregon State Parks in planting and mulching native trees and shrubs along the edge of a new floodplain forest at Willamette Mission State Park. Learn more about the important role of floodplain forests and how we have been working to improve these habitats in the Willamette Valley. This event is family friendly!

What: Willamette Mission Restoration Work Party

When: Saturday, February 10th from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Details: Meet in the gravel lot for the Wheatland Ferry at the north entrance to Willamette Mission State Park. This is on the east side of the Willamete River, where Matheny Road dead ends at the Willamette River. Please arrive by 9:30am to check in. We will be walking about 20 min down a paved bike trail to reach the planting area.  You should be able to return to the parking area by 12:30 pm. Dress appropriately for winter weather (such as a rain coat, rain pants, warm hat, and extra layers). Tall rubber boots are highly recommended! Bring water and snacks. We will provide tools and work gloves. 

REGISTER HERE

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Bridges + Big Ships River Discovery Paddle Trip
Feb
3
9:30 AM09:30

Bridges + Big Ships River Discovery Paddle Trip

Join us for a fascinating and seldom paddled stretch of the Willamette! Enjoy a rare opportunity to admire Portland's iconic bridges and huge ships from a unique perspective, while learning more about historic riverside industries, and today's Superfund challenges. 

What: Bridges & Big Ships Paddle Trip

When: Saturday, February 3rd from 9:30am to 2:30pm

Where: Paddle from the SE Portland Boathouse to Cathedral Park

Details: We'll launch from the SE Portland Boathouse and will paddle 7.5 miles downstream, passing under eight historic bridges (including the Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway, Fremont, Union Pacific Railroad, and St. Johns Bridges), ending our trip at Cathedral Park.

Meet at the SE Portland Boathouse (1515 SE Water Avenue, Portland) in the parking lot just above the boat ramp. Please arrive around 9:30am as we aim to launch no later than 10:00am. Participants should be comfortable paddling for 2-3 hours in current. There are no restrooms along this stretch. Dress appropriately for *cold* and wet weather (bring hats, gloves, pack a spare set of dry clothes and extra warm layers! We will have extra dry bags on hand). Be smart about how you equip your feet: thick wool or fleece socks and warm rubber/waterproof boots are a good idea. Also bring water, snacks, lunch, a hot drink, and perhaps your camera.

Shuttle: Riverkeeper is offering a limited shuttle service from the take-out, back to the SE Portland Boathouse. You must reserve a seat in our shuttle in advance through this registration. We welcome participants to make their own shuttle arrangements as well. We expect to reach the take out sometime between 1:30pm and 2:00pm. The shuttle can take approximately 25-40 minutes (one way). Shuttle fee is $10.

Need a Boat? Riverkeeper canoes are available for free through this registration as well. You must recruit your own paddling partner.  

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Rubber Boot Ramble- Nature Walk
Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

Rubber Boot Ramble- Nature Walk

Get to know a floodplain forest! Join us for a family friendly nature walk through the floodplain forest of Willamette Mission State Park to kick off a new year. We'll take time to explore both on an off trail, and look for evidence of wildlife. You will also learn more about the important role of floodplan forests and how we have been working to improve these habitats in the Willamette Valley.

What: Rubber Boot Ramble 

Where: Willamette Mission State Park (north entrance, detials below)

When: Saturday, 1/20 from 9:30am to noon

Details: Meet in the gravel lot for the Wheatland Ferry at the north entrance to Willamette Mission State Park. This is on the east side of the Willamete River, where Matheny Road dead ends at the Willamette River. Please arrive by 9:30am to check in.  You should be able to return to the parking area by 12:00pm. Dress appropriately for winter weather (such as a rain coat, rain pants, warm hat, and extra layers). Tall rubber boots are highly recommended! Bring water and snacks.

REGISTER HERE

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Trashy Tuesday- Portland
Jan
16
11:30 AM11:30

Trashy Tuesday- Portland

Join us as we "get dirty for good" and free our river from a bit of trash and debris - by canoe - during the lunch hour.

When: Tuesday, 1/16 from 11:30am to 1:30pm

Where: meet at the SE Portland Boathouse Dock

Details: Join us at the Portland Boathouse dock, and help us pick up trash in the central part of Portland along the Willamette. Park in the 2 hour visitor parking spaces near the building, on the street, or ride your bike. 

Reserve a seat in one of our canoes, or bring your own boat. We will provide trash bags, non latex gloves, and trash pickers. Dress for the weather and paddling (layers, boots, and rain gear). We will spend about an hour or so on the water. 

If river conditions evolve to become too challenging or unsafe, we will cancel in advance.

Register: email [email protected]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us as we host the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Enjoy 7 environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

Pre-sale tickets will be available soon at REI Portland ($12), or at the Hollywood Theater door for $15. Your ticket includes one raffle entry, and a chance to WIN a KAYAK! 

When: Thursday, November 30th

Where: Hollywood Theater, NE Sandy & 41st

*Doors open at 6:00pm, films begin at 7:00pm

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WIN ME!

WIN ME!

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