Did you know that Super Nature Adventures has a longtime partnership with the non-profit organization, Friends of the Columbia Gorge? Since the summer of 2018, we’ve been working with them in a variety of capacities.
We’ve worked with them to host kid-centered group hikes at Bridal Veil Falls and Steigerwald Lake National Refuge. We’ve done family activities at their member events. And we donate a dollar of every sale from our Steigerwald Lake Family Trail Packet and our Bridal Veil Falls Family Trail Packet to the organization.
Why Friends of the Columbia Gorge?
The Friends of the Columbia Gorge is an organization that came on our radar after the Eagle Creek wildfire in 2017. Like so many of us living in Pacific Northwest, we were shocked and saddened when we heard the news of the wildfire and were seeking out ways to be useful in the recovery efforts (see our blog post from that time about talking to kids about wildfires).
Friends of the Columbia was one of the more visible organizations involved in the recovery efforts at the time. Their protection mission included working with other groups to organize volunteer work, and they have been invaluable in helping with wildfire recovery. Since that event, we’ve gotten to know their organization much more, and we value it in so many ways for its central role in protecting the Columbia River Gorge.
The organization has been critical to Gorge Protection for decades. Most notably, it played a historic role in securing federal protection of the Columbia Gorge in the 1980s, thereby stopping development from encroaching upon the area surrounding Multnomah Falls.
Their website does the best job of explaining their wide-ranging role in Gorge protection. Their work includes conservation, educating the public, keeping a watch on development, and connecting communities to Gorge Lands. As part of their educational mission, they lend support to school programs and host more than 100 hikes annually, including the kid-centered hikes we host with them.
Why Protecting the Gorge Matters
We are a kid centered business. We are believe that fostering kids' long term connections to nature will help to raise a generation help create a better world. We also believe it’s also our collective responsibility to provide our children with the best world possible for when they grow into adults.
The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most important wilderness areas in the Pacific Northwest. Because of it’s size, it’s also one of the most diverse and dynamic, with elevations ranging from 4000 feet to sea level, and annual precipitation ranging from 100 inches in the rain forest areas to 10 inches on the Gorge’s east end.
The area supports the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River, which has been central to the region’s cultures and economy for thousands of years. It's health is thus central to the health of the wider ecosystem and economy, including businesses in Portland that benefit from the tourism that the Columbia River Gorge brings.
Easy Ways for Your family to help Protect the Gorge
Want to be a part of protecting the Columbia River Gorge? Here are some simple and low cost ways to help.
Finally, talk to your kids about environmental protection organizations like Friends of the Columbia Gorge.
Kids grow to become Super Nature Heroes in a variety of ways, and one of those ways is to be empowered by the role models among us. Non-profit organizations like the Friends of the Gorge are among those Super Nature Heroes that can inspire the next generation. They provide real practical examples of how make a positive impact in this world.
~Bryna, Educator, Gorge Enthusiast, Mom, and Super Nature Adventures Co-Founder
This post is part of an ongoing series at Super Nature Adventures called the Super Nature Hero series. For more about this series, see this our introductory post.
Bryna R. Campbell