outdoors

Columbia Springs Volunteer Training

Columbia Springs is local gem, a green jewel of beautiful, wild Columbia River habitat with slightly more than 100 acres ready to be hiked, explored, and appreciated. But this marvelous local resource couldn't operate without volunteers—and that's where you come in, because Columbia Springs is offering a Volunteer Lead Training Day from on Saturday, March 8. You'll be trained to help Columbia Springs with its on-site education, restoration, and outreach events. Read the full Volunteer Lead Position Description here.
 
The training day includes classes on environmental education, restoration, leadership, group facilitation, and an orientation to Columbia Springs, including a tour of the site, which is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway. Breakfast and lunch is included. No previous experience with "being outdoorsy" is necessary; just come as you are and Columbia Springs staff will teach you what you need to know. Plus, the training is totally free (including breakfast and lunch—what a deal!) Register by completing this online volunteer application. To learn more, contact Columbia Springs' Volunteer and Events Coordinator at 360-882-0936, ext. 230, or send an e-mail to volunteer@columbiasprings.org.

Become a Columbia Springs Volunteer

We can all agree that Columbia Springs is local gem, a green jewel of beautiful, wild Columbia River habitat with slightly more than 100 acres ready to be hiked, explored, and appreciated. But the fact is, this marvelous local resource couldn't operate without volunteers—and that's where you come in, because Columbia Springs is offering a Volunteer Lead Training Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. You'll be trained to help Columbia Springs with its on-site education, restoration, and outreach events. If your interest is piqued, read the full Volunteer Lead Position Description here.
 
The training day includes classes on environmental education, restoration, leadership, group facilitation, and an orientation to Columbia Springs, including a tour of the site, which is located at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway. Breakfast and lunch is included. No previous experience with "being outdoorsy" is necessary; just come as you are and Columbia Springs staff will teach you what you need to know. Plus, the training is totally free (including breakfast and lunch—what a deal!) All you need to do is register by completing this online volunteer application. To learn more, contact Columbia Springs' Volunteer and Events Coordinator at 360-882-0936, ext. 230, or send an e-mail to volunteer@columbiasprings.org.

Volunteer for Invasive Species Survey

You and your family can help locate incursions of English ivy and other invasive species by becoming "scientists" at Columbia Springs, an evironmental eduction center and outdoor recreational area. You'll learn about all sorts of invasive species (besides ivy) and, after a crash course in scientific survey techniques, you'll go off-trail in Columbia Springs' 100-acre natural area to find invasive species.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to join, including children under 14 (if accompanied by a parent or guardian) and teens from 14 to 16 (with written parental permission). Snacks will be provided. Bring sturdy shoes, appropriate outdoor work clothing, enough water to stay hydrated, and your enthusiasm for helping the community! Columbia Springs welcomes anyone who shows up on Saturday morning and wants to pitch in, but registration is encouraged. To sign up, e-mail volunteer@columbiasprings.org or call 360-882-0936 ext. 230.

Snowshoe Adventure

Snowshoe Adventures allow participants to explore some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, including Elk Rock, Old Man Pass, Ape Caves, and June Lake. Hikes are guided by outdoor specialists from the Mount St. Helens Institute.

Participants can bring their own snowshoes or rent a pair (with trekking poles) for $15. Hiking routes are moderately difficult, and hikers need to come prepared with proper gear and water. The Snowshoe Adventures are quite popular, and some hikes sell out in advance, so early registration is suggested. Please note: the $30 registration fee is non-refundable.

Snowshoe Adventures will be held on Feb. 15, 22, March 1 and 8.

Sign up and get specific information on times and directions at www.mshinstitute.org.