“in the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist and poet.
We both greatly appreciate Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center for its efforts in connecting people to nature. The facility gives visitors 100 acres of urban natural area to explore. It’s located on the north side of the Old Evergreen Highway, just east of the i-205 bridge.
Since its conception in 1997, Columbia Springs has provided over 100,000 childrena nd adults with the opportunity to get outdoors and learn morea bout the natural world through field studies, workshops, service learning projects, summer day camps, community events and more.
One of our favorite spots to visit at the facility is the Historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery. Each year the hatchery raises approximately 70,000 half pound Rainbow trout and 20,000 half pound Brown trout. An abundance of icy cold water from the natural springs is perfect for the hatchery’s operation.
Watch a kingfisher dive for dinner. Listen to blackbirds in the cattails. Throw some fish chow to the trout. Explore a green gem in the city. Columbia Springs is a true gift for our community. Getting outside and connecting with each other, our community, and nature is good for the soul. We’ll see you at Columbia Springs.