Summer Programs

During the summer months we offer free programs for schools, camps and community organizations in the lower Columbia region of Oregon and Washington. Our goal is to support our partners and provide opportunities for individuals to explore their local waterway. 

Canoe Paddle Program

urban nature partners

Paddling a canoe is a great way to experience a local river, view wildlife from a unique perspective and practice teamwork. Trips include and engage everyone regardless of their ability or previous experience. The Estuary Partnership provides binoculars, paddles, PFD’s, safety equipment and two trained guides per canoe. Watch our paddle demo video.

  • Learn more about our Canoe Paddle Program

    Scheduling Details:

    • Paddle trips are offered on the Willamette River in Portland and Gladstone, Lake River in Ridgefield, Lacamas Lake in Camas, Scappoose Bay in Warren and more!

    • Trips can be scheduled from June 18th through the end of August

    • We offer 1.5-2.5 hour paddle trips Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during regular business hours

    • Space is available for up to 28 people per trip

    • Two canoes accommodate 13-15 people each; a minimum of 10 passengers each is required per canoe

    • Minimum age for participants is 5 years old

    • We require 1 adult for every 5 children under 13 years old and 1 adult for every 7 children age 13 and older

    • Paddlers must be able to step 2.5 feet down into the canoe and sit on a plastic bench for up to 2 hours

    Do groups need any equipment or special gear?

    • No. We provide paddles and personal flotation devices in standard sizes for ages 5 and above. For your enjoyment, please come prepared for the weather with appropriate rain gear, sun block and water.

    Are the trips safe?

    • Trained guides lead paddle trips in very stable 29-foot fiberglass canoes. See our safety protocols or contact us for more information about how we stay safe on the water. We reserve the right to cancel due to high wind or any other unsafe conditions.

    Do I have to be part of a school or group to participate?

    • Individuals can read more about joining community paddles that are open to the public on our Canoe page.

Summer Camp

Sling Shots

Each summer since 2007, the Estuary Partnership has collaborated with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to offer a fun-filled week of nature exploration for campers entering grades 4-6. In 2011, a week of camp was added for middle school students entering grades 7-8. The camps are based out of Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon but the adventures utilize a variety of local sites. For more information or to register please visit the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park website .