The Tualatin Riverkeepers is a non-profit organization dedicated to holistic watershed management for the benefit our communities. TRK takes a proactive approach to advocacy for clean waters, empowers the diversity of stakeholders in the Tualatin river basin to care for our unique river, and educates youth and future activists with creative curriculum inspired by local ecological traditions. We seek partnerships with agencies and landowners throughout the watershed to conserve the lands and biodiversity found within the broader landscape and analyze watershed issues from the floodplain’s perspective. As such, we find strength from farmer to ecologist’s viewpoints and believe bringing multiple parties together based on shared common ground will enhance sustainable management of the Tualatin watershed.
TRK’s programs include watershed watch, environmental education, restoration, and recreation. The Tualatin River and its 27 creeks provide drinking water to nearly 400,000 homes and businesses in Washington County as well as water for industry, agriculture and a rich variety of wildlife including coho salmon, steelhead trout, beaver, painted turtles, river otters, bobcats, fox, and deer, amongst other species.
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Join Tualatin Riverkeepers as we paddle near the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to view and hear the returning neotropical migrant birds. Listen for the sounds of black-headed grossbeaks, western wood peewees and common yellowthroats. See the colorful western tanagers and lazuli buntings. Thrill at the belted kingfishers and ospreys diving for fish. Get close to the resident great blue herons and green herons.
We launch at 9am and we recommend that your arrive 30 minutes early. No experience necessary. Make sure you purchase one ticket for each person in your party. Free will donation accepted at registration.
While Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) paddle trips are open to all members and the general public, space is limited and reservations are required. TRK canoes and kayaks are available by reservation for $50 per boat. Personal flotation devices must be worn on paddle trips. TRK trips may be cancelled due to severe weather (lightning, flooding, ice etc.), but will often take place in the rain. Please dress accordingly.
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