Education isn't just for summer camps! We have tons of opportunities for youth, adults, families, and everyone in our community to join us for community learning events. From painting artistic masterpiece rain barrels to listening at Pint-Sized Science, Tualatin Riverkeepers offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year, each with active stewardship components for you to carry into the future.
Check out an overview of our community learning opportunities below, and see a full event list here.
Pint-Sized Science Nights
Pint-Sized Science is our program to highlight the fun and exciting ideas that environmentalists are coming up with to implement long-term environmental change and advocacy in and around our watersheds. These events are held at local breweries and pubs so you can grab something to eat and drink, while enjoying a space for conversations about what environmentalism looks like, and how we can all work to diversify our thinking around conservation solutions.
Rain Barrel Workshops
Join us at a Rain Barrel Workshop where we'll learn about how rain barrels work, why stormwater matters, and how you can install a rain barrel at home or in any greenspace to create a rain garden and get stormwater out of the drain! Fun fact: rain barrels have to be painted to prevent algae growth, so during these workshops we provide space and paint to give your barrel a creative twist.
River Celebration Festivals
We also have several events that include both community learning opportunities and opportunities to get out on the water with us. Each summer we host our annual Tualatin River Discovery Day to celebrate the river and all those who work to keep it clean and healthy for everyone in our community to enjoy it, including fish and wildlife. Discovery Day is the event that created Tualatin Riverkeepers, so we're always thrilled to keep hosting it each year. We also have events that celebrate the river that we hold together with partners like Rumbo al Río and our access advocacy event, Paddle Tualatin.
Storm Drain Murals
With cities and local artists, we collaboratively help create beautiful murals highlighting the fact that all of the runoff flowing through our streets, drains straight into the Tualatin River. Through artist talks and brightly colored murals painted around downtown storm drains, we strive to create awareness of stormwater pollution and increase stewardship, while leaving behind a beautiful piece of art.
Green Jobs Training Program
Our environmental workforce training program offers paid skill-building experiences throughout the watershed for historically marginalized communities. We work with partners like Centro Cultural to provide mentorship to student cohorts through a variety of environmental work opportunities at non-profits, community organizations, and public agencies. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org