- Website: www.columbiasprings.org
- Phone: 360-882-0936
- Address: 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver, WA 98683 - Map
- Green Features:
As Clark County’s leader in environmental education, we feel it is important to not only teach others about the value and wonder of our natural resources, but also model this behavior ourselves. Some efforts we’ve taken to make our site and business practices more sustainable include: -Self-hauling non-curbside recyclable items to local recycling outlets -Maintaining active compost piles for staff composting and public demonstration -Repurposing recyclable items for event activities and crafts -Repurposing wood pallets from fish hatchery operations to make compost bins -Constructing a Cordwood Classroom with recycled materials, sustainably sourced wood, and LED lighting -Using a micro-hydro generator to power and heat our Cordwood Classroom -Maintaining a green roof on the Cordwood Classroom -Maintaining two native plant gardens, one rain garden, and four rain barrels -Equipping each building onsite with its own homemade green cleaning kit -Eliminating paper towels from the bathroom in our administrative office -Installing a pervious surface in our public parking lot Want to check out these features for yourself? Stop by for a visit! Our entire site (forests, wetlands, sustainability features and all) is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.
Explore a gem in the city! Columbia Springs provides our community a unique space to explore and experience nature, just a stone’s throw from downtown Vancouver. With 100 acres of forest, streams, lakes, and wetlands, and over two miles of maintained hiking trails, the site offers no shortage of potential adventures.
Columbia Springs serves as a leader in environmental education for Clark County. Every year, 1000s of K-12 students attend our fieldtrips designed to inspire stewardship, and 1000s more community members are reached off site by our Salmon in the Classroom and Master Composter/Recycler programs. We host public events each year designed to get the whole family out to enjoy nature, including: guided hikes, Kids Fishing Festival, and Family Nature Festival. The site is also home to the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery, in operation since 1938 and still raising fish today.
Volunteers contribute 1000s of hours of service to Columbia Springs each year and help with stewardship projects, community outreach, fieldtrips, summer camps, and special events. Volunteers are vital in maintaining this thriving public resource.
All of these programs add up to one great local outlet for connecting with nature and the people who share an appreciation and passion for it.