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Great Willamette Cleanup

Saturday, October 7

Willamette Riverkeeper is hosting their 9th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up. Jump into this river-wide, community day-of-action with us, together with your community, and others, all across the Willamette River basin. Volunteers are invited to get their Riverkeepin’ mojo moving by kayak, canoe, SUP, raft, drift boat, motor boat, jet ski, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris while improving habitat and community spirit along the way. Our 24 cleanup sites are hosted throughout the entire basin, from Oakridge to Scappoose and beyond! Several sites, including the greater Portland area and Southern Valley sites, host family friendly post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, and “trash-talk.”

There are both land-based and on water clean-up sites! You do not need to own a boat in order to get involved on the water. But, we have numerous sites where kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and seats-in-rafts are provided by local outfitters and organizations. Participants are also invited to bring their own boats (BYOB) at many sites.

For more information, click here.


Lin Harmon-Walker

Lin obtained her JD degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a specialization in environmental and natural resources law in 1991. Her career to date has included law practice, nonprofit executive directing (Friends of Trees and Oregon Mediation Association), and academia, where she served as an administrator and professor in top-ranked environmental law programs at Lewis & Clark and Pace University. During her academic career she taught and mentored international and US law students enrolled in JD, LLM, and SJD level programs. She also served as Co-Chair and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Endangered Species Committee.  

Lin brings an international perspective to GPSEN’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She co-taught Pace’s United Nations Environmental Diplomacy course with Ambassador Robert van Lierop, training students placed in the UN Headquarters Missions of small island developing states, and several of her students sat in on negotiations for the SDGs. Her course in Comparative Environmental Law from a Global Resources Perspective was the first of its kind in the US, and she is coauthoring a book on Global and Comparative Environmental and Natural Resources Law with colleagues. She has also taught Environmental Negotiation and Mediation in the US and Brazil. She led Pace’s academic delegation to the IUCN’s 2012 World Conservation Congress, has been a member scholar of IUCN’s Academy of Environmental Law for more than a decade, and twice served as Chair of the Jury for the international Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy.  

Upon returning to Portland from New York in 2014, Lin founded the Ethical Future Institute, an organization seeking to convene creative thinkers from all disciplines to envision and promote an ethical and sustainable future for life on Earth. She also joined the board of GPSEN, where she served as Governance Chair and President. She became Executive Director in September 2017, when GPSEN’s founder and previous President and Executive Director, Kim Smith, stepped down to take academic leave.  

Lin and her husband Conan, a network architect who has set records as a volunteer crew leader with Friends of Trees for more than 20 years, love exploring the many cultures and habitats of the Pacific Northwest.  




Job: Columbia Springs Environmental Educators

Join our fun and friendly team of Columbia Springs educators and guide the next
generation of nature explorers! If you want to make a lasting impact on kids in our community, this is the job for you. Columbia Springs is a non-profit dedicated to connecting people with nature and inspiring stewardship.

Columbia Springs Environmental Educators lead groups of students during science-based educational field trips at Columbia Springs. These hands-on, experiential field trips are designed to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade students about local ecology, scientific practices and stewardship. Contract Educators may also assist with leading educational activities during Columbia Springs’ events like the Kids Fishing Festival and Family Nature Festival, as well as staff educational booths at Columbia Springs’ outreach events.

Read the full job description here.


Jobs: Portland Parks Environmental Education

Portland Parks Environmental Education offers school-year classes and field trips for children & youth. This year, we are hoping to build a strong team of knowledgeable and genuine individuals to lead our Field Trip program for school groups & organizations, and we are also looking for a Nature Mentor to connect children to nature through our new “True Nature” program for children, youth & their families.

Job Descriptions for each position, including information on skills and abilities required for each position and how to apply, can be found at the following websites:

Field Trip Naturalist Position (Filling 3 or 4 positions) – Part time, Sept-June (about 22-25 hrs/week)

Nature Mentor Position to work with our new “True Nature” program – Part-time, Sept-June (about 12-15 hrs/week

Any questions can be directed to or by calling our office at 503-823-3601.


Job: Natural Gardening Educator

Monday, August 21 (application due)

As a passionate educator and gardener you will collaborate with staff and volunteers representing Oregon Zoo, Metro Parks and Nature, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners and others to develop exciting, interactive educational and interpretive programming for thousands of youth and adults while having opportunities to research, design and evaluate educational resources.

This is a part-time, regular status position working an average of 20 hours per week throughout the year and are variable based upon the season.  The final schedule is negotiable based upon programmatic and employee needs.

Click here for more details.


Online Nonprofit Conference

Wednesday, August 23

Participate in the Nonprofit Learning Lab’s upcoming Online Nonprofit Conference from the comfort of your office! The Nonprofit Learning Lab is a national organization that supports, trains, and promotes nonprofit professionals and leaders in the field.

Please review the schedule here for the different workshop blocks. Attendees can only attend one session during each workshop time slot. All 6 sessions will be recorded. Attendees will receive recordings and materials from all the sessions taking place during the online institute. 6.0 CFRE continuing education units provided.

Discounted Registration Rates: Click here for individual rate: $15. Click here for group rate (3-10 people): $30. To secure the above discounted rates, please use discount code: summersavings.

Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service is a unique moment to join schools across the world in celebrating the central role that schools play in preparing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. Projects create measurable change on one or more of the three pillars of a green school: environmental impact, health and wellness and environmental and sustainability literacy. Each project directly and positively affects the students at a particular school.

Registration is now open for this year’s Green Apple Day of Service. Register your project at the beginning of the school year and name your own date. The projects themselves can happen at any time from August 2017 through May 2018. To receive official support with funding, volunteers and other resources, sign up on the website during September and October.

Visit to register your school and access resources and information to help plan your project.


EEAO Summer Soiree

Friday, September, 22
6:00 to 9:00pm
Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236

Please join us  for our End of Summer Soirée Enjoy food by Our Daily Revolution, local beer and wine, music by Choro de Alegria, and a silent auction. There will be opportunities to socialize and hear about some EE happenings in Oregon.

Do you have an item you’d like to donate to the silent auction or contribute to our 2018 conference? Please Call Rick Reynolds 503-380-4140 or email  For ticket information and purchasing, please visit our website.


Down the River Clean Up

Sunday, September 10

The 15th Annual Down the River Clean Up marks 15 years of safeguarding clean drinking water and protecting fish and wildlife habitat and the quality of life for those who live, work and recreate in the watershed. This year’s trash sweep at the end of the summer recreation season will cover a 20+ mile stretch of the Clackamas River from Estacada to the confluence with the Willamette River in Oregon City.

Pre-registration is required.


Tour of Tryon Life Community Farm

Sunday, August 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm
11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219

Every last Sunday of the month, from March through August, TLC Farm hosts an introduction to our programs and a tour of the land. Each tour has a slightly different emphasis depending on the focus of your tour guides. Our upcoming tour will emphasize animal husbandry on the land! Meet in the Village Green for the tour.

For directions, click here. For more information about the farm, go to: If you have questions, call 503-245-3847.