Columbia Springs' mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster a greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship.
Columbia Springs was formed in 1997 by a partnership between Clark Public Utilities and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Our site is composed of 100 acres of wetlands, meadows, and woods, located around the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery, located off of the Evergreen Highway in Vancouver, WA. Our organization works to protect and maintain the 100-acre public park, where families and kids can learn, play, and recreate. In addition, we operate a robust field trip program that engages over 7,000 youth in outdoor excursions. In partnership with Clark Public Utilities, we provide Salmon in the Classroom, an in-class program which engages fifty schools in Clark County. Events and programs such as Repair Cafe, Kids Fishing Fest, Family Nature Fest, and our stewardship events empower hundreds of families to engage with the environment throughout the year.