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Here are some great ways to get connected to nature – from your neighborhood, or out in a nearby wetland.

2020 Wetland Passport Challenge

Download our wetland passport for a guided trip through 6 wetlands in the Portland area.  Visit each wetland, try to answer all the questions, when you finish, send us your passport and we will stamp it! We will return your passport and send you an official wetland ambassador certificate. Download your own passport now!

2020 American Wetlands Photo Contest

Take some time to find the beauty and diversity close to home, or in a wetland environment.American Wetlands Month reminds us to appreciate our neighborhoods, communities and state. Even while sheltering at home, photographers find ways to capture the beauty of nature. This year we will feature backyard nature photography in our “Close to Home” category.

Read our guidelines, and find out how to enter this year’s Photo Contest.

Donate to Support our Work

The Wetlands Conservancy engages people through outreach, education and hands-on restoration to explore the role that wetlands play in the health and livability of their community, including thriving wildlife populations. Through the enhancement of our wetlands we are continually learning, experimenting and adapting— to best understand how our wetlands can thrive as conditions change. In collaboration with partners, we educate the public about the values of wetlands, water resource conservation and restoration. We collect and share the stories of Oregon’s greatest wetlands, inviting people of all ages and parts of Oregon to participate.

Your donation during the Covid 19 pandemic will ensure that The Wetlands Conservancy can continue this important work. Find out about how you can support wetlands  – Please Give!


Stories of Stewardship

Nature Based Solutions: Portland’s Green Streets

In March the UN published the World Water Report, a 100 page document, showcasing the need to change our normal global water management practices to start to embrace “nature-based solutions”…

Lower Chewaucan Marsh, Marty St Louis

Chewaucan Marshes

For migratory birds, the Upper and Lower (pictured) Chewaucan Marshes in Lake County are one of the most important wetlands in Oregon.  Traditional flood irrigation of ranchers’ hay pastures spreads…

Behind the Lense: Karl Konecny

Winner of American Wetlands Month Photo Contest for the last two year… Karl Konecny had winning photographs in our 2016 and 2017 American Wetland Month photo contests.   In 2016, his…

10 Best Wetlands to Visit in May

May is American Wetlands Month, which means as Oregonians we have a lot to celebrate. Wetlands are the link between land and water and here in Oregon they are as…

Volunteer Opportunity: Visit a Wetland for Us!

We are in need of some help!   May is American Wetlands month and we want to help people get out into wetlands.  Our big idea is to create a “wetland…

What The Shell Happened to the Oysters?

What the Shell Happened to the Oysters?  In the early 1900’s Oregon was lined with prolific wild oyster populations. After the gold rush, the West Coast saw a rise in…

harney basin wetlands

Partnerships in Motion for the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative (Watch the Video!)

In 2016, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board recognized the collaborative vision of a diverse group of partners and interests in the Harney Basin with a $1.6 million Focused Investment Partnership…

New Turtle Nesting Site at Nyberg

The waters have finally receded at our Nyberg Wetland Preserve to allow Megan Garvey, TWC Urban Land Steward and volunteers to start working on our Western Pond turtle habitat enhancement…

Northwestern Salamander egg mass

Finding Frogs and Salamanders: Amphibian Monitoring 2017

January 21st kicked off our 2017 Amphibian Monitoring trainings in partnership with Metro, Clean Water Services and Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec. Over the next two months, citizen science volunteers…

giving tuesday

What Feels Important Today

Celebrating the real on #GivingTuesday November 29th. How do we capture the hearts and minds of our community? This is the question we “non-profiters” are always thinking about, especially when…