Since 2000, we have been running programs that aim to educate and inspire Gorge residents to take actions that will directly improve the health of our local economy, natural environment and sense of community.
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Sense of Place
Now in its 8th year, the Annual Sense of Place lecture series continues to deliver interesting, meaningful lectures that bring us closer to the human and natural history of The Columbia River Gorge. Each lecture draws, on average, 200 people looking to build a greater connection with the place they call home.
Leaders for Tomorrow
Empowering youth to connect with and engage in shaping the future of their communities.
Leaders for Tomorrow has been empowering high school students in the Columbia Gorge to connect with their community for more than 20 years. LFT engages youth and provides the tools they need to shape the future of their community. Through face-to-face contact with local business, government and community leaders, students discover what it means to build a community.
Tod J LeFevre Award
Annually during Earth Week, Gorge Owned awards the Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards. These awards celebrate individuals, businesses and students working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge. This year, winners will be announced at the Gorge March for Science/Science Fair on Saturday, April 28 at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon. The Fair will begin at 9:30 AM with a procession of the species, followed by a science fair, speakers, and presentation of the Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Award winners beginning at 10:30 AM. The March itself will start at noon.