The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, with the north canyon walls in Washington and the south canyon walls in Oregon. The mission of the Gorge Ecology Outdoors (GEO) is to create life-long learning opportunities that foster a sense of wonder and community [...]


    Gorge Ecology Outdoors SECRETS program has served regional schools since 1996.  From a handful of classes when it began, the SECRETS program now reaches almost every 5th grade classroom in a 2,000 square mile service area and is known as the leading educational resource throughout the region. In addition, our Gorge Explorers program provides [...]

Support Us

Gorge Ecology Outdoors depends on the support of donors and volunteers to keep our programs running and to reach students throughout the Columbia River Gorge! There are many ways you can support us, including donating, volunteering, and program sponsorship.  Those interested can learn more on how to support GEO through other gifts of stock or estate planning. [...]


  • Earth Day Oregon We hope you will join us for Earth Day Oregon, Friday April 22.  Together, through collaboration and collective generosity, we will continue to support the annual Oregon tradition of raising awareness as we focus on stewardship and climate action. We invite local businesses to become GEOs Business Partners.  If your business would [...]

  • GEO Full Logo Square

    You know our programs…..School, SECRETS, Rivers For All, OWL’s

    But do you know our name? Gorge Ecology Outdoors With your support, GEO is empowering the advocates, change makers, stewards and scientists our planet and community needs to thrive.    Since 1996  over 25,000 students in the Columbia Gorge have been inspired to care for nature and our local community through outdoor experiences and education.  [...]

  • Soaring up close

    A $10,000 Matching Opportunity!

    WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! We’re 95% of the way toward our year-end fundraising goal! Every little bit helps so please consider making a contribution. Help us soar into the new year! Provided by CoolFundraisingIdeas.net You can click on the donate button to the right or send a check payable to Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute PO [...]

  • Interview with Steelhead

    More about CGEI Click on the link above to hear Drew, also known as Steelhead, talk about CGEI and what brings him back every year.

  • SECRETS Volunteer Interview

    Click on the link below to hear Sedge, also known as Paul Moyer, talk about why he volunteers with SECRETS. SECRETS Volunteer Interview “I believe we must help, in whatever ways we are able to offer future generations an experiential understanding of how amazingly wonderful this planet earth is.” – Paul Moyer

  • Who is Huckleberry?

    Who is Huckleberry? Click on the link above to hear Liz talk about her JVC-AmeriCorps experience with CGEI.

  • Teacher interview about SECRETS

    Teacher Interview about SECRETS Click on the link above to hear what Mrs. Burns has to say about The SECRETS Program. “I haven’t ever seen outdoor education look the way it does here.”  – Mrs. Burns

  • Community Day

    Community Day Click on the link above to watch a class of 4th and 5th graders become stewards of their ecosystem by planting trees!

  • Programs Offered at The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute

    Liz, also known as Huckleberry, talks about all of the ways CGEI reaches the youth of The Gorge. Click on the link to watch the video! Programs Offered at The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute

  • SECRETS Program Video

    SECRETS Program The Secrets Program provides place- based, environmental education to 4th and 5th graders in The Gorge. Click on the link and watch the video to learn more!