In 2001, the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program began working with the City of Tillamook’s Hoquarton Interpretive Trail Committee and the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership on a forgotten slough meandering through downtown to the ocean. Many years and $500,000 later, with sweat equity to match, Hoquarton Slough is the crown jewel of the community. Every third grader in the county attends the annual 5-day “Down by the Riverside” event. High school students and staff lead an outdoor science lab with learning stations and projects like re-chipping the trail, pulling weeds, and planting trees.
Photo: The Tillamook Estuary Partnership hosts enthusiastic third graders at Hoquarton Slough
– Roger Ross Photography