Community Engagement

Field Programs

Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove in the fall with hundreds of Canada geese both in the water and flying overhead.


Students learn about water quality, native plants, wildlife habitat, and natural treatment systems at this location in Forest Grove.

Visit the Fernhill website for more information and education resources. 

Facility Tours

Ever wonder what happens to the water you send down the drain from the sink, toilet, and shower? Get a firsthand look at our state-of-the-art, award-winning facilities that clean wastewater from homes and industry to nearly drinking water standards. The cleaned water is released into the Tualatin River and is so clean, it actually improves river health. If you’d like to see this amazing process, join us on a free tour.

  • Tour times are Tuesday – Thursday, 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Tours are available at our Durham facility in Tigard or our Rock Creek facility in Hillsboro
  • Group size is 10 – 35 people
  • Tours are on foot and cover uneven surfaces, stairs, and tunnels. Please dress appropriately and wear close-toed shoes
  • Tours are suitable for grades four and up, school groups please bring one chaperone per 10 students
  • Have a classroom or group of at least 10? Register online
  • Questions? Call 503.547.8008 or email us.

Water Monitoring

Water monitoring kits are available for school and community groups to test water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH levels, and turbidity. Students and volunteers worldwide post their monitoring data on the EarthEcho Water Challenge website for inclusion in an annual summary.

The goal of the Challenge is to educate and engage communities in protecting water. Collecting data helps participants learn about common watershed health indicators and connect to local streams and rivers.