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Honoring Our Rivers Anthology

Honoring Our Rivers began as a program of Willamette Partnership, a Portland conservation nonprofit working throughout the West. Since 2000, Willamette Partnership has publishing student (K-college) art, photography, poetry, prose and foreign language translations related to Pacific Northwest Rivers in an anthology. After a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic and other issues, Honoring Our Rivers is being revived by Clearing Magazine. While under different management, Honoring Our Rivers will maintain the same purpose and goals as before, and will build on the success of the Anthology to reach even more schools and teachers throughout the region.

Our mission is to encourage stewardship of river watersheds and to nurture the next generation of civic and conservation leaders by engaging the creative capacities of our youth.
The annual publication also features a handful of selections from acclaimed, regional authors and artists. It is distributed throughout Oregon and SW Washington to schools, public libraries, our partners and available here on this website.

That’s not all. Honoring Our Rivers is more than a print product. We celebrate the work of our young artists and authors through student recognition events, like our annual Student Showcase at Powell’s City of Books and student readings and gallery exhibitions across the state. We’re always looking for new places to hosts these events, so if you’re interested in hosting your space please contact the program coordinator.

Oregon and Washington educators are the key to the mission’s success. They encourage students to connect with their outdoor environment while eliciting their creativity in ways that can be published in the anthology. For this reason, we are here to help support the educators and outdoor school programs with training workshops and resources.

We love working with our sponsors and partners to find new ways to get kids outside and nurture their creativity. Learn who they are below or become one yourself by contacting the program coordinator today.