Reed College Canyon

Spring Canyon Day 2015

canyon day imageJoin the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasives and rebuilding sections of damaged trail. The event is free and open to anyone. Tools, training, food and fun will be provided. The event will be held on Saturday, April 11, 9am until 3pm. Meet your friends in the canyon near the east end of the canyon at the Centennial Orchard located off SE 37th Avenue; easy access is also available below the chemistry building.

Dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them.

For more information email zac.perry@reed.edu or call 503-572-8636

Fresh from the Blog

Nocturnal Canyon Visitors

By Tony : 04/10/15

This footage, taken from late October to early November 2014, was part of a senior biology thesis by Jacob Kraus ’15 that measured the distribution and diversity of small mammal communities throughout the Reed College Canyon. Nutria, raccoons, opposum, and … finish reading Nocturnal Canyon Visitors

Spring Canyon Day 2015

By Tony : 03/17/15

Join the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasives and rebuilding sections of damaged trail. The event is free and open to anyone. Tools, training, food and fun will be provided. The event will be held on Saturday, … finish reading Spring Canyon Day 2015

Film showcases canyon restoration

By Tony : 01/29/15

A new short film, Crystal Clear, showcases remarkable work done by the City of Portland Environmental Services, Reed College, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and many others in the Crystal Springs Partnership. Our own Zac Perry, canyon-restoration manager, is featured.

Fish Sighting Fall 2014

By Tony : 10/29/14

Fall Canyon Day 2014

By Tony : 09/29/14

Join the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasives and rebuilding sections of damaged trail. The event is free and open to anyone. Tools, training, food and fun will be provided. The event will be held on … finish reading Fall Canyon Day 2014

rivelli rehabilitation image Crystal Springs Headwaters Fish Passage and Restoration Project

Summer 2010 had a major restoration project in the canyon. View a video on the restoration or read about the project or view photos of the restoration. There's a great documentary exploring the history, ecology, community and educational opportunities of Crystal Springs, and most recently from an article  and a video covering the restoration from the Portland Tribune.


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Videos! Canyon Field Notes

Find out what's happening in the canyon with Zac Perry, canyon guru, as he brings you info about bees, canyon restoration, and more. View videos.


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Canyon Plants

If you're interested in the botany of the Pacific Northwest, be sure to visit our plants page. We have photographs and descriptions of many of the native plants found in the canyon, as well as a page of information about our invasive species.


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Weblog

View our weblog for canyon-related notes, updates, and images; canyon users can share their wildlife observations and other notes about what's going on.

If you have any feedback or suggestions about the blog, drop a note to zac.perry@NOSPAMreed.edu (Take out the "NOSPAM" portion, of course). Thanks!

Reed canyon is a 28-acre watershed in the heart of the campus, running east to west, dividing north from south, and is spanned by two pedestrian bridges and a land bridge. Home to a growing population of wildlife and native plants, the watershed includes the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek, a tributary of the Johnson Creek Watershed, and Reed Lake, which has been deemed the oldest naturally occurring lake in Portland.

This website includes details about restoration efforts for the canyon and also its history. Please enjoy the online view, and then make plans to visit. If you are new to the Portland area, you might want to start by looking at our canyon map.