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Vanport Mosaic Festival Seeking Volunteers

As part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival, please join us on Memorial Day, May 29, for narrated bus tours and a self-guided walking tour of a portion of the original Vanport site. Tours will start and end at the Expo Center, and loop through the Portland International Raceway grounds.  Seldom open to the public, this route will include some of the sites of historic Vanport’s most important civic functions as well as residential areas.  

In addition, the Building D lobby at Expo will host individuals and organizations offering information about the unique aspects of the history of Vanport, and how Vanport connects to Portland life today. There will also be brief presentations in which attendees will be able to engage in conversations about Vanport and its legacy.  The Port of Portland will open the Vanport Wetlands area for bird-watching and will host an information table at the wetlands.  The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will also host an information table on the tour route detailing the Columbia Slough and other floodplain restoration projects in the area. 

Maps will be offered for both bus and self-guided walking tours, and a smart-phone application will add more detail.  Reservations for the bus tour are strongly recommended and can be made at: 

Organizations supporting the Tour include: Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Port of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, Multnomah Drainage District, Expo Center, Portland International Raceway, and North Portland Neighborhood Services.

Tour Date:  Monday May 29th, 10:00am to 3:00pm

The self-guided walking route is about 4 miles long.  Walkers can start anytime between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm.  The tour route will close at 4:00 pm. 

Admission is free.

This event is part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017.  For the full program, visit our web-site:

For questions: or call 971-319-0156


We are also recruiting volunteers to:


  • Watch the unlocked PIR gates to keep the general public from driving through the site;
  • Help walkers cross Expo Road at 2 places
  • Staff tables with canopies and information at important sites along the tour route;
  • Help load and unload tour buses at Expo and direct walkers to the start of the route.
  • Set-up and take down the tour route


The volunteer shifts are generally:   9:45 am – 1:00 am and 12:45 pm - 4:00  pm

Set-up is:  8:00 am – 9:45 am 

Take down is:  3:45 pm – 5:00 pm


Please contact Claire Carder by e-mail at:  if you can help.   Use “Volunteer” in the subject line.


Thank you – we hope to see you on the tour!