Southwest: ESD 112



Educational Service District 112

Southwest Washington follows Lewis and Clark along the majestic Columbia River Gorge to the Pacific Ocean, expanding north to include Mount St Helens, which erupted in 1980, and millions of forested acres to explore. It’s hard to beat access to the gorge, the forest and Portland.

What Makes This Region Great?

The Columbia River Gorge is among the great scenic byways in America. It was also the first! Whether you want to windsurf, ride single track or just sample great locally sourced cuisine, Southwest Washington has you covered.

Outdoor Recreation

The recreational potential of the Columbia River Gorge cannot be understated, home to legendary sailboarding, outrageous single track mountain biking and hundreds of miles of trails.


Washington’s Pacific Coast is an area of great historical and environmental significance. To walk everyday among the Sitka spruce in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark is a stroll worth taking. 


Vancouver Washington continues to evolve into a recreation-based city with new trails, coffee shops and galleries. Once a bedroom community for Portland, folks are sticking around these days.

Mount St. Helens on a clear day

As a teacher and a mom, my family chose to live in Washington state because of the strong public school system and the support for teachers, faculty and our students.


Kendra Yamamoto
Vancouver School District

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