Clark County Green Neighbors are the BEST! We can always count on your enthusiasm and support for all of our programs and activities and we just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you do.
The spring is our busy season so you will want to check the calendar in addition to our listings here. They change almost daily and we just can't fit everything into the newsletter anymore. Here's the link to the calendar: http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/month.calendar/2013/08/28/
We do hope this finds you enthused to get outside and enjoy our local offerings!
Green Neighborly Yours,
The Clark Green Neighbors Team
We are very excited to be having the first three of nine Green Neighbors’ Recycling Days events during the month of April. These events will provide an opportunity to dispose of those hard to recycle items such as refrigerators, air conditioners, bulky yard debris and metal, plus properly dispose of household hazardous waste, block foam and electronics. Designed to help you with your spring cleaning and to make sure those items you no longer need or want get to the right place either for recycling or proper disposal. For a complete calendar of dates and locations, plus accepted items for each site (they do vary), please visit www.ClarkGreenNeighbors.org/RecyclingDays.
Our newest Green Businesses will be recognized at our annual Green Business Showcase this month and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to review the list of our currently verified Green Businesses. This list can be found at www.clarkgreenbiz.com/8/directory.html. Please patronize these businesses and tell them it is because they have participated in this program. These companies have made protecting the environment a priority so please thank them for it. In fact, please refer any friends in business to our program and we can help them get verified too.
I hope you are able to get out and enjoy these early days of spring.
All the best,
Director, Clark County Environmental Services
Every year, Earth Day is recognized on April 22. Normally, local groups choose the closest weekend for events so people who work during the week can join in the festivities. While this day got off the ground in fits and starts, it really took off in 1970. If you want to learn more the history of this day, you can visit http://www.nelsonearthday.net/earth-day/4-22-1970.htm. Or, even better, get out and observe Earth Day by participating in one (or more) of many events taking place during the month of April.
Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:30am - 03:30pm
This year’s Small Acreage Expo offers exciting new topics including hands-on fence building, goat keeping, permaculture fruit production, vermicomposting, beekeeping, raising beef and more. Participants can still choose from many of the poplar topics offered in previous years such as installing drainage solutions, septic inspection certification, weed management, lime and fertilizer application, and pasture repair. An open house during the lunch break will allow participants to meet and learn more about local organizations and agencies that serve the public as well as ask questions to local vendors participating in the event. A program providing full descriptions of all classes as well as online registration is available at http://smallacreageexpo.brownpapertickets.com/
Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:00am - 02:00pm
Accepting: A/C units, batteries, block foam, e-waste, household hazardous waste, freezers and refrigerators, shredding, tires.
Event Details: http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html
Saturday, 19 April 2014 09:00am - 01:00pm
A/C units, batteries, block foam, e-waste, freezers and refrigerators, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, tires, woody yard debris.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:00am - 02:00pm
Come celebrate Earth Day with Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam and Clark County Environmental Services! Free fun and games for the whole family along with interactive nature demonstrations and entertainment will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Klineline Pond. Please encourage friends, family and neighbors to come!
Location: Between Klineline Pond and the VGSA softball fields
Saturday, 26 April 2014 09:00am - 01:00pm
Event details at http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html
*200 block, Pendleton Way, Washougal, WA will have shredding.
Saturday, 03 May 2014 09:00am - 01:00pm
A/C units, batteries, block foam, e-waste, freezers and refrigerators, household hazardous waste, tires.
*La Center City Hall at 214 E 4th St. will have shredding.
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:00am - 01:00pm
A $3 donation will be accepted for Empower Up, Clark County's electronic and reuse center.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 01:00pm
30 Minutes – Wolves, Cougars & Bears
30 Minutes – Wildlife Trackers Training
30 Minutes – Bird Songs, Calls & Alarms
30 Minutes – Awareness in Nature
For details, go to http://www.wolfcollege.com/classes-workshops/afternoon-evening/wildlife-safety-bird-language-animal-tracks-class/
Other Information: Tuesday afternoon classes at the Columbia Springs Environmental Center in Vancouver, followed by evening classes at the Sierra Club building in Portland.
An outdoor day of crafts and play for homeschool families once a month. Class is always on a Friday, but the dates vary from last Friday to second to last Friday of the month.
Click here for more information!
Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:00am
A four part series on fruit trees. Thinking of growing your own fruit trees at home? Already growing fruit trees you want to make sure are well cared for? This class will cover the ten most important things to know in order to ensure healthy trees and an abundant harvest here in the Pacific Northwest.
The lecture will cover site requirements & prep, how to select a good tree, general care & maintenance requirements of different fruits, pollination needs, common pests, and much more. Then we will move outside to explore these same concepts through multiple hands-on activities.
Registration is required: http://bpt.me/523163
Saturday, 26 April 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Help make a better tomorrow. Learn how at a Master Composter/Recycler Green Cleaning, Composting or Vermicomposting Workshop!
Wednesday, 02 April and 09 April 2014 09:00am - 12:30pm
Volunteer Habitat Restoration, Tree Planting & Maintenance, River 'S' Unit
JOIN US for volunteer work days in the wild and beautiful setting of the 5,200-acre Refuge as we plant native trees and shrubs, maintain/repair past plantings, and install wire fencing for protection.
Come out to the refuge and explore, meet good people, and do great things.
All workdays are from 9am-12:30pm rain or shine. Wear waterproof footwear, bring gloves, and dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is encouraged but not required.
Location: Ridgefield NWR, 1071 S Hillhurst Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642Contact: 360-887-3883 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:00am - 03:00pm
WANTED: Volunteers who are enthusiastic about nature, culture, and learning, and want to share their interests with youth.
WHAT: Learn about the refuge system, its amazing natural resources, and how to inspire young students during school field trips to refuge sites in Ridgefield and Washougal WA.
Increase your biological knowledge and teaching skills.
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:45am - 01:00pm
Do you have what it takes to be a leader! Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam will be training leaders to coordinate a group of planting volunteers during our events. The team leader will demonstrate how to plant trees at Earth Day (April 19th) while educating volunteers and fostering a safe and enjoyable environment. Equipment and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
Location: TBD, register for more detailsContact: StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or (360) 992-8585.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:30am - 02:00pm
Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam is hosting our 15th Annual Earth Day Celebration in partnership with Clark County Environmental Services! Volunteers are invited to join the effort and help plant native trees or pull invasive garlic mustard plants along Salmon Creek. The planting begins at 8:30 a.m. and wraps up at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers who participate in the four hour planting or pulling effort will receive a t-shirt and are invited to join StreamTeam for a free lunch. We especially need planting team leaders. Training will be held Saturday, April 12th.
Saturday, 26 April 2014 09:00am - 01:00pmMeet up at Green Mountain Church at 9am to get clean-up assignments. Community potluck to follow the clean up efforts, at Green Mountain Church at 1pm.Make sure to wear highly visible clothing as you may be cleaning near traffic.If you have a truck... a few volunteers will be asked to pick up the trash bags and transport them to the dumpster.
Pick an area to clean up here!
Reward yourself for your hard work afterward by joining the community potluck at 1pm!
Get directions to Green Mountain Church here!
Location: Green Mountain ChurchContact: email@example.comOther Information: Sign up or just show up!
Open Saturdays 9 -3, Sundays 10 - 3 March 15 - October 26, 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:00am - 01:00pm
Join the fun at the 14th Annual Critter Count and assist with amphibian and reptile field surveys. The Water Resources Education Center celebrates Earth Month and invites local residents to take part in Critter Count, which begins with a brief training session. Participants will then head to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes and lizards.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, 12 April 2014 01:00pm - 03:00pm
Celebrate Earth Month and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature's ecosystems. Families are invited to view live critters - see a variety of unusual snakes, lizards and other cold blooded critters at 1 and 2pm. Learn about fascinating creatures that slither, crawl and climb! If you have ever thought about keeping herps as pets, find out which ones are good for beginners. Discover simple things you can do in your yard to attract and protect frogs and other wildlife.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:00pm - 08:00pm
April film: Watershed http://watershedmovie.com/trailer/
Free Admission and Pizza.
Sunday, 27 April 2014 09:00am - 12:00pm
The Tracking Club is an informal gathering where people can practice their tracking skills and learn from each other.
Friday, 04 April 2014 05:00pm - 09:00pm
Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all!
Visit the Vancouver Downtown Association's website for more information and a downtown art gallery list and walking map.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:30pm
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening.
Doors open at 5, speaker starts at 6:30.
Saturday, 26 April 2014 10:00am - 03:00pm
Cash or check only - Tree $8+, Shrubs 5+, perennials $1+
This year we are also selling mason bee cocoons and garden photos. CASEE students are selling native trees and shrubs, and vegetable starts.
NatureScaping members can shop early on April 26th at 9:00 a.m. Membership is $20 per year.
Friday, 02 May 2014 05:00pm - 09:00pm
Saturday, 03 May 2014 10:00am - 02:00pm
Kids Fishing Festival is open to all children ages 5 to 14 years old with live entertainment, and fun, hands-on learning stations for the whole family to enjoy! Each registered participant is guaranteed to catch a trout to take home. Fishing gear and a fishing mentor provided.
Land & Environmental Art Series -The Future of Water by Mark Owen CEO of Puralytics
Thursday, May 1, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Clean water is important and Mr. Owens has a unique perspective. Advanced technology has brought new insight into cleaning water that is unfit to drink and he is a leader in the field. Learn about these technologies and join in a discussion of storm water, art and Clark County to keep our water clean.
Location: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia WayOther Information: Sponsored by Clark County Arts Commission, the Clean Water Commission and the City of Vancouver
This could be a great opportunity for Clark County residents. Although the training is in Portland, your project can be implemented on our side of the river. e'd love to bring this program over here and it would be great to have some experienced 'Agents of Change' to help us with that. The next training is in October if you want to do it but can't see your way clear to get to this one.
A no-cost, six-session leadership training offered by the Center for Earth Leadership
Reserve your spot now: Six Mondays - April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, (break), June 2, 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in Downtown Portland
Join the growing network of over 900 area residents who have completed the How to Be an Agent of Change training, which was developed by veteran change agents Jeanne and Dick Roy.* This sustainable leadership training imparts a proven framework for advancing sustainability or ecological awareness in a chosen “circle of influence” (school, neighborhood, workplace, etc.).
Recent project examples: a parent forming a nature club at his child’s school; a resident starting a kitchen share space in her neighborhood; an employee organizing a non-curbside recycling system at her office; a nonprofit volunteer making an annual fundraising event zero waste.
During the training, you select your circle and vision for change, and our facilitators give you tested tools and strategies to be successful. Participants collaborate and consult with one another during steps of early implementation. In addition to creating a complete plan for action, core skills gained include how to: 1) be more effective in recruiting others to your cause, 2) set and reach your goals, and 3) maintain project momentum.
After completion, trained “Agents” become part of the Agent of Change Network, which offers ongoing project support through events, additional trainings, and networking opportunities, all at no cost. Agents who select a school as their circle join the Center’s Eco-School Network with over 50 parents who are greening their respective schools.
There is no charge for the class, but advance registration is required. For information, or to reserve your space, contact Monica Moore at 503-227-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New quizzes: Test your knowledge about recycling! Is your car efficient? What's the deal with energy efficient lightbulbs? Earn Green Neighbor Points when you take a new quiz!
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