Hello Visitor, Summertime is here! We know you'll find something fun for the whole family to do. We regularly update our calendar at http://www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/month.calendar/2013/08/28.
Don't forget to check out our online Grasscycling Workshop - you can get some great information on natural lawncare and also receive a $100 rebate on a mulching lawnmower or a $25 rebate on a backyard composter. You can find this workshop at http://www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/grasscycling-workshop-quiz.html.
And if you haven't visited our Green Neighbors website, you don't know what you are missing! Check it out at http://www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/.
Have a wonderful summer,
Your Green Neighbors Team
We enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Recycled Arts Festival this weekend. It was a great event with lots of energy, creativity and good ideas for reducing our waste and giving new life to unwanted materials. We had a record turnout and Sally Fisher, who created this event 9 years ago, has once again done a fabulous job with the support of a great events team! Next year will be our 10th anniversary and I hope you will plan on joining us for this tremendous milestone. As we head into the summer months, we at Environmental Services hope that you have a wonderful summer getting out into some of Clark County’s green spaces. The county has purchased several areas for critical habitat and open space protection from development. Please visit our Legacy Land website to get some ideas for some great hikes and walks in incredibly beautiful places right here in our own backyard. For more information, you can visit http://www.co.clark.wa.us/environment/properties/legacy_lands.html. As you enjoy the beautiful public areas in the county, take a moment to think about how lucky we are to have such a clean and scenic environment for our families to enjoy and perhaps sign up at our volunteer page to help us keep our green spaces beautiful. You can find a listing of volunteer opportunities at www.volunteerclark.com. Also, Just a quick reminder to please clean up all of the debris from any fireworks you may enjoy this weekend. Fireworks are beautiful to behold, but clean up after enjoying the show. The chemicals from the fireworks will end up in our streams and rivers if you don’t pick up all of the debris and properly dispose of it. Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July. Happy Independence Day!
Don BentonDirector, Environmental Services
Workshop to focus on benefits of LED lighting, financial incentives
Clark County has scheduled another free workshop showcasing creative uses of LED lighting, including how it can lower electricity bills.The workshop, sponsored by the Clark County Green Business Program, is set for 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive.
Location: The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA 98662
Want to learn how to get your compost cooking?Wonder what type of bin or compost system is best for your household?
Not sure how to make compost?
Ever thought about having a worm bin?
We can help!
Model Property Tour - Cloud Nine Farm Join the next Small Acreage Model Property Tour at Cloud Nine Farm and see a small scale goat operation managed with a commitment to stewardship. Get tips and hear farm owners discuss their strategies for keeping goats, improving pastures, managing manure, controlling runoff and much more. Participants will receive resources and are encouraged to ask questions and share management ideas in this fun peer to peer learning experience.
Come learn about:
No dogs please.
Location: Cloud Nine Farm, 15911 NW 41st Ave., Ridgefield, WA
July's theme: Raccoons (omnivores, camouflage, hands/washing, mud fight, clay pottery)
We will be pulling Ricefield Bulrush, an invasive plant. Volunteers will be able to set foot in areas of the refuge which are normally closed to the public.Come out to the refuge and explore, meet good people, and do great things.
All work days are from 9AM – 12:30PM, Rain or shine. Wear waterproof shoes and dress for the weather. Meet by the visitor kiosk in the River ‘S’ Unit. Gloves, snacks, and drinks will be provided to keep you fueled up. Registration is encouraged, but not required. To register or for more info contact Tatyana_Klepanchuk@fws.gov, or call (360) 887-3883.
Invasive weed eradication: Knotweed survey
Wear clothes suitable for the weather (boots recommended). Bring a mug as refreshments are supplied.
Join community volunteers to help clean and maintain the Old City Cemetery.Each project day happen between 9-11 am. Meet at the Old City Cemetery maintenance shed to sign in and do a safety briefing.
To learn more and RSVP visit the Project YOUTH Facebook page!
Have fun and help out at Columbia Springs! We will work on several projects around our site and end with a fun activity. Projects may include gardening, painting, trail maintenance, and more. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome! Children under 14 are welcome with parent or guardian supervision and teens under 16 with parent or guardian permission. Snacks and tools provided. Please bring sturdy shoes, appropriate outdoor work clothing, a water bottle, and your enthusiasm for helping the community!
Open Saturdays 9 -3, Sundays 10 - 3 March 15 - October 26, 2014
FREENo Admission FeeRegister at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/737642
Location: Conway Family Farms, 32116 NE Dial Rd Camas, WA 98607
Moonlight Hikes at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
A trail that is familiar by day becomes a whole new experienceat night! These guided hikes provide opportunities to witness owls hooting, coyotes howling, bats flying and much more.Please bring a flashlight, binoculars, bug repellent, and dress for the weather.Hikes are free, but space is limited. Registration required.
For ages 10-11
At our Flint and Steel camp, children will learn the ancient ways of making fire, proper ways to feed a fire, cook on coals, move fire from one place to another, create a fire ring, heat hot stones, how to properly put out a fire, what is safe to burn in a fire, make wooden bowls through coal burning and many other aspects of fire. We will learn knife safety and basic wood carving techniques.
Sign your kids up here!
Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America has something fun for everyone!Spend the day kicking back on the lush lawns of the Fort Vancouver National Site, party down with friends in the Adult Beverage Pavilion or grab the kids and enjoy traditional family fun games and entertainment all day!Location: Fort Vancouver National Site, Vancouver, WA
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.
Meeting Place and Time: Climber’s Bivouac at 6:00am on Saturday, July 5.
Location: Climber's Bivouac, (USFS) Road 81-830
Summer concerts in Esther Short Park! It's one of the many reasons WHY WE LOVE VANCOUVER!
All concerts are held in the award winning Esther Short Park! It's a wonderful opportunity to hear some of the Northwest’s most talented artists, enjoy food from great local vendors, and take advantage of everything downtown Vancouver has to offer.These concerts are consistently one of the most popular summer events in Vancouver, drawing thousands of people into the park. You won’t want to miss it!
For a list of Noon Concerts and Six to Sunset Concerts, click here!
Summer concerts in Esther Short Park! It's one of the many reasons WHY WE LOVE VANCOUVER!All concerts are held in the award winning Esther Short Park! It's a wonderful opportunity to hear some of the Northwest’s most talented artists, enjoy food from great local vendors, and take advantage of everything downtown Vancouver has to offer.
July 10 Stone In Love July 17 The BeatniksJuly 24 Curtis SalgadoJuly 31 Johnny Limbo & The LugnutsAug 7 5 Guys Named Moe Aug 14 Vancouver Symphony OrchestraDon't forget about the Pub in the Park, which benefits the Fort Vancouver National Trust!
Friday, July 11 - Haagen Park - UP
Friday, July 18 - Fruit Valley Park - Back to the Future
Friday, July 25 - Marshall Park - The Goonies
Friday, Aug 1 - John Ball Park - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
Friday, Aug 8 - Fisher Basin Park - Secondhand Lions
Friday, Aug 15 - Esther Short Park - Hoosiers
The Columbia Basin Basketry Guild (www.basketryguild.org) will be in the Plankhouse demonstrating materials and techniques traditionally used in basketry of this region. Included will be cedar bark preparation & weaving of Pacific NW Coast sweetgrass, tule and cattail. There will also be special activities for children all day. Make rope from stinging nettle & dogbane, or make a mini cattail mat. Learn about local Native American culture first hand in the Plankhouse, and take a walk down the adjacent nature trail and see if you can find the many kinds of wildlife that call the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Home.
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.
See Mount St. Helens from an all new angle! This Mount St. Helens Institute exclusive climb affords an awe-inspiring up-close look directly into the crater including eye-level views of crater glacier and the 1980-86 and 2004-08 lava domes. Oh, and don’t forget about the vast vistas to the north that include Johnston Ridge. Spirit Lake, the Mount Margaret backcountry, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. Food and overnight accommodations at our Ridge Camp are provided as well.Location: Cascade Peaks near Windy Ridge
"Geology on High" Climb on the southside of Mount St. Helens from Climber's Bivouac to the rim with a geologist.
You're invited to support environmental education for kids in Clark County by attending Columbia Springs' annual fundraising event, Hooked on Nature! Now in its fifth year, the event will take place on August 8th from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Royal Oaks Country Club. Enjoy dinner, music, a silent auction, and a photo booth! Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase your tickets or for more information about the event, go to www.columbiasprings.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!
We've gathered a collection of links to eco-calculators that we hope you find helpful. Figure out your environmental footprint, determine your Home Water use and more!
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How can you be more eco-friendly at home? Check out the Interactive House to learn more ways to green up your house and yard, plus earn Green Neighbors Points!
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