Director, Clark County Environmental Services
It’s fireworks time again and we want all of our Green Neighbors to be safe. Be sure to stay aware of how dry it is this year, and be extra cautious with lit fireworks. Keep an eye on where they are landing in addition to where you are setting them off. Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day. Please keep our water clean. Do not wash your spent fireworks down the stormdrain with a hose. They will go directly into our rivers, lakes, or streams. For more information, visit the National Council on Fireworks Safety.
There is still time to participate in this year’s Master Gardener training. Classes are Wednesdays 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM August 26 through November 18. Grow your knowledge and put your passion for gardening and environmental stewardship to work. Volunteers share their knowledge with others in the community at outreach events, in the answer clinic and through classes, workshops, schools and senior centers. Applications are accepted until Aug. 18. The application is available on line and at the Extension office located at the Heritage Farm. For additional information, contact Erika Johnson at 360-397-6060 ext 5738.
Space is limited to 400 attendees, so register now to reserve your spot. The dates are September 16-19 at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA. Full conference registration ($199) includes your choice of 8 of the 32 scintillating seminars presented by experts in the fields of Food Gardening, Environmental Issues, General Gardening and Volunteer Leadership Skills. Go to the registration website for detailed descriptions of each seminar as well as bios for our list of speakers; http://www.regonline.com/mg2015vancouver.
From garden websites, television programs, and well-meaning relatives, garden advice comes from an abundance of sources -- some of it is right and some is just plain wrong. Come separate fact from fiction with Master Gardeners and learn the truth behind some of the most prevalent garden and landscape advice. Immediately following the workshop, participants will provide 45 minutes of service in the demo gardens so dress appropriately for the weather.For more information
Participate in a rare opportunity to visit the Lewis River Ranch on the East Fork Lewis River to work on an oak restoration project. Help remove tree tubes and weed around tree saplings.For more information
Join staff for a leisurely stroll along the scenic Washougal River Greenway. The greenway is one of the best river locations in Clark County to enjoy a summer evening.For more information
Join our partners at the Columbia Land Trust for an all-day kayak tour of Lake River. Learn about the conservation vision for Flume Creek and enjoy lunch dockside before stopping at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.For more information
Jacqueline Freeman shows how to use particular colors, sequential groupings, seasonal timing and nectar-rich plants to attract more pollinators - and to help bees and butterflies be healthier, too.
View the flyer here.
Be sure to visit Volunteer Clark to see updated volunteer opportunities throughout the county.
WTA volunteers are partnering with Clark County to construct a new trail on the west side of Vancouver Lake. Come lend a hand building this accessible trail that meanders through a beautiful cottonwood forest between the lake and buckmire slough.For more information
Dig in and make a difference for wildlife and pollinators! Help us with basic gardening chores such as: weeding, raking, pruning, planting, shoveling, etc., as you desire and your physical abilities allow.For more information
We will be pulling, digging, and cutting invasive wetland plants including Ricefield Bulrush, yellow flag iris, and indigobush. Volunteers may also help water new tree plantings if needed. Invasive plants threaten the health of Refuge wetlands by pushing out native plants that wildlife need for food and cover.For more information
Join fellow volunteer for the monthly Adopt-A-Park event at Hearthwood Park.For more information
Meet your neighbors and help get rid of English ivy, holly, Himalayan blackberries and other invasive species that are choking out native plants and trees.For more information
Many parks throughout Vancouver have been adopted by active and engaged community members. Heritage park volunteers visit their park of choice, Heritage, at least once a month on the third Saturday of the month from 8am-10am. They welcome community volunteers who would like to help the park, meet new people and have fun getting a little dirty.For more information
Bark is proud to invite Dr. Dominick DellaSala of GEOS Institute to present his new book, The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Forest Fires: Nature's Phoenix.
This event is free! Refreshments will be available and you are going to want to get in on some Patagonia raffle tickets to benefit Bark!For more information
Pre-program birding class: 6:45
General meeting and program: 7:30
For more information visit: http://www.vancouveraudubon.org/
Science in the Park is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, held on the six consecutive Wednesdays following July 4, at Esther Short Park, located at Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to and during every Noon Concert, children can try hands-on crafts and experiments, all designed for fun and learning about water, nature and the environment.For more information
Want to SAVE MONEY, learn how to KEEP YOUR WATER SAFE, and get tips for protecting some of your property's most valuable assets? Our next Well & Septic Inspection Certification and Maintenance workshop is July 9 at the CASEE Center in Brush Prairie. This will fill up, so register soon and share with your friends, family and neighbors!For more information
July: Science in the Park at the Water Center
Everyone loves the annual 'Science in the Park' series, so join us in celebrating it during Second Saturday at the Water Center!For more information
Confluence executive director Colin Fogarty will speak about how Maya Lin's public art installations along the Columbia River system explore the confluence of history, culture and ecology.For more information
Where else but Portland, who else but you? Two years ago, attendees set the Guinness World Record with 936 tree-huggers at Hoyt Arboretum. This year, more than 1200 huggers are needed to top the new record set by South Korea.
Organizers have also challenged both Seattle and Vancouver to a Cascadia Cup of Tree Hugging to see once and for all who is the greenest, tree-huggiest city of the northwest. It's like Portlandia, only it's real life.For more information
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The Tracking Club is an informal gathering where people can practice their tracking skills and learn from each other.
Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly canoe paddle through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Participants paddle 14-passenger 29' canoes to Lake River's confluence with the Columbia River.For more information
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.
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!
For more information visit: http://4th.fortvan.org/
Fresh produce, plants and flowers, baked goods, delicious food, unique accessories for yourself, home, or garden, and a lot more.
For more information visit: http://www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com/
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Come down to Overlook Park to enjoy a Saturday afternoon at the Farmer's Market!
For more information visit: http://www.ridgefieldmarket.com/
Supporting neighborhood farms, providing fresh, seasonal, local produce and wholesome prepared food.
For more information visit: http://www.salmoncreekfarmersmarket.com/
A variety of local produce, plants, and food all from local vendors. We are true to our mission of offering an agriculturally based market that educates and provides access to healthy food options to all in the community.
For more information visit: http://camasfarmersmarket.org/
It's time to spread the enthusiasm for jam-making! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Heritage Farm on July 10th for some fun in the sun! They will learn how to make delicious berry freezer jam from freshly picked berries from local farms. Then they will make a loaf of bread from scratch to take home and bake!For more information
This is a FREE Event and OPEN TO ALL!
For more information visit: http://www.sitppride.org/event.html
You have not one, but TWO chances to paddle with the Estuary Partnership on Tuesday, July 14! Join us in the morning or afternoon, and explore Vancouver Lake from a whole new perspective. These family friendly canoe paddles take place aboard our two 29' 14-passenger canoes. Glide past a host of birds while learning about the Vancouver Lake and the Columbia River ecosystem from our seasoned paddle guides.For more information
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.
Learn the newest recommendations for preserving your bounty of wild game and fish. This course is for the beginner to advanced hunter or fisherman who wishes to learn the different ways that they can preserve their game or fish for enjoying year round.For more information
Visit the EPA website to learn more about the UV index. You can enter your zip code and find out what the UV strength is where you live and even download a smartphone app so you can check out the amount of UV wherever you go. It's a great way to safely enjoy the sun!
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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