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Naturespaces Planting at The Downs Park

Saturday, January 6, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Downs Neighborhood Park
3217 ne 62nd vancouver wa

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Join the City of Vancouver’s Volunteer Programs department and our Naturespaces volunteers for a morning of planting. Naturespaces Vancouver is a pilot program that utilizes ecologically informed practices to restore and enhance publicly managed sites – think your local parks!

Training, gloves, tools, water, and snacks will be provided! This opportunity is family-friendly and great for teens – people of all ages and abilities are welcome! Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sign up today!

Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form.

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. RSVP here.

(Registration will close two days prior to the event at 2 p.m. If registration is already closed and you still want to register, please email cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us to let us know you will be a walk-up and you can sign in on-site.)

Contact: Volunteer Programs at cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8344

Water Center Garden Cleanup

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/water-center-garden-cleanup-4/

Join Water Center staff outdoors to help keep our Backyard Habitat Certified gardens in tip-top shape. Volunteer activities may include weeding, mulching, trimming and raking pathways. All necessary tools will be provided. Please bring your own garden gloves if you have them.

For youth under 18, please fill out and bring a signed minor consent form.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Central-East Vancouver Neighborhood Planting

Saturday, January 13, 2024 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
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Let's plant trees together in Vancouver! Interested in receiving a tree? Click HERE to purchase a tree for your household. Dozens of large (6-10' tall) trees will be ready for planting in their new homes, and your help is what makes this community planting possible!

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and be assigned a planting crew. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance, as well as light breakfast snacks and coffee/tea/hot chocolate. We ask that all volunteers dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting dirty, and be ready to have fun!

How do I register? Register by filling out this quick form.  Groups and individuals welcome! If your group is more than 5 people, please know you will be assigned to different planting crews.

Have a pickup truck? We need your help getting these young trees to their planting sites a few blocks away from the central staging site. Please sign up if you're able to help out in this key role. 

Want to plant by bike? This event will have a bike-powered crew. Bring your bike, helmet, and a bike trailer (if you have one), sign-up here.

Under age 18? We request that youth 15 and under volunteer with a parent/guardian.  Youth 16 and older can volunteer on their own and will need to hand us a youth waiver form signed by their parent/guardian.

Private transportation: You will travel from the meeting location to a few planting sites in the nearby neighborhood (up to several miles). We recommend private transportation (bike or vehicle), but there may be an option to carpool if others in your small planting crew are also comfortable with this. 

Where will these trees be planted? In the following neighborhoods: Burton Ridge, DuBois Park, Ellsworth Springs, Evergreen Highlands, Father Blanchet Park, Forest Ridge, Marrion, North Garrison Heights, Northcrest, Northwood, Oakbrook, Old Evergreen Hwy, and Vancouver Heights.

Questions?  Please check out our Volunteer FAQ webpage.  Our team is also happy to assist!  Reach us at volunteer@friendsoftrees.org We look forward to planting together soon!


This event is in partnership with the City of Vancouver.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Tree Planting

Saturday, January 27, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join us for the 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!

What: Volunteer Tree Planting

When: Monday, January 27th, 2024 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Burnt Bridge Creek, NE 18th Court – Near the West entrance of Arnold Park. From NE 15th Ave, turn onto NE 41st Circle. Follow the signs to parking.

What to bring: Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, and dress for the weather. Please bring your own snacks and water.

Register here.

This event is held in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Thank you to our partnering sponsor, PeaceHealth.

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Súmate al Dia de Servicio Martin Luther King Jr. 2024 

Actividad: Reforestación para voluntarios en Burnt Bridge Creek

Cuándo: Lunes 27 de Enero 9:00 a 12:00

Dónde: NE 18th Court – Cerca de la entrada Oeste de Arnold Park que se llega por NE 15th Ave y entrar por NE 41st Circle hasta donde topa la calle. Seguir las señales para el estacionamiento.

Qué llevar: Favor de usar pantalón largo, zapato cerrado y vestir de acuerdo al clima. Traer su propia agua y alimento.

Registrarse Aquí

Gracias al apoyo de la Ciudad de Vancouver para coordinar esta acción. Gracias PeaceHealth por patrocinar este evento. 

Ivy Removal at Marine Park

Saturday, January 27, 2024 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Join Water Center staff in removing ivy from Marine Park. Activities can include cutting ivy off tree trunks, bending over to pull ivy free from the soil, and shoveling and spreading bark mulch. Registration is required. Please sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/ivy-pull-at-marine-park/

Gloves, tools and snacks will be provided. This event will occur, rain or shine. Dress for the weather; wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Ivy pulling will take place primarily off the main walkway. The terrain will be uneven and slightly sloped.

All ages are welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Water Center Garden Cleanup

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join Water Center staff outdoors to help keep our Backyard Habitat Certified gardens in tip-top shape. Volunteer activities may include weeding, mulching, trimming and raking pathways. All necessary tools will be provided. Please bring your own garden gloves if you have them.

All ages are welcome. For youth under 18, please fill out and bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present. Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/water-center-garden-cleanup-5/

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Take Root: A Community Planting Day for Environmental Equity

Saturday, February 17, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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RESCHEDULED FROM JAN 15: 

Join the City of Vancouver and AmeriCorps members this MLK Day in honor of Dr. King’s legacy by promoting equal access to restored green space! This year, on February 17, 2024, we will be planting native trees and plants throughout the urban natural area, Sam Brown Park. Dr. Julian Ankney, the Campus Director of Native American Programs at WSU Vancouver, and Dr. Desiree Hellegers, the Director of the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice at WSU Vancouver, will open the day with a conversation about environmental and racial justice. There will be snacks and hot drinks available throughout the event.Training, gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. This opportunity is family-friendly and great for teens – people of all ages and abilities are welcome. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/take-root-a-community-planting-day-for-environmental-equity/Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.Contact: Volunteer Programs at cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8344

Planting at Sam Brown Park

Saturday, February 17, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Registration is required. RSVP here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/planting-at-sam-brown-park/

Join the City of Vancouver’s AmeriCorps members and community partners for a morning of planting at Sam Brown Park’s urban natural area. This event is a follow-up from the postponed MLK Day of Service. We will be planting trees and hundreds of native plants and we will have plants for volunteers to take home.

Training, gloves, tools, water, and snacks will be provided. This opportunity is family-friendly and great for teens – people of all ages and abilities are welcome! Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form and youth under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult guardian. There will be 50 volunteer spots available for this event. Registration will close when maximum capacity is reached or two days prior to the event at 2 p.m. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us
https://www.cityofvancouver.us/government/department/parks-recreation-and-cultural-services/volunteer-programs/.

Contact: Volunteer Programs at cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8344

Tree Planting in Camas with WaferTech

Sunday, February 18, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tree Planting in Camas with WaferTech

Sunday, February 18th 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where: WaferTech Campus at the corner of NW Lake Rd and NW Parker St.

Parking: Skyridge Middle School, 5220 NW Parker St, Camas, WA 98607

What to bring: Please wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Please bring your own snacks and water.

Food provided by WaferTech. Breakfast pastries and coffee.

Register here

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Reforestación para voluntarios en Camas

Domingo 18 de Febrero 9:00 a 12:00

Dónde: Campus de WaferTech en la esquina de NW Lake Rd con NW Parker St. Estacionamiento será en la escuela Skyridge.

Qué llevar: Favor de usar pantalón largo, zapato para trabajo y vestir de acuerdo al clima. Traer su propia agua y alimento.

WaferTech ofrecerá: pan para desayunar.

Registrarse Aquí

Beach Cleanup at Marine Park

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/beach-cleanup-at-marine-park/

Volunteer to pick up litter from the beaches around Marine Park and prevent litter from entering the Columbia River. All tools will be provided. Expect to walk 1.5 miles on uneven terrain, sandy and muddy beach areas.

All ages welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Westside Vancouver Neighborhood Planting

Saturday, February 24, 2024 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Let's plant trees together in Westside Vancouver! Interested in receiving a tree? Click HERE to purchase a tree for your household. Dozens of large (6-10' tall) trees will be ready for planting in their new homes, and your help is what makes this community planting possible!

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and be assigned a planting crew. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance, as well as light breakfast snacks and coffee/tea/hot chocolate. We ask that all volunteers dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting dirty, and be ready to have fun!

How do I register? Register by filling out this quick form.  Groups and individuals welcome! If your group is more than 5 people, please know you will be assigned to different planting crews.

Have a pickup truck? We need your help getting these young trees to their planting sites a few blocks away from the central staging site. Please sign up if you're able to help out in this key role. 

Want to plant by bike? This event will have a bike-powered crew. Bring your bike, helmet, and a bike trailer (if you have one), sign-up here.

Under age 18? We request that youth 15 and under volunteer with a parent/guardian.  Youth 16 and older can volunteer on their own and will need to hand us a youth waiver form signed by their parent/guardian.

Private transportation: You will travel from the meeting location to a few planting sites in the nearby neighborhood (up to several miles). We recommend private transportation (bike or vehicle), but there may be an option to carpool if others in your small planting crew are also comfortable with this. 

Where will these trees be planted? In the following neighborhoods: Arnada, Carter Park, Esther Short, Fruit Valley, Hough, Lincoln, Northwest, Rose Village, and Shumway.

Questions?  Please check out our Volunteer FAQ webpage.  Our team is also happy to assist!  Reach us at volunteer@friendsoftrees.org We look forward to planting together soon!


This event is in partnership with the City of Vancouver.

Pacific Community Park Natural Garden Volunteer Service Opportunity

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners for a work party at the beautiful, natural demonstration gardens at Pacific Community Park. Activities include installing new plants, pruning, deadheading, weeding and other projects to beautify this special garden.

The park is located at NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Enter from NE 172nd. Dress for the weather and bring water. All tools are provided.

Register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAEAE29AAFFC07-work.

Contact: erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu or 564-397-5738.  

 

Ivy Removal at Marine Park

Friday, March 15, 2024 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/ivy-removal-at-marine-park-3/

Join Water Center staff in removing ivy from Marine Park. Activities can include cutting ivy off tree trunks, bending over to pull ivy free from the soil, and shoveling and spreading bark mulch. All tools will be provided.

All ages welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Pacific Community Park Natural Garden Volunteer Service Opportunity

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners for a work party at the beautiful, natural demonstration gardens at Pacific Community Park. Activities include installing new plants, pruning, deadheading, weeding and other projects to beautify this special garden.

The park is located at NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Enter from NE 172nd. Dress for the weather and bring water. All tools are provided.

Register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAEAE29AAFFC07-work.

Contact: erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu or 564-397-5738.  

 

Beach Cleanup at Marine Park

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/beach-cleanup-at-marine-park-2/

Help pick up litter from the beaches around Marine Park and prevent litter from entering the Columbia River. All tools will be provided. Expect to walk 1.5 miles on uneven terrain, sandy and muddy beach areas.

All ages welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Ivy Removal at Marine Park

Friday, April 5, 2024 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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This Spring Break, serve your community by removing invasive ivy from Marine Park! Activities can include cutting ivy off tree trunks, bending over to pull ivy free from the soil, and shoveling and spreading bark mulch. All tools will be provided.

Please sign up as registration is required and space is limited: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/ivy-removal-at-marine-park-4/

All ages welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

If this event becomes full since space is limited and you see that registrations are no longer being accepted, please use the contact email below to add your name to the waitlist.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Cesar Chavez Day of Service Event at Pacific Park Natural Demo Garden

Saturday, April 6, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join WSU Clark County Master Gardeners and people from across the county and around the world for a day of community service in honor of Cesar Chavez. Chavez was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of militant nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights. Help spiff up the Natural Demonstration Garden at Pacific Park on Saturday, April 6 from 10am to 12noon. Tasks will include winter clean up, weeding, pruning and whatever else is needed. Dress for the weather. Bring water. Tools provided. Please register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cesar-chavez-day-service-event-at-pacific-park-natural-demonstration-garden-tickets-857537296137?aff=oddtdtcreator. The park is located at 1515 NE 164th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. HOWEVER, you will want to enter the property from the entrance located off NE 172nd. That puts you at the NE corner of the park where the demonstration garden is. 

Contact: Erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu / 564-397-5738. Visit us online at https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/community-education/workshops-events/. Put on in partnership with Clark County Public Health Green Neighbors Program.

Meadowscaping Spring Cleanup at the Water Center

Saturday, April 13, 2024 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Registration is required. Sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/spring-beak-nature-walk-2/

Join Vancouver Bee Project and Water Center staff in caring for our newly planted meadow. Grass was removed and wildflower seed sowed last fall. Spring is the time to assess the project and clean out any unwanted plant species from the meadow. We will also have projects for volunteers to help keep our Backyard Habitat Certified gardens in tip-top shape. Volunteer activities may include weeding, mulching, trimming and raking pathways. All necessary tools will be provided.

All ages welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Beach Cleanup at Marine Park

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 9:30 am - 11:30 am
This event does not repeat

Join Vancouver’s Water Center and volunteer to pick up litter from the beaches around Marine Park and prevent litter from entering the Columbia River. All tools will be provided. Expect to walk 1.5 miles on uneven terrain, sandy and muddy beach areas.

Please sign up as registration is required and space is limited: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/events/beach-cleanup-at-marine-park-3/

All ages welcome. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form. Youth under 13 must have an adult guardian present.

If this event becomes full since space is limited and you see that registrations are no longer being accepted, please use the contact email below to add your name to the waitlist.

Contact: Water Center staff at vanwrec@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7111

Earth Day Service Event at Pacific Community Park Natural Gardens

Monday, April 22, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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April 22 is Earth Day! Show your affection for Mother Earth by joining WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners for a day of community service. Help spiff up the Natural Demonstration Garden at Pacific Park. We’ll start with a brief tour of the recent design updates and then get to work on tasks including weeding, laying down pavers and whatever else is needed. Dress for the weather. Registerat https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-service-event-tickets-859554820607?aff=oddtdtcreator. The park is located at 1515 NE 164thAve, Vancouver, WA 98684, but you'll want to enter the park from NE 172ndStreet. This event is put on in collaboration with Clark County Public Health Green Neighbors Program. Contact: Erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu/ 564-397-5738.