Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Online Crew Leader Training for Neighborhood Trees Program

Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Every Day until October 24, 2020

To combat climate change and create a more equitable community by planting trees in neighborhoods that don’t have as many, become a Friends of Trees crew leader. Make a lasting, positive change in a fun and physical(ly-distanced) way, while occasionally getting muddy and wet. What’s not to love?

As a planting crew leader for the Neighborhood Trees Program, you’ll plant large-stock (6-10 ft. tall) trees at homes in and around the Portland-Vancouver metro region. Trees may be planted in a home’s yard and/or in the property’s right-of-way (the space between the home and the street). You’ll be planting in the neighborhood with one other trained crew leader or staff member. Read more about Friends of Trees’ COVID-19 safety measures at friendsoftrees.org/volunteer-faq/.

Register for the next virtual training, Oct. 17-24, at friendsoftrees.org/volunteer/how-to-volunteer/crew-leader/. Following the training, volunteers will be asked to commit to four planting events on Saturday or Wednesday mornings, October through April.

Online Crew Leader Training for Neighborhood Trees Program

Friday, October 23, 2020 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Every Day until October 24, 2020

To combat climate change and create a more equitable community by planting trees in neighborhoods that don’t have as many, become a Friends of Trees crew leader. Make a lasting, positive change in a fun and physical(ly-distanced) way, while occasionally getting muddy and wet. What’s not to love?

As a planting crew leader for the Neighborhood Trees Program, you’ll plant large-stock (6-10 ft. tall) trees at homes in and around the Portland-Vancouver metro region. Trees may be planted in a home’s yard and/or in the property’s right-of-way (the space between the home and the street). You’ll be planting in the neighborhood with one other trained crew leader or staff member. Read more about Friends of Trees’ COVID-19 safety measures at friendsoftrees.org/volunteer-faq/.

Register for the next virtual training, Oct. 17-24, at friendsoftrees.org/volunteer/how-to-volunteer/crew-leader/. Following the training, volunteers will be asked to commit to four planting events on Saturday or Wednesday mornings, October through April.

Online Crew Leader Training for Neighborhood Trees Program

Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Every Day until October 24, 2020

To combat climate change and create a more equitable community by planting trees in neighborhoods that don’t have as many, become a Friends of Trees crew leader. Make a lasting, positive change in a fun and physical(ly-distanced) way, while occasionally getting muddy and wet. What’s not to love?

As a planting crew leader for the Neighborhood Trees Program, you’ll plant large-stock (6-10 ft. tall) trees at homes in and around the Portland-Vancouver metro region. Trees may be planted in a home’s yard and/or in the property’s right-of-way (the space between the home and the street). You’ll be planting in the neighborhood with one other trained crew leader or staff member. Read more about Friends of Trees’ COVID-19 safety measures at friendsoftrees.org/volunteer-faq/.

Register for the next virtual training, Oct. 17-24, at friendsoftrees.org/volunteer/how-to-volunteer/crew-leader/. Following the training, volunteers will be asked to commit to four planting events on Saturday or Wednesday mornings, October through April.

Volunteer: Garden Cleanup at Water Center

Saturday, October 24, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center, located on the banks of the Columbia River and adjacent to 50 acres of wetland habitat, is excited to have small, physically-distanced volunteer opportunities in our garden space. Join us this fall to help with general garden maintenance as we pursue the goal of becoming a demonstration garden in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Space is limited due to COVID 19 protocols. Volunteers must RSVP in advance. https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/volunteer-garden-cleanup-water-center-0?fbclid=IwAR3tt2opG1vs0DM124-Ek-YOt5O6luBBV5m8LmM4jQBWPt0DpYtRFhnwUa0 You will be sent a confirmation email to affirm your attendance. Plan to bring your own mask and water bottle. Bring garden gloves if you have them. Please note that access to the inside of the Water Center is not permitted. 

SAVE THE DATE MLK Day Tree Planting

Monday, January 18, 2021 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Join the Watershed Alliance for a tree planting event in Vancouver. Event time subject to change, but details to come!


What to Bring: Face masks are required. Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, bring gloves, and dress for the weather. Due to COVID guidelines, there will be no snacks or water on site, please bring your own. Gloves and masks will be available on site but we strongly encourage you to bring your own.

Want to volunteer but curious about how volunteering works during the time of COVID? This is what one of our volunteers from last month’s Make A Difference had to say:

“Thank you so much for a very satisfying ‘make a difference day’ planting! It was beautifully organized, as always. This time there was even more organization required and I thought the idea of dividing up the planting site into several areas and then separating us volunteers into on-again-off-again areas was really good!” – Jean (volunteer)

Registration is required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdl-B2yFC4esOlCdKF_fmNXu8ZSAvhC7jBbhMarSi0sfv80GA/viewform 

VIRTUAL Amphibian Monitoring Training (Citizen Science Program)

Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Amphibian Monitoring Training for 2021 Season

Do you love frogs and salamanders? Would you like the chance to get outdoors and see them in the wild? Do you want to help your community support local amphibian populations? Frogs and other amphibians can be found all around Clark County, but their numbers are decreasing, according to Dr. Peter Ritson.

We are looking for volunteers to help the Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project or SWAMP, an all-volunteer program dedicated to empowering community members to assess and preserve the unique ecological resources for our community.

After this 2-hour training session, where volunteers learn how to identify and count local amphibian eggs, volunteers get the opportunity to survey and monitor the frogs and salamanders in ponds and streams throughout Clark County and beyond.

“We want to educate Clark County residents about the importance of amphibians and their associated habitats,” said Dr. Ritson. “We hope to encourage their protection in several ways: engaging citizens in wildlife protection, providing data essential to species conservation decisions, and increasing public understanding of the importance of wetlands in a rapidly urbanizing region.”

We will be looking for eggs from red-legged and chorus frogs as well as northwestern and long-toed salamanders. Volunteers help us track changes in their population over time by searching for egg masses in the spring, recording the data, and uploading it into our database. Gear is provided.

Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Matt Distler, a Staff Ecologist at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center. He will be talking about the life cycle of amphibians and his investigation into whether roads, especially high traffic highways, are keeping amphibians from making their seasonal migration to ponds, where they breed.

Our training will be held virtually this year. Participation is free and open to everyone. Pre-registration is required on Eventbrite to receive the zoom link. Please sign up if you are interested in participating this season even if you are unable to make it during the training time.  We will send out a recording of the training afterwards.

Event Page: https://amphibian-monitoring2021.eventbrite.com

Contact Shell Devlaeminck, Project Coordinator: [email protected] 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWAmpMonProj

More information coming soon: http://www.nweri.org/outreach-education/ 

Burnt Bridge Creek February Tree Planting

Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Join the Watershed Alliance for a COVID-safe tree planting event along a section of Burnt Bridge Creek! Two dates are available in February and March and multiple time slots for you and your household to choose from.

Pre-registration is required.

What to Bring: Face masks are required. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes; bring gloves; and dress for the weather. Please bring water and snacks as they will not be provided due to COVID guidelines.

Contact: [email protected]

 

 

Burnt Bridge Creek March Tree Planting

Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Join the Watershed Alliance for a COVID-safe tree planting event along a section of Burnt Bridge Creek! Two dates are available in February and March and multiple time slots for you and your household to choose from.

Pre-registration is required.

What to Bring: Face masks are required. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes; bring gloves; and dress for the weather. Please bring water and snacks as they will not be provided due to COVID guidelines.

Contact: [email protected]

July Litter Pick-up at Frenchman's Bar Park

Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Join Watershed Alliance this summer for beach litter clean-ups to help keep our waterways free from pollution! Monthly events now through September.

All ages and abilities welcome. Masks are required if not vaccinated. If you have been vaccinated bring proof of vaccine and you do not need to wear a mask. This can be a photo or actual card. Litter clean-up tools and gloves will be provided.

Pre-registration required.

Visit https://thewatershedalliance.org/ for more information.

Stress Relief and Stewardship at Columbia Springs

Saturday, August 14, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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In search of a place to release the pent up aggression of the past year? Come take it out on ivy and blackberry bushes at Columbia Springs! Time in nature and exercise are two great ways to release stress. Join for an opportunity to get away from those day-to-day stressors, build community (and muscles), and help the environment at our August 14th Stewardship Saturday.

All ages and abilities welcome - there's a job for everyone!

Register for one or more hour long shifts. 

Meet in the Columbia Springs public parking lot

Bring gloves, loppers, sunscreen and gloves that can get dirty! 

RSVP to [email protected] by August 7th to join the fun. 

August Litter Pick-up at Wintler Community Park

Saturday, August 21, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Join Watershed Alliance this summer for beach litter clean-ups to help keep our waterways free from pollution! Monthly events now through September.

All ages and abilities welcome. Masks are required if not vaccinated. If you have been vaccinated bring proof of vaccine and you do not need to wear a mask. This can be a photo or actual card. Litter clean-up tools and gloves will be provided.

Pre-registration required.

Visit https://thewatershedalliance.org/ for more information.

Beach Litter Clean-up at Wintler Community Park

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Join Watershed Alliance at Wintler Community Park for a beach clean-up to help keep our waterways free from pollution!

All ages and abilities welcome. Litter clean-up tools and gloves will be provided. 


Prior registration is required.

What to bring: Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and dress for the weather.  Due to COVID guidelines, we are not able to provide snacks or water on site, so please bring your own.  

Whipple Creek Trail Maintenance

Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee to maintain the trails at Whipple Creek Regional Park. Tasks usually include brush cutting and adding gravel to trails. 

Email whipplecreekproj[email protected] for more information and to sign up.

September Litter Pick-up at Frenchman's Bar Park

Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Join Watershed Alliance this summer for beach litter clean-ups to help keep our waterways free from pollution!

All ages and abilities welcome. Masks are required if not vaccinated. If you have been vaccinated bring proof of vaccine and you do not need to wear a mask. This can be a photo or actual card. Litter clean-up tools and gloves will be provided.

Pre-registration required.

Visit https://thewatershedalliance.org/ for more information.

Park Beautification at Lucky Dog Park

Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Let the pups run and let ‘em play while you join us at the next Beautification Day!

Bring the usual:  gloves, face mask, water, shovels and rakes if you have them for the usual of filling holes and picking up poop and litter.  Any more rigorous work will be directed by the Park Operations Manager. 

Join us and Encourage ALL Your Friends to come out and help with park beautification and clean-up.

    • Sign in at the Volunteer Table—get your vest

    • Love those new Volunteers!

  • Sign Up at the Membership Table—set up for new or to renew

    • You can Donate there too

New members, donations, and volunteers are always needed and gratefully appreciated…go to  www.dogpawoffleashparks.org/volunteer

Yes, bring your pup(s)—but remember, they still need caretaking.  Thanks.

VOLUNTEER: Spruce the Couve on Make a Difference Day!

Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Let's Show Downtown Vancouver Some Autumn Love! 

City of Vancouver and Vancouver's Downtown Association are partnering for a downtown fall cleanup event on Make A Difference Day October 23, 2021.  We will work to remove litter and leaves throughout the downtown core. 

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  If able, volunteers are asked to bring water bottles, face mask, gloves and leaf rakes. 

Youth under 18 must have a parental consent completed via the online RSVP. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions not answered in the FAQ? Please contact [email protected] 360-487-8344

Advanced RSVP is required for this event

Make a Difference Day - Volunteer Tree Planting

Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Join Watershed Alliance for the first tree planting of fall! Volunteers will be installing native plants to enhance the habitat along Burnt Bridge Creek. Volunteer slots fill up fast so register as soon as possible.

Pre-registration required.

Two time slots are available.Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Where: Next to 1806 NE 41st Circle, Vancouver. Follow the signs for parking.

What to bring: Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and dress for the weather. Due to COVID guidelines, we are not able to provide snacks or water on site, so please bring your own.
Before attendance at a volunteer event, please complete the online form and agree to the release of liability and waiver.

All ages and abilities welcome, but those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

All volunteers to self-pre-screen prior to arrival at the volunteer project location. If you answer “yes” to any of the COVID screening questions, please stay home and let us know that you are unable to attend.

1) Known exposure in 14 days
2) Temperature taken before event and above 100
3) Not currently feeling well


Contact [email protected] if you have additional questions.

Volunteer Tree Planting on Burnt Bridge Creek

Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Join Wastershed Alliance of Southwest Washington for a tree planting event near Leverich Park!Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes, and dress for the weather.  Due to COVID guidelines, we are not able to provide snacks or water on site, so please bring your own.  All ages and abilities welcome, but those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Tools and gloves will be provided.

Prior registration is required. Every adult in party needs to fill out separate registration.

Volunteer Tree Planting on Burnt Bridge Creek

Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Join the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington for a volunteer tree planting on Burnt Bridge Creek. 

All ages and abilities welcome, but those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tools and gloves will be provided.

Prior registration is required. Every adult in party needs to fill out separate registration. The registration link can be found here.

Contact [email protected] if you have additional questions.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Ivy Pull

Monday, January 17, 2022 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Join the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington for a MLK Day of Service ivy pull at Blandford Canyon!

Please note: This event is more physically demanding than our planting events, there will be bending, pulling and walking on slopes with tripping hazards. We are recommending a minimum age of 10 years, but that is up to the parents discretion. We can try to acommodate different ability levels, but it is more difficult at ivy pulling events.

Registration is required.

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