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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First Friday Art Walk

Friday, January 7, 2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Vancouver's Downtown Association in downtown Vancouver for this month’s First Friday Art Walk! Our downtown is home to a wide array of gallery spaces and art-centric businesses that are ready to welcome you.

Stop by the Artist in Residence Trash to Treasure art exhibit featured at Art At The Cave.

Find out more, like the locations to all the art, food, beverage and music listings, on the Vancouver's Downtown Association website.

Meadowscaping In the Home Garden Virtual Workshop

Thursday, January 20, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Meadow habitats are an ecologically important landscape type in Clark County, but they’re not nearly as abundant as they once were.  By reintroducing native prairie and meadow plant species into your landscape design, you can help provide habitat for pollinators and other native wildlife as well as support other ecological functions like stormwater management and plant biodiversity. Join Clark Conservation District for a presentation on the benefits of Meadowscaping in the home landscape and get inspiration and tips on how to create a beautiful and beneficial meadow naturescape on your property. Thursday, January 20 from 7 to 8pm via Zoom. The WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener Program is presenting the talk in partnership with Clark County Green Neighbors Program.

Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Trash to Treasure Artist in Residence Art Exhibit Reception

Saturday, January 22, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Waste Connections of Washington hosts the Artist in Residence Trash to Treasure art exhibit reception at Art At The Cave. The exhibit features sculptures created by Recycled Arts Festival artist Bill Leigh from unwanted objects discarded at local transfer stations. Each piece of artwork consists of at least 75% recycled materials and will be available for purchase during the gallery showing in January.

Light refreshments served.

2022 Earth Day Celebration - Invest in Our Planet: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Join Clark County Master Composter Recyclers at the Natural Gardens at Pacific Community Park to celebrate Earth Day! Arrive anytime between 10 am - 1 pm. This year’s theme is: Invest in Our Planet: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. All ages welcome!

  • Learn the basic principles of composting
  • Help create a compost bin
  • View a lasagna garden demonstration
  • Explore worm bin composting
  • Bring your kids for fun activities!

INVEST IN OUR PLANET and REDUCE OUR FOOTPRINT

Cost: Free

Pacific Park Natural Garden - Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners for some maintenance at the Pacific Park Natural Garden demonstration site. These inspiring gardens have been getting a makeover and there are some projects you can help with. The gardens are located at the SW corner of NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Bring water and dress for the weather.

Learn more about the Natural Gardens at https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/en/demonstration-gardens

Contact: Brittany Smith, [email protected].wa.gov 

Pacific Park Natural Garden - Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners for some maintenance at the Pacific Park Natural Garden demonstration site. These inspiring gardens have been getting a makeover and there are some projects you can help with. The gardens are located at the SW corner of NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Bring water and dress for the weather.

Learn more about the Natural Gardens at https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/en/demonstration-gardens

Contact: Brittany Smith, [email protected].wa.gov 

Pacific Park Natural Garden - Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, July 30, 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners for some maintenance at the Pacific Park Natural Garden demonstration site. These inspiring gardens have been getting a makeover and there are some projects you can help with. The gardens are located at the SW corner of NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Bring water and dress for the weather.

Learn more about the Natural Gardens at https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/en/demonstration-gardens

Contact: Brittany Smith, [email protected].wa.gov 

StreamTeam Tree Planting

Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Come plant native trees with StreamTeam and AmeriCorps! Native trees not only clean the air we breathe, but also protect the water we drink. As always, training, tools, and snacks are provided. Location varies and will be confirmed in a later email.

Minor release form

Ridgefield, WA

Sponsor: Clark Public Utilities' Stream Team

Winter Orchard Care Series: Foley Community Orchard

Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until January 18, 2020
Join Urban Abundance and Clark County Parks this January for some winter fruit tree pruning workshops and work parties in the beautiful Foley Community Orchard! Each event will consist of a run-down on winter fruit tree pruning: how to make the best cuts to maximize overall tree health, improve fruit production, and minimize disease, followed by a couple hours of putting these skills to work helping restore the 40+ year old Bartlett pear orchard. All events are family friendly and free of charge to attend, though donations are gladly accepted. Tools, training, and gloves provided.
 
 
WHAT TO BRING:
-Dress for work/weather
-Water bottle
-Your own pruning tools and/or gloves, if you have some you prefer
-Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or provide signed youth waivers for Clark
County and Urban Abundance (Sign at event or request PDF by emailing [email protected])
-Use a restroom beforehand! No restroom on site.
 
DIRECTIONS/PARKING:
Look for the chain link fence and “Foley Neighborhood Park” sign. Two cars fit in front of the white gate and others may park along 21st Ave. C-TRAN bus #9 drops off nearby at 21st Avenue and 119th Street. Walk across the grass lot and enter the orchard at the rear left corner.
 
ABOUT FOLEY COMMUNITY ORCHARD:
The Foley Community Orchard was planted over 50 years ago by Hubert and Ople Foley, who tended large gardens and shared the crops with neighbors and those in need through their church. Clark County purchased the land in 2006 and held it as an undeveloped park until 2012, when Urban Abundance and Public Works partnered up to clear out invasive blackberry that was choking the orchard, growing up to the tops of the trees! In partnership with the County, Urban Abundance volunteers and neighbors have been stewarding the orchard ever since.
 
ABOUT URBAN ABUNDANCE:
Urban Abundance (a program of Slow Food SW Washington) has been engaging and training neighbors as stewards of Clark County's community orchards and fruit trees since 2010. We seek to build community and spread a culture of abundance by cultivating and enjoying fresh, local fruit and sharing the bounty with neighbors in need.
 

River Walk Wednesday

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Explore the banks of the Columbia River, and learn about the interconnected ecology of the river and the land. Walk the trails along the wetlands and learn about the birds, animals and plants calling this riparian area home. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Remember to dress for the weather and expect to walk approximately two miles.

Space is limited, RSVP to register.

All ages are welcome; the event is geared toward participants 8 years of age and older.

Winter Orchard Care Series: Foley Community Orchard

Saturday, January 18, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until January 18, 2020
Join Urban Abundance and Clark County Parks this January for some winter fruit tree pruning workshops and work parties in the beautiful Foley Community Orchard! Each event will consist of a run-down on winter fruit tree pruning: how to make the best cuts to maximize overall tree health, improve fruit production, and minimize disease, followed by a couple hours of putting these skills to work helping restore the 40+ year old Bartlett pear orchard. All events are family friendly and free of charge to attend, though donations are gladly accepted. Tools, training, and gloves provided.
 
 
WHAT TO BRING:
-Dress for work/weather
-Water bottle
-Your own pruning tools and/or gloves, if you have some you prefer
-Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or provide signed youth waivers for Clark
County and Urban Abundance (Sign at event or request PDF by emailing [email protected])
-Use a restroom beforehand! No restroom on site.
 
DIRECTIONS/PARKING:
Look for the chain link fence and “Foley Neighborhood Park” sign. Two cars fit in front of the white gate and others may park along 21st Ave. C-TRAN bus #9 drops off nearby at 21st Avenue and 119th Street. Walk across the grass lot and enter the orchard at the rear left corner.
 
ABOUT FOLEY COMMUNITY ORCHARD:
The Foley Community Orchard was planted over 50 years ago by Hubert and Ople Foley, who tended large gardens and shared the crops with neighbors and those in need through their church. Clark County purchased the land in 2006 and held it as an undeveloped park until 2012, when Urban Abundance and Public Works partnered up to clear out invasive blackberry that was choking the orchard, growing up to the tops of the trees! In partnership with the County, Urban Abundance volunteers and neighbors have been stewarding the orchard ever since.
 
ABOUT URBAN ABUNDANCE:
Urban Abundance (a program of Slow Food SW Washington) has been engaging and training neighbors as stewards of Clark County's community orchards and fruit trees since 2010. We seek to build community and spread a culture of abundance by cultivating and enjoying fresh, local fruit and sharing the bounty with neighbors in need.
 

Stewardship Friday at the Water Center

Friday, January 31, 2020 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Calendar Date:

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

The Water Resources Education Center, located on the banks of the Columbia River and adjacent to 50 acres of wetland habitat, is in the process of certifying our native garden and outdoor classroom space through the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

Join us for Stewardship Friday, and help us become a certified native garden habitat! 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.

https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/webform/stewardship-friday-water-center

 

Event Contact Information

Contact Person: Ashley Conley
Phone Number: 360-487-7111
Email Address: [email protected]
 

 

River Walk Wednesday

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Explore the banks of the Columbia River, and learn about the interconnected ecology of the river and the land. Walk the trails along the wetlands and learn about the birds, animals and plants calling this riparian area home. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Remember to dress for the weather and expect to walk approximately two miles. Space is limited, RSVP to register.

All ages are welcome; the event is geared toward participants 8 years of age and older. Free, please RSVP below!

https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/webform/river-walk-wednesday-0

Animal Tracking Basics: Life Along the Water’s Edge

Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Water Resources Education Center wetlands are home to many Columbia River animals. During this class for beginners, dive into the art of animal tracking and learn to unravel the mysteries left behind on the landscape. Class will be held outside, rain or shine. Expect to go slowly as we investigate tracks off-trail. This class is suitable for ages 12 and older. Terrain will be uneven and muddy; please leave pets at home. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon.

Stewardship Friday at the Water Center

Friday, February 28, 2020 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

The Water Resources Education Center, located on the banks of the Columbia River and adjacent to 50 acres of wetland habitat, is in the process of certifying our native garden and outdoor classroom space through the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

Over the next several months, the Water Center is looking for volunteers to help remove non-native plants, plant native plants for pollinators and birds, and perhaps even build a fence. The Water Center is hoping to become a demonstration site for the Backyard Habitat program and provide the public with an area to view a mature native garden featuring native plants, birds and other wildlife.

Join us for Stewardship Friday, and help us become a certified native garden habitat! 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.

https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/webform/stewardship-friday-water-center-0

 

Winter Nature Days at Columbia Springs

Saturday, February 29, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Every Month until May 30, 2020

Learning has never been more fun! Join us on the last Saturday of the month as our Visitor Center transforms into a series of interactive activities for you to experience. In February, you can explore the seeds and flowers of the Pacific Northwest. In March, we will delve into bird identification and habitat, giving you the chance to leave with your own pinecone birdfeeder! In April, we will learn about the salmon lifecycle and you will get to visit with our baby salmon in the tank.

The fun doesn’t end – you can explore Columbia Springs further during Family Nature Days from May to August (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as we expand our activities across our 100-acre natural area!

These free events are fun for kids of all ages!

Columbia Springs is a 100-acre natural area providing educational programming. We rely on community support. Consider making a donation or volunteering with us to help bring nature and science learning to everyone.

Contact: [email protected] or call (360) 882-0936 ext. 230

Tree Planting on Burnt Bridge Creek

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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In partnership with Clark County Green Business and the City of Vancouver Urban Forestry Program, we invite you to join us for a native tree planting event!

Planting native trees and shrubs are a great way to help improve the water quality and habitat of this great resource in our community. There will be instructions about how to plant before we begin.

Green Businesses are already setting the trend to enhance our community. This event will be an opportunity to build connections with those green businesses, learn about trees and watershed health, and support the community.

Reminder:
Dress for weather — Long pants and study shoes are recommended
Bringing a reusable water bottle is encouraged
Tools and gloves provided
Refreshments and light snacks provided

To register: https://clarkgreenbiz.com/community-events/green-biz-tree-planting

River Walk Wednesday

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Explore the banks of the Columbia River, and learn about the interconnected ecology of the river and the land. Walk the trails along the wetlands and discover plants, birds and animals who call this riparian area home. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Remember to dress for the weather and expect to walk approximately two miles. Space is limited, please RSVP to register. 

https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/webform/river-walk-wednesday-1

River Walk along the Columbia

Wednesday, March 11
10 a.m. to noon
Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
The event is geared toward participants 8 years of age and older. 
Free, please RSVP at https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/webform/river-walk-wednesday-1.

Bird Ecology and Identification Workshop Series

Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Every 2 Weeks until March 21, 2020
Bird Ecology and Identification
Are you interested in learning more about the birds that live around us?
 
Join instructor Kori York at this two-part workshop series to learn about birds of the Pacific Northwest. These two classes will teach you how to begin your birding journey!
 
Both classes will include two hours of classroom learning and one hour of bird watching on our trails. You will leave with resources and birding software to use, knowledge on how to create a bird watching journal and information on when and where to find birds.

Bring your favorite Bird ID Book and binoculars! We will have some available to use. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk about 1 mile on earthen trails.
 
The fine print: These courses are intended for ages 12 and older. Younger children are welcome but be advised that the course material may not be suited for their needs. Plan on attending both classes. Pre-registration is required. Please consider making a donation to help pay for printing materials and snacks at the workshop.
 
Dates, Times and Registration
  • Saturday, March 14th and Saturday, March 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Classes will meet in Swift Classroom at Columbia Springs: 12208 SE Evergreen HWY, Vancouver, WA 98683
  • Register at www.columbiasprings.org/workshops
 
Questions? Please contact [email protected] or call 360-882-0936 x 230

CANCELLED Columbia Gorge Bird Watching

Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:30 am
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Vancouver Audubon Society Field Trip
Columbia Gorge Saturday, March 28th

Where: Port of Camas/Washougal

When: 7:30am

Contact: Cindy McCormack [email protected]


Let’s check out some of the bird hotspots along the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. We will head east from the parking area at the Port of Camas/Washougal and look for late wintering, resident, and early migrant birds in Skamania and/or Klickitat Counties. Locations may vary based on wind and weather.
Target birds may include shrikes, American Dipper, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe, bluebirds, and Canyon Wren. This might be a good time for migrating arid-land species, such as Sagebrush Sparrows.
This will be an all-day adventure unless the weather decides otherwise. Contact Cindy at [email protected] if you want to participate or if you have any questions.


We will carpool, so please remember to pay your driver. ($0.10/mile for each passenger is an easy calculation and a fair guideline).
Dress for the weather, be prepared for inclement weather! Bring lunch, water, snacks, and don’t forget your binoculars!

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