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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StreamTeam Tree Planting

Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

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
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.

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
This event does not repeat
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
This event does not repeat
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
This event does not repeat
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
This event does not repeat

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
This event does not repeat

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!

CANCELLED Bird Language for Beginners: Wetland Communications

Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Bird Language for Beginners

Have you ever wondered why birds sing? Or noticed that a landscape has gone completely silent when it should be bustling with bird activity? Song birds are the alarm system of the forests and their vocalizations have meanings for birds and other animals. 

Join an educator from the Water Resources Education Center to learn how to decipher their language and understand the story they are broadcasting from the treetops. Class will be both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Expect to go slowly as we investigate riparian habitat off-trail. This class is suitable for ages 12 and older. Terrain will be uneven and muddy; please leave pets at home.

Saturday, March 28
9 a.m. to noon

Ages:  12 and older


Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way

CANCELLED Winter Nature Days at Columbia Springs

Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

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

CANCELLED Bird Ecology and Identification Workshop Series

Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Detached from recurrence
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 Spring Break Stewardship - Ivy Pull

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join us at Leverich Park on Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 11 am as we tackle the invasive ivy. We'll be pulling as much ivy as we can, and make room for native plants and trees to grow in its place. Then, join us later in the week as we mulch the area to help prevent the ivy from returning! 

CANCELLED Vancouver Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:00 am - 9:00 am
This event does not repeat

These casual walks are intended for those wanting to enjoy the wildlife along the way and those wanting to learn or improve identification skills by sight and/or sound. You can join or leave anytime. These walks will be eBirded.

April 1st 
Steigerwald NWR 

Let’s hope April Fool’s Day is good to us! We will walk the trail and look for some great birds! Meet at the Steigerwald parking lot at 8am. 

For more information, contact Cindy at [email protected] or 509-939-4448

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Wildflower Planting

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join the City of Vancouver on Wednesday, April 1 from 1pm to 3pm to help save the pollinators by planting wildflowers along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. These wildflowers will provide much needed food for a variety of pollinators, many species of which are seeing declines in population as they lose more and more of their natural habitat and food supply.

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Beach Clean-Up

Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join the City of Vancouver on Thursday, April 2 from 1pm to 3pm for a beach clean-up near Marine Park. We will be focusing on litter removal to help keep trash out of our waterways.

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