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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CANCELLED Vancouver Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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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
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*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
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*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.

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Mulching

Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join us at Leverich Park on Friday, April 3 from 9 to 11 am as we continue to tackle the invasive ivy and lay mulch as replacement. We'll continue to work in the same location from the event earlier in the week, and in the open spaces where we've pulled ivy we will lay down mulch to prevent the ivy from returning.

CANCELLED Winter Nature Days at Columbia Springs

Saturday, April 25, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

ALL COLUMBIA SPRINGS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ARE ON HIATUS. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE UPDATES. https://www.columbiasprings.org/

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 Invasive Ivy Pull

Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This event has been canceled.

Invasive plants, such as English Ivy, impact native plants, wildlife habitat, biodiversity and in some cases recreational opportunities.

We welcome you to join us on Saturday 5/16 from 9:00am – 12:00pm for a morning of invasive English Ivy removal to help restore and protect our local environment.

Reminders:

  • 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

This is a family friendly event! If you have a minor joining you, please fill out our Volunteer Minor Consent Form.

To register, please click here

CANCELLED Beach Litter Clean Up

Saturday, June 6, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Watershed Alliance has canceled its volunteer events until further notice.

 

It’s almost summer! Join us for a morning by the Columbia River as we pick up litter. With your help, we can prevent litter from making it’s way into our local waterways!

Previous experience is not required. Groups, families and individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome. If you have a minor joining you or you are a minor and will not have a parent/guardian present, please fill out and bring our Minor Release Consent Form to the event.

When: Saturday, June 6th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

  • Sign in starts at 8:45am
  • Volunteer orientation begins at 9:00am

Where: Wintler Park (6400 Beach Dr. Vancouver, WA)

Reminders: Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bringing a reusable water bottle is encouraged. Instructions, tools, gloves, water and morning snacks will be provided.

To register, please click here

National Trails Day

Saturday, June 6, 2020
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Save the date, June 6, 2020 is Natinal Trails Day! The Clark County Parks Foundation is planning some exciting events. 

Volunteer:

  • We’re organizing two events and would love for you to join us!
  • Want to organize your own volunteer event in your local community? Stay tuned to learn more!

Explore:

  • The health benefits of spending time in nature are numerous – get outside and enjoy!
  • Like exploring trails with others? Stay tuned to learn how you can organize your own walk or ride for the big day!

Share your adventure!

  • We are hoping your will register to join and organized event – or create one of your own.
  • If you choose to join in – please invite others to participate.
  • Make sure you share your adventure with others via social media! Stay tuned for more info!

Can you tell that we are excited?  We are!  More information to come…stay tuned folks! Look for updates at Clark County Parks and the parks foundation.

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. 

Tree Pruning Workshop at Water Center

Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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With the winter months approaching, it's time to prune the trees around your home and/or business. Join City Urban Forestry and Water Center staff to learn pruning basics, such as when and how to make different types of pruning cuts. Pruning your own trees is a terrific way to save money, enjoy the outdoors, and participate in the care of our urban forest.

Space is limited due to COVID 19 protocols. Volunteers must RSVP in advance. Event is rain or shine. You will be sent a confirmation email to affirm your attendance. Plan to bring your own mask and water bottle. Bring garden gloves and bypass hand pruners if you have them. Please note that access to the inside of the Water Center is not permitted. 

Learn more and sign up here: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/tree-pruning-workshop-water-center?fbclid=IwAR306IeY2F9xeeFOJwCiUYe0FZFg27fOttm2ylguDTHF7MEA8Yp7Q_AeqiQ 

An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Ecology

Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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AN INTRODUCTION TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST ECOLOGY
Pre-registration required
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020 9:00AM - 11:00AM
LOCATION:
TBD (THIS CLASS WILL EITHER BE IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM. DECISION PENDING.)
INSTRUCTOR:
HANNAH SCHRAGER
 
Registration link:
https://www.treesongnatureawareness.org/intro-to-pacific-northwest-ecology-1
 
 
‘An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Ecology' will leave you well-acquainted with several local species and their relationship to our collective surroundings. The course will highlight the geologic and ecologic events that have created our current landscapes and regional climates, showcasing many of the living and nonliving entities that comprise our home.
 
The instructor will introduce (or reintroduce) you to a number of species that live and grow around the Pacific Northwest. We will cover basic identification of plants, birds, mammals, and sundry structures. We will learn about symbiotic and saprophytic relationships. The course will be part illustrated lecture and part guided hike, with a self-directed specimen collection activity. Content will be scientifically rigorous enough so that you leave with sound information on local ecology, but the teaching style will be somewhat informal, leaving room for organic engagement.
 
Whether you are a lifetime resident or new to the area (in real life or digitally), learning about our natural environments helps connect us to our place and time on this planet. We think you will enjoy this course, and at the very least, you will leave knowing a few "eye-spy" worthy names to drop on your next foray into the field.
 
STUDENTS SHOULD BRING:
If in person, dress for the elements — sturdy shoes, layers, hats/sunscreen, waterproof jacket. If you like to take pictures, bring something that takes pictures as well (phone, camera, etc.).
Whether online or in person — bring something to take notes, if you’d like (not required).
 
TUITION: $25
If in person, all social distancing precautions will be in place, and masks worn. If for any reason the class is canceled, we will be happy to issue refunds. 

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 Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest

Monday, January 25, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Find out more here: https://www.mshinstitute.org/learn/volcano-views-brews.html/event/2021/01/25/virtual-views-brews-hiking-trails-of-the-pacific-northwest-northern-california-oregon-washington-southwestern-british-columbia/319715 

The backcountry of the Pacific Northwest covers millions of acres of wildlands protected within vast national parks, provincial parks, and wilderness areas--and thousands of miles of trails, including the Pacific Crest, Pacific Northwest, and Trans Canada Trails. Join Craig Romano, Bill Sullivan and Bart Smith as they discuss the trails and sights of the Pacific Northwest.

Craig Romano is an award-winning guidebook author, outdoors writer and photographer, ardent conservationist, and Northwest trails and hiking expert. He hikes, runs, paddles, and bikes and has written about these passions for more than two dozen publications, including for the Mount St Helens Institute's Rumblings. Craig writes weekly content for Hikeoftheweek.com and is the author of more than 25 books including Day Hiking Mount St Helens (Mountaineers Books) and Urban Trails Vancouver WA (Mountaineers Books).

William L. Sulllivan is the author of 21 books, including the updated “100 Hikes” series for Oregon, “Hiking Oregon’s History,” and 6 novels. Learn more at www.oregonhiking.com.

Bart Smith is an environmental photographer who has concentrated his efforts on walking and photographically documenting America's National Trails System.

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]

 

 

Columbia Springs Hydrangea Giveaway

Friday, March 12, 2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Every Day until March 13, 2021
Spring is almost upon us! Come visit Columbia Springs and pick up some FREE hydrangea cuttings to plant in your yard or garden. 
 
This event will only be staffed from 10am - 2pm on March 12th and 13th. Masks and social distancing required at all times.

Columbia Springs Hydrangea Giveaway

Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Every Day until March 13, 2021
Spring is almost upon us! Come visit Columbia Springs and pick up some FREE hydrangea cuttings to plant in your yard or garden. 
 
This event will only be staffed from 10am - 2pm on March 12th and 13th. Masks and social distancing required at all times.

Burnt Bridge Creek March Tree Planting

Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
This event does not repeat

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]

Fargher Lake Grange Annual Tree Sale

Saturday, April 24, 2021 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Fargher Lake Grange Annual Tree and Shrub Sale

Ornamental trees and shrubs, cedar and fir trees, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

 

Event runs Sat. April 24th 9a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sun. April 25th 10a.m. – 2p.m.

Contact: [email protected]

Wildlife Tracking Certification with Cybertracker Conservation

Saturday, April 24, 2021 9:00 am - Sunday, April 25, 2021 5:00 pm
This event does not repeat
Pre-registration required!
WILDLIFE TRACKING CERTIFICATION WITH CYBERTRACKER CONSERVATION
SATURDAY, APRIL 24 AND SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021
TUITION: $275
(PLUS PROCESSING FEES IF PAYING ONLINE)

www.treesongnatureawareness.org/trackingcertification 

https://www.facebook.com/events/346213616758076/ 

 
EVALUATOR:
MARCUS REYNERSON
 
Every time we step outside of our door, there are myriad stories to be told of the comings-and-goings of life in the world, and one of the oldest human practices is to read and interpret these stories. The art and science of tracking offers a holistic ecological window into the happenings of the living world around us. Learning this practice not only connects us to the natural world in a meaningful way, but it also increases our ecological literacy, giving us a capacity to advocate for the natural communities in which we live. Come and join expert wildlife tracker, naturalist, and tracking evaluator, Marcus Reynerson, for an intensive weekend learning and exploring the art and science of wildlife tracking.
 
The Format
This learning experience is facilitated as a field assessment.
This unique evaluation is 100% field-based and is sure to be engaging for all. This is a rigorous tracking experience designed to give honest reflection and feedback around each person’s unique skillset. While the evaluation helps us notice and be honest with our blind spots in knowledge and experience, the evaluators always emphasize learning and skills development. Whether an experienced or beginning tracker and naturalist, participants will leave this experience looking at the ground in a completely different way with new tools to continue to develop themselves as naturalists.
 
Note: To attain a certificate, one must achieve a certain score threshold. Whether or not one attains a certificate does not have any bearing on the rich educational experience of the evaluation.
 
What to bring:
Comfortable/weather appropriate clothing
Water-proof/Water-resistant hiking shoes
Notebook/Journal and Pen for notes
Water
Food for the weekend (food is not provided)
 
LODGING OPTIONS (COVERS 2 NIGHTS*):
+$30 - CAMPING ON SITE W/ OWN GEAR
+$50 - COT ON COVERED PORTCH, BEDDING PROVIDED
+ $70 - SHARED ROOM IN CABIN
*ALL OVERNIGHT GUESTS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE CABIN AND IT’S AMENITIES, INCLUDING THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM. THERE IS AN OUTHOUSE ON THE PROPERTY THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS AS WELL.
Covid -19 Considerations
If deemed necessary, mask-wearing and social distancing will be practiced during the weekend’s workshop.
If this event is cancelled due to Covid-19, a full refund will be offered to all who have paid.
 
What is Cybertracker Conservation?This system started off as a software program designed to help South African indigenous trackers, who could not read or write, gather wildlife data for conservation efforts. While the evaluation is an excellent measure of observer reliability, what’s more, it is an unparalleled training tool in the field of wildlife tracking and natural history. It is the international tracking gold standard certifying people in Africa, Europe, and North America, with thousands of people having been certified in the United States alone. Learn more at www.trackercertification.com

Fargher Lake Grange Annual Tree Sale

Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Fargher Lake Grange Annual Tree and Shrub Sale

Ornamental trees and shrubs, cedar and fir trees, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

 

Contact: [email protected]

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