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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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.  

First-of-Month Bird Walk

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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Frenchman’s Bar can be an exceptional location for both resident and migratory birds. We will start by exploring the north trail to the slough, return to the parking area, then offer an option for anyone wishing to continue on to explore the south trails.

Parking fee or Clark County parks pass required at this park. Meet at the north lot near the park host residence.

Contact Cindy at [email protected] to register.

Bird Walks are meant to be a casual, local morning of birding. They are a great time to enjoy birds with others, find new areas to visit, and/or work on bird identification by sight and sound or to practice your eBird app with help when needed. These walks are usually easy to join or depart at any time during the morning, no commitment to participate in the entire walk if you have limited time.

Please, only fully vaccinated participants at this time. 

Migration at Larch Mountain Field Trip

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:45 am - 10:45 am
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Migration at Larch Mountain Field Trip - Vancouver Audubon Society 

Leaders: Jim Danzenbaker and Cindy McCormack; call or text Randy Hill to register: 360-975-2573

Target species are higher elevation (above 2000’) forest songbirds including warblers among other passerines, woodpeckers, raptors, and higher elevation migrant and resident species. Also expansive views.

Itinerary: Meet at 06:45 in Hockinson at the Fire District 3 eastside parking lot at 17718 NE 159th St. (45.737992, - 122.490038). From there, we will head up 139th St/NE Rawson Road to DNR land east to the L-1520 gate and park at the crossroads.

Northern Pygmy-Owl, Canada Jay, Western Bluebird and Townsend’s Solitaire nest locally; pikas and snowshoe hares are resident. We will be mostly stationary but also bird along the roads depending on wind conditions and weather; a diversion to another location is possible based on wind.

Carpooling as much as possible; fully vaccinated only. Spotting scopes optional, but a Discover Pass is required on this DNR area.

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1 Terrain: some A-B < one mile walking.

Limit of 6 cars, 12 total participants.

For more information on Vancouver Audutobon Field Trip Guidelines, view page 5 of the newsletter.

Klickitat County Fall Migration Count Field Trip

Saturday, September 18, 2021
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Klickitat County Fall Migration Count Field Trip - Vancouver Audubon Society 

Leaders: Randy Hill and others; call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Target species are all birds found within an assigned route in Klickitat County, with a variety of resident and migratory species associated with higher elevation, drier grass and shrub, rocky, lake/riverine, agricultural, neighborhood and town, and/or mixed forests of eastern Washington. This is a continuing data collection event with team leaders and variable participation each year; for this reason the sign-up deadline is September 9th to assign participants to teams.

Itinerary: Meeting point and start time to be determined. An early start (likely by 05:30) required for travel east to reach whatever route is assigned; expect a full day

Carpooling as much as possible following COVID protocols; fully vaccinated only. We will be mostly birding along roads with stop-and-go at pullouts, some short walks, and on some routes using trails to cover as much habitat as possible.

Spotting scope suggested although not required, but a Discover Pass is suggested as there are several DNR and WDFW areas where they are required.

For more information on Vancouver Audutobon Field Trip Guidelines, view page 5 of the newsletter.

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.

Kid's Flower Arranging Workshop

Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Join Field + Floral Design for a fun floral arranging class! We'll look at what's growing on the farm, answer questions, and touch all kinds of flowers to see how they feel and smell. All ages are welcome, however, ages 6-14 will gain more from the class.

Cost: $50 + Tax for one child and chaperone

Purchase at https://www.fieldnfloral.com/shop/kidsworkshop

The tickets are for one child and one adult chaperone. We'll have outside tables set up with already cut flowers and a mason jar to design in. We'll have a table of snacks and drinks (let me know if you have any allergies!), because let's face it, kids get hungry!

Masks for unvaccinated children and adults are required when sitting closer together during the class, but please socially distance yourself during all other times.

If you'd like to add an additional child or chaperone, please send us an email!

Contact: https://www.fieldnfloral.com/contact-1

 

22nd Annual Harvest Celebration

Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Eight farms will be open to the public on Saturday, September 18 to show the bounty of local agriculture and give Clark County residents an opportunity to tour and meet their area farmers.  With nearly two thousand farms throughout Clark County providing fresh produce and meats, this is a great opportunity to introduce the family to the farmers who make our local agriculture strong.

Three new farms will join the tour this year, including Get to Gather Farm, Dilish Farm, and the 78th St. Heritage Farm where tours will be hosted by Clark County Food Systems Council as well as several other community partners. The other farms that are part of this celebration are Baurs Corner Farm, Serendipity Alpaca Ranch, Gather and Feast Farm, Coyote Ridge Ranch, and Gifts of the Planet Farm.

Farms will offer a variety of fun-filled events such as animal petting, self-guided tours, U-pick vegetables and flowers, a hayride, live music, and photo ops with alpacas.  Participants will be able to meet their local farmers; purchase fresh produce, U-pick, cut flowers, and other farm products; see alpacas, chickens, Scottish Highland Cows, Icelandic sheep and other livestock; and tour vegetable fields and flower gardens. 

This year’s Harvest Celebration will also feature three local farms that have been recognized by WSU Clark County Extension for showing a commitment to stewardship. Get to Gather Farm, Serendipity Alpaca Ranch and Gifts of the Planet Farm have been awarded a Doing Our Part for Clean Water sign, for implementing practices that protect clean water and natural resources. 

Let’s all stay safe! Socially distance. Wear masks indoors. Mask up outdoors when it’s not possible to socially distance. The map and farm descriptions and more information is available online at http://go.wsu.edu/smallacreage.

Bird Walk

Friday, October 1, 2021 7:30 am - 8:30 am
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Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, 7:30am

Contact Cindy at [email protected] to register

Bird Walks are meant to be a casual, local morning of birding. They are a great time to enjoy birds with others, find new areas to visit, and/or work on bird identification by sight and sound or to practice your eBird app with help when needed. These walks are usually easy to join or depart at any time during the morning, no commitment to participate in the entire walk if you have limited time. Please, only fully vaccinated participants at this time. Meet at the west end of the trail. Parking is available along the shoulder of the north-bound lane of NW 36th Ave.

 

Perennial, Bulb & Seed Swap

Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Get those excess plants potted up; gather up your overage of seeds and bulbs and bring them to NatureScaping & WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardeners 5th* annual Perennial, Bulb and Seed Swap to be held outdoors at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens 11000 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie, WA. Bring something, get something!
 
Guidelines:
Perennials & bulbs should be potted or in sturdy plastic bags
Fresh collected seeds in individual envelopes or baggies by variety
Viable store bought seed packets
Label items as well as possible (i.e. botanical or common name, size, sun/shade, wet/dry, bloom time, plant height)
Plants should be well watered and pest free
Please NO invasive plants
Bring cardboard boxes, flats or grocery bags to take home plants

Rain or Shine! For more information please email [email protected] or call 360/737-1160.

Woodland Bottoms - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Sunday, October 10, 2021 7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Contact Randy at [email protected] or call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Leaders: Randy Hill and others

Join Vancouver Audubon for a field trip! Target species include migrating/ wintering cranes, raptors, waterfowl and a wide variety of marsh, riverine, riparian, and cropland species.

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2; Terrain: A-B; <1 mile walking.

 

Vancouver Lowlands & Post Office Lake - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Friday, October 22, 2021 7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Date subject to change; check website for updates

Contact Randy at [email protected] or call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Leaders: Bob Flores and Randy Hil

Target species are a wide variety of fall migrant/wintering waterfowl, waders including Snowy Egret and Sandhill Crane, raptors and a variety of wetland, open pasture, cropland and bottomland forest species. This trip enters private land with specific limited access for our group, and is adjacent to waterfowl hunting areas. This is an excellent opportunity to view Post Office Lake (accessible via temporary private property access agreement).

We will start at the Vancouver Lake flushing channel, then move toward the end of Lower River Road and walk on the old paved access road to Post Office Lake, an important wintering area on Ridgefield NWR for waterfowl (especially Canvasbacks). Other areas could include Frenchman’s Bar Park and the Shillapoo Wildlife Area from different access points. Trip will end around noon.

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2 Terrain: A-B. 2-3 miles of walking.

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.

Baurs Corner Farm Tour

Saturday, October 23, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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WSU Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites participants to tour Baurs Corner Farm in Ridgefield, WA that was recognized for stewardship efforts in 2021.  The twenty-nine-acre farm sustainably grows hazelnuts. The Baurs planted their hazelnut orchard in 2018 while implementing practices to reduce mud and control runoff to reduce negative impacts to soil and water quality, such as planting a riparian buffer strip. Participants will have the opportunity to see a hedgerow, composting bins, dahlias, fruit trees, barns and chickens on this beautiful farm. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about old tractors and dry farming.

Terry Koper, Small Acreage Program Coordinator, says “The Conrad’s are a great example in our county, modelling stewardship practices that keep streams and ground water healthy.”  These property tours are guided educational events focused on teaching stewardship practices and are open to everyone.

Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $10+ per houseold. 

In-person, MASKS REQUIRED. 

Questions: email [email protected] or call 564-397-5729.

Wahkiakum County - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Saturday, October 30, 2021 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Contact Randy at [email protected] or call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Leaders: Cindy McCormack and Randy Hill

Target species include migrating/wintering waterfowl, loons, gulls, raptors, and a wide variety of marsh, riverine, riparian, cropland/pasture and wet forest species.

Meet at 7am to leave at 07:15 at the Salmon Creek Park and Ride to carpool within current COVID guidelines. We will head north to Longview and west on SR-4. Areas will include Altoona/Grays Bay, Julia Butler Hansen NWR, and Puget Island. Trip will likely go to at least mid-afternoon. 

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2; Terrain: A; <1 mile walking 

Free day at Washington state parks and public lands

Friday, November 26, 2021
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Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will offer free entrance to state lands on Friday, Nov. 26. On this days, visitors to Washington state lands will not need a Discover Pass to park. Discover Pass free days apply to all visitor parking on DNR and WDFW lands and in day-use areas at Washington state parks.

Friday, Nov. 26 is the day after Thanksgiving. The November dates are the final free days in 2021. The full list of designated free days for 2022 will be announced next month.

Native Plant Q&A with Clark Conservation District

Monday, November 29, 2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Clark Conservation District will be holding a Q&A session with Clark CD staff Ashley Smithers, Mackenna Milosevich, and Zorah Oppenheimer. Take this opportunity to ask questions about the plants we are selling this year, which plants would work best in your yard, how to properly take care of your future native plants, or any questions you may have.

Registration is required.

Blueberry Pruning Hands On

Saturday, January 22, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Hands-On, In-Person Blueberry Pruning Workshop – January 22

Love juicy, sweet just-picked blueberries from your own bushes? Not sure how to keep them performing at their best? Join Master Gardeners for a workshop on blueberry pruning. Step one is to view a recorded video at home on blueberry pruning basics: when to prune, choosing which canes to cut, and where to cut them.

Step two is to join us in-person at our Hazel Dell area demonstration blueberry field to practice your skills. This entails a 5 - to 10-minute walk up a steep hill. Those with mobility issues may drive. Dress for the weather and bring water, garden gloves, and a pair of sharpened loppers or hand bypass pruners if you have them. Masks and social distancing will be required. Space is limited and participants will work in small groups. (You may view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7MOKxTUQFo without registering for the in-person portion.)

Cost: $5. No admission without advance registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blueberry-pruning-workshop-tickets-227148155247

For more information: (564) 397-5738 or [email protected]

Mount St. Helens Institute Photography Winter Adventure

Sunday, February 13, 2022 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mount St. Helens Institute offers guided adventures year-round. Winter trips include snowshoe excursions to icy waterfalls or other winter wonderland locations. Join us to explore and create stunning photographs of winter scenes. The 5-mile round-trip snowshoe hike winds through mixed conifer forest to our lunch spot on the Lake's icy shore. Along the way, we will practice techniques to beautifully photograph the snow-covered forest, ice-rimmed lake, and 74-foot-tall waterfall.

Registration is required.

Mount St. Helens June Lake Winter Adventure

Saturday, February 26, 2022 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mount St. Helens Institute offers guided adventures year-round. Winter trips include snowshoe excursions to icy waterfalls or other winter wonderland locations. Join us for a trip to June Lake on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

Registration is required. 

Mount St. Helens June Lake Winter Adventure

Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mount St. Helens Institute offers guided adventures year-round. Winter trips include snowshoe excursions to icy waterfalls or other winter wonderland locations. Join us for a snowshoe to June Lake, situated on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

Registration is required.

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