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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Monday, November 1

Vancouver Audubon: First of the Month Bird Walk

Monday, November 1 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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.

Contact Cindy at vas@vancouveraudubon.org to register. 

Tree-of-Heaven and Spotted Lanternfly: Significant Risks to Washington State

Monday, November 1 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join the Washington Invasive Species Council for a webinar to learn about tree-of-heaven and spotted lanternfly, including the risk spotted lanternfly poses to Washington and how you can help. Attendees with Washington pesticide and structural pest inspector licenses will earn one recertification credit.

State agencies are asking the public to report an invasive tree called tree-of-heaven throughout October to help prevent the introduction of a harmful insect, the spotted lanternfly.

Registration is required.

 

Tuesday, November 2

Young Birder of the Year

Tuesday, November 2 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Katie Warner is a recent new member of the Vancouver Audubon Society. She will talk about her experience participating in and winning the American Birding Association’s 2021 Young Birder of the Year award. The ABA Young Birder of the Year mentoring program exists to encourage and develop the talents of birders between the ages of 10-18. We are pleased that Katie is willing to share her experience and talents with our group. She is actively working with Vancouver Audubon Society to start a Young Birders Group here in Vancouver.

Programs are currently scheduled as virtual events through Zoom, all start at 7:00 pm (social time at 6:30pm). All are welcome, we hope you will join!

Contact Don Rose for more information or to get a Zoom link: meetings@vancouveraudubon.org

Wednesday, November 3

Living on the Land (Class 4 of 10)

Wednesday, November 3 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Living on the Land class series brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage land caretakers. These experts give advice on pasture and livestock management, managing weeds, caring for your forest, improving wildlife habitat, soil health, stormwater management, well & septic maintenance, and more. 

When: Wednesdays, October 6 – Dec 8, 2021 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35/person or $50/household or farm (Scholarships for Veterans are available upon request)

Registration: First, please take this pre-survey and then you will recieve an email within a few days inviting you to register. Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon! Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

Learn more here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/small-acreage-living-on-the-land/ 

Living on the Land (Class 5 of 10)

Wednesday, November 3 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Living on the Land class series brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage land caretakers. These experts give advice on pasture and livestock management, managing weeds, caring for your forest, improving wildlife habitat, soil health, stormwater management, well & septic maintenance, and more. 

When: Wednesdays, October 6 – Dec 8, 2021 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35/person or $50/household or farm (Scholarships for Veterans are available upon request)

Registration: First, please take this pre-survey and then you will recieve an email within a few days inviting you to register. Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon! Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

Learn more here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/small-acreage-living-on-the-land/ 

Green Cleaning

Wednesday, November 3 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Make three household green cleaners. Kit & ingredients provided.

Classes are available through Zoom Video Communications. Visit zoom.us or download app from Apple Store or Google Play.

Zoom into sustainable living and join Master Composter Recycler classes.

Register online: clarkcountycomposts.org/current-offerings

Thursday, November 4

Use Food Well - Sharing Food Across Clark County

Thursday, November 4 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

More than one million tons of food waste is generated annually in Washington, with about 35% being edible food going into landfills. Food waste is one of the greatest challenges of our time significantly impacting our environment, community and economy.

Join Clark County Green Neighbors to hear speakers from Clark County Food Bank, Urban Abundance and Clark County Food System Council. We’ll learn about how they get food into the hands that need it and subsequently prevent good food from being wasted.

Pre-registration required.

 

Contact: Brittany Smith, brittany.smith@clark.wa.gov

 

Building Health Soils with Cover Crops

Thursday, November 4 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Small Acreage Program for an online Zoom workshop where participants will learn about cover crops from Justin O’Dea – Regional Agricultural Specialist and Faculty at WSU Extension. Terry Koper, Program Coordinator says, “This workshop will be a great chance for folks to learn the benefits and methods for utilizing cover crops to build organic matter and biodiversity in their soils.”

This workshop is hosted by Small Acreage Program of WSU Clark County Extension, co-sponsored by Clark County Public Works Clean Water.

This event is $10. Registration is required. 

Call 564-397-5729 or email terry.koper@wsu.edu for more information.

Saturday, November 6

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden

Saturday, November 6 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Gardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit and vegetable plants produce an edible harvest. Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us are aware of the many flies, beetles, moths and butterflies at our doorsteps that also provide critical pollination services. In this workshop you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites. Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Please contact Katie at (503) 935-5377 or katie@emswcd.org for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required.

Sunday, November 7

Naturescaping Basics

Sunday, November 7 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn to Naturescape with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District! “Naturescaping” is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases storm-water runoff while saving you time, money and energy. Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Even if you decide to enlist the help of a contractor, you’ll have the framework to make decisions and effectively communicate the vision you have for your yard. 

Please contact Katie at (503) 935-5377 or katie@emswcd.org for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required. 

Wednesday, November 10

Living on the Land (Class 6 of 10)

Wednesday, November 10 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Living on the Land class series brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage land caretakers. These experts give advice on pasture and livestock management, managing weeds, caring for your forest, improving wildlife habitat, soil health, stormwater management, well & septic maintenance, and more. 

When: Wednesdays, October 6 – Dec 8, 2021 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35/person or $50/household or farm (Scholarships for Veterans are available upon request)

Registration: First, please take this pre-survey and then you will recieve an email within a few days inviting you to register. Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon! Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

Learn more here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/small-acreage-living-on-the-land/ 

Recycling Done Right

Wednesday, November 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn what goes into the recycle and glass bins and why.

Classes are available through Zoom Video Communications. Visit zoom.us or download app from Apple Store or Google Play.

Zoom into sustainable living and join Master Composter Recycler classes.

Register online: clarkcountycomposts.org/current-offerings

Saturday, November 13

Volunteer Tree Planting on Burnt Bridge Creek

Saturday, November 13 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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.

Tuesday, November 16

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

All day

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Tuesday, November 16: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website

Beneficial Insects: What They Are and How to Attract Them to Your Garden?

Tuesday, November 16 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Insects provide many important services in our gardens. Here in Oregon, we have hundreds native bees, flies, beetles, and moths that pollinate our flowers and crops. We also have an army of beneficial insects, including beetles, flies, and bugs that provide free pest control by preying on the pests living in our gardens.

In this webinar with Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District you will learn about the different kinds of beneficial insects that might live in your garden. You’ll also discover how to provide food, water, and shelter to attract and sustain these helpful creatures year-round.

Join us for Beneficial Insects!

Registration is required

Native Mason Bees

Tuesday, November 16 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens in-person to resume our annual Mason Bee experience! Did you know Mason Bees are one of about 4000 native North American bees, without which most of our fruits and vegetables would not produce. You will see how easy it is to attract and maintain these important pollinators in your yard. Learn about the bees and then get hands-on experience as we will also be cleaning cocoons for our plant sale in the spring. In exchange go home with some of your very own bee cocoons!

We will meet at Prairie H.S.—come into the main entrance and you will see us. Masks are required indoor at all times and at least 3 feet of physical distancing should be maintained.

Register for the class or for more information: info@naturescaping.org or marlene52ns@gmail.com Phone: 360-737-1160

Wednesday, November 17

Prevent Food Waste

Wednesday, November 17 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Zoom into sustainable living and join Master Composter Recyclers on how to Prevent Food Waste in the First Place!

Understand the problem of food waste and learn tools to store food, minimize food spoilage, and tips to use the most of the food you have.

Classes are available through Zoom Video Communications. Visit zoom.us or download app from Apple Store or Google Play.

 

Register online: clarkcountycomposts.org/current-offerings

Living on the Land (Class 7 of 10)

Wednesday, November 17 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Living on the Land class series brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage land caretakers. These experts give advice on pasture and livestock management, managing weeds, caring for your forest, improving wildlife habitat, soil health, stormwater management, well & septic maintenance, and more. 

When: Wednesdays, October 6 – Dec 8, 2021 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35/person or $50/household or farm (Scholarships for Veterans are available upon request)

Registration: First, please take this pre-survey and then you will recieve an email within a few days inviting you to register. Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon! Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

Learn more here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/small-acreage-living-on-the-land/ 

Thursday, November 18

Creating an Edible Landscape

Thursday, November 18 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Creating an Edible Landscape

Date: Thu, Nov. 18
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Virtual, Free

Workshop Description:
This online webinar will give you insight and tools for thoughtfully incorporating edible plants into your landscape – from annual veggies and herbs to perennial berries and fruit trees. We’ll discuss design tips, ways to build fertile soil, and how to conserve water while producing a harvest. You will also learn about native plants that feature edible fruit and nuts, as well as how to invite beneficial insects to your garden. You’ll walk away ready to assess your site and make a plan for a beautiful – and delicious – landscape! Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. 

Sign up here

 

Please contact Tiffany at tiffany@emswcd.org for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Friday, November 19

Vancouver Audubon: Vancouver Lowlands and Post Office Lake

Friday, November 19 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 the usually inaccessible Post Office Lake.

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. Bring your Discover Pass, County Park Pass and spotting scope if you have them.

Contact Randy at re_hill@q.com or call/text for additional details and to register by 11/13: 360-975-2573. 

 

Saturday, November 20

Urban Weeds

Saturday, November 20 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Urban Weeds

Date: Sat, Nov. 20
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Workshop Description:
Weeds! We all have them. Learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants can take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides. Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Sign up

 

Please contact tiffany@emswcd.org for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

All day

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Saturday, November 20: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Sunday, November 21

Rain Gardens 101

Sunday, November 21 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Date: Sun, Nov. 21
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Workshop Description:
Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

 

Sign up 

 

Wednesday, November 24

Living on the Land (Class 8 of 10)

Wednesday, November 24 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Living on the Land class series brings in local experts to teach key stewardship principles to small acreage land caretakers. These experts give advice on pasture and livestock management, managing weeds, caring for your forest, improving wildlife habitat, soil health, stormwater management, well & septic maintenance, and more. 

When: Wednesdays, October 6 – Dec 8, 2021 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $35/person or $50/household or farm (Scholarships for Veterans are available upon request)

Registration: First, please take this pre-survey and then you will recieve an email within a few days inviting you to register. Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon! Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

Learn more here: https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/naturalresources/smallacreageprogram/small-acreage-living-on-the-land/ 

Friday, November 26

Free day at Washington state parks and public lands

All day

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.

Monday, November 29

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Chum Salmon Tours

All day

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at along the bank of the Columbia River to watch iconic chum salmon spawn. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Monday, November 29: 10am,12pm2pm3:30pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Native Plant Q&A with Clark Conservation District

Monday, November 29 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.

Tuesday, November 30

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Chum Salmon Tours

All day

Join Columbia Land Trust staff along the bank of the Columbia River to watch iconic chum salmon spawn. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Tuesday, November 30: 10am12pm2pm3:30pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

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