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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Sunday, May 1

First-of-Month Bird Walk with Vancouver Audubon

Sunday, May 1 6:10 am - 10:10 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. We will meet at the new parking lot, located to the west of the old parking lot, on the south side of SR14.

Register: [email protected]

Bare root trees, shrubs, and perennials Plant Sale

Sunday, May 1 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join NatureScaping of SW Washington for a plant sale! Shop for bare root trees, shrubs, perennials, mason bees, and more!

When: April 30 (12-3) and May 1 (10-3), pre-registration is required to attend April 30.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Tuesday, May 3

Soil Basics for Beginning Gardeners

Tuesday, May 3 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Do you want a successful and healthy garden? Whether you are growing vegetables or ornamentals, it all starts with healthy soil. When you feed your soil, the soil feeds your plants. Learn about the basic science of the soil food web and what natural steps you can take to improve and maintain your soil. This presentation is put on by the WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardener Program in collaboration with Clark County Public Health - Solid Waste Outreach.via Zoom. (You must have a (free) Zoom account.)

Pre-register here.

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

Learn more at http://extension.wsu.edu/clark/gardening/workshops-events/. After registering attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Wednesday, May 4

Lasagna Garden Composting

Wednesday, May 4 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Build and plant a raised bed garden with Master Composter Recycler. No tilling or turning required and most materials are free! Don't worry if your soil is clay, sand, grass or weeds - this method goes right over the top.

Regstration can be found here.

Saturday, May 7

Camas Plant and Garden Fair

Saturday, May 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Held in Downtown Camas, the Plant and Garden Fair offers fantastic plant & garden related items. You can explore unique offerings of garden art, planters, garden furniture, fountains, iron works, and a wealth of other locally made products. Hundreds of quality plants, trees, vegetable starts, hanging baskets, herbs--pretty much everything you'd need for your yard and garden. This event is kid and dog friendly! There is a free Kids' Zone with planting activities, petting zoo, and a giant Rose puppet!

Additional information can be found on the Camas Plant and Garden Fair website.

Don't Drip and Drive Workshop

Saturday, May 7 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Registrants will be given a presentation about how automotive leaks impact our local waterways, while Cascadia Tech students lift the cars and briefly inspect them. Then, participants will be able to see their car on the lift and talk with students about leaks, how to find them and learn about maintenance. If there is an issue found in the inspection, students will be able to give you a quote on what repairs will cost at a reputable auto shop. 

There will be three shifts to sign up for. Registrations are limited due to space, if you do not get a spot, please register for the waitlist. The third shift will be Spanish speaking only.

Registration (opening 4/25 @ 6pm) and additional information can be found here!

Shred Day

Saturday, May 7 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Battle Ground Lions Annual Shred Day.

Free to the public, and donations are always welcome. Stay and watch your items being shredded, or just drop off. 

Meet the Battle Ground Lions!

 

What can I shred?

YES: bank/financial statements, invoices, pay stubs, tax records, employment records, medical records, leases, contracts and letters, documents containing passwords, PINs or SSNs

NO: junk mail, magazines and catalogs, office paper, flyers and brochures, coupons, receipts

 

*If the document does not have any personal or secure information, you can recycle it in your curbside mixed recycling without shredding! 

Location: NW Corner of Main St and  20th Ave, empty corner lot by the Albertson's

Contact: [email protected]

Steigerwald Lake NWR Reopening Event

Saturday, May 7 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate a great conservation story and the reopening of Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge with Vancouver Audubon! While the refuge officially opens May 1st, staff and partners ask the community to come celebrate with us on May 7th. Walk the new trail, participate in family friendly activities, talk to Volunteer Refuge Ambassadors about what the refuge has to offer, and chat with us about how you like to engage with nature.

Contact Cindy at [email protected] to with any questions or sign up for a walk.

Tuesday, May 10

Organics 101 - Curbside Recycling

Tuesday, May 10 10:00 am - 11:45 am

If you live within Vancouver or Ridgefield city limits, you can now add food scraps to your yard debris cart. During this class you'll learn about the organics program including:

  • What is and is not accepted in the organics cart and why.
  • How to maintain your cart and pail to keep them clean.
  • Where this material goes after leaving the curb.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

RecycleU free classes are offered through a partnership with Vancouver Solid Waste, Clark County Green Neighbors and Waste Connections.

Fishing Celebration

Tuesday, May 10 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Designed for avid anglers and those just looking to get their feet wet, the Columbia Springs Fishing Festival will return this May! Visit www.columbiasprings.org/events/fishing-celebration to register in advance (free but required for all attendees!) and learn all the details.

Beginning May 1st, this year’s festival will begin with a self-guided “follow the fish” scavenger hunt to see where Columbia Springs trout go once they are big enough to be released into local waterways. Our fish go to Klineline Pond, Lacamas Lake and Battle Ground Lake State Park.

The event will culminate in an after-school extravaganza on May 10th from 4:00-7:00 pm at Battle Ground Lake State Park. This Celebration of Fishing will feature several stations of fun, tactile, fishing-related activities including casting practice, fishy art, interactive presentations from experts, science and nature games, tackle giveaways, and more!

Participants of our celebration (scavenger hunt or culminating event) will be entered to win a rod and reel set to get them ready to meet our fish in our local lakes! Complete both and your entry will be doubled.

Things to note:

  • Dinner will be available for purchase from ASH Woodfired Pizza at our culminating event!
  • All attendees will be subject to Battle Ground Lake State Park parking requirements – a Discover Pass or payment of the $10 parking fee. If you are having trouble with this cost please contact us at [email protected]!
  • Although we will not be hosting actual fishing at this Fishing Celebration, participants can get comfortable with fishing gear and techniques on land so that they will feel confident to venture out on the water by themselves, and we will share fun new information with those who already have experience with fishing. Battle Ground Lake is frequently stocked with Columbia Springs trout and will be open during our event for those kids and licensed individuals who bring their own gear and would like to try their luck after they visit our event.

Wednesday, May 11

Green Cleaning

Wednesday, May 11 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to make three versatile household green cleaners and see how fun and safe cleaning can be. (By attending you qualify for a green clean kit at no cost).

Registration can be found here.

Well and Septic System Maintenance Workshop

Wednesday, May 11 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have a gravity-fed septic system? You can join an online webinar that will allow you to inspect the system yourself instead of hiring a professional to do it for you. The workshop is taught by Clark County Public Health and will teach participants how to inspect their septic systems and safely maintain their well water. Completing the workshop and a short exam will certify participants to self-inspect their own septic system every other time. The Small Acreage Program, co-sponsored by Washington State University Clark County Extension and Clark County Public Works Clean Water, will provide information, handouts, and answer landowners’ questions at the workshop. 

Registration is $15+fees per person and payments will be mailed in. Registration and additional details can be found here.

Contact: [email protected] or call 564-397-5729

Saturday, May 14

Wetland birds of the Pacific Northwest

Saturday, May 14 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Wetland Birds of the Pacific Northwest: Get to know the incredible diversity of birds that inhabit our many wet places. Whether we seek the large and easy-to-spot Great Blue Heron or the small and secretive Sora, a wetland can keep us busy looking for birds for hours. We’ll cover waterbirds like herons and rails, songbirds and ducks that favor marshes, plus get to know the Wilson’s Snipe, an cryptically colored shorebird that’s often heard before it’s seen.

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, May 14 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

We’re Back!

The Community Garden Club of Camas Washougal’s Annual Fundraiser Plant Sale will be held May 14, 2022, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 824 NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA 98607

Plants are from our members’ gardens. Great selection at low prices. Indoor shopping and free, convenient parking.

Community Garden Club of Camas-Washougal is a non-profit 501c(4) organization

Website:  www.gardenclubofcamaswashougal.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CommunityGardenClubOfCamasWashougal/

Klickitat County Migration Count

All day

The Klickitat County Annual Spring Migratory Bird Count has several sectors that could use some help during this long-running annual census. Typically a  great day of birding! Habitats would vary depending on sector you might wish to join.

Contact Randy or Cindy ([email protected]) if you are interested. We can put you in touch with one of the sector leaders.

Tuesday, May 17

Vancouver Audubon: Vancouver Lowlands

Tuesday, May 17 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Target species are a wide variety of migrant and nesting waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, raptors and both wetland and bottomland forest songbirds.

Itinerary: Meet at 7am at the Vancouver Lake flushing channel to scan the lake. By 07:15 we will move to Frenchman’s Bar Park and Shillapoo Wildlife Area at the end of Lower River Road. Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2 Terrain: A-B plus an optional 250 yard stretch that crosses a cattle pasture. 2-3 miles walking.

Register: Contact Randy Hill via email [email protected] or call/text 360-975-2573

Japanese beetles - emerging invasive pest of home gardens and local agriculture

Tuesday, May 17 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a non-native pest that feeds on over 300 plants. If established in Washington state the destructive pest would pose a serious threat to farms, gardens and the environment. Join Cassie Cichorz of the Washington State Department of Agriculture for a talk on the Japanese beetle as an emerging pest. This presentation will detail threats of the pest itself, share trapping efforts, and teach you how to safeguard for Japanese beetle.

Registration can be found here.

Wednesday, May 18

Recycling Done Right

Wednesday, May 18 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to be an expert recycler with Master Composter Recyclers. Understand why only certain items can go into your Big Blue recycle cart and Binny the glass bin. When in doubt throw it out.

Registration can be found here.

Views and Brews - Mount St. Helens

Wednesday, May 18 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dr. Van Eaton is a physical volcanologist at the U.S. Geological Survey focusing on field-based geology to shed light on the behavior of volcanic eruptions. 

What have we learned in 42 years since the iconic eruption of Mount St. Helens? In this talk, we will cover the geology of the explosive sequence on May 18th that left an indelible impression on the Pacific Northwest and revolutionized the field of volcanology. 

Registration can be found here.

Friday, May 20

Northwest Roadside Flowers

Friday, May 20 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Northwest roadsides can spring to life with showy wildflowers during the spring and summer. While we have a number of invasive weeds, many of our native species also put on quite a show, including a few that are rare or endemic like the uniquely-colored Lomatium columbianum (Columbia desert parsley) found along Hwy 14 in the Columbia Gorge. Some flowers are prominent enough to recognize at 65 mph on the freeway. Others will be found only when meandering slowly along a Forest Service byway. In this program hosted by Naturescaping of Southwest Washington, you'll be introduced to about 60 plants that are easily recognized from behind your windshield.

Registration can be found here.

Saturday, May 21

Pacific Park Natural Garden - Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, May 21 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 

Frenchman's Bar Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, May 21 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Hosted by the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington

What: Picking up litter on the beach

When: Saturday, March 21st. 9:30am – 11:30pm

Where: Frenchman’s Bar on the Columbia River. (9612 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660)

What to bring: Please dress for the weather.  Please bring your own snacks and water.

Register here

Monday, May 23

Vancouver Audubon: Klickitat R./Old Hwy 8

All day

We will plan on visiting areas along Old Hwy 8, Klickitat River, and a stop at the Little White Salmon on the return to check for Harlequin Ducks and American Dipper. Target species will be dry-land and oak species including Acorn Woodpecker, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Golden Eagle.

Travel expectations: Driving with several stops and some short hikes. Pace: 0-2 Terrain: A-C; 1-3 miles walking.

Register: email [email protected]

Heat Dome & Drought Update Webinar

Monday, May 23 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mackenna Milosevich, Clark CD Stewardship Forester, will present the effects of the 2021 drought and heat dome on forestland. This will be a brief update with a focus on Clark County trees and forests.

Registration can be found here.

Wednesday, May 25

Prevent Food Waste in the First Place

Wednesday, May 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn tools on how to minimize food spoilage with Master Composter Recyclers.

Registration can be found here.

Saturday, May 28

Get Growing: Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, May 28 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
You can grow the delicious, fresh, healthy, vegetables you’ve always wanted to! Join the WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener program for a fully hands-on, workshop on vegetable gardening. Participants will learn about site selection, soil preparation, crop selection, pest and disease management, irrigation, and more. This is a fully hands-on outdoor event. Dress for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and brown bag lunch. This class is geared for those with no or little experience gardening. Hazel Dell area.. Cost $10.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-growing-introduction-to-vegetable-gardening-tickets-325270140747