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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Friday, October 1

Bird Walk

Friday, October 1 7:30 am - 8:30 am

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.

 

Saturday, October 2

Free Confidential Document Shred Event

Saturday, October 2 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bring your sensitive documents and papers to be securely shredded and recycled on-site!

$5.00 suggested donation goes to the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church's annual Mexico Mission Trip.

Limit 2 banker boxes per person

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! 

BirdFest & Bluegrass

Saturday, October 2 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

BirdFest & Bluegrass is a joint event on Oct. 2 planned in a partnership between the City of Ridgefield and the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge that includes virtual and in-person activities such as a self-led Refuge hike, and crafts, musical performances, and a Pickers Festival in downtown Ridgefield. This year’s theme is “Back to the Refuge.”

Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife website, the BirdFest & Bluegrass Facebook page, and The City of Ridgefield website are the place for all the news, schedules, and everything you need to prepare for BirdFest & Bluegrass 2021.

Bluegrass performances can be heard in locations around town from noon to 5 p.m. See the schedule at ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest-bluegrass. Ridgefield First Saturday vendors will be on site at Overlook Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2. A vendor list is available at ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest-bluegrass.

Find out more here: https://events.columbian.com/event/birdfest-bluegrass/ 

Perennial, Bulb & Seed Swap

Saturday, October 2 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.

Downtown Alley Flea Market

Saturday, October 2 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kindred Homestead Supply, 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, is hosting a vintage flea market on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the storefront. Peruse wares from about 20 local vendors and small businesses. Find vintage goods and antiques, clothing, furniture, artwork, books, collectibles, candles, plants and seeds and garden tools. The market will continue through Oct. 2.

While visiting the flea market, be sure to check out Kindred Homestead Supply, a bulk refillery for home and personal care products and seller of sustainable, eco-friendly and plastic-free items for home and self. Kindred’s basement will also be open to the public. The space has been transformed into a vintage showroom displaying vintage furniture, quilts and home decor. The showroom provides a space for Swede’s Den Upholstery and Fine Furnishings and the walls showcase artwork by local artists.

To become a vendor and rent a space at the flea market, email Kindred Homestead Supply at [email protected].

Tuesday, October 5

Demystifying Shorebird Identification

Tuesday, October 5 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Vancouver Audubon Society presents Demystifying Shorebird Identification with Jim Danzenbaker.

When you locate shorebirds, do you feel the need to run away because you can't identify them? Do you watch them for a while and realize that you'll never know what they are? This presentation will help demystify some of the identification challenges associated with shorebirds. To help increase our knowledge of shorebirds, we'll look at:

  • Bill shape
  • Plumage
  • Behavior
  • Habitat
  • eBird data
We'll concentrate on shorebirds found in Clark and neighboring counties but may include a few from other spots in Washington. Jim has given shorebird identification workshops and led shorebird field trips in San Diego, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Ocean Shores, WA. He currently lives in Battle Ground, WA.

Contact Don Rose for more information or to get a Zoom link: [email protected]

Programs are currently scheduled as virtual events through Zoom. All are welcome!

Wednesday, October 6

Living on the Land (Class 1 of 10)

Wednesday, October 6 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/ 

Curbside Composting: Organics 101

Wednesday, October 6 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn what is accepted in the City of Vancouver’s curbside organics service 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

Thursday, October 7

KOOBDOOGA Community Reads Presents: Author Blaine Harden

Thursday, October 7 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries every Thursday this October for a lively discussion focused on books about nature. 

Pre-registration required.

A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia author Blaine Harden will talk about his journey down the Columbia River by barge and car, listening to the heard and unheard voices of those who gained and those who lost when the river was tamed.

Learn more about KOOBDOOGA on our website.

To join this online program, you will need a computer, tablet or mobile device with a speaker. The link and password to join the event will be emailed to registrants. A phone number will be included to allow you to use a phone as speaker and microphone, if necessary.

Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Saturday, October 9

Salmon Creek Lions Club Free Paper Shred Event Oct. 9

Saturday, October 9 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Salmon Creek Lions Club is hosting a confidential shred event benefitting Friends of the Children. Protect yourself or your business by shredding important documents that are no longer needed and free up valuable space in your home, business or storage spaces.

People may bring in documents they would like to have shred, can stay to watch their items shredded, or leave. Social distancing will be practiced. Event is free, however donations are always welcome. Food donations will also be accepted to benefit Clark County Food Bank.

Please remove paper from binders and remove any binder clips.

 

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! 

 

Contact: [email protected] or visit salmoncreeklions.org

October Big Day

Saturday, October 9 12:00 am - Sunday, October 10 12:00 am

Mark your calendars for October Big Day—9 October 2021! Big Days are a 24-hour opportunity to celebrate birds near and far.

Wherever you are on 9 October, take a few minutes to join the world of birding on October Big Day. By taking part in October Big Day you’re also joining the second-ever Global Bird Weekend and celebrating World Migratory Bird Day. Be a part of the global team, and help set a new record for birding.

We recognize that COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. Even if your local conditions have improved, we always encourage everyone to put safety first, follow local guidelines, and bird mindfully. You can bird from home and still participate in October Big Day!

How to participate

  • Get an eBird account: eBird is a worldwide bird checklist program used by millions of birders. It’s what allows us to compile everyone’s sightings into a single massive October Big Day list—while at the same time collecting the data for scientists to use to better understand birds. Sign up here. It’s 100% free.
  • Watch birds on 9 October. It’s that simple! October Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone. You don’t need to be a bird expert, or go out all day long. You can report birds from anywhere in the world—even 10 minutes in your backyard will help.
  • Enter what you see and hear on eBird: You can enter your sightings via our website or—even easier—download the free eBird Mobile app. The app allows you to keep and submit lists while you’re still out birding, explore nearby Hotspots, and will even track of how far you’ve walked so you can focus on watching birds. Please submit your eBird checklists before 13 October to be included in our initial results announcement.
  • Watch the sightings roll in: During the day, keep an eye on how the lists are growing in different parts of the world. Follow along with reports from more than 160 countries. Stats will be updated in real-time on our October Big Day page

Finding birds and keeping checklists is easy with the free eBird Mobile app. Download for iOS or Android.

October Big Day Pro Tips

  • If you’re new to eBird or want to make your checklists more valuable for science and conservation, take our free eBird Essentials course.
  • Use Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID app for help identifying tricky species by sight or sound, then use eBird to report them so your sightings are part of the October Big Day totals.
  • Take photos and add them to your checklist—they might end up on the October Big Day page!
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  • Make your sightings more valuable: submit complete checklistskeep counts of the birds that you see, and keep multiple checklists throughout the day.
  • Share what you’re seeing on social media with #octoberbigday!

On October Big Day 2020, more than 32,000 participants submitted 80,400 checklists with 7,128 species. How many checklists and participants will we have this year? No matter where you bird, have fun, stay safe, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird. Your observations will help us better understand global bird populations through products like these animated abundance maps brought to you by eBird Science.

Find out more here: https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-2021 

The World of Wolves: A Nature Explorers Class for Families

Saturday, October 9 10:00 pm - Sunday, October 10 12:00 am

TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center is offering “The World of Wolves: A Nature Explorers Class for Families” from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9 at 41 Tree-ific Drive W., Washougal. The workshop is led by representatives from WolfWays, a science-based wolf education program sponsored by Oregon Wild and Wolf Haven International.

Through an interactive multi-media presentation — including video and audio clips, wolf fur, track and skull, a life-size wolf model, coyote, and elk cut-outs, stories, and lots of pictures — families will enter the world of wolves. Hear wolves howl, watch wolves play, and through stories, learn all about how wolf families take care of one another. Watch pups as they grow up. Learn how wolves work together as they hunt for food. Learn how wolves help the environment and get to know wolves that live in Washington.

The cost is $15 to $35 per person. Register here.

For more information, call 360-837-8733.

Sunday, October 10

Woodland Bottoms - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Sunday, October 10 7:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

 

Monday, October 11

Intermediate Birding by Ear: Winter Migrants - Portland Audubon

Monday, October 11 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Winter birding for songbirds can feel like a whole different discipline. Rather than watching a sharply plumaged bird sing from an exposed perch, we’re hoping to use chip notes and alarm calls to help us learn the identity of stubborn skulkers, buried in the bush.

In this class, we’ll welcome back our winter migrants like Fox Sparrow, Varied Thrush, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet by reacquainting ourselves with their vocalizations.

Class fee: $20 for members/$30 for non-members

Registration is required.

Tuesday, October 12

Master Gardener Foundation: Steel, Fire, Anvil and Good Honest Sweat!

Tuesday, October 12 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From prehistoric times to the present, humans have designed, built, and used a multitude of tools to improve their environment and help attain a lasting food supply. Many of today's garden tools are cousins of the ancient tools used by the Romans and medieval Europeans. In this talk, artisan blacksmith and toolmaker Seth Pauley of Red Pig Garden Tools shares a brief overview of the history of garden tools through anecdotes and stories. He also covers topics such as the key parts of a garden tool and how to identify the characteristics of a high-quality garden tool, while providing tips for matching the right tool to the right job. Additionally, he covers some of the basics of ergonomics and tool care which many lifelong gardeners will not have learned or will have forgotten over the years.

Registration is required.

Field Trip: Birding by Ear – Winter Migrants with Portland Audubon

Tuesday, October 12 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

There’s no better way to up your winter birding game than learning the chip notes and alarm calls of our migrant songbirds. On this field trip, we’ll enjoy all of the birds of this wonderful refuge, paying special attention to what we hear from our skulking winter migrants.

We’ll meet at the parking lot on SE 7th Avenue before hiking down to the refuge. Total distance around 2 miles, on gravel and mud trails, with one moderate hill. Come dressed for any kind of weather!

Fee: $45 for members/$65 for non-members

Registration is required.

Wednesday, October 13

Living on the Land (Class 2 of 10)

Wednesday, October 13 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/ 

Backyard Habitat Wildlife Garden Making and Design

Wednesday, October 13 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Habitat Design PDX is hosting a free online class about attracting and sustaining wildlife in our garden. Backyard Habitat staff will be there to answer questions. 

Email [email protected] to RSVP. 

Backyard Composting

Wednesday, October 13 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Construct a compost pile with tips from experts.

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, October 14

KOOBDOOGA Community Reads Presents: Healing the Big River Author, Peter Marbach

Thursday, October 14 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries every Thursday this October for a lively discussion focused on books about nature.

Pre-registration required.

Peter Marbach, landscape photographer, has devoted much of his career capturing the beauty of the Columbia River, from British Columbia to the sea. He will share his photographic journey and discuss his book, Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty, which combines his photographs with essays by members of First Nations, tribes and others concerned about the future of the river to tell the story of the people and their culture along the Columbia.

Learn more about KOOGDOOGA on our website.

To join this online program, you will need a computer, tablet or mobile device with a speaker. The link and password to join the event will be emailed to registrants. A phone number will be included to allow you to use a phone as speaker/microphone, if necessary.

Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Monday, October 18

Mason Bee Cocoon Harvesting

Monday, October 18 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Providing habitat for solitary bees is fun and easy, but it’s important to remember that as soon as you create man-made habitat, you’re responsible for the animals who live in them. When it comes to mason bees, we’re providing habitat for both the gentle pollinators and their common pests and disease. Never fear! Harvesting, cleaning, and storing the bees’ cocoons for the winter easily prevents these pests and diseases.

In this webinar, Bee & Bloom experts will walk through the entire process of harvesting bee cocoons. We’ll point out common warning signs and provide insight into bee-ing a better steward to your solitary bees!

Registration is required. 

Wednesday, October 20

Living on the Land (Class 3 of 10)

Wednesday, October 20 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/ 

Weed Management Workshop

Wednesday, October 20 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Small Acreage Program for an online Zoom workshop that will highlight weeds of the Pacific Northwest and recommended management approaches to reduce weeds on your land, pastures, and gardens.  Clark County Vegetation Management’s Justin Collell will present. Terry Koper, Program Coordinator says, “This workshop will be a great chance for folks to learn how to identify and reduce weeds on their land.”

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

To register and find more details visit https://weeds102021.eventbrite.com or contact Terry Koper at 564-397-5729 or [email protected]

 

Beneficial Insects

Wednesday, October 20 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you battling pests in your urban garden? Can’t tell the difference between the “good” bugs and the “bad” bugs? Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes that work around the clock to provide free pest control. You will discover plant types and management practices that provide habitat to attract and sustain beneficial insects that help your garden thrive. You’ll also learn how to keep an eye out for some of the invasive insect pests that currently threaten our state.

Please note that this class will focus on the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Registration is required.

Red Worm Composting

Wednesday, October 20 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Construct a worm bin & turn kitchen trimmings into garden gold.

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, October 21

The Zero Waste Chef - Start a Sourdough Starter

Thursday, October 21 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Anne-Marie Bonneau, author of the cookbook The Zero-Waste Chef, presents how to make your own sourdough starter. All you need to make your own sourdough starter are flour, water and a bit of patience. In this class, she will show you how to start a starter culture and how to keep it alive. Bring your questions and she'll answer as many as she can after the demo. Registration required and space is limited.

Registration: https://www.airsubs.com/class_types/1594/classes/11629

Cost: FREE

Contact: Visit website to fill out the contact form.

KOOBDOOGA Community Reads Presents: Traveling the Columbia by Kayak

Thursday, October 21 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries every Thursday this October for a lively discussion focused on books about nature.

Pre-registration required.

Laurie Wilhite will be sharing her experiences and reflections on a lifetime on the Columbia River, which led her to write her book Paddle to the Pacific chronicling her adventure from the John Day Dam to Astoria in a kayak. Born and raised in Goldendale, Washington, Laurie is a retired teacher and outdoor school facilitator.

Learn more about KOOGDOOGA on our website.

To join this webinar, you will need a computer, tablet or mobile device with a speaker. The link and password to join the event will be emailed to registrants. A phone number will be included to allow you to use a phone as speaker/microphone, if necessary.

Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Friday, October 22

Vancouver Lowlands & Post Office Lake - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Friday, October 22 7:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

StreamTeam Virtual Make A Difference Day

Friday, October 22 7:00 am - Sunday, October 24 11:59 pm

Join us for Make A Difference Day 2021 as we make a difference from the comfort of our homes! This year, we will be doing a raffle challenge where you can complete any number of activities that we have outlined on our website:

https://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/event/make-difference-day/

Then post a picture on Instagram or Facebook and tag Clark Public Utilities in the post, using the hashtag #MADD2021, or email the picture to us at [email protected] and get submitted into a raffle for each submission to win wonderful prizes such as gift baskets, gift cards, or even an hour long massage!

We will be accepting submissions from Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24 and will contact raffle winners the following week.

Saturday, October 23

StreamTeam Virtual Make A Difference Day

Friday, October 22 7:00 am - Sunday, October 24 11:59 pm

Join us for Make A Difference Day 2021 as we make a difference from the comfort of our homes! This year, we will be doing a raffle challenge where you can complete any number of activities that we have outlined on our website:

https://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/event/make-difference-day/

Then post a picture on Instagram or Facebook and tag Clark Public Utilities in the post, using the hashtag #MADD2021, or email the picture to us at [email protected] and get submitted into a raffle for each submission to win wonderful prizes such as gift baskets, gift cards, or even an hour long massage!

We will be accepting submissions from Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24 and will contact raffle winners the following week.

Naturescaping Basics

Saturday, October 23 9:00 am - 1:00 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 [email protected] for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required.

VOLUNTEER: Spruce the Couve on Make a Difference Day!

Saturday, October 23 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let's Show Downtown Vancouver Some Autumn Love! 

City of Vancouver and Vancouver's Downtown Association are partnering for a downtown fall cleanup event on Make A Difference Day October 23, 2021.  We will work to remove litter and leaves throughout the downtown core. 

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  If able, volunteers are asked to bring water bottles, face mask, gloves and leaf rakes. 

Youth under 18 must have a parental consent completed via the online RSVP. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions not answered in the FAQ? Please contact [email protected] 360-487-8344

Advanced RSVP is required for this event

Make a Difference Day - Volunteer Tree Planting

Saturday, October 23 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.

Fall Drive-Thru Drug Take Back Event

Saturday, October 23 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bring unused prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe, free disposal at 5 drive-thru Drug Take Back Event sites in SW Washington:

  1. Any prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids & inhalers will be accepted for safe, FREE disposal.
  2. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed.
  3. Medications not in original containers will be accepted too.
  4. Vaping devices & e-Cigarettes WITHOUT Batteries will also be accepted for free disposal at all event sites EXCEPT Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department.
  5. Sharps and syringes will be accepted from noncommercial sources ONLY at the PeaceHealth SW Urgent Care event site. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container with a lid (ex: plastic milk jug) & label the container: WARNING-SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE
  6. NO prefilled syringes will be accepted for disposal at any event site.
** For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in vehicles & use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted & expired medications. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing & disinfecting **

Visit Prevent Coalition's website for more information.

Baurs Corner Farm Tour

Saturday, October 23 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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.

Sunday, October 24

StreamTeam Virtual Make A Difference Day

Friday, October 22 7:00 am - Sunday, October 24 11:59 pm

Join us for Make A Difference Day 2021 as we make a difference from the comfort of our homes! This year, we will be doing a raffle challenge where you can complete any number of activities that we have outlined on our website:

https://www.clarkpublicutilities.com/event/make-difference-day/

Then post a picture on Instagram or Facebook and tag Clark Public Utilities in the post, using the hashtag #MADD2021, or email the picture to us at [email protected] and get submitted into a raffle for each submission to win wonderful prizes such as gift baskets, gift cards, or even an hour long massage!

We will be accepting submissions from Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24 and will contact raffle winners the following week.

Monday, October 25

Backyard Fruit Trees Presentation

Monday, October 25 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discover “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of growing your own tree fruit. WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener, Karen Palmer, will present on backyard fruit trees on Monday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 8:30pm.  Whether you inherited a few fruit trees with a new home or are thinking of planting some, get the knowledge to make important decisions as you move forward. Participants will learn which kind of fruit trees are easier to maintain West of the Cascades, what major diseases and pests will be a factor and how to control them naturally, and how much time and effort will be required to grow a healthy crop and more.

Pre-registration required.

This workshop is brought to you in collaboration with Clark County Public Health Green Neighbors Program.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the talk. You must have a (free) Zoom account in order to attend.

Contact: [email protected] or 564-397-5738. Learn more at https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/workshops-events/#upcoming.

Tuesday, October 26

Rainwater Harvesting

Tuesday, October 26 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting water as it falls on structures or other impervious surfaces and storing it for later use. Harvesting rainwater allows us to utilize the water falling on our homes and landscapes, even during the dry season. It also prevents rainwater from running off and picking up pollutants like trash, pet waste, pesticides, and manure, and bringing them to nearby rivers, lakes, and creeks.

Join Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District as they discuss residential rainwater harvesting options for spaces big and small! They will examine rain barrels, cisterns and much, much more.

Wednesday, October 27

Living on the Land (Class 4 of 10)

Wednesday, October 27 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/ 

Creating an Edible Landscape

Wednesday, October 27 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District 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. 

Please contact Katie at (503) 935-5377 or [email protected] for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required. 

Lasagna Garden Composting

Wednesday, October 27 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to build & plant a raised bed garden.

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, October 28

KOOBDOOGA Book Discussion: A River Lost

Thursday, October 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries every Thursday this October for a lively discussion focused on books about nature.

Pre-registration is required. 

Join us for a lively, moderated discussion exploring the writing, themes, and messages presented in Blaine Harden’s A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia.

Pick up a copy at the White Salmon Valley Community Library or call (360) 906-4818 to make arrangements  to pickup at an alternate location.

Learn more about KOOGDOOGA on our website.

To join this online program, you will need a computer, tablet or mobile device with a microphone and speaker. The link and password to join the event will be emailed to registrants. A phone number will be included to allow you to use a phone as speaker/microphone, if necessary.

Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Friday, October 29

Stream Friendly Homes

Friday, October 29 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NatureScaping of SW Washington presents Stream Friendly Homes with Eric Lambert, Clean Water Outreach Specialist of Clark County Public Works. 

You can make a difference in the health of local streams at home with landscape design and practices. In this presentation, we will discuss ways residents can incorporate landscape features, manage rain runoff and protect water quality while enhancing home aesthetics. Rain gardens, native plants, and rain water harvesting will be discussed and helpful resources will be shared.  

We are partnering again with the Camas Library as hosts for this online class using Zoom. For registration, please use the link below. Registration confirmations will be emailed along with the link to the class. 

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mw16hDyGRh-39leehTshvA 

For more information contact

Saturday, October 30

Wahkiakum County - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Saturday, October 30 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 

Rain Gardens 101

Saturday, October 30 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn how to build your own rain garden with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District! 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.

Please contact Katie at (503) 935-5377 or [email protected] for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required. 

Kindred Homestead Supply Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 30 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bid on our silent auction, all proceeds benefitting Odyssey World International Education Services (OWIES).

Odyssey World International Education Services is a Black-led, family-operated, education-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit that was started by Karen Morrison in Spokane, WA back in 2006. It has been an invaluable community partner in its work with refugee and immigrant families. It is 100% volunteer-based organization that provides resources referrals, advocacy, and community engagement opportunities. In 2015, OWI Education Services relocated to Vancouver, WA where it has continued to promote and collaborate on projects that strengthen inclusivity within increasingly diverse communities in the US and abroad. ⁠ ⁠ Enter our DO IT YOURSELF costume contest! We want to see your creativity when it comes to making your own costume.

Enjoy mocktails & music @diaspo.radical

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