Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program is coordinated by Clark County Public Health’s 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.

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Wednesday, December 1

Native Plant Sale

Wednesday, December 1 4:00 pm

Join Clark Conservation District for the 2022 Native Plant sale! Ordering for the plant sale will open on Wednesday, December 1st, at 4 pm. You will be able to place orders at that time on our website: https://clarkcd.org/plant-sale. There will be no restocks this year, so be sure to place your order early!

Make sure to check your confirmation email after placing your order. Your confirmation email will contain your plant order as well as a link to sign up for your plant pickup time on February 19th, 2022. 

Plants must be picked up at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at your selected pickup time.

Living on the Land (Class 9 of 10)

Wednesday, December 1 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, December 2

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 Thursday, December 2: 10am12pm2pm3:30pm

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

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden

Thursday, December 2 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 [email protected] for information on accessibility or accommodation.

Registration is required.

Well & Septic System Maintenance and Septic Self -Inspection Certification

Thursday, December 2 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you have a gravity-fed septic system? Did you know Clark County requires you to have your gravity-fed septic system inspected every 3 years? 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 in a one-time inspection of their septic system.

Having your septic system inspected by a professional, costs around $100. Getting certified in our class is only $15, saving homeowners money.

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.j

Saturday, December 4

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 Saturday, December 4: 10am12pm2pm3:30pm

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

Circle of Life Chum Salmon Celebration

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

It’s chum salmon season! On December 4th, hear from the people who make the miracle of the returning salmon possible in this family-friendly event hosted by the Wood Family and Columbia Springs.

Beginning at 12:00 pm we will feature interviews from partners, educational activities, and some up close footage of our chum salmon. A salmon trivia competition will follow at 3:00 pm – with prizes for winners! Register at this link to join the fun.

This webinar will be recorded and saved on the Columbia Springs website after the event. Want to share a story about or photos of a special salmon experience? Send us a message at [email protected]!

Tuesday, December 7

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, December 7: 8am10am1pm3pm

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

Wednesday, December 8

Living on the Land (Class 10 of 10)

Wednesday, December 8 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, December 8 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.

Where Do Bees Go in the Winter?

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

Ever wondered where bees go in the winter? With over 20,000 bee species in the world, there are nearly as many strategies for surviving the bloom-less, cold months.

In this webinar with Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Bee & Bloom experts will provide an overview of all the bees that live in the Pacific Northwest, and how their life cycles take the winter into account. Learn all about the winter survival strategies of European honeybees, native bumblebees, and native solitary bees. They may be out of sight, but we hope they aren’t out of mind! We’ll also cover some simple practices for making their “dormant” phases more successful.

Registration is required.

Thursday, December 9

December Green Business Morning Blend

Thursday, December 9 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Green Business Morning Blend is an opportunity to network and discuss business environmental initiatives. Join us for our final event of 2021! This will be an engaging session to reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. This event is open to anyone with an interest in greening their own business or workplace.

Registration is required.

Saturday, December 11

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, December 11: 8am10am1pm3pm

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

Rain Gardens 101

Saturday, December 11 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.

Sunday, December 12

Repair goes Remote- Drop Off

Sunday, December 12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
You are invited to drop off broken household items for repair. All items must be preregistered. Visit repairclarkcounty.org for more info and to preregister items. If dropping at a library branch, you must ALSO secure yourself a spot by navigating to the FVRL calendar. Library drop offs are limited to first 20 clients only.
We repair items in the categories of:
Appliances-toasters, mixers, lamps, etc.
Electronics-radios, CD players, DVD players, vintage radios, etc.
Sharpening-knives, scissors, pruners, etc. Sorry-we cannot sharpen anything with multiple teeth, such as a saw blade or hedge trimmers
Sewing-rips, hemming, mending, zippers, etc.
Other-jewelry, home décor, etc.
Rules of thumb: All items must be small enough to be easily carried by one person. No microwaves, gas engines or bicycles. Some items may be returned without repair attempts due to space constraints.
Questions? Please see the website. You can also contact the program coordinator, Terra by emailing [email protected] or calling 360-882-0936 X 224

Monday, December 13

Repair goes Remote - Drop Off at Cascade Park Library

Monday, December 13 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
You are invited to drop off broken household items for repair. All items must be preregistered. Visit repairclarkcounty.org for more info and to preregister items. If dropping at a library branch, you must ALSO secure yourself a spot by navigating to the FVRL calendar. Library drop offs are limited to first 20 clients only.
We repair items in the categories of:
Appliances-toasters, mixers, lamps, etc.
Electronics-radios, CD players, DVD players, vintage radios, etc.
Sharpening-knives, scissors, pruners, etc. Sorry-we cannot sharpen anything with multiple teeth, such as a saw blade or hedge trimmers
Sewing-rips, hemming, mending, zippers, etc.
Other-jewelry, home décor, etc.
Rules of thumb: All items must be small enough to be easily carried by one person. No microwaves, gas engines or bicycles. Some items may be returned without repair attempts due to space constraints.
Questions? Please see the website. You can also contact the program coordinator, Terra by emailing [email protected] or calling 360-882-0936 X 224

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden

Monday, December 13 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, 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 Wilamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Registration is required.

 

Friday, December 17

Bring Back the Pollinators

Friday, December 17 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration: To register for this virtual presentation by Dave Kollen from the Xerces Society, click HERE. Once registered confirmations will be emailed along with the link to the class.
 
Description: How can we play a role in pollinator conservation, both in general and in our own landscapes and communities? Much has been said about pollinators and their importance in natural systems and our food system but the importance can’t be stressed enough. Let’s talk about the natural history, threats, conservation and especially what we can do in our own landscapes to create a more pollinator-friendly space. We’ll focus more particularly on native bees since they are by far the most important pollinator for angiosperms, thus our food supply. By focusing on this we not only serve pollinators, but native insects in general. Also, for those interested in going above and beyond, opportunities to get involved in community science activities are covered. 
 
 
This event is co-hosted by NatureScaping of Southwest Washington and the Camas Public Library!

Saturday, December 18

Volunteer Tree Planting on Burnt Bridge Creek

Saturday, December 18 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington for a volunteer tree planting on Burnt Bridge Creek. 

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. The registration link can be found here.

Contact [email protected] if you have additional questions.