Sunday, January 2

Sauvie Island and Ridgefield Christmas Bird Count

All day

Experienced and novice birders can enjoy birding opportunities with Vancouver Audubon Society during the winter period, even without attending an organized VAS field trip.

The ORSI circle covers areas on both sides of the Columbia River including Sauvie Island and a bit more on the Oregon side and Vancouver Lake Bottoms, Ridgefield NWR and up to the Lewis River, mostly west of I-5, on the Washington side. Our count is planned for Sunday, January 2, 2022. There is no backup date this year. We will follow CDC, Washington and Oregon COVID-19 guidance.

As we did last year, we can rearrange and split territories to make sure everyone can participate safely under COVID rules. Feeder watchers very welcome. Call or email Susan if you would like to participate: [email protected] or 360-980- 0884

Tuesday, January 4

Clark County Food Bank: Seed to Supper

Tuesday, January 4 2:30 pm

Seed to Supper is a comprehensive six-week beginning gardening course that gives novice adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Topics include low-cost ways to build healthy soil, planning your growing space, choosing your crops, caring for your garden and harvesting your bounty.

Dates and times:

Tuesdays, January 4th - Feburary 8th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Tuesday registration can be found here.

Thursdays, January 6th - Feburary 10th, 11:00am - 1:00pm. Thursday registration can be found here.

Graduates receive a Seed to Supper book + gardening supply kit + choice of: Container Garden Kit OR Community Garden Plot for Summer of 2022.

Wednesday, January 5

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 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 Wedneday, January 5th: 8am10am1pm3pm

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

Friday, January 7

First Friday Art Walk

Friday, January 7 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Vancouver's Downtown Association in downtown Vancouver for this month’s First Friday Art Walk! Our downtown is home to a wide array of gallery spaces and art-centric businesses that are ready to welcome you.

Stop by the Artist in Residence Trash to Treasure art exhibit featured at Art At The Cave.

Find out more, like the locations to all the art, food, beverage and music listings, on the Vancouver's Downtown Association website.

Saturday, January 8

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, January 8th: 8am10am1pm3pm

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

Repair goes Remote - Drop Off

Saturday, January 8 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. Then, navigate to the FVRL calendar to secure yourself a spot at a drop off event. 
 
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, January 10

Repair goes Remote - Drop Off

Monday, January 10 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. Then, navigate to the FVRL calendar to secure yourself a spot at a drop off event. 
 
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

Wednesday, January 12

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 Wednesday, January 12: 8am10am1pm3pm

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

Introduction to bigleaf maple sugaring

Wednesday, January 12 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Did you know you can make maple syrup from our native bigleaf maple? Bigleaf maple syrup is delicious with a unique flavor that is arguably better than the syrup produced from sugar maples in the northeast. In this introductory webinar for beginners, WSU Extension Forestry will explain the basics of bigleaf maple syrup production at the hobbyist scale, including equipment needed, weather and site conditions, tapping and sap collection, and boiling off the water and finishing the syrup.

The webinar will be offered twice: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The webinar is free, but pre-registration is requiredRegistration closes 24 hours before the webinar. Can’t make those times? Sign up anyway to receive a link to the recording afterward.

Thursday, January 13

Clark County Green Business Morning Blend

Thursday, January 13 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Join Clark County Green Business for a Morning Blend focused on energy programs and incentives with guest speakers from Clark Public Utilities.

Matt Babbitts, Energy Resources Program Manager and Bart Hansen, Key Account Manager will be sharing about the opportunities for businesses in Clark County to tap into clean, renewable energy programs including Solar Net Metering Program, Green Lights Program, Electric Vehicle Program, and the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) 100% carbon-free electricity mandates.

Register to attend this free online event here.

Saturday, January 15

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, January 15th: 8am10am1pm3pm

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

Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Ivy Pull

Monday, January 17 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington for a MLK Day of Service ivy pull at Blandford Canyon!

Please note: This event is more physically demanding than our planting events, there will be bending, pulling and walking on slopes with tripping hazards. We are recommending a minimum age of 10 years, but that is up to the parents discretion. We can try to acommodate different ability levels, but it is more difficult at ivy pulling events.

Registration is required.

Thursday, January 20

Recycling 101 - Recycling Done Right

Thursday, January 20 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Live in an apartment? Rent? Own? Everyone is invited to join the City of Vancouver for this informative Recycling 101 class. Get all the latest tips about our regional garbage and recycling system. Recycling 101 is a fun, tip-sharing, recycling-friendly class open to the community.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Meadowscaping In the Home Garden Virtual Workshop

Thursday, January 20 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadow habitats are an ecologically important landscape type in Clark County, but they’re not nearly as abundant as they once were.  By reintroducing native prairie and meadow plant species into your landscape design, you can help provide habitat for pollinators and other native wildlife as well as support other ecological functions like stormwater management and plant biodiversity. Join Clark Conservation District for a presentation on the benefits of Meadowscaping in the home landscape and get inspiration and tips on how to create a beautiful and beneficial meadow naturescape on your property. Thursday, January 20 from 7 to 8pm via Zoom. The WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener Program is presenting the talk in partnership with Clark County Green Neighbors Program.

Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, January 22

Trash to Treasure Artist in Residence Art Exhibit Reception

Saturday, January 22 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Waste Connections of Washington hosts the Artist in Residence Trash to Treasure art exhibit reception at Art At The Cave. The exhibit features sculptures created by Recycled Arts Festival artist Bill Leigh from unwanted objects discarded at local transfer stations. Each piece of artwork consists of at least 75% recycled materials and will be available for purchase during the gallery showing in January.

Light refreshments served.

The Artful Field Journal: Binding a Basic Field Journal

Saturday, January 22 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Start off the year with a brand new handmade field journal about the size of a smart phone! We’ll use basic materials to bind a simple easy-to-make book through a step-by-step process, as we fold and sew sheets of paper into a painted cover. You’ll finish our class with a journal compact enough to tuck into your purse or pocket — one you’ll be able to take with you most anywhere, enabling you to jot down sketches and notes whenever you wish!

Tuition: $25 - $45 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Blueberry Pruning Hands On

Saturday, January 22 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hands-On, In-Person Blueberry Pruning Workshop – January 22

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

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

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

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

Repair goes Remote - Drop Off

Saturday, January 22 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. Then, navigate to the FVRL calendar to secure yourself a spot at a drop off event. 
 
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

Tuesday, January 25

*Canceled* Prevent Food Waste - Use Food Well

Tuesday, January 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event has been canceled due to low registration.

 

In this workshop with the City of Vancouver, you will gain an understanding of how reducing food waste is good for the planet and your wallet. Use your food well! We will share strategies to combat food waste and minimize food spoilage. 

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Repair goes Remote - Drop Off

Tuesday, January 25 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. Then, navigate to the FVRL calendar to secure yourself a spot at a drop off event. 
 
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

Make Soup, Not Waste: Live Cooking Workshop with Anne-Marie Bonneau

Tuesday, January 25 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bring whatever vegetables you have on hand to this workshop and cook a vat of healthy soup that both warms and nourishes. Your soup will reduce food waste, save money and conserve resources: the food itself plus all the water, energy, labor, land and fertilizers that went into producing the food. No two pots will be the same!

Additional information and registration can be found here.

To learn more about Anne-Marie Bonneau visit her website: https://zerowastechef.com/workshops/

Wednesday, January 26

Organics 101 - Curbside Recycling

Wednesday, January 26 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

If you live within Vancouver or Ridgefield city limits, you can now add food scraps to your yard debris cart. During this class with the City of Vancouver, 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.

Thursday, January 27

Happy Houseplants

Thursday, January 27 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you nurturing your green thumb, dreaming of a lush indoor jungle, or simply trying to keep something green alive indoors? Join NatureScaping of SW Washington (and bring your plant to class) for this Zoom presentation all about growing houseplants. We will showcase some of our favorite indoor plants, discuss seasonal care tips, answer your questions and offer expert advice and solutions for growing happy houseplants.

Registration is required.

For more information contact [email protected], [email protected], or 360-737-1160.

Saturday, January 29

A course in Corvids

Saturday, January 29 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Corvids, the family of birds that includes crows, ravens, and jays, tend to evoke a strong response in people: seems we either respect them for their cleverness and tool use or we resent them for their loud voices and nest-robbing habit. Attend this class with Treesong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center to learn more about who the corvids are and why they deserve respect. And if you don’t yet know how to tell a crow and a raven apart, this class will set you straight!

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

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Amphibian and Stormwater Workshop

Saturday, January 29 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Clark Conservation District is hosting a series of in-person, interactive workshops that will focus on the native amphibian species that Clark County is home to, the types of habitats they prefer, and how they relate to stormwater. Through group activities, you will learn how to identify our native amphibians as well as how we can work together to create better habitat for these animals.

Course options at other locations, additional information and registration can be found here.

Author Anne-Marie Bonneau Discusses Zero Waste-Sustainable Lifestyle Starting in the Kitchen

Saturday, January 29 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a Zoom presentation about how a sustainable lifestyle starts in the kitchen with use-what-you-have, spend-less-money recipes and tips from sustainable chef and social media sensation, Anne-Marie Bonneau.

Additional information and registration can be found here.

To learn more about Anne-Marie Bonneau visit her website: https://zerowastechef.com 

Sunday, January 30

Bringing in the Light Multimedia Art Class

Sunday, January 30 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join this two-part class on Bringing in the Light. In the warmth of the stove in Anna's beautiful and cozy studio, we will be creating wands, talking sticks, staffs, or simply magical and expressive art pieces. Your finished pieces will perhaps hang on a wall at home and re-inspire you every time you see them, or decorate an empty corner with creative spirit — all inspired by nature’s wondrous beauty of branches.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS REQUIRED. TreeSong requires all those participating in INDOOR workshops to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear masks. Tuition: $85 - $115 sliding scale (plus processing fees).

This two-part class will take place Sunday, January 30th from 10am - 1pm and Sunday, Feburary 6th from 10am - 1pm. Additional information and registration can be found here.