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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StreamTeam Tree Planting

Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Come plant native trees with StreamTeam and AmeriCorps! Native trees not only clean the air we breathe, but also protect the water we drink. As always, training, tools, and snacks are provided. Location varies and will be confirmed in a later email.

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Ridgefield, WA

Sponsor: Clark Public Utilities' Stream Team

Winter Orchard Care Series: Foley Community Orchard

Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until January 18, 2020
Join Urban Abundance and Clark County Parks this January for some winter fruit tree pruning workshops and work parties in the beautiful Foley Community Orchard! Each event will consist of a run-down on winter fruit tree pruning: how to make the best cuts to maximize overall tree health, improve fruit production, and minimize disease, followed by a couple hours of putting these skills to work helping restore the 40+ year old Bartlett pear orchard. All events are family friendly and free of charge to attend, though donations are gladly accepted. Tools, training, and gloves provided.
 
 
WHAT TO BRING:
-Dress for work/weather
-Water bottle
-Your own pruning tools and/or gloves, if you have some you prefer
-Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or provide signed youth waivers for Clark
County and Urban Abundance (Sign at event or request PDF by emailing lynsey@slowfoodswwa.com)
-Use a restroom beforehand! No restroom on site.
 
DIRECTIONS/PARKING:
Look for the chain link fence and “Foley Neighborhood Park” sign. Two cars fit in front of the white gate and others may park along 21st Ave. C-TRAN bus #9 drops off nearby at 21st Avenue and 119th Street. Walk across the grass lot and enter the orchard at the rear left corner.
 
ABOUT FOLEY COMMUNITY ORCHARD:
The Foley Community Orchard was planted over 50 years ago by Hubert and Ople Foley, who tended large gardens and shared the crops with neighbors and those in need through their church. Clark County purchased the land in 2006 and held it as an undeveloped park until 2012, when Urban Abundance and Public Works partnered up to clear out invasive blackberry that was choking the orchard, growing up to the tops of the trees! In partnership with the County, Urban Abundance volunteers and neighbors have been stewarding the orchard ever since.
 
ABOUT URBAN ABUNDANCE:
Urban Abundance (a program of Slow Food SW Washington) has been engaging and training neighbors as stewards of Clark County's community orchards and fruit trees since 2010. We seek to build community and spread a culture of abundance by cultivating and enjoying fresh, local fruit and sharing the bounty with neighbors in need.
 

Winter Orchard Care Series: Foley Community Orchard

Saturday, January 18, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Every Week until January 18, 2020
Join Urban Abundance and Clark County Parks this January for some winter fruit tree pruning workshops and work parties in the beautiful Foley Community Orchard! Each event will consist of a run-down on winter fruit tree pruning: how to make the best cuts to maximize overall tree health, improve fruit production, and minimize disease, followed by a couple hours of putting these skills to work helping restore the 40+ year old Bartlett pear orchard. All events are family friendly and free of charge to attend, though donations are gladly accepted. Tools, training, and gloves provided.
 
 
WHAT TO BRING:
-Dress for work/weather
-Water bottle
-Your own pruning tools and/or gloves, if you have some you prefer
-Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or provide signed youth waivers for Clark
County and Urban Abundance (Sign at event or request PDF by emailing lynsey@slowfoodswwa.com)
-Use a restroom beforehand! No restroom on site.
 
DIRECTIONS/PARKING:
Look for the chain link fence and “Foley Neighborhood Park” sign. Two cars fit in front of the white gate and others may park along 21st Ave. C-TRAN bus #9 drops off nearby at 21st Avenue and 119th Street. Walk across the grass lot and enter the orchard at the rear left corner.
 
ABOUT FOLEY COMMUNITY ORCHARD:
The Foley Community Orchard was planted over 50 years ago by Hubert and Ople Foley, who tended large gardens and shared the crops with neighbors and those in need through their church. Clark County purchased the land in 2006 and held it as an undeveloped park until 2012, when Urban Abundance and Public Works partnered up to clear out invasive blackberry that was choking the orchard, growing up to the tops of the trees! In partnership with the County, Urban Abundance volunteers and neighbors have been stewarding the orchard ever since.
 
ABOUT URBAN ABUNDANCE:
Urban Abundance (a program of Slow Food SW Washington) has been engaging and training neighbors as stewards of Clark County's community orchards and fruit trees since 2010. We seek to build community and spread a culture of abundance by cultivating and enjoying fresh, local fruit and sharing the bounty with neighbors in need.
 

MLK Day of Service at Pacific Park Gardens

Monday, January 20, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Make it a Day ON, not a Day Off! Participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by volunteering at Pacific Park Demonstration Gardens. We'll have tools, gloves and supplies plus snacks available. We will weed, prune, plant and cut; rain or shine!

For individuals younger than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian's signature on the sign-in sheet. The Clark County Minor Consent Form can also be printed and signed prior to the event. Volunteers 13 years of age or younger must have a parent or guardian present during the duration of the volunteer event and be under the direct oversight of the parent or guardian.

#MLKDAY

Email Callie Mobley at callie.mobley@clark.wa.gov with any questions.

Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Party

Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Every Month until October 24, 2020

WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardeners and Clark County Public Health present: Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Parties

Come join the Master Gardeners on select Saturdays from January through September for a fun, educational service experience beautifying the natural garden demonstration sites at Pacific Park.

For individuals younger than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian's signature on the sign-in sheet. The Clark County Minor Consent Form can also be printed and signed prior to the event. Volunteers 13 years of age or younger must have a parent or guardian present during the duration of the volunteer event and be under the direct oversight of the parent or guardian.

Location: Pacific Park east entrance at NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver.

Questions: Email info@clarkgreenneighbors.org or call 564-397-7352

Westside Vancouver Neighborhood Planting

Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Let's plant trees together in Westside Vancouver! Interested in receiving a tree? Click HERE to purchase a tree for your household. Dozens of large (6-10' tall) trees will be ready for planting in their new homes across these neighborhoods, and your help is what makes this community planting possible!  We'll be planting in the following neighborhoods: Arnada, Carter Park, Edgewood Park, Fourth Plain, Fourth Plain Village, Fruit Valley, Hough, Hudson's Bay, Lincoln, Northwest, Rose Village, and Shumway.

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some lunch snacks and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance. We ask that all volunteers dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting dirty, and be ready to have fun! Neighborhood volunteers provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete, it's a small way we can say "thank you" for your hard work.

How do I register? Click here and fill out the quick registration form. Individuals and groups welcome! Please know that groups larger than 4-5 people will be split onto multiple planting crews at this event.

Have a pickup truck? We need your help getting these young trees to their planting sites a few blocks away from the central staging site. Please sign up at www.friendsoftr​ees.org/truck if you're able to help us out in this key role. 

This event will have a bike crew! Want to join the team planting trees by bike? Sign up at www.friendsoftrees.org/bike. Bikers with trailers and cargo bikes are awesome but anyone with a bike is welcome to take part! 

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for you to volunteer: www.friendsoftr​ees.org/youthwa​iver We kindly request youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

Contact info: Jenny or Pablo: 503-595-0213 volunteer@frien​dsoftrees.org

Sponsor: Friends of Trees

Mulching at Burnt Creek Bridge Greenway

Friday, February 14, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
This event does not repeat

VOLUNTEER - Spread the Love

 
Come spread the Valentine's Day love to trees and shrubs by spreading mulch around young plants along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. In December, Urban Forestry and the Greenways Team hosted an event where volunteers planted approximately 250 young trees and shrubs. At this event, we will be spreading protective mulch around those plants to help retain moisture around their roots while they get established over the next few years.

In addition to moisture retention, properly mulching young trees also helps insulate them against extreme temperatures, discourages weed growth and root competition, and reduces the chance of potentially fatal lawn mower damage. Please join us in showing these plants a little love so they can grow up to be healthy, mature members of our urban forest.

We will be meeting near NE 93rd Ave. & NE 30th Cir. with street parking available along NE 93rd Ave. More detailed instructions will be sent out in a confirmation email the week of the event.

Training, gloves, tools, water, snacks and warm beverages will be provided.

This opportunity is family friendly and people of all ages and abilities are welcome! Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Youth under 18 must bring a signed minor consent form.

RSVP here.

Annual Amphibian Monitoring Training - Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project

Saturday, February 15, 2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

2020 Amphibian Monitoring Training

Do you love frogs and salamanders? Would you like the chance to get outdoors and see them in the wild? Do you want to help your community support local amphibian populations? Frogs and other amphibians can be found all around Clark County, but their numbers are decreasing, according to Dr. Peter Ritson.

Dr. Ritson is looking for volunteers to help the Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project (SWAMP), an all-volunteer program dedicated to empowering community members to assess and preserve the unique ecological resources for our community.

After this 2.5 hour training session, where volunteers learn to how identify and count local amphibian eggs, volunteers get the opportunity to survey and monitor the frogs and salamanders in ponds and streams throughout the county. 

“We want to educate Clark County residents about the importance of amphibians and their associated habitats,” said Ritson. “We hope to encourage their protection in several ways: engaging citizens in wildlife protection, providing data essential to species conservation decisions, and increasing public understanding of the importance of wetlands in a rapidly urbanizing region.”

Volunteers will be looking for eggs from red-legged and chorus frogs as well as northwestern and long-toed salamanders. Their information goes into a database used by county, state, and federal wildlife groups. 

Free training will be provided February 15th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the WSU Vancouver campus in the library building (VLIB 201).  Peet's Coffee will be donating coffee.  Please help us reduce waste by bringing your own coffee mug.  No pre-registration is required.

Contact:

Dr. Peter Ritson, clarkfrog@gmail.com

Web site: theswampproject.org

 

Jane Weber Arboretum Tree & Shrub Pruning

Friday, February 21, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Free Vancouver TreeTalk Workshop on Tree Pruning

Want to improve your pruning skills and get more hands-on experience? Join Vancouver Urban Forestry in this free Tree & Shrub Pruning TreeTalk Workshop from 10 am to noon on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Jane Weber Arboretum. You'll learn proper, and improper, tree pruning tips from the Urban Forestry team!

Pruning is an important tree care practice that helps trees grow up healthy, saves property owners money, and reduces safety hazards in the area. You'll get a chance to ask your pruning questions, get hands-on experience, and become more familiar with proper tree and plant management. We'll also cover the basics of shrub pruning!

Meet in the parking lot of the Jane Weber Arboretum between 9:45 and 10 am for registration. Participants are also encouraged to bring bypass hand pruners and gloves to the workshop. If you don't have these, Urban Forestry will also have some to share. Please be sure to dress for the weather.

RSVP here

Let's get pruning!

 

Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Party

Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Every Month until October 24, 2020

WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardeners and Clark County Public Health present: Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Parties

Come join the Master Gardeners on select Saturdays from January through September for a fun, educational service experience beautifying the natural garden demonstration sites at Pacific Park.

For individuals younger than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian's signature on the sign-in sheet. The Clark County Minor Consent Form can also be printed and signed prior to the event. Volunteers 13 years of age or younger must have a parent or guardian present during the duration of the volunteer event and be under the direct oversight of the parent or guardian.

Location: Pacific Park east entrance at NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver.

Questions: Email info@clarkgreenneighbors.org or call 564-397-7352

Central Vancouver Neighborhood Planting

Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Let's plant trees together in Central Vancouver! Interested in receiving a tree? Click HERE to purchase a tree for your household. Dozens of large (6-10' tall) trees will be ready for planting in their new homes across these neighborhoods, and your help is what makes this community planting possible!  We'll be planting in the following neighborhoods: Bagley Downs, Burton Ridge, Ellsworth Springs, Forest Ridge, Marrion, Meadow Homes, Oakbrook, Ogden, and Vancouver Heights.

Please arrive by 8:45am to sign-in and enjoy some lunch snacks and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. The planting starts at 9:00am. We provide gloves, tools, and guidance. We ask that all volunteers dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting dirty, and be ready to have fun! Neighborhood volunteers provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting is complete, it's a small way we can say "thank you" for your hard work.

How do I register? Click here and fill out the quick registration form. Individuals and groups welcome! Please know that groups larger than 4-5 people will be split onto multiple planting crews at this event.

Have a pickup truck? We need your help getting these young trees to their planting sites a few blocks away from the central staging site. Please sign up at www.friendsoftr​ees.org/truck if you're able to help us out in this key role.

Under age 18? A signed youth waiver is required for you to volunteer: www.friendsoftr​ees.org/youthwa​iver We kindly request youth 15 years and younger are accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Jenny, Pablo, and Carey at 503-595-0213 // volunteer@frien​dsoftrees.org if you have questions or need any further information. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Winter Nature Days at Columbia Springs

Saturday, February 29, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Every Month until May 30, 2020

Learning has never been more fun! Join us on the last Saturday of the month as our Visitor Center transforms into a series of interactive activities for you to experience. In February, you can explore the seeds and flowers of the Pacific Northwest. In March, we will delve into bird identification and habitat, giving you the chance to leave with your own pinecone birdfeeder! In April, we will learn about the salmon lifecycle and you will get to visit with our baby salmon in the tank.

The fun doesn’t end – you can explore Columbia Springs further during Family Nature Days from May to August (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as we expand our activities across our 100-acre natural area!

These free events are fun for kids of all ages!

Columbia Springs is a 100-acre natural area providing educational programming. We rely on community support. Consider making a donation or volunteering with us to help bring nature and science learning to everyone.

Contact: Kayla@columbiasprings.org or call (360) 882-0936 ext. 230

Tree Planting on Burnt Bridge Creek

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This event does not repeat
In partnership with Clark County Green Business and the City of Vancouver Urban Forestry Program, we invite you to join us for a native tree planting event!

Planting native trees and shrubs are a great way to help improve the water quality and habitat of this great resource in our community. There will be instructions about how to plant before we begin.

Green Businesses are already setting the trend to enhance our community. This event will be an opportunity to build connections with those green businesses, learn about trees and watershed health, and support the community.

Reminder:
Dress for weather — Long pants and study shoes are recommended
Bringing a reusable water bottle is encouraged
Tools and gloves provided
Refreshments and light snacks provided

To register: https://clarkgreenbiz.com/community-events/green-biz-tree-planting

CANCELLED Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Party

Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

This event has been canceled.

 

WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardeners and Clark County Public Health present: Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Parties

Come join the Master Gardeners on select Saturdays from January through September for a fun, educational service experience beautifying the natural garden demonstration sites at Pacific Park.

For individuals younger than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian's signature on the sign-in sheet. The Clark County Minor Consent Form can also be printed and signed prior to the event. Volunteers 13 years of age or younger must have a parent or guardian present during the duration of the volunteer event and be under the direct oversight of the parent or guardian.

Location: Pacific Park east entrance at NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver.

Questions: Email info@clarkgreenneighbors.org or call 564-397-7352

CANCELLED Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Party

Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

This event has been canceled.

WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardeners and Clark County Public Health present: Natural Garden Demonstration Site Volunteer Work Parties

Come join the Master Gardeners on select Saturdays from January through September for a fun, educational service experience beautifying the natural garden demonstration sites at Pacific Park.

For individuals younger than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian's signature on the sign-in sheet. The Clark County Minor Consent Form can also be printed and signed prior to the event. Volunteers 13 years of age or younger must have a parent or guardian present during the duration of the volunteer event and be under the direct oversight of the parent or guardian.

Location: Pacific Park east entrance at NE 18th St & NE 172nd Ave, Vancouver.

Questions: Email info@clarkgreenneighbors.org or call 564-397-7352

CANCELLED Winter Nature Days at Columbia Springs

Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Detached from recurrence

Learning has never been more fun! Join us on the last Saturday of the month as our Visitor Center transforms into a series of interactive activities for you to experience. In February, you can explore the seeds and flowers of the Pacific Northwest. In March, we will delve into bird identification and habitat, giving you the chance to leave with your own pinecone birdfeeder! In April, we will learn about the salmon lifecycle and you will get to visit with our baby salmon in the tank.

The fun doesn’t end – you can explore Columbia Springs further during Family Nature Days from May to August (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as we expand our activities across our 100-acre natural area!

These free events are fun for kids of all ages!

Columbia Springs is a 100-acre natural area providing educational programming. We rely on community support. Consider making a donation or volunteering with us to help bring nature and science learning to everyone.

Contact: Kayla@columbiasprings.org or call (360) 882-0936 ext. 230

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Ivy Pull

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join us at Leverich Park on Tuesday, March 31 from 9am to 11 am as we tackle the invasive ivy. We'll be pulling as much ivy as we can, and make room for native plants and trees to grow in its place. Then, join us later in the week as we mulch the area to help prevent the ivy from returning! 

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Wildflower Planting

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join the City of Vancouver on Wednesday, April 1 from 1pm to 3pm to help save the pollinators by planting wildflowers along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. These wildflowers will provide much needed food for a variety of pollinators, many species of which are seeing declines in population as they lose more and more of their natural habitat and food supply.

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Beach Clean-Up

Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join the City of Vancouver on Thursday, April 2 from 1pm to 3pm for a beach clean-up near Marine Park. We will be focusing on litter removal to help keep trash out of our waterways.

CANCELLED Spring Break Stewardship - Mulching

Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am
This event does not repeat

*Please visit cityofvancouver.us/volunteer to register for this event*

 

Join us at Leverich Park on Friday, April 3 from 9 to 11 am as we continue to tackle the invasive ivy and lay mulch as replacement. We'll continue to work in the same location from the event earlier in the week, and in the open spaces where we've pulled ivy we will lay down mulch to prevent the ivy from returning.

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