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, November 2

Food Too Good To Waste

Wednesday, November 2 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In this workshop, you will learn why it is important to keep food waste out of the landfill and options like curbside food waste collection, food waste share apps, community food waste collection sites, and advanced food waste composting like bokashi, trench composting and black soldier fly composting.Join via Zoom. Register here: https://clarkcountycomposts.org/classes-and-workshops/current-offerings

Wednesday, November 9

Green Cleaning Workshop

Wednesday, November 9 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Register here: https://clarkcountycomposts.org/classes-and-workshops/current-offerings 

Sandhill Crane Tour

Wednesday, November 9 8:00 am - 9:00 am

With bright red heads, long slender legs, and distinctive bugle calls, viewing sandhill cranes is an unforgettable experience, and this unique Land Trust site, which we farm to benefit cranes, attracts them in record numbers! This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. Duration: About 60 minutes

 Visit Columbia Land Trust to learn more about the events.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 @ 8am
Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8am
Monday, Nov. 14 @ 8am
Friday, Nov 18 @ 8am

Friday, November 11

Sandhill Crane Tour

Friday, November 11 8:00 am - 9:00 am

With bright red heads, long slender legs, and distinctive bugle calls, viewing sandhill cranes is an unforgettable experience, and this unique Land Trust site, which we farm to benefit cranes, attracts them in record numbers! This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. Duration: About 60 minutes

Visit Columbia Land Trust to learn more about the events.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 @ 8am
Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8am
Monday, Nov. 14 @ 8am
Friday, Nov 18 @ 8am

Saturday, November 12

Spread Mulch for Healthy Soils at The Downs Park in Vancouver!

Saturday, November 12 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join City of Vancouver staff from Naturespaces, Volunteer Programs, and Urban Forestry in spreading mulch to improve the quality of soils at The Downs Park! Event will take place, rain or shine, Saturday November 12, 2022 from 10AM-12PM.
Advance registration is required (helps us know how many tools to bring and how much hot cocoa to make)! See RSVP details below.

Why? Soils are an essential building block for healthy ecosystems and adding bark mulch to the soils at The Downs will improve water retention on site, provide a layer of compost through adding nutrients from old trees back into the soil, and prepare the areas for future plantings! Bark mulch will also contribute to keeping the soil temperature in The Downs Park more stable throughout the seasons, helping our trees and future plants stay healthy and provide us with clean air, shade, and water. Healthy soils and bark mulch will also attract more birds to the site, providing us with an opportunity to bird watch in the spring.

What will we be doing? Volunteer project will include loading bark mulch into wheelbarrows and buckets and spreading bark mulch in the front landscape bed of The Downs Park, as well as spreading mulch in the North landscape area around existing trees, with areas accessible from sidewalks and paved pathways, but also on unpaved, relatively flat natural surfaces. We will use wheelbarrows, five-gallon buckets, rakes, and pitchforks.

What should I bring or wear? Gloves, water, tea, hot cocoa, and snacks will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle or hot drink mug if you have one, and your own gloves or tools if you would like to. Dress for the weather, with long pants, close toed shoes, and choose clothing you are okay with getting damp or dirty. We recommend having at least one layer on your upper body that is not made of cotton to help keep you warm, even if wet. Youth under 18 must file or bring a signed minor consent form, youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

RSVP - Advance registration is required.
Please RSVP here! Registration will close Thursday before the event and an email with logistics and event details will be sent out. Don't wait, RSVP today!

If you have questions that are not answered in the FAQs on our Citywide Volunteer Programs website, please contact [email protected] or 360-487-8344.

To learn more about the benefits of mulch, check out this hand out from the University of Washington Botanical Gardens!

Repair Goes Remote program - Three Creeks Library Item drop off

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

Sunday, November 13

Wahkiakum County Bird Field Trip

Sunday, November 13 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Leader: Randy Hill/co-leaders expected

Departure time: 7:00 am
Meeting location: Salmon Creek Park & Ride Register: email [email protected] or call/text 360-975-2573

Target species include resident and migrating species in a wide variety of marsh, riparian, ag/pasture, mixed forest, open river. The 2-day trip has nearly the diversity of the August Grays Harbor trip but reflects late fall/wintering species.

Itinerary: Meet to leave at 07:00 at the Salmon Creek Park and Ride to carpool within current COVID guidelines. We will head north to Longview and travel west on SR-4 with stops at Puget Island, Julia Butler Hansen NWR, and Grays Bay around to Altoona. Those continuing the next day in Pacific County will split from the group after this point to continue west. Those returning will head back to Vancouver from this point, likely home late afternoon. Spotting scopes encouraged and radios if you have them.

Limit of 5 cars but TBD with one or two day option, 10 total participants. Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2; Terrain: A; generally <1 mile walking. Mostly driving to viewing spots or along routes.

Monday, November 14

Pacific County Bird Field Trip (Optional Extension to Wahkiakum County Bird Field Trip)

All day

Leader: Randy Hill/co-leaders expected

Departure time: 7:00 am
Meeting location: Salmon Creek Park & Ride Register: email [email protected] or call/text 360-975-2573

Target species include resident and migrating species in a wide variety of marsh, mixed forest, estuary, coastal bay, sandy beach, open ocean. ThIs extension to the previous day’s trip has nearly the diversity of the August Grays Harbor trip but reflects late fall/wintering species.

Itinerary: Split from the single-day participants Sunday afternoon to head to Pacific County, continuing west on SR -4 toward Long Beach with some additional birding before lodging. Monday’s birding will include a variety of stops that could include Nahcotta, Oysterville, Leadbetter Point SP, Cape Disappointment SP, Ilwaco Marina and Chinook Valley. We will carpool within current COVID guidelines. Trip will likely go to at least mid-afternoon before a return home. Spotting scopes encouraged and radios if you have them.

Limit of 5 cars but TBD with one or two day option, 10 total participants. Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2; Terrain: A; generally <1 mile walking. Mostly driving to viewing spots or along routes.

Sandhill Crane Tour

Monday, November 14 8:00 am - 9:00 am

With bright red heads, long slender legs, and distinctive bugle calls, viewing sandhill cranes is an unforgettable experience, and this unique Land Trust site, which we farm to benefit cranes, attracts them in record numbers! This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. Duration: About 60 minutes

Visit Columbia Land Trust to learn more about the events.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 @ 8am
Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8am
Monday, Nov. 14 @ 8am
Friday, Nov 18 @ 8am

Repair Goes Remote program - Cascade Park Library Item drop off

Monday, November 14 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. 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

Wednesday, November 16

Low Waste Living Workshop

Wednesday, November 16 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Learn how to live a low waste lifestyle. Tips and resources to refuse, repair, refurbish, reuse and donate Join via Zoom. Register here: https://clarkcountycomposts.org/classes-and-workshops/current-offerings

Friday, November 18

Sandhill Crane Tour

Friday, November 18 8:00 am - 9:00 am

With bright red heads, long slender legs, and distinctive bugle calls, viewing sandhill cranes is an unforgettable experience, and this unique Land Trust site, which we farm to benefit cranes, attracts them in record numbers! This tour requires a minimal amount of walking. Duration: About 60 minutes

Visit Columbia Land Trust to learn more about the events.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 @ 8am
Friday, Nov. 11 @ 8am
Monday, Nov. 14 @ 8am
Friday, Nov 18 @ 8am

Tree Pruning Workshop

Friday, November 18 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Winter is just around the corner, and it's time to prune trees. Join Vancouver Urban Forestry team members at the Water Resources Education Center to learn some great pruning tips and tricks. Pruning your own trees is a terrific way to save money, enjoy the outdoors and participate in the care of our urban forest.

This free workshop is appropriate for adults and teens, ages 15 and older. Advance registration is required. Program is limited to 15 participants. All tools will be provided. Bring your own garden gloves and bypass hand pruners if you have them.

Register Here: Tree Pruning Workshop | City of Vancouver, Washington, USA

When:

Friday, Nov. 18
9 to 11 a.m.
Water Resources Education Center
Adults and teens welcome (15 & older, please)  
 

Contact Person: Ashley Conley
Phone Number: 360-487-7111
Email Address: [email protected] 

Saturday, November 19

River Walk at the Water Center

Saturday, November 19 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

As rivers flow stronger, the water illuminates life on the riparian edges. Join a Water Center educator for a slow walk along the Columbia River in search of the birds and animals calling the cottonwood forest home. Prepare to walk two miles, rain or shine, on paved, uneven and off-trail paths.

Advance registration required. Program is limited to 15 participants. This is an all-ages nature program. 

Register here: River Walk at the Water Center | City of Vancouver, Washington, USA

When:

Saturday. Nov. 19
10 a.m. to noon
Water Resources Education Center
All ages welcome!

Where:

Water Resources Education Center

4600 SE Columbia Way

Vancouver, WA 98661

Contact:

Contact Person: Ashley Conley
Phone Number: 360-487-7111
Email Address: [email protected]

Annual Mason Bee Experience

Saturday, November 19 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for what has become our annual Mason Bee Experience! The bees play a vital role in pollination. Learn the fascinating process by which the cocoons are formed then help us with cleaning our tubes. In exchange you may have some cocoons to take home! 

10 a.m. to noon, Saturday November 19th, 2022 at CASEE Center, Bldg. B, Room 205,11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA. NatureScaping classes are free for members ($25 per year; $15 for seniors), or $15 per class for nonmembers. Register at [email protected] or 

[email protected] or call 360-737-1160.

Family Nature Fun Day

Saturday, November 19 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
You're invited! Join us for nature story time (and to find the fungi!) at Columbia Springs.When: Saturday, November 19th, 10:00am – 1:00 pmWhere: Columbia Springs (12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver, WA 98683)What: A day for hands on science and nature experiences.How: Drop by when it works for you. No RSVP required!You can also join the fun from home! Check out https://columbiasprings.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5100d915cd2cbe99ed66b918c&id=fc8a47b97c&e=f91b4258d1. Click or tap if you trust this link." data-linkindex="17" style="border: 0px; font: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">www.columbiasprings.org/events on November 19th to access some of our activities online.

Tuesday, November 22

Repair Goes Remote program - Vancouver Community Library Item drop off

Tuesday, November 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. 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

Saturday, November 26

Repair Goes Remote program - Battle Ground Library Item drop off

Saturday, November 26 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. 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

Wednesday, November 30

Wintler Park Beach Cleanup

Wednesday, November 30 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us during our final beach cleanup of the year at Wintler Community Park. Rivers are on the rise, and we hope to remove as much litter from the beach before the water takes it downstream.

Advance registration is required. Event is limited to 12 participants. Gloves, litter bags and hand sanitizer will be provided. You will receive a confirmation letter with full volunteer event details and meeting location after registration.

Register for the event here: Volunteer: Wintler Park Beach Cleanup | City of Vancouver, Washington, USA

 

Stream Health Monitoring - Site Visit

Wednesday, November 30 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Come learn about how to monitor stream health to help protect our watersheds in SW Washington.

Water quality and natural resource specialist, Benjamin Joner, of Clark County Public Health will demonstrate and discuss water quality monitoring techniques on-site at Mill Creek, near WSU-Vancouver in Vancouver, WA. We will discuss what to look for when determining if a waterway health and ways to improve water quality. There will be a short (less than 1/2 mile) hike from the parking lot down to the creek.

Follow this link to learn more and reserve a spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stream-health-monitoring-site-visit-tickets-471531883557

Native Plant Sale

All day

BIG news! The Clark Conservation District plant sale is officially opening November 30th at 4pm!!! We are just putting the finishing touches on our website interface and finalizing our plant inventories so that the sale can proceed as smoothly as possible. Once a plant is sold out we will not be restocking this year, so make sure to mark your calendars and get ready!

The best way to stay on top of plant sale news is to sign up for the Native Plant Sale newsletter.

For more information, visit https://www.clarkcd.org/native-plant-sale