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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Month Flat Week Day

Sunday, October 17

There are no events on this day.

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. 

Tuesday, October 19

There are no events on this day.

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.

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