Dear Green Neighbors,
It's beginning to look like spring has sprung in Clark County. Our exceptional weather in February brought out the spring bulbs and the buds are bursting in the trees. The frogs behind my house are in full chorus!
We are excited to announce that, for the second year, the Recycled Arts Festival was awarded a Game Changer award for People's Choice, Favorite Event by the Downtown Vancouver Association. We are very honored and excited to be recognized for the festival. It is even more meaningful to receive an award that was voted on by the citizens of Clark County. We hope to see all of you at the tenth annual Recycled Arts Festival on June 27 & 28. In the meantime, you can get additional information about the festival by visiting the Recycled Arts Festival website.
Congratulations are also in order to the Master Gardener Program. Their service to the community has earned them a Spirit of Clark County Volunteer award. I was honored to approve and submit their nomination from our department for the award based on the enormous amount of volunteer hours they give to help the citizens of Clark County and even more thrilled when they won! It will be presented at the State of the County event on March 12. The program begins at 3:30 and will take place at Skyview High School. There will also be remarks by Councilor David Madore, chair of the Board of County Councilors along with Councilors Jeanne Stewart and Tom Mielke. Newly elected Sheriff Chuck Atkins and Acting County Manager Mark McCauley will also give short presentations. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the Clark County Food Bank.
There are so many opportunities on the calendar to get outside or learn something new, we hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of these great offerings. You can visit the Green Neighbors calendar to see what is happening and do visit regularly because it is frequently updated. Also, please let us know if you would like to volunteer on a project. We are always looking for help on different enhancement efforts so drop us an email and let us know you would like to be on the volunteer list. Please email Leslie Johnson with all of your contact information and your specific areas of interest (watershed restoration, community festivals, Garlic Mustard Pulls, Pacific Park clean-ups and many others).
Director, Clark County Environmental Services
For Clark County residents who wish to establish sustainable practices in their communities.
This training covers the theory, practice, and tools of an Agent of Change. Each participant selects a personal circle of influence, such as a workplace, neighborhood, school, or faith center; develops a project plan; and takes first steps to effect change.
Join us this month in reading "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story" by Susan Freinkel. Come to the meeting ready to delve into the issue of plastics in our lives, even if you were unable to read the book.
This volunteer service event invites youth from around Clark County to help the community and earn community service time!More information
Learn about the purposeful activity that leads to swarming and how the hive organizes itself to reproduce itself and increase the number of colonies in the area. Know how to peacefully interact with and collect a swarm in the wild.More information
We've got a unique approach to working with bees. Rather than just learning how to have bees in your yard, we also teach folks how to have a relationship with them, rewarding to both you and the bees.More information
Be sure to visit Volunteer Clark to see updated volunteer opportunities throughout the county.
Dig in and make a difference for wildlife and pollinators! Help us with basic gardening chores such as: weeding, raking, pruning, planting, shoveling, etc., as you desire and your physical abilities allow.More information
Help restore habitat for the Endangered Columbian white-tailed deer in the wild and beautiful setting of the 5,200 acre Refuge. We need to plant 7,600 native trees and shrubs to provide cover and forage for the deer and other wildlife. Registration is encouraged but not required. Special days may also be arranged for groups. All work days are from 9 am to 12:30 pm rain or shine. Wear waterproof footwear (boots are best), bring gloves, and dress for the weather. Hot drinks and snacks provided!More information
This short loop hike along the East Fork of the Lewis River packs a lot into a little. Starting at the picnic area, it follows the river before climbing into a stand of majestic Doug-firs and Cedars reminiscent of Old-Growth. Join the Thursday crew as they construct several reroutes and add a set of wood steps to a steep rocky section.More information
We are planting in all NE Vancouver neighborhoods, including: Airport Green, Burnt Bridge Creek, Countryside Woods, Fircrest, Hearthwood, Image, Landover Sharmel, North Image, Parkside, Parkway East, First Place.More information
This family-friendly event is a great opportunity for community members to participate in environmental restoration and projects that improve Columbia Springs' 100-acre natural area and the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery. . Every Stewardship Saturday includes a lesson about local ecology to start the day and concludes with a fun activity like a craft or nature hike.More information
The City of Vancouver will be planting new trees in Heritage Park to replace the diseased trees they cut down plus a few additional ones.More information
Join us for a great weekend of trail work and camaraderie. We'll be working on brushing and annual maintenance hiking in to the middle portion of the trail accessing it from BPA service roads.More information
Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to help at the monthly LeRoy Haagen cleanup event.More information
Join Sharon Marble as she shares some basics on gardening, and finds out what YOU are interested in.More information
Join Ron Escano for a waterfowl and winter sparrow adventure on Sauvie Island.More information
This trip begins at the Cougar Sno-park, following the packed FR83 to Red Rock Pass, then we will backcountry ski on the Kalama Ski Trail, discovering who lives in this wintery forest. Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: medium Cost $45More information
The club will have classes on subjects of beekeeping and the general meetings will discuss beekeeping and have special speakers throughout the year.More information
Would you like to attract more wildlife to your yard by providing additional nesting, roosting, or hibernation sites? In this class, certified arborist Brian French will describe the importance of snags to an array of wildlife species and why they depend on them.More information
Taught by Beth Goodnight
Join local naturalist and Audubon volunteer Marsh Sly on 1, 2 or 3 hikes at a premier Columbia Gorge wildflower site, where displays in March, April and May are ever changing.More information
Bring a pal and lead on a delightful snowshoe to June Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest. This loop snowshoe of about 7 miles with a gentle elevation is a great way to learn about the wintertime outdoors! Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Moderate Cost: $45More information
For March's Second Saturday event, celebrate World Water Day while exploring cloud formations, hurricanes and other wacky weather around our globe. Families will enjoy fun, interactive activities while learning all about water.More information
Come here presenter Dan Dzurisin speak on the topic, "What's Brewing at Yellowstone".More information
We will be looking for waterfowl, seabirds and early shorebird migrants. Prepare for wet weather and bring a lunch for this all day event.More information
The final snowshoe of the 2015 season is a brand new adventure that will follow the Kalama River from the Kalama Horse Camp to Goat Marsh, a beauitiful and remote location on the westside of Mount St. Helens. Distance: 7 miles Difficulty: Moderate Cost: $45More information
Celebrate the return of vultures at the Audubon Society of Portland's free Welcome Back Vulture Day, held at our East-side Branch at Leach Botanical Garden. This family-friendly event will keep kids of all ages engaged with fun, hands-on activities focused on increasing their knowledge of these amazing creatures.More information
The Clark County Historical Museum is pleased to welcome Rachel Feston from Urban Snail Farm CSA for this special workshop on the basic concepts behind urban homesteading.More information
This highly acclaimed event features provocative documentaries spotlighting relevant environmental topics facing the planet today, plus complementary pizza (GF/DF option). Free admission and pizza.More information
Featuring Charles Bennet.
Gallivant through the scenic and picturesque historic Columbia River Gorge for a tour of the fertile region's agricultural hot spots.More information
Join wildlife expert Elaine Murphy on a free guided bird walk at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Our bird walks are a great way to see and learn to recognize our local birds.More information
The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity's ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. We ask for a $5 – $10 suggested donation with no one turned away.More information
The Tracking Club is an informal gathering where people can practice their tracking skills and learn from each other.
Every first Friday of the month throughout the year, participating art galleries, merchants and restaurants in downtown Vancouver open their doors to celebrate opening night of various art exhibits. Live music and citywide receptions welcome all!
Visit the Vancouver Downtown Association's website for more information and a downtown art gallery list and walking map.
Find out how "Green" our local businesses are. Wander into the "Green Zone" in Journey church and learn how easy it is to make the world a greener place with Master Gardeners, Master Composters/Recyclers (come check out the worms!), Waste Connections (a fun recycling game), E-Cycle and more! So many fun activities!More information
Councilor David Madore, chair of the Board of County Councilors, is scheduled to present State of the County remarks on Thursday, March 12, along with Councilors Jeanne E. Stewart and Tom Mielke.More information
It's a green thing and your green will benefit the Parks Foundation. Hosted by Shorty's Garden and Home on Mill Plain the event promises to be another leaping leprechaun night of fun with entertainment by Five Guys Named Moe, the Vancouver Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums, and the Molly Malone Dancers.More information
Traditional Irish Music with Colleen Raney and Hanz Araki with special guests Ryan Davidson and Alicia Guinn.More information
This popular lecture series about volcanic topics began in 2007 and continues every month. Fascinating topics, lively speakers as well as excellent food and libations make for an enjoyable and horizon-widening evening.
Doors open at 5, speaker starts at 6:30.
Fresh produce, plants and flowers, baked goods, delicious food, unique accessories for yourself, home, or garden, and a lot more.More information
Circle April 25th on your calendar! There will be four locations in Clark County to drop off your unwanted medications on that day. Watch for details in the April Green Neighbors newsletter!
New quizzes: Test your knowledge about recycling! Is your car efficient? What's the deal with energy efficient lightbulbs? Earn Green Neighbor Points when you take a new quiz!
We've gathered a collection of links to eco-calculators that we hope you find helpful. Figure out your environmental footprint, determine your Home Water use and more!
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How can you be more eco-friendly at home? Check out the Interactive House to learn more ways to green up your house and yard, plus earn Green Neighbors Points!
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