Director, Clark County Environmental Services
Learn a number of ways to reduce toxic chemicals around your house, and take home your very own green cleaning kit! You’ll have all the tools you need to create a spotless, yet healthy, indoor environment. If you’re just interested in learning about toxics reduction and green cleaning techniques, but do not wish to take home a kit, you can attend the workshop for free. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, please visit the Workshops webpage.
Contact: email@example.com, (360) 882-0936 x224
Leading designers, builders, realtors, policy makers and community members are gathering at the Build Small Live Large Summit 2015. This unique one-day housing summit provides information about the benefits of downsizing – from a lower cost of living to less impact on the environment. Registration & payment required.
For more information or to register, please visit this event website.
Learn to read a map and compass and what the difference is between true north and magnetic north. Most of the day will be spent practicing navigating off-trail, both using a map and compass and using terrain features to find your way.
Cost: $75; or $60 for Cascadia Wild members. This class is also part of the trip leader training program.
Location: Carpools leave from Cascadia Wild, 5431 NE 20th Ave
For more information please visit the website
Mark your calendars and register to join us November 19th for our annual Science to Policy Summit in Vancouver, Washington. We will hear about tools and techniques and other voluntary efforts that are being used to reduce toxics, and discuss the challenges that keep us from reducing more.The morning session will focus on farmers, growers, and foresters. The afternoon session will focus on reducing stormwater impacts. Fees apply.
For more information or to register, please visit the Estuary Partnership website.
Contact: Vanessa Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-226-1565 ext. 234Location: Downtown Vancouver Hilton - 301 West 6th Street Vancouver, WA 98660 United States
We need volunteers to help us pick up trash along SR 14 near the entrance to Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal. It is a fun and easy way to help the Refuge!
Contact Team Lead Carol at email@example.com if you are interested in helping.
Help plant habitat for the Endangered Columbian white-tailed deer. Wear waterproof footwear, bring gloves and dress for the weather.
Registration is encouraged. Contact 360-887-3883 or Aiden_Forsi@fws.gov.
A new trail project is underway. Come lend a hand building a meandering path through a tall cottonwood forest bordered by wetlands. This is the 2nd of 3 planned "Mega Gravel Haul" events. The next will be in early December. Come for one or more days. Always wanted to learn to drive a toter? Now is the time!
CLICK HERE TO JOIN THIS WORK PARTY
GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head
For more information please visit the website
Location: Vancouver Lake
Do you love Clark County's streams? Join the Clark Public Utilities Stream Team in their tree planting efforts.
To learn more and sign up, please visit this website, or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (360) 992-9595 or via email.
For more information please visit the website or call Ryan at 360-722-2657.
Columbia River Gorge. Augspurger's more popular brother, Dog Mt., to the south gets all the attention, but the rocky steep ridge from the north approach to Augspurger is also spectacular. Year round views and a burst of spring wildflowers make this a worthy destination despite the rough road approach. We will be hiking in on a steep, narrow trail about 1 mile in to work on brushing to open up the corridor. We'll have loppers and a WTA staff person or Forest Service employee using a power brusher.HIKE TO PROJECT SITE: From the trailhead it is about 1 to 1.25 miles to the project site up a steadily steep, narrow and rough trail. PROJECT: Our goal is to brush back vegetation using loppers and a WTA staff person or Forest Service employee will be using a power weed brusher too. ROUGH ROAD.
For more information and to register please visit the website
Help us maintain our recreational and educational facilities while having fun! This volunteer event features projects of every kind, to suit volunteers of every age and ability. We end the day with an activity; previous activities have included planting flower seeds to take home, weaving baskets from English ivy, and guided hatchery tours.
To learn more and sign up, go to the Stewardship Saturday webpage
Join fellow volunteer for the monthly Adopt-A-Park event at Hearthwood Park.
For more information visit the City of Vancouver website.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-487-8316
Join us in planting trees as a volunteer or purchase a tree for your home! We're planting in the neighborhoods of Bella Vista, Cascades Highlands, Cascade Southeast, Fisher's Creek, Fisher's Landing East, Lewis and Clark Woods, and Wildwood.
For more information, please visit this Friends of Trees event page.
Clay Pot Irrigation: Ollas in the Garden with Luisa Simone, Owner of Plug and Play Gardens
Did you know that you could grow healthier plants with less work and less water—even in our hot dry summers? You can! Especially if you use Ollas; an ancient watering technique that works perfectly in modern gardens.
In this presentation you will learn a little bit about the history and science behind Ollas—also known as clay pot irrigation. You’ll discover the top 10 reasons to use Ollas for irrigation in your garden. And you’ll hear the real-life examples, and proven success stories of people who have added clay pot irrigation to their vegetable and flower gardens.
Free to the public. No registration necessary.
Tour the Tillamook area of the Oregon Coast. We will be looking for wintering waterfowl, passerines, shorebirds and more. Meet at the Target parking lot on Jantzen Beach. Please park facing Tomahawk Drive if possible.
Plan to be gone all day. Bring snacks and drinks. We will carpool - don't forget to pay your driver for gas.
More information on the Vancouver Audubon website.
Contact: Arden Hagen, 360-882-8872
Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. Circle the 2nd Wednesday of each month for this fascinating community event.
For more information, please visit the Kiggins Theater website.
November: Native American Heritage Month
Join us for the annual observance of Native American Heritage Month. Kids will have fun with hands-on crafts and activities. Families are invited to celebrate and learn more about native cultures.
For more information visit the Water Center's website.
Location: Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA
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.
For more information about this month's program, visit the Mt St Helens Institute website.
Doors open at 5, speaker starts at 6:30.
November's topic will be 'Thanksgiving Arrangements'. Bring your own materials and leave with a beautiful fall arrangement for your home.
For more information, visit the club website.
The Tracking Club is an informal gathering where people can practice their tracking skills and learn from each other.
Location: Fort Vancouver Parade Grounds
Fee Information: Free
Contact Name: Mike Twist
Contact Email: e-mail us
Contact Phone Number: 360-816-6230
For more information visit the website
American Civil War costumed reenactors on the grounds of historic Vancouver Barracks portraying members of the Civil War-era 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry. Living History activities may include black powder demonstrations, mounted and dismounted cavalry drills, encampments, and scouting formations from the Civil War era in the Pacific Northwest.
The Wild Arts Festival celebrates nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers. Now in its 35th year, the Festival is the Northwest's premier show and sale of nature-related art and books and is a fundraiser for Portland Audubon Society.
Audubon's education birds will be on hand throughout the weekend, along with the Audubon Nature Store booth, which will be selling nest boxes. Montgomery Park's F&B Café will also sell food and beverages during the event.
The 2015 Wild Arts Festival, which will feature 70 artists and 35 authors, is the perfect way to get ready for the holidays. Join us for a festive and fun weekend!
Learn more on the Wild Arts Festival website.Location: Montgomery Park • 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland, Oregon 97211
Fresh produce, plants and flowers, baked goods, delicious food, unique accessories for yourself, home, or garden, and a lot more.
For more information visit their website.
Contact: 360-737-8298, email@example.com
Come enjoy family fun in Downtown Camas! The theme of this month is "Thankful for Pie!"
For more information, please visit the First Friday website.
Contact: (360) 216-7378, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Ceremony starts at 10, parade starts at 11.
Visit the website for more information including the line-up and parade route.
Location: 1001 E 5th St, Vancouver WA 98661
In recognition of Veterans Day, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will waive the $5 entrance fee on November 11, 2016. The entrance stations will be staffed to provide maps, information and sell annual park passes.
For more information please visit the website
The park's Lantern Tour Series offers attendees an opportunity to view many of the resources of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in a different light -- at night, on foot, and by candle lantern! Reservations for all Lantern Tours are required, and payment for the tour must be made at the time of reservation.
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 15 years and under.
The "Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort" is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a Park Ranger through the reconstructed fort's Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor's House, Kitchen, and Bake House.
These tours meet at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St. All tours start at 7:00 p.m., and will take place on the following dates:
FREE Firstenburg Family Fun Day! Sponsored by RE/MAX Equity Group
Contact information: 360-737-8298 or email@example.com
Come enjoy family fun in Downtown Camas! The theme of this month is "Hometown Holidays."
Everyone's favorite celestial outcast may no longer be an official planet, but that doesn't mean we're any less fascinated by it.
Pluto was discovered in 1930 by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, but after spending several decades as our solar system's ninth planet, its classification came under scrutiny in 1992 when scientists found objects of similar (and in some cases, greater) size to Pluto in the nearby Kuiper belt. After years of heated debate, Pluto was officially demoted from "planet" to "dwarf planet" in 2006 when the International Astronomical Union formerly defined the difference between these two types of celestial bodies. Although there has been resistance to this relabeling by a handful of scientists, the most passionate cries came from the public. After all, everyone wants to root for the underdog!
To read more and see some incredible photos, visit Mother Nature News.
New quizzes: Test your knowledge about recycling! Is your car efficient? What's the deal with energy efficient lightbulbs? How can you reduce waste?
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!
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