Earth Day

Earth Day Invasive Species Scavenger Hunt Competition

Bring your whole family and join the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Watersheds Alliance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, for a clean-up and invasive species pull at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park, on N.E. 9th St. west of N.E. 136th Ave. The goal is to protect the park’s natural areas.

The highlight of the day will be an Invasive Species Scavenger Hunt. Teams will compete to see who can pull the largest amount invasive plants, remove the most trash and spread the most mulch. Prizes will be awarded! This is the largest work party the neighborhood has hosted, and will happen rain or shine. Volunteers should dress for outside conditions, preferably in layers, in order to work comfortably. The weather is predicted to be sunny, but participants should have coats, rain gear, and hats, just in case. All tools will be provided, but bring your own work gloves, if you have them. Bring a reusable water bottle and mug for coffee and hot chocolate. Lunch will follow.

Additional community partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Solve Oregon, Dutch Bros. Coffee, and Fortside Brewing Company. The event is part of the Comcast Cares initiative.

Earth Day at LeRoy Haagen Park

Bring your whole family and join the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Watersheds Alliance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, for a clean-up and invasive species pull at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park, on N.E. 9th St. west of N.E. 136th Ave. The goal is to protect the park’s natural areas.

The highlight of the day will be an Invasive Species Scavenger Hunt. Teams will compete to see who can pull the largest amount invasive plants, remove the most trash and spread the most mulch. Prizes will be awarded! This is the largest work party the neighborhood has hosted, and will happen rain or shine. Volunteers should dress for outside conditions, preferably in layers, in order to work comfortably. The weather is predicted to be sunny, but participants should have coats, rain gear, and hats, just in case. All tools will be provided, but bring your own work gloves, if you have them. Bring a reusable water bottle and mug for coffee and hot chocolate. Lunch will follow.

Additional community partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Solve Oregon, Dutch Bros. Coffee, and Fortside Brewing Company. The event is part of the Comcast Cares initiative.

Earth Day Fest at Salmon Creek Greenway

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting its 18th Annual Earth Day Fest in partnership with Clark County Vegetation Management. Free fun and games for the whole family along with interactive nature demonstrations and entertainment will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, near Klineline Pond along the Salmon Creek Greenway. Ride your bike or stroll down the greenway to enjoy free children’s activities, wildlife shows, salmon releases, and more. Here’s the entertainment and activity schedule for the day:

The first 100 attendees get either a free lunch or a free insulated grocery bag. You can park at Chuck’s Produce and take a free shuttle any time between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you can drop into the café at Chuck’s and enjoy a treat before or after the Earth Fest, or maybe do a little shopping for tasty organic fruits and veggies! You can also sign up to plant trees from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the same day; contact Ashley at StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or 360-992-8585 to find out more.

Earth Day Tree Planting

The Port of Camas-Washougal invites you to celebrate Earth Day 2017 by planting native trees and shrubs in the new Washougal Waterfront Park and along the Washougal Waterfront Trail. The Earth Day Tree Planting will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants should meet at the Washougal Waterfront Park Picnic Shelter. Light refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Some areas that volunteers will be working in might be wet and muddy (this being the end of rainy season in the Northwest and all), so tree-planters should wear waterproof rubber boots and clothing that can get nice and dirty. Tools will be provided for the plantings and clean-up. Bring a pair of work or gardening gloves for yourself if you have them; there’s a small supply of extra gloves, but not quite enough to go around.

Washougal Waterfront Park is located at 56 S. 1st St. in Washougal. To learn more about this park and the vision for future development along this beautiful stretch of the Columbia River, visit www.washougalwaterfront.com. To learn more about the Port of Camas-Washougal and its many projects aimed at improving life in those two riverfront communities, visit www.portcw.com.

Earth Day on the River

The Port of Camas-Washougal will host an Earth Day activity on South Marina Way from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Everyone is invited to participate in a litter cleanup between Union and 2nd Street. Participants can park inside the waterfront property access gate located at the south end of 2nd Street. Trash bags, latex gloves and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, especially families with children; this is a marvelous way to encourage the younger generation to care for the North Bank’s amazing natural resources and outdoor recreational areas.

The Port of Camas-Washougal brings jobs and recreational opportunities to the North Bank through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating floating restaurant (Puffin Cafe, with smiley-face fries for the kids and super-yummy piña coladas for the adults), launch ramp, nearby hotel, fueling station, electricity on the breakwater/guest dock, and it’s also the homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The port also manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach and the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic Site. The port recently acquired 13.25 acres of waterfront property and that’s what will be cleaned up on Wednesday. To learn more about the port, visit www.portcw.com.

 

Earth Day on the River

The Port of Camas-Washougal will host an Earth Day activity on South Marina Way from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Everyone is invited to participate in a litter cleanup between Union and 2nd Street. Participants can park inside the waterfront property access gate located at the south end of 2nd Street. Trash bags, latex gloves and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, especially families with children; this is a marvelous way to encourage the younger generation to care for the North Bank’s amazing natural resources and outdoor recreational areas.

The Port of Camas-Washougal brings jobs and recreational opportunities to the North Bank through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating floating restaurant (Puffin Cafe, with smiley-face fries for the kids and super-yummy piña coladas for the adults), launch ramp, nearby hotel, fueling station, electricity on the breakwater/guest dock, and it’s also the homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The port also manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach and the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic Site. The port recently acquired 13.25 acres of waterfront property and that’s what will be cleaned up on Wednesday. To learn more about the port, visit www.portcw.com.

Earth Day & Eco Fair at Klineline

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 17th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 16.

The family-friendly event will include a free community Eco Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, a science festival hosted by OMSI, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live reptile and amphibian displays, storytelling, and a physics juggling act—plus a nature walk where Northwest Wild Fish Rescue wild will release fish into Salmon Creek. Kids of all ages are welcome to join Watershed Reflections, an art and writing contest. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 100 EcoFair attendees will get freebies like a complimentary lunch or an insulated grocery bag, among other goodies.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided and all volunteers who complete a four-hour shift get a free lunch and a free t-shirt. There will also be volunteer opportunities to take pictures of the event, sort recyclables, and other activities. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus,

For more information and a complete schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Eco Fair & Earth Day

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 17th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 16.

The family-friendly event will include a free community Eco Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, a science festival hosted by OMSI, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live reptile and amphibian displays, storytelling, and a physics juggling act—plus a nature walk where Northwest Wild Fish Rescue wild will release fish into Salmon Creek. Kids of all ages are welcome to join Watershed Reflections, an art and writing contest. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 100 EcoFair attendees will get freebies like a complimentary lunch or an insulated grocery bag, among other goodies.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided and all volunteers who complete a four-hour shift get a free lunch and a free t-shirt. There will also be volunteer opportunities to take pictures of the event, sort recyclables, and other activities. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus,

For more information and a complete schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Earth Day Camas Clean-up

On Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., downtown Camas will get a springtime spruce-up with cleaning, weeding, and planting—and it’s a perfectly neighborly way to celebrate Earth Day. This day has special significance in Camas, because Earth Day was started by Camasonian Denis Hayes. The Downtown Camas Association—along with local students, members of the Journey Community Church congregation, city of Camas staff and volunteers just like you—honors his far-reaching legacy by beautifying this lovely riverside town.

Meet at Journey Community Church to help with sidewalk and landscape clean-up, pulling weeds, planting flowers and plants, and spreading barkdust. All ages are welcome. Bring your own shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. (Wheelbarrows are especially needed.) Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick-up. Journey Church will be serving lunch to volunteers.

If you can’t make it to the clean up but would still like to help, you might consider “adopting” one of the lush flower baskets that adorn lampposts along Camas’ historic 4th Ave. Baskets can be adopted for a tax-deductible $45—this helps to pay for the basket, the flowers, and watering. Buy one for yourself or as a special Mother’s Day gift. To learn more, click here.

Blandford Canyon Ivy Pull

Celebrate Earth Day by protecting the North Bank’s green spaces! Volunteers age 13 and older are invited to help save the trees of Blandford Canyon (near Dubois Park in the Southcliff neighborhood) during an Earth Day ivy pull event on Saturday, April 25. Remove English ivy and other invasive plants along the Blandford Canyon Nature Trail from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should come prepared with gloves, long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Tools will be provided.

Meet at the southwest corner of MacArthur Blvd. and N. Blandford Dr. (Click here for a map: http://goo.gl/maps/GHFux). Registration is not required, but RSVPs are always appreciated. RSVP by emailing cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or calling 360-487-8344. To learn more about the Blandford Canyon ivy removal project and other Earth Day volunteer projects, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/volunteer or call 360-487-8344.

Earth Day at Mount St. Helens

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens Institute invite you to celebrate Earth Day at Mount St. Helens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. There are two work parties on the same day: one on the north side of Mount St. Helens at the Science and Learning Center, and one on the south side at the Pine Creek Information Station located at the east end of Swift Reservoir. Both service projects are family-friendly and kids are welcome to join their parents. Bring a lunch, water, snacks, sturdy outdoor shoes and clothes, a sun hat, and rain gear (just in case). Gloves, protective eyewear, and other tools will be provided.

At the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center, Monument Scientist Peter Frenzen and Mount St. Helens Institute staff will be on hand for a fun day of restoration projects, including native species planting, invasive species removal, and trail maintenance. At the Pine Creek Information Station, volunteers will prepare the Pine Creek Information Station for the upcoming visitor season. Projects include debris removal, minor landscaping, pressure washing, building interior cleaning and window washing, brush removal, invasive species scouting and removal, and more.

For more details about these volunteer projects, visit the Mount St. Helens Institute Facebook page.

Camas Clean-up & Flower Baskets

On Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., downtown Camas will get a springtime spruce-up with cleaning, weeding, and planting—and it’s a perfectly neighborly way to celebrate Earth Day. This day has special significance in Camas, because Earth Day was started by Camasonian Denis Hayes. The Downtown Camas Association—along with local students, members of the Journey Community Church congregation, city of Camas staff and volunteers just like you—honors his far-reaching legacy by beautifying this lovely riverside town.

Meet at Journey Community Church to help with sidewalk and landscape clean-up, pulling weeds, planting flowers and plants, and spreading barkdust. All ages are welcome. Bring your own shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. (Wheelbarrows are especially needed.) Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick-up. Journey Church will be serving lunch to volunteers.

If you can’t make it to the clean up but would still like to help, you might consider “adopting” one of the lush flower baskets that adorn lampposts along Camas’ historic 4th Ave. Baskets can be adopted for a tax-deductible $45—this helps to pay for the basket, the flowers, and watering. Buy one for yourself or as a special Mother’s Day gift. To learn more, click here.

 

 

Earth Day at Mount St. Helens

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens Institute invite you to celebrate Earth Day at Mount St. Helens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. There are two work parties on the same day: one on the north side of Mount St. Helens at the Science and Learning Center, and one on the south side at the Pine Creek Information Station located at the east end of Swift Reservoir. Both service projects are family-friendly and kids are welcome to join their parents. Bring a lunch, water, snacks, sturdy outdoor shoes and clothes, a sun hat, and rain gear (just in case). Gloves, protective eyewear, and other tools will be provided.

At the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center, Monument Scientist Peter Frenzen and Mount St. Helens Institute staff will be on hand for a fun day of restoration projects, including native species planting, invasive species removal, and trail maintenance. At the Pine Creek Information Station, volunteers will prepare the Pine Creek Information Station for the upcoming visitor season. Projects include debris removal, minor landscaping, pressure washing, building interior cleaning and window washing, brush removal, invasive species scouting and removal, and more.

For more details about these volunteer projects, visit the Mount St. Helens Institute Facebook page.

 

 

Blandford Canyon Ivy Pull

Celebrate Earth Day by protecting the North Bank’s green spaces! Volunteers age 13 and older are invited to help save the trees of Blandford Canyon (near Dubois Park in the Southcliff neighborhood) during an Earth Day ivy pull event on Saturday, April 25. Remove English ivy and other invasive plants along the Blandford Canyon Nature Trail from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers should come prepared with gloves, long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Tools will be provided.

Meet at the southwest corner of MacArthur Blvd. and N. Blandford Dr. (Click here for a map: http://goo.gl/maps/GHFux). Registration is not required, but RSVPs are always appreciated. RSVP by emailing cityvolunteer@cityofvancouver.us or calling 360-487-8344. To learn more about the Blandford Canyon ivy removal project and other Earth Day volunteer projects, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/volunteer or call 360-487-8344.

Earth Day on the Waterfront

The Port of Camas-Washougal will host an Earth Day activity right on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Everyone is invited to participate in a litter cleanup along the waterfront property, at the site of the new park and trail which will be constructed this year. Participants can park inside the waterfront property access gate located at the south end of 2nd Street. Trash bags, latex gloves and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, especially families with children; this is a marvelous way to encourage the younger generation to care for the North Bank’s amazing natural resources and outdoor recreational areas.

The Port of Camas-Washougal brings jobs and recreational opportunities to the North Bank through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating floating restaurant (Puffin Cafe, with smiley-face fries for the kids and super-yummy piña coladas for the adults), launch ramp, nearby hotel, fueling station, electricity on the breakwater/guest dock, and it’s also the homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The port also manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach and the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic Site. The port recently acquired 13.25 acres of waterfront property and that’s what will be cleaned up on Wednesday. To learn more about the port, visit www.portcw.com.

Earth Day on the Waterfront

The Port of Camas-Washougal will host an Earth Day activity right on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Everyone is invited to participate in a litter cleanup along the waterfront property, at the site of the new park and trail which will be constructed this year. Participants can park inside the waterfront property access gate located at the south end of 2nd Street. Trash bags, latex gloves and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome, especially families with children; this is a marvelous way to encourage the younger generation to care for the North Bank’s amazing natural resources and outdoor recreational areas.

The Port of Camas-Washougal brings jobs and recreational opportunities to the North Bank through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating floating restaurant (Puffin Cafe, with smiley-face fries for the kids and super-yummy piña coladas for the adults), launch ramp, nearby hotel, fueling station, electricity on the breakwater/guest dock, and it’s also the homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The port also manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach and the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic Site. The port recently acquired 13.25 acres of waterfront property and that’s what will be cleaned up on Wednesday. To learn more about the port, visit www.portcw.com.

Earth Day Family EcoFair

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 16th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 18.

The family-friendly event will include a free community EcoFair—funded in part by Divine Consign/Gifts for Our Community—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live insect and reptile displays, and a physics juggling act. Kids are invited to join a nature walk where wild salmon will be released into Salmon Creek. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 200 EcoFair attendees can choose between a free lunch or a vine maple seedling.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus, all volunteers get a free lunch from Tommy O’s!

For more information and a schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Earth Day Family EcoFair

Clark Public UtilitiesStreamTeam is hosting the 16th annual Earth Day Celebration at Salmon Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 18.

The family-friendly event will include a free community EcoFair—funded in part by Divine Consign/Gifts for Our Community—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and grown-ups, too! There will be raffle prizes, face painting, a Birds of Prey show by the Audubon Society, live insect and reptile displays, and a physics juggling act. Kids are invited to join a nature walk where wild salmon will be released into Salmon Creek. For parents who need a break, Vancouver Montessori will be on hand to provide supervised children’s activities. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the first 200 EcoFair attendees can choose between a free lunch or a vine maple seedling.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees and help remove invasive garlic mustard. All training and supplies will be provided. (The tree-planting and garlic mustard-pulling are popular, RSVP by calling 360-992-8585 or e-mailing StreamTeam@clarkpud.com.) Plus, all volunteers get a free lunch from Tommy O’s!

For more information and a schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net.

Earth Day at New Seasons: Yay for Bees!

Here's the latest buzz: New Seasons Market at Fishers Landing is hosting an Earth Day celebration during store hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Arpil 22. It's free to attend, and you don't need to purchase anything in the store (although we dare you not to—the organic produce, artisanal cheeses, local microbrews, freshly baked bread, and Stumptown coffee are usually too tempting to resist). The Fisher's Landing grocery store is the only building in Vancouver that keeps bees on its roof; they have two hives of honeybees that, at this time of year, are busy pollinating grasses, flowers, and trees.

There will also be a number of vendors on hand selling bee-related products, such as mason bee houses, Honey Mama's nectar fudge, Bliss Nut Butters, My Local Honey, Mickelberry Gardens Northwest honey tonics, and Jasmine Pearl Tea. Pollinator plants will be on sale to help beautify your yard and feed local pollinators—and when you buy a polllinator-friendly plant for $3 or more, New Seasons will donate $1 to the Xerces Society. Bring the kids in at 4 p.m. for a book signing with local author Phil Silver, who will read from his book "Andi the Bee." Talk to Sherian Wright—a pollination expert from Washougal—and learn how to make your yard more welcoming to mason bees.
 
For more details, or to get directions to the Fisher's Landing store (just off McGillivray in East Vancouver), click here to visit the store's webpage.

Earth Day EcoFair

The StreamTeam will celebrate its fifteenth Earth Day with an EcoFair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Salmon Creek Greenway. Hundreds of people will team up to plant native trees along our waterways and enjoy a free EcoFair, with children's activities, live music, and a birds of prey show. Attendees can also bring waste—like styrofoam, plastic, glass, and aluminum—to be recycled. In addition to volunteer opportunities for tree-planting, invasive species removal, and workshops, there will be kid-friendly fun stuff like seeing insects and reptiles up close, face painting, crafts, and a live salmon release.

For more details, visit the StreamTeam website, e-mail streamteam@clarkpud.com, or call 360-992-8585. StreamTeam is a volunteer-driven program of Clark Public Utilities with more than 1,000 team members who donate their time to preserve the Salmon Creek watershed.