Green Neighbors

Owls & Bats at the Water Center

Clark County’s Green Neighbors Program is celebrating its fifth anniversary from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The featured speaker is John Prucich, a wildlife biologist, conservationist and licensed falconer known as The Falconer. He will explain the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals and bring in live owls and other animals that hunt in the night. He will discuss their diets, ability to fly with barely a sound, and conservation efforts that can help ensure these animals have a future. Guests will learn what owls eat by comparing the bones, skulls and teeth found in owl pellets to charts and pictures. They will discover the less scary side of bats—heroes of the night that eat insects, spread seeds and pollinate plants.

Clark County’s Green Neighbors program helps citizens create a sustainable lifestyle. The program promotes green living through a variety of community events such as the Natural Garden Tour, Wastebusters, and the Recycled Arts Festival. To stay up to date on green tips and local events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/newsletter-signup/modify.

Green Neighbors Recycling Day in Battle Ground

A free Green Neighbors Recycling Day event in Battle Ground is a great opportunity for Clark County residents to drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and scrap metal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St. in Battle Ground. Proof of Clark County residency, such as a driver’s license, may be required.

Before you go, there’s a few things you should know about what can and can’t be accepted. Tires without rims are fine to recycle, but no more than five tires per person. No more than two banker boxes of paper to be shredded is allowed, and no business waste will be accepted. Household hazardous waste, such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids, and chemicals, cannot be accepted. Dispose of household hazardous waste for free year-round at these transfer stations:

  • Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
  • Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Sunday
  • West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

People who cannot attend the event can find year-round recycling options at www.RecyclingA-Z.com. Green Neighbors, a public health program of Clark County Solid Waste, will sponsor the Recycling Day Event in partnership with the city of Battle Ground. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more information.

Spring Cleaning: Recycling Day in Battle Ground

A free Green Neighbors Recycling Day event in Battle Ground is a great opportunity for Clark County residents to drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and scrap metal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St. in Battle Ground. Proof of Clark County residency, such as a driver’s license, may be required.

Before you go, there’s a few things you should know about what can and can’t be accepted. Tires without rims are fine to recycle, but no more than five tires per person. No more than two banker boxes of paper to be shredded is allowed, and no business waste will be accepted. Household hazardous waste, such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids, and chemicals, cannot be accepted. Dispose of household hazardous waste for free year-round at these transfer stations:

  • Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
  • Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Sunday
  • West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

People who cannot attend the event can find year-round recycling options at www.RecyclingA-Z.com. Green Neighbors, a public health program of Clark County Solid Waste, will sponsor the Recycling Day Event in partnership with the city of Battle Ground. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more information.

Holiday Recycling Event

Clark County residents can safely dispose of holiday waste at the Green Neighbors Holiday Cleanup, happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Cascade Middle School, 13900 N.E. 18th St. in Vancouver. Drop off block foam, used electronics, artificial Christmas trees, strings of lights and metal-frame lawn ornaments. (If you’ve got business waste, household hazardous waste, used tires, or scrap metal, this isn’t the right place for them; information on year-round disposal options is available at RecyclingA-Z.com.)

The Holiday Cleanup is free and open to all Clark County residents. Be ready with proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or other identification with an address. Green Neighbors, a Clark County Environmental Services program, is sponsoring the event event through a Washington State Department of Ecology grant. For more information, call Environmental Services at 360-397-2121, ext. 4352.

Bigfoot & Butterflies: Dr. Robert Michael Pyle at the Water Center

Dr. Robert Michael Pyle—noted butterfly specialist and occasional Bigfoot hunter—will be talking about Northwest nature at the Water Resources Education Center on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Pyle is something of a living legend here in the Pacific Northwest and deeply devoted to our beautiful and diverse landscape. He is, among other things, a Guggenheim Fellow, lepidopterist, biologist, teacher, founder of the Xerces Society for insect conservation, Sasquatch-tracker and treasured nature writer.

Pyle is appearing at the Water Center in partnership with Vintage Books and Clark County Green Neighbors in order to celebrate the Green Neighbors Program’s fourth anniversary. Pyle will be talking about his long and passionate life studying nature in the Northwest and beyond, and many of his books will be available for purchase and to be signed, including his most recent book, Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. Doors open at 1 p.m. There’s no admission charge and all ages are welcome. Questions can be directed to Vintage Books at 360-694-9519.

DIY Fair

If you think designing, building, or fixing it yourself is the best thing since sliced bread (in fact, if you've considered slicing your own bread with a hacksaw), then the Green Neighbors DIY Fair is the place for you. The fair offers a variety of free introductory workshops where you'll learn about home repairs, yard and garden maintenance, managing stormwater, and more. A free lunch will be provided to the first 100 people at the fair, compliments of Frito Lay, Corwin Beverage, and Clark County. There'll also be a door prize raffle for a garage space heater, donated by Cadet Manufacturing. Bring in your burnt out CFL bulbs and exchange them for fresh ones, courtesy of Clark Public Utilities (limited to six per family, no flourescent tubes or fixtures, please).

DIY Fair

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If you think designing, building, or fixing it yourself is the best thing since sliced bread (in fact, if you've considered slicing your own bread with a hacksaw), then the Green Neighbors DIY Fair is the place for you. This well-attended celebration of all things do-it-yourself will be held in Clark College's Gaiser Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. The fair offers a variety of free introductory workshops where you'll learn about home repairs, yard and garden maintenance, managing stormwater, and more.

And who says there's no free lunch? …because a 100% free lunch will be provided to the first 100 people at the fair, compliments of Frito Lay, Corwin Beverage, and Clark County. There'll also be a door prize raffle for a garage space heater, donated by Cadet Manufacturing. Bring in your burnt out CFL bulbs and exchange them for fresh ones, courtesy of Clark Public Utilities (limited to six per family, no flourescent tubes or fixtures, please). In the spirit of self-reliance, you're invited to help spead the word around your neighborhood! Download this DIY Fair 2014 event flyer to give to DIY-minded friends.

To read more about home-grown DIY projects and learn about other people who have successfully followed the DIY route, pick up a copy of the Spring 2014 edition of North Bank Magazine—the DIY issue.