How to Harvest Rain and More.

Watershed Stewards Spring WorkshopsInto each life a little rain must fall…so why not make the most of it? Enjoy these free workshops hosted by the Watersheds Stewards, a program of Washington State University Clark County Extension and Clark County Environmental Services. Capture the rain, plant a garden, or build a new driveway – improve your home and reduce your impact on your local watershed!

Rain Barrel Workshop:  Rain barrels are a good way to divert some of your home’s stormwater runoff and to save water for the garden on dry days. The workshop includes instruction on assembly and installation, barrel, parts and snacks. Class is free to attend, with option of purchasing a rain barrel for $35. Class is on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Clark County Extension offices, Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell, 1919 NE 78th Street, Vancouver. Register online.

Permeable Pavers Workshop: Rain carries dirt, oil, and grease off driveway surfaces straight into storm drains and into our streams. Reduce the amount of water that runs off your property by installing permeable pavement. Many local municipalities install permeable asphalt and permeable pavers already. Expert Ron Putz will talk about permeable pavements installation, maintenance, and benefits. Learn how to make your driveway more attractive or your patio more interesting while reducing the runoff from your property. Register online for this free class held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Clark County Extension offices, Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell, 1919 NE 78th Street, Vancouver.

Rain Garden Workshop:Who said stormwater management can’t be beautiful? Rain gardens collect rainfall and water from your roof downspouts to create a self-watering garden full of beautiful native flowers and shrubs. Rain gardens keep stormwater runoff from reaching the street, where it picks up oil, dirt, and garbage that pollute our creeks and rivers. The workshop will show homeowners how they can help reduce pollution entering our streams while adding an attractive natural feature to their yard. Register online for this free class held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Clark County Extension offices, Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell, 1919 NE 78th Street, Vancouver.

Edible Weed Workshop: What is a weed anyway? Weeds are just plants in the wrong place at the wrong time. We will talk about different plants in our gardens and lawns, using our forks instead of herbicide. The best revenge for a garden full of weeds? Eat them! Joseph Leyda is an ecologist and certified permaculturist. He will talk us through using different plants we often find in our environment. We’ll then go for a walk at the extension office and look for different plants to harvest for refreshments. Class is held Sunday, May 20, 2012 between 9 am and noon at Clark County Extension offices, Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell, 1919 NE 78th Street, Vancouver. Class is limited to 17 people, $10 advance online registration.

For more information, call 360-397-6060 x 0.


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