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In this Issue
October 2020

  • Make A Difference Day: Tree Planting
  • Together for Watersheds
  • Become A Watershed Steward
  • Wrapping Up Latinx Heritage Month
  • Amplify BIPOC Environmentalists
  • In the Community
Make A Difference Day (COVID-style)

Make a Difference Day is a national day of service. Each year, we host a tree planting event for this day. Spend your morning giving back and planting trees to make our urban environment a more beautiful and healthy place for all!

When: Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Where: Next to 1806 NE 41st Circle, Vancouver, WA (follow the signs for parking)
Time: To ensure volunteer safety, we have multiple time 2-hour time slots to choose from.


Space is limited and RSVP prior to the event is required. 
Please visit our event website to register and learn more about our COVID-19 guidelines for participation. 

Together For Watersheds
Have you heard of #TogetherForWatersheds? It is a newly formed group of staff members from different watershed organizations throughout SW Washington and the Portland Metro area.

We are collaborating to bring you quick nature-based content about (y)our watersheds. This content includes educational tidbits, at-home DIY projects, and mini tours of sites throughout the watersheds in the area. This is also a great way to get to know the folks behind your local watershed stewardship based organizations!

Here are a few examples of what has already been featured: How to create an "Un-Nature Trail", Meet a Banana Slug, Meet a Rain Garden, and Everyday Water Pollution Prevention. Stay tuned on November 11th for the Watershed Alliance debut! 

Want to follow along? Click here to like the Together For Watersheds Facebook group! 
Become A Watershed Steward
As we transition into the colder months, it will be important for us to find engaging at-home activities. Hosted by the Clark Conservation District, the Watershed Stewardship Program is a great activity to take up during this time!

This free online program is designed for everyone to learn about and protect our local watersheds. There are five topics presented by experts: fish and wildlife, surface and groundwater, watersheds of Clark County, plants, and policy and regulations.

These lessons are video-based formats and you can watch them at your own pace. Make sure to fill out a survey for each topic to become an official Watershed Steward and get some prizes!
Latinx Heritage Month
Although October 15th marked the "official" end to Latinx Heritage Month, we will continue to uplift and celebrate the Latinx communities all year long. Over the last month, we have shared stories of several Latinx environmentalists who are paving the way for a more just social and environmental movement.

Conservation and caring for the earth are deeply rooted in Latinx history, culture and tradition. In a blog post by Latino Outdoors, here are 10 examples of how Latinx identifying people have been a part of the environmental and conservation movement that you might not have known about.

We hope you follow along next month as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Month. In preparation, we encourage you to check out an upcoming Confluence Project event that will feature a virtual talk with author Robin Wall Kimmerer on her book Braiding Sweetgrass. This book examines how we can change the lens through which we see the world to help ensure our collective survival and restore our relationship with the Earth and each other.
Amplify BIPOC Environmentalists
In the Community
Stormwater Webinar: Maintenance for Homeowners
When: Tuesday, October 20th 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual

Do you want to learn more about managing stormwater in your neighborhood? Are you interested in learning easy maintenance tips? Virtually join Clark Conservation District for a FREE one-hour stormwater webinar for residents and HOAs anywhere in Clark County. Register here.

Repair Clark County Goes Remote
When: Tuesday, October 27th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Highway, Vancouver, WA 98683

Repair Clark County program offers a free drop-off repair program for most household goods. They invite members of the public to bring broken household items to be repaired, for free, by volunteer “fixers.” All items must be pre-registered before drop off. Visit repairclarkcounty.org for more information.


Virtual Lasagna Garden Composting Workshop
When: Wednesday, October 28th, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Where: Zoom

Build and plant a raised bed garden. No tilling or turning required and most materials are free! Don't worry if your soil is clay, sand, grass or weeds - this method goes right over the top. Using natural fertilizers is a great alternative and will help make your backyard more habitat friendly! Register here.
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