Naturescaped Yard Tour – call for hosts and volunteers!

yard featured in last year's 2014 Yard Tour
Update: the application period for Yard Tour hosts ended on Sunday, March 22nd. Thank you for your interest!

We are still looking for volunteers! Visit our Yard Tour volunteer page to learn more.

We are looking for yards and gardens to highlight on the Naturescaped Yards Tour on Saturday, May 16th! Hosting your yard is a fun way to share your gardening experience with other natural gardening fans. Whether your yard is young, a work in progress, or well-established, we would like to hear from you! We are looking for a variety of landscape sizes and types that demonstrate the use of native plants, naturescaping concepts and stormwater features.

Upcoming EMSWCD Board and Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled Board Meetings, a Land Legacy Committee Meeting and Budget Meetings at the District Office (Board Room), 5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217, for the months of March and April 2015. Visit this page to see upcoming meetings.

EMSWCD endorses Outdoor School for All campaign

Students at Outdoor School - photo courtesy of MESD Outdoor School

Students at Outdoor School – photo courtesy of MESD Outdoor School

The Outdoor School For All campaign seeks to secure lasting public funding for every Oregon fifth or sixth grader to experience a full week of Outdoor education. At our last Board Meeting on March 2nd, 2015, the EMSWCD Board of Directors joined 11 other organizations by approving endorsement of the Outdoor School for All campaign.

Many District residents have come to our Board meetings to relate the positive impact that Outdoor School has had on their lives. Outdoor education has been shown to help students develop leadership, social and critical thinking skills, while also fostering an appreciation for the natural environment and the importance of conserving it. In recent years, EMSWCD has joined with other local entities to provide funding to our local Outdoor School. We believe a long-term, statewide funding solution is necessary to ensure all Oregon students have access to this valuable, engaging and highly educational experience.

The East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is proud to join the following organizations in endorsing the Outdoor School for All campaign:

  • Reynolds Education Association
  • Oregon Environmental Council
  • Oregon Science Teachers Association
  • Outdoor Project
  • Klamath Outdoor Science School
  • Rejuvenation Therapy Pain Clinic, LLP
  • Albina Gardens/Green Table Cooperative
  • Portland Eco School Network
  • HEY Together
  • David Douglas Teachers Union
  • Central Oregon Environmental Center

To learn more about the Outdoor School for All campaign, visit their website at:

Spring Workshops are here!

honey bee on red flowering currant

Our free workshops teach simple gardening practices that will help you create beautiful landscape features that conserve water, reduce pollution and create habitat for birds and pollinators. Learn how to create your own attractive, low-maintenance landscape, how to build your own rain garden and how to handle aggressive urban weeds! We have four topics to choose from this spring:

  • Naturescaping Basics
  • Rain Gardens 101
  • Native Plants Workshop
  • Urban Weeds

Space is limited and registration is required – sign up for a free workshop today!
Register today for a Free Workshop!


Soil school 2015

Soil School 2015 postcard (small)

The health of your soil determines the health of everything growing in it – the food you eat and the crops you produce! Learn all about how to care for your soil at Soil School 2015! The event will be a day packed full of information for small farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil.

When: Saturday, April 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration 8:00-8:30 a.m.)
Where: PCC Rock Creek Event Center, 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland
Cost: $30 per person or $50 for two people (Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided)
Register: Event page on

Attendees will learn about soil structure, texture and composition. You’ll also learn about growing crops and gardens using beneficial insects and how to improve your soil through cover crops. One session will focus on organic weed control, the myths and methods. Expert speakers will talk about irrigation and how to make sure you’re watering your plants in the most efficient way as well as the recent movement to replace lawns with low-maintenance native groundcovers and grasses. Finally, we’ll have a session on slugs and snails, which ones you want to get rid of and the most effective way to control them. Read more

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