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Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

Do you feel that cool, crisp morning air? Before we know it, it will be time to “put the garden to bed.” What better time to start dreaming up new, creative ideas for next year’s garden? Thanks to helpful participant feedback, we have added these three new topics in addition to some long-time favorites to our fall schedule!

  • Climate Resilience: At Home, In Your Yard, and Beyond
  • Landscaping for Wildlife
  • Outdoor Water Conservation

Discover simple gardening practices that will help you create a beautiful landscape that conserves water, reduces pollution and attracts beneficial wildlife to your yard. If you are not able to attend a live webinar, we also have recorded sessions you can watch at any time.

View the workshop schedule and register here

Mt. Hood Community College Volunteer Planting Day

Photo collage of planting event, all outdoors, masked with groups of people standing outside.

Thanks for joining us for a morning of fun and community building at the Mt. Hood Community College Volunteer Planting! On March 5th we planted a variety of 350 bare-root native trees and shrubs to help beautify the campus and improve habitat for students, visitors, and wildlife.

We had so much fun at our first in-person, all-outdoors masked event since COVID began. We were joined by group of about 20 people, including MHCC students, families, and folks from all over the area who were excited to plant hundreds of native plants. Check out their growth by visiting the Visual Arts buildings on Mount Hood Community College’s campus.

Thanks so much for helping us create a more sustainable and beautiful campus, and thanks to Mt. Hood Community College for partnering with us for this event!

Join us at our Open House and Garden event on June 1st!

Come tour our naturescaped garden and the green features we’ve added to our historical building on June 1st! At this family-friendly event you’ll see native plants, rain gardens, eco-roofs, pervious pavement and more! You’ll walk away with new ideas for how to care for the land and water in your yard.

  • Visit Our Vibrant Garden
  • Tour Green Building Features
  • Learn About Our Programs
  • Free Kids Activities
  • And much more!

Learn more about
the event here!

Please note that our grounds are ADA accessible, but there are varying types of terrain. For more information or questions on accessibility, please contact Monica at (503) 222-7645 or monica@emswcd.org.

Important – Wildlife workshop rescheduled to Wednesday, April 17th!

Important notice: This workshop has been rescheduled to April 17th due to weather concerns. If you already registered you do not need to do re-register. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Chelsea at chelsea@emswcd.org.


Join us at the Columbia Grange on April 17th for our first ever workshop on attracting wildlife to your property. Learn how to transform your land into a refuge for local wildlife!

Habitat loss is the greatest threat to the survival of wildlife in the US, but you can make a difference on your own property. In this workshop you’ll:

  • Gain knowledge of the best plants and strategies for increasing habitat on your land.
  • Learn about the needs of a variety of beneficial wildlife and insects.
  • Learn how to develop, design and implement a plan for your property.
  • And much more…

Click here
to register!

Spring Workshops are here!

Cusick's Checkermallow

Get ready for spring with one of our free workshops! Learn how to conserve water, reduce pollution and attract beneficial wildlife, all while creating an attractive and low-maintenance landscape. Our workshops are held in a variety of locations in Portland, Gresham and Troutdale.

Register today for a Free Workshop!

Workshops offered this spring include:

  • Naturescaping Basics
  • Rain Gardens 101
  • Native Plants Workshop
  • Attracting Pollinators
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Urban Weeds

You need to register to attend a workshop – please don’t wait! Workshops tend to fill up quickly. Register today!

Livestock Workshop

Register for our free livestock workshop on August 17th!

Register for our free livestock workshop on August 17th!

Calling all livestock owners! Join us on August 17th at the Columbia Grange for help planning and managing your livestock operation. Presenters will highlight grazing techniques to keep grass growing vigorously, and mud and manure management to minimize runoff into waterways.

Topics include:

  • Manure composting
  • Rotational grazing
  • Heavy use areas
  • Fencing
  • And more!

Presenters:

  • Jeremy Baker, EMSWCD Senior Rural Conservationist
  • Kimberly Galland, NRCS District Conservationist

Click here
to register!

Farm Succession Workshop

What does the future hold for your farm? Learn about the options available to you as you prepare to transition your working lands to future generations. This free workshop takes place at the Holiday Inn Express (map) in Troutdale on March 14th.

Speakers will discuss the legal, financial, and business factors that a farm family should consider when planning for the future. They will present real world examples of how to address these important issues while balancing the complexities of family dynamics. Protect your farm, nursery, orchard or forest land for future generations!

Click here to register
for this free workshop!

 

Questions?

Contact Andrew Brown at
(503) 935-5354 or
Andrew@emswcd.org

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