Learn to Grow a Wildlife and Water-Friendly Garden at CCC for Free

Apr 29, 2021, 16:47 PM by CCC Staff

OREGON CITY – The Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center is hosting free weekly wildlife and water friendly garden workshops – just in time for the spring gardening season. Each week, professional landscapers and water quality experts will discuss ways in which gardens help wildlife. Workshops will be held virtually Thursdays, May 6-June 17, noon-12:45 p.m. Sign up for one or more of the workshops at

May 6, Managing excess water in the landscape

The Pacific Northwest is familiar with wet winters. Learn how to keep stormwater from flooding basements and landscapes and how to manage it in aesthetically pleasing ways.

May 13, Beautiful bioswales

Bioswales benefit wildlife, but can they be beautiful too? This discussion will focus on the ways bioswales can add beauty to landscapes and will teach how to maintain them for long-term benefits.

May 20, Permeable pavement

Sending stormwater into the ground instead of pipes is better for the health of rivers and the wildlife that depends on it. In this session, learn about the variety of pavement options that help keep waterways clean.

May 27, Value of trees

Trees offer many benefits to wildlife. Learn how trees support a healthy ecosystem and get tips on how to ensure they remain healthy long-term.

June 3, Pollinators and beneficial insects

Attracting beneficial insects to gardens can be a game-changer. They reduce inspect pest populations, provide food for wildlife and pollinate food crops. Learn how insects can make a healthy home in gardens.

June 10, Non-chemical weed control

Weeds can easily overtake outdoor spaces. Learn strategies for controlling weeds without herbicides.

June 17, Natural lawn care

There are a variety of lawn care techniques that support wildlife health and minimize pollution of waterways. In this session, find out how to grow a healthy, green lawn without the use of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides.

For questions, email The workshop series is sponsored by Clackamas County Water Environment Services and in partnership with Oak Lodge Water Services, North Clackamas Watersheds Council and Jane Morrison of Jennings Lodge.

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Lori Hall

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