Clackamas Community College classes adapt to climate change
Clackamas Community College's Environmental Learning Center is presenting a free workshop series for anyone interested in home gardening for wildlife and water quality with a focus on adapting to our changing climate. Learn how to garden with less water, choose temperature-resilient trees and shrubs.
Sign up for one or all of the following courses where experts will share their experience, stories and best practices, leaving plenty of time for discussion and your garden questions:
Jan. 21: "Garden With Less Water"
The year 2020 saw it all —heat dome, drought and wildfires. How can a gardener save water and still enjoy beautiful blooms and appealing outdoor spaces as the climate heats up? Learn tips on how to optimize your garden using less water.
Jan. 28: "Birds in Your Garden"
Birds help us to see the impacts of a changing climate â€“ when wildfires and heat push them away, they surprise us by showing up in unexpected times and places. Help these travelers by providing the habitat they need. Learn how to create a thriving bird haven in your own backyard.
Feb. 4: "Healthy Trees"
Trees provide many benefits, including habitat for wildlife, energy savings and a reduction in stormwater runoff. They're also one of the greatest defenses against climate change because they remove carbon dioxide from the air. But, after last year's ice storm, many were forced to reevaluate their backyard trees. In this session, learn how to choose resilient species and keep them healthy under challenging conditions
Feb. 11: "Non-Chemical Pest Control"
One of the more unsavory predictions of a changing climate is that there may be more rats, ants and other pests around our homes. So, how can they be controlled without introducing toxins to the watershed? Find out fascinating insights into how these pests can be safely controlled.
Feb. 18: "Scrumptious Soil for Watershed Wellness"
Healthy soil, rich in organic matter and microbial life, is great for plants, but it also helps to mitigate the impact of those extreme weather events that go hand-in-hand with a changing climate. In this session, experts will share strategies for improving soil's ability to reduce the impacts of flooding and drought conditions.
Feb. 25: "Permeable Hardscapes"
Keeping waterways healthy in the face of climate change requires reducing the amount of dirty stormwater entering them. Permeable pathways are one great solution as they allow water to soak into the ground, rather than running off down the street, picking up pollutants before entering storm drains. Learn how and where to use wildlife- and water-friendly hardscape materials.
March 4: "Non-Chemical Weed Control"
Weeds â€“ the nemesis of every gardener. They present challenges with their invasive, persistent and perennial nature. Explore how climate change has impacted their growth and reproduction, and learn herbicide-free solutions to tackle them in the garden.
CCC Workshop Series
When: noon-12:45 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 21-March 4
Where: Sign up for Zoom links at bit.ly/3FE4dBG
Participants: Classes are sponsored by Clackamas Water Environment Services. Community partners include North Clackamas Watersheds Council, Oak Lodge Water Services, Oregon City Public Works and Clackamas River Water Providers.
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