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Spring Fling will include workshops, virtual contests and invasive species removal

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - Showing residents how to start their own bee hotel will be one aspect of Wilsonville's upcoming Spring Fling.

During the Wilsonville Parks and Recreation department's spring planning efforts, necessity was indeed the mother of invention.

The need to break up the longstanding WERK Day when volunteers remove invasive species into multiple events to prevent large gatherings — along with wanting to provide the community with environmentally focused programming — led to the creation of the upcoming Spring Fling activity series that will take place April 8-24. The series will include the opportunity for community members to improve their gardening skills, learn about horticulture, and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through virtual contests.

"We are hoping that attendees will get a sense for various ways they can help the environment through small actions or changes in their lives — planting native plants, making habitat for bees, composting their food vs. throwing it in the trash, learning about local flora and invasive species, etc.," wrote recreation coordinator Erica Behler via email.

A couple events Behler is most excited about include the trillium drive-thru April 8 where people can pick up trillium plants and a do-it-yourself tutorial on how to create a bee hotel on Facebook Live April 18.

"This free tutorial will show viewers how to create their own bee & insect hotel that they can then place in their yard or veggie garden. This tutorial supports the city's Bee Stewardship program and the goal to provide education and tools for Wilsonville residents to create pollinator habitat in their own yards," Behler wrote.

Other opportunities include virtual contests where residents can share a picture of their garden on social media and enter into a drawing for a $60 gift basket, a virtual tour hosted by Behler where she will show people the process of making compost tea April 17, a screening of the film "Kiss the Ground" about the potential for reversing global warming through regenerative agriculture and many WERK Day sessions at various venues throughout the city including parks.

At the WERK DAY events, masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced.

Behler also noted that the city is contracting with West Side Goat Girl for the animals to remove invasive blackberries at Memorial Park in mid-April.

"It eliminates the need to use loud machinery and pesticides and aligns with the city's IPM (Integrated Pest Management) plan," Behler wrote.

For more information about the Spring Fling, visit

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