Sustainable Yard Care Series

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Sponsored by Snohomish Conservation District and King County Dept of Natural Resources and Parks

The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is partnering with the Snohomish Conservation District to offer both in-person and online classes all about creating a healthy, low-maintenance landscape.  These classes will be geared towards those who are new to the concepts of sustainable yard care practices.  Join us for one or all of these free classes.  

In-person classes will be held at:
Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA  98072

Jan. 7, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (ONLINE)

Landscaping with Native Plants: Selecting plants for benefit and functionality

Did you know you can plant a landscape that has visual interest year-round, provides a home for wildlife, AND reduces water, fertilizer and pesticide use?  This class will provide information about the best native plants for a variety of locations: small yards, acreage, urban planter strips to rural acreage. We will share techniques for planting, composting, and mulching that will help your native landscape thrive.

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Jan. 21, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (IN PERSON)

Landscaping for Wildlife: Creating habitat for beneficial animals and insects

Do you want to add some magic to your yard? Invite birds, butterflies, bees, frogs, and more with a landscape that welcomes local wildlife and gives them a safe space to thrive. Whether your landscape is a window box, deck, small yard, or acreage, you can create a sanctuary for the wildlife that makes our region so special.

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Feb. 4, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (IN PERSON)

Jumpstart Your Yard: Tips for designing a sustainable landscape and building healthy soil

Thinking about transforming your yard this year?  A well-planned landscape with a healthy soil system is the key to creating a successful, functional outdoor space.  This introductory class will focus on effective yard design and the components needed for robust soils. 

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7 Reasons To Start a Forest Garden & Everything You Need To Know

Feb. 25, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (ONLINE)

Planting a Food Forest: An introduction to creating an edible landscape

Want to garden and do your part for wildlife and climate change? Consider creating a food forest!  A food forest is built with diverse edible plants in forest layers. It is maintained without annual soil turnover and plant replacement of traditional food gardens. This approach, long practiced by Indigenous peoples around the world, is a sustainable, low-maintenance strategy that provides homes for beneficial insects and local wildlife, along with food for you and your community.

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March 4, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (IN PERSON)

Living with Wildlife: Working with nature, not against it

Does it seem like you’re constantly battling unwanted critters on your property? It’s a common occurrence for many people.  Instead of turning to harmful chemicals or cruelty, this class will teach you alternative approaches for co-existing with many forms of wildlife, from bugs to beavers.

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Kristin Covey, she/her pronouns
BRIGHTWATER CENTER  |  Education and Outreach Coordinator
King County Wastewater Treatment Division
ph  206.263.8856  |

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