Since 1999, the StreamTeam has coordinated a large scale community celebration for Earth Day. Each year, hundreds of people join the team to plant native trees along our waterways, protecting local water quality and quantity.
The StreamTeam celebrated its 16th annual event on Saturday, April 18, at the Salmon Creek Greenway, in partnership with Clark County Environmental Services.
Volunteers celebrate Earth Day by planting native trees and enjoying the EcoFair with free children's activities and live entertainment. Volunteers completing a 4-hour shift received a free lunch from Tommy O's and a free t-shirt. More than 300 volunteers came together to celebrate Earth Day last year. Here are the ways volunteers and families were involved in the Stream Team's Earth Day Celebration:
EcoFair: Free family friendly event, funded in part by a Divine Consign Gifts for our Community grant, with live entertainment and engaging activities for all ages!
Tree Planting: A 4-hour tree planting to get dirty and make a difference!
Pull Together: A family friendly, 4-hour non-native Garlic mustard removal.
StreamTeam Leader: Share your tree planting knowledge with others! Must have completed Leader Training.
StreamTeam Photographer: Volunteer your expertise to capture the volunteer spirit!
Recycle Team: Direct attendees as they sort their waste at the EcoFair!
Watershed Reflections: Students can celebrate through this art and writing contest!
For information about volunteering for the next event, contact us by e-mail at StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or call 360-992-8585.
Families came down to the Salmon Creek Greenway to enjoy some EcoFun at the EcoFair! The EcoFair included live entertainment and FREE children's activities from local environmental organizations and businesses. There were workshops and entertainment along Salmon Creek. Food was available for purchase from Tommy O's (free for volunteers). Attendees have a good time being a part of this large community event!
To give you an idea of the activities here's the schedule for 2015:
10:00 EcoFair Welcome
10:15 Bug Chicks Show
10:45 History of Salmon Creek
11:30 Watershed Reflections winners announced
11:45 Mr. Lizard Mobile Zoo
12:15 Portland Audubon Live Birds of Prey presentation
1:00 Science Circus: Physics of Fun Juggling
1:50 Closing Remarks
Spend four hours planting native trees to save salmon. StreamTeam members receive all of the training and supplies to plant trees during our Earth Day Celebration. The tree planting is a four hour commitment and is held rain or shine. Children over the age of 3 can be dropped off for supervised environmental education activities with Vancouver Montessori at any point during the event. This is a great opportunity for kids that need a break but whose parents want to keep planting. Preregistration is required since space is limited.
Leaders are seasoned StreamTeam volunteers who have received special training in the art of leading tree planting team members. Leaders are very knowledgeable volunteers who work alongside planting volunteers to make sure everyone has a great day. Contact us at StreamTeam@clarkpud.com or 360-360-992-8585 to learn how you can become a Team Leader.
Garlic mustard is a non-native plant that is taking over streamside areas. Let's pull together and remove this weed so that native trees and animals can thrive. This is a great opportunity for families to make a big difference in our watershed. All of the training is provided on-site at the event. The Pull Together is a four hour commitment and is held rain or shine. Preregistration is required since space is limited.
The Team is seeking an advanced amateur photographer who is interested in taking digital photos to document the event but also to capture the volunteer spirit. This is an outdoor opportunity. Photographers must provide their own equipment for a great day in the field.
Help the team put on a sustainable event! Join the recycle team to assist attendees as they sort their waste. Training, gloves and equipment provided for this important task force!
Clark County students can celebrate Earth Day by participating in the Watershed Reflections contest. Clark Public Utilities sponsored an environmental expression contest for students based on the theme, "What is a watershed?" The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural history of the place they live and to express, through art or literature, how they feel about their discoveries. Watershed Reflections Contest Rules for 2016 are here.
"People like the utility's Earth Day Celebration because they're able to go outside with like-minded people, friends and neighbors; get their hands dirty doing something good for the environment; and enjoy a sense of community," said Lisa Beranek, who has coordinated the utility's Earth Day event in previous years.