The District’s annual events include the Native Plant Festival, Student GREEN Congress, and the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon. Below is a calendar of the events we’re hosting or participating in, community partner events, and our regular public board meetings. Below that you will find details about our upcoming workshops, tours and work parties.

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Calendar

Check our calendar regularly to find events we’re hosting or participating in, community partner events, and our regular public board meetings. To learn more about posted events, RSVP to a TCD hosted event, or have your event added to our calendar, contact: Nora White, nwhite@thurstoncd.com or 360-754-3588 ext. 136.

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Upcoming Event Details 

Put Your Garden to Bed

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 5:30-7:00 pm

This workshop will focus on how to cultivate habitat for overwintering beneficial insects in the garden. We’ll talk about what parts of the garden to focus on cleaning up such as flowering weeds and which dying plants to leave standing. Giving people permission to leave a somewhat messy garden through the winter creates visual interest as well as provides beneficial insects places to overwinter. We’ll highlight what can still be planted in late fall and what does best in the spring as an overwintering crop or flower. We’ll discuss how and why to use mulch as you prepare the winter garden and offer ideas for mulching materials that people can find in their own back yards. Registered participants will receive a link to join via GoToMeeting prior to the event. Closed captioning and Spanish translations provided.
 
Register for this event here.
 
Gardening HELP: Ask an Expert

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020, 5:30-7:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion with gardening “experts”! Here is a chance to take stock of this year’s garden, what worked well and what really needed help, and ask an expert your questions! We’ll take questions submitted in advance from participants and answer as many questions posed on the discussion as we have time for. Our goals are to help prevent problems in the garden and provide safe and healthy ways to deal with your most perplexing gardening issues so you can have an even better 2021 gardening season. Registered participants will receive a link to join via GoToMeeting prior to the event.
 
Register for this event here.
 
Natural Weed Control

Thursday, January 21st, 2020 5:30-7:00 pm

Weed control is an important part of any garden. Weeds use up the water and fertilizer intended for your plants and tend to be the most time-consuming issue to deal with in the garden. We’ll discuss the roles that soil chemistry and soil structure play in the types of weeds that flourish, and focus on ways to change the chemistry and how to change the soil structure to change the weeds. We’ll discuss weed prevention using low-cost tools like mulches and plant spacing to crowd them out. We’ll also consider the pros and cons of various weed barriers and discuss our favorite weeding tools. Registered participants will receive a link to join via GoToMeeting prior to the event. Closed captioning and Spanish translations provided.
 
Register for this event here.
 
How to Get Started Implementing a Project with TCD

POSTPONED

Thurston Conservation District works with directly residents to put projects on the ground! This presentation will go through some of the steps involved in designing, permitting, and constructing your goal such as a manure management structure, heavy use area, or fencing to exclude livestock from waterways. The goals is to provide you with tips on what to expect while going through the implementation process and help you learn about different cost share opportunities that may be available for your project. These projects have a direct positive impact on our shared watersheds and the ecosystems that support fish and wildlife habitat. This workshop is specifically for folks living in the Deschutes Watershed – ask if you’re not sure!


Past Event Resources

Access recordings of online presentations and their materials here.
  • Affordable Home Gardening – Originally presented online 5.5.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here.
    Find all additional handout resources, include presentation slides, here.

  • Dealing with Mud, Manure, & Compost in Your Home Garden – Originally presented online 6.24.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here.
    Find all additional handout resources, including presentation slides, here.

  • Getting Started with Pasture Management – Originally presented online 6.30.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here
    Find all additional handout resources, including presentation slides, here.

  • Manure Management – Originally presented online 7.27.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here
    Find all additional handout resources, including presentation slides, here.

  • Advanced Pasture Management – Originally presented online 8.6.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here.
    Find all additional handout resources, including presentation slides, here.
  • Virtual Farm Showcase – Originally presented online 8.20.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here. Please note, there are five times where participants watched YouTube videos on their own computers. All corresponding farm showcase videos can be found on our YouTube channel here
    Find all additional handout resources, including presentation slides, here
  • Addressing Mud & Designing a Heavy Use Area – Originally presented online 8.25.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here.
    Find all additional handout resources, including presentation slides, here.
  • Planning a PNW Winter Garden – Originally presented online 8.27.2020
    Find a recording of the presentation here.
    Find all additional handout resources, including a worksheet and presentation slides here.

Have a workshop suggestion or question about our upcoming programming?

 

Nora White
Education & Outreach Specialist
nwhite@thurstoncd.com
360-754-3588, ext. 136

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