Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring Happenings at Cascadia CD

April was a very busy month in the Education and Outreach arena at Cascadia Conservation District! We wrapped up several big events- like our "Native planting 101" workshop season, annual Native Plant Sale, and Earth Day Essay Contest.  We participated in several Earth Day Fairs around Chelan County, and got ready to launch some new projects. 

This week's blog is a bit of a mish-mash, with updates about what we've been up to, and what we will be up to in the coming months.  A little "spring cleaning," if you will...

A few of our many wonderful
Native Plant Sale volunteers!

Native Plant Sale wrap-up

A big thank-you to all our volunteers who helped to make our 2012 Native Plant Sale a success!  In addition to our plant bundling volunteers (see our March 29th blog post), we had two great volunteer groups help us sort and load up plant orders and kept us organized on our two plant pick-up days.  Christie, Alex, Sharon, Lauren, Jake, Lynda, Annie, Nancy, and Larry- we couldn't have done it without you!


Amanda, Cascadia's Ed & Outreach Specialist,
running the Enviroscape display at
Leavenworth's Earth Day Fair.

Earth Day Fair Extravaganza

In mid April, Cascadia participated in several Earth Day events around Chelan County.  You may have visited our booth at the Lake Chelan Earth Day Fair on April 21st or the LIFE2 Earth Day Fair in Leavenworth on April 22nd.  We brought with us an Enviroscape- a watershed model that demonstrates how point and non-point source pollution can make its way into our streams, rivers, and lakes- that was a big hit with kids of all ages, and adults too!  We had beautiful weather on both days, enjoyed local music and food, and were even highlighted in an article in the Chelan Mirror newspaper!  See the article here.

The Enviroscape also came with us to the Earth Day fair at Entiat Elementary School, where we spent a fun, fast-paced day talking to Entiat kindergarten through 5th graders about where pollution comes from and the things we can do to make our waterways healthy for plants, animals, and people!

"Untitled" by Caden Stockwell
One of our 2010 PTW Calendar Photo Contest Finalists

Picture the Wenatchee Calendar
Photo Contest

The Picture the Wenatchee (PTW) Calendar Photo Contest has launched!  From now until October 1st, Cascadia will be accepting electronic photo submissions for six categories: plants, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, landscapes, and water.  Photos must be taken within the Wenatchee River watershed and by residents or visitors age 13 or older.  Entries will be exhibited at participating local businesses in the fall and a panel of judges will choose two winners from each category for inclusion in a 2013 Wenatchee River watershed stewardship calendar!  For complete contest rules, a watershed map, and to submit your photo(s), please visit the Picture the Wenatchee website.

Photo by J. Leach
Camas (at Camas Creek Meadows)
 Native Plant Appreciation Week: April 29-May 5

This week is Washington Native Plant Appreciation Week!  If you can, take a few minutes this week to get outside, slow down, and enjoy the native beauty around you!  More information can be found on the Washington Native Plant Society website.  And check out our Facebook page this week as we highlight some of the Cascadia staff's favorite native plants!  

Stay tuned, more Cascadia events coming your way soon!

Thanks for reading!

Your Friend in Conservation,