Classes and Workshops

Why waste a good thing?  Turn a liability into an asset by recycling organic waste to make a rich soil amendment. Learn the basics of enriching the earth and keeping good stuff out of the landfill at a composting or vermicomposting workshop!

Please check back in April for Spring 2016 Workshop Schedule.


DIY Cleaning Workshop – $20 fee for DIY cleaning kit. Pre-registration required.

Save money and live healthier by making you own household cleaners! Learn a number of ways to reduce toxic chemicals around your house, and take home your very own DIY cleaning kit (these kits make great holiday gifts!). You’ll have all the tools you need to create a spotless, yet healthy, indoor environment. If you’re just interested in learning about DIY cleaning techniques, but do not wish to take home a kit, you can attend the workshop for FREE.

Date: Saturday, December 5,  Time: 10 a.m. – noon  Location: Columbia Springs, Swift Classroom


Lasagna Gardening – FREE. Pre-registration required.

Lasagna gardening is a great method to turn organic materials from your garden into rich soil right in your garden bed. No tilling or turning required! As part of this hands-on workshop, you will build a lasagna garden and learn all the basics necessary to get started building your own lasagna garden at home.

Date: Saturday, October 17,  Time: 1 – 3 p.m.  Location: Bethel Lutheran Church (Brush Prairie, WA)


Backyard Composting – FREE. Pre-registration required.

Want to begin composting your yard and some of your kitchen waste? This two hour workshop will get you started building soil health in your own backyard. Join us for an introduction to the science of composting and a visit to a composting demonstration site to view composting bins and systems in action.

Date: Saturday, September 19,  Time: 10 a.m. – Noon  LocationC.A.S.E.E., Brush Prairie

Date: Tuesday, October 13,  Time: 6 – 8 p.m.  Location: Columbia Springs, Swift Classroom


Family Wormshop – $35 Materials fee. Pre-registration required.

Squiggly fun for the whole family. Learn the care and feeding of red worms and discover how they can help you turn fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen into food for your garden or houseplants. Children should be at least five years of age to participate. Participants receive a worm bin and red worms to take home. Information is free, if you don’t want a bin and worms you can come for free!

Date: Saturday, September 26,  Time: 10 a.m. – Noon  LocationC.A.S.E.E., Brush Prairie

Date: Saturday, October 10,  Time: 10 a.m. – Noon  Location: Columbia Springs, Swift Classroom

You can visit our “how to compost” page for some instructional resources.



Want to learn more about all things sustainable and join our community of Master Composter/Recyclers who are helping to make a better world? The Master Composter/Recycler training program covers all information in our workshops and more. Apply for our annual training cohort for the 2016 Master Composter/Recycler training.


Master Composter/Recycler workshops are sponsored by Clark County Environmental Services.

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