For over 10 years, Stream Team has sponsored free “Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife” landscaping workshop and field class instructed by Native Plant Salvage Project expert Erica Guttman. These interesting and informative classes help participants learn how to turn their yards into a lovely year-round landscapes that attracts birds, butterflies and amphibians with beautiful plants that require less water and protect water quality.

Participants can choose to attend an evening workshop (typically in March or November) or an all-day field class in May 7. The day-long field class contains more material, an additional speaker and site visits to local landscapes after the morning indoor session. Bus transportation is provided.

Workshops and Field Classes Cover:

  • Water-wise ideas for your landscape
  • Keys to attracting birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and amphibians
  • Easy ways to minimize lawn space
  • How to solve drainage issues with on-site stormwater management
  • Planting for four-season interest
  • Landscaping for tricky areas like slopes
  • How simple landscape changes can save you time and money

Erica Guttman, of the WSU Native Plant Salvage Project, teaches both the workshops and the field classes. She is joined by Linda Andrews, owner of Patterns in Nature Landscape & Design for the more extensive Field Class in May. Both instructors bring decades of professional experience in horticulture and botany, plus a passion for protecting water and creating wildlife habitat.

Registration is required, and space is limited. For more information contact WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at or 360-867-2166.

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