Living Green Workshop Series
This program is in partnership with the Warren County Conservation Collaborative.
- Join us for a five-week series of FREE educational presentations to help you learn about and implement easy, eco-friendly ideas in your home, yard, and community.
- You may come to all 5 workshops or just one or two.
- Register online to save your spot and ensure there are enough materials for everyone.
Do you want to make your habits more earth friendly? Then join us for the first program in the 2024 Living Green Series! Learn about upcoming changes and additions to our local Rumpke recycling program from Warren County Solid Waste Management District. Then explore ways to make your yard not only a personal oasis, but a refuge for native wildlife and pollinators from Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD). Find out how you can transform your yard into a sustainable, ecologically friendly space that is not only beautiful, but also helps to reduce water pollution through best management practices for your lawn, including turf alternatives, permeable surfaces, landscaping techniques, and more!
Helping Backyard Wildlife
Whether you have acres of land or a single potted plant on your patio, you can provide native wildlife with crucial habitat. Learn about the local mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects that may visit your yard, and how you can utilize easy eco-friendly practices to help them. We will also address humane “evict and exclude” options for cases when animals get into spaces where they don’t belong, and what to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife. While wildlife patients cannot join us at this program, we will have plenty of cute pictures plus our taxidermy collection and live reptile ambassadors for you to meet.
The Importance of Trees
Trees do so much more than produce oxygen! Learn how trees in the urban forest enhance the lives of those living in a community, how different species provide benefits to wildlife and insects, and how to select the best tree for each site.
Darkness: A Disappearing Habitat Vital to Life on Earth
Presenter Erin Shaw, Caesar Creek State Park Naturalist, will help you discover the importance of dark nights and better understand how light pollution affects all living things on Earth. You will learn simple and sustainable solutions to improve the health of humans and our environment.
Going Green: Sustainability Inside the Home
More of us are realizing the importance of our choices regarding the environment. To be better stewards of our planet, there are actions and decisions that we can make to limit our negative impact on the Earth. In this workshop, we will explore ways to limit our impact on the planet by “going green.” We will explore different rooms in the home and share sustainable products and practices you can incorporate. The first 20 participants will receive a free sustainability starter kit that includes a Swedish dishcloth, a glass straw, and a bamboo soap holder to take home with you (thanks to funding from the Warren County Solid Waste Management District).
List of Presenters
- Casey Burdick, City of Lebanon, Recreation and Natural Resources Coordinator
- Suzanne Geisler, Warren County Solid Waste District, Educator
- Shannon Pennington, Warren County Park District Naturalist and Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator
- Melissa Proffitt, M.A., Warren County SWCD, Education & Communications Specialist
- Erin Shaw, Caesar Creek State Park, Naturalist
- Laura Stanton, M.A., M.S., Ohio State Extension, Warren County, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator