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Register for City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to help you 'green' your life. Learn how to reduce waste, conserve water, save energy, and prevent pollution! Check back regularly since this page is updated with new workshops throughout the year.

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Quick Links to Workshops
Compost Basics
Worm Composting
Other Local Events & Workshops
 
Community Arbor Day Festival

This community festival honoring California Arbor Week has become a Palo Alto tradition!

Join Canopy, the City of Palo Alto, and lots of friends and partners for free live music, roped tree climbing, bucket truck rides, the famous Tree Circus, food trucks, tree crafts, and more. Gather your friends and family and join the celebration!

More details to be announced. Email info@canopy.org for more information.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10am - 2pm
Location: Mitchell Park, Multi-Use Bowl - East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto


Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards Ceremony

The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards recognize organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership advance water conservation and reuse in Silicon Valley.  Please join the City of Palo Alto and other Water Conservation Coalition members at an awards ceremony to honor this year's champions for water conservation!

March 22, 2017
11am - 1:30pm, lunch is provided
Cubberly Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The event is free, but registration is required. Please visit 
http://waterawards2017.brownpapertickets.com/ to register.

Irrigation 101: Efficient Equipment & Systems

Discover the basics of irrigations systems with a focus on efficient equipment and different types of systems. Learn how to convert to a water-efficient irrigation system, including basic design, layout, installation, watering techniques and maintenance of your system.

March 25, 2017
9:30am - 12pm
Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto
To register online visit http://bawsca.org/classes_2.php?id_evnt=80 


Graywater Reuse: Laundry To Landscape

Learn how to simply and safely reuse water from sinks, showers and washing machine to irrigate plants. This class will survey various types of graywater systems, then focus on how to install a Laundry to Landscape graywater system. This laundry system doesn’t require a permit and is eligible for a $200 rebate in Palo Alto. Participants will have an opportunity to handle the plumbing parts and practice building a system.

April 1, 2017
9:30am - 12pm
Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto
To register, visit http://bawsca.org/classes_2.php?id_evnt=83


2017 Earth Day Festival and Great Race for Saving Water

Please join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5k fun run/walk and family-friendly Earth Day Festival with musical entertainment, bird walk and bike tours between the Baylands and Cooley Landing, animals from the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, arts and crafts, bike expo, games, zero waste picnic, community tabling and more! Join fellow community members along with environmental organizations, non-profits, businesses and city representatives for an exciting day with activities that are sure to please everyone! For more information, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/EarthDay 

April 22, 2017
9am - 3pm
Baylands Athletic Center
1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto
To register online visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/EarthDay


Maintaining a Native Garden

Learn how maintenance of a native plant, water-conserving landscape differs from that of what most consider to be a traditional landscape with grass or other plants that require a lot of water. Lecture topics include care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices.

April 29, 2017
9:30am - 12pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
To register, visit http://bawsca.org/classes_2.php?id_evnt=90

Compost Basics Workshops
Using compost in your garden improves your soil, benefiting your plants and enhancing your garden's health and vitality. Compost helps plants absorb nutrients already in your soil, allows plants to develop better root structure which will help them grow healthier, and holds onto water and nutrients that are applied and slowly releases them when plants need them. Learn how easy it is to compost, attend one of these FREE compost workshops.

All workshops require pre-registration since space is limited. 

April 22, 2017
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640

June 3, 2017
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640

August 5, 2017
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlfield Road
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640

September 2, 2017
10am - Noon
Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden
Eleanor Pardee Park, garden entrance on Center Drive near Martin Avenue
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640
 
October 21, 2017
10am - Noon
TBD
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640

Worm Composting Workshops
Worms will eat your kitchen scraps and create a nutrient rich soil amendment for indoor and outdoor plants. This is a no fuss, no smell and low maintenance way to compost. Come to one of our workshops and learn how easy and fun worm composting can be.
 
All workshops require pre-registration since space is limited.
 
July 22, 2017
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
To register online
click here or call (408) 918-4640

  

Other Local Events & Workshops:

Regional Workshops
Santa Clara Valley Water District Workshops
Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden
Palo Alto City Hall Demonstration Garden
UCCE Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden
Transition Palo Alto Share Faire
Document Shredding Events
Repair Café Palo Alto
Citywide Yard Sale

Last Updated March 1, 2017