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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

City of Palo Alto Municipal Services Center (MSC) Open House
July 3, 2017
10 am - 2 pm
City of Palo Alto MSC - 3201 East Bayshore Rd

The City is hosting an Open House on July 3 to showcase some of the “behind the scenes” work that we do for the Palo Alto community. The MSC will be open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm. Attendees will be able to enjoy food, music, fun activities such as bean bag toilet toss, backhoe bowling, and take home educational give-a-ways including hula hoops made through plastic pipe fusion. 

Special project demonstrations and displays feature informative messages on the dangers of high voltage, what’s inside a transformer, how all our utilities are operated, maintained and rebuilt, where our utilities come from, utility metering, facilities systems, EcoHome and efficiency programs, cybersecurity, bucket trucks and other heavy equipment operation, street cutting and paving, parks & open space care, zero waste, watershed protection & storm drain projects, fire department, warehouse tours, history of the City and founding of our municipal utilities. Please join us and bring your families for this fun and educational day! 

Download a copy of the event flyer here.

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. 

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
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 

Photo credit:  "no water use" garden - courtesy Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, PhD.

Last Updated May 21, 2017