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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.

Add your name to our email list to get updates on workshops and other programs! Please click here to see resources and materials from some past workshops.

Quick Links to Workshops
Compost Basics
Worm Composting
Other Local Events & Workshops


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

Heat Pump Water Heater Workshop and Training for Professionals

The City of Palo Alto is offering a generous rebate of up to $1,500 for residents looking to switch their gas storage water heater to an electric Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) in an effort to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Come learn directly from policy makers, researchers and manufacturer representatives from AO Smith, Rheem, Stiebel Eltron and Sanden.  This workshop will include information about the benefits of a HPWH, tips and tricks for successful installations, and details about the inspection process.

May 24, 2017
3pm - 6pm
Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Cost: $10 - General Public
Registration is required for this event. To register, click here.


How Green is Your Home?

Are you looking for ways to make your home healthier, more comfortable and energy efficient all at the same time? the City of Palo Alto Utilities and the Home Efficiency Genie program is offering a free workshop to explore ways to make 'Greening' your home easy for you and your family.  Learn about the latest lighting technology, indoor air quality, and more.

June 3, 2017
9:30am - 12pm
Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Road
Registration coming soon


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. 

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 

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

Last Updated March 1, 2017