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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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Worm Composting Basics
Compost Basics
Less-Toxic Pest Control
Other Local Events & Workshops

Compost Basics
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.
September 3, 2016
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
September 15, 2016
Library talk - Learn the science behind the magic of turning plant debris and kitchen scraps into amendments and mulch that will return nutrients to your garden soil, protect the soil, and prevent weeds.
10am - Noon
Library location coming soon
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640
October 15, 2016
10am - Noon
Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
4000 Middlfield Road
Palo Alto
To register online click here or call (408) 918-4640

Bay Area SunShares

Learn about the basics of the SunShares program, how solar works and how the financials of solar can benefit you.  Solar and EV providers will be on hand to discuss their products and answer any questions you may have about going solar or buying a new zero-emissions vehicle.  To learn more about the SunShares program, visit

Saturday, September 17
9am - Noon
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto
Click here to register

Less-Toxic Pest Control

Fall Garden Pest Prevention

Fall is the perfect time to set your garden up for success in the spring. Come learn about what you can do now to help prevent pests and disease in the coming months. Participants will also learn how to keep ants, rodents and other pests out of the home.  Brought to you by the City of Palo Alto Public Works - Watershed Protection, Common Ground Garden and the Our Water, Our World Program. 

October 1, 2016
2pm - 4pm
Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto (Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church garden area)
Cost: $5.00
To register online: or call (650) 329-2122 for more information

Other Local Events & Workshops:

Regional 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 August 9, 2016