Educational events & classes

The Portland Metro area offers a variety of free and low-cost opportunities to learn more about gardening, our local soil and water systems, native birds and pollinators, and much more.

Audubon Society of Portland
Join the Audubon Society and learn all you can about our native birds and the vital habitat that supports them.

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
EMSWCD hosts several free community workshops on topics like rain gardens, naturescaping, beneficial insects, and more.

Friends of Tryon Creek
Tryon Creek Park, which is located in SW Portland, is a beautiful natural area and a great location for kid-friendly nature hikes, story time, and more.

Home Orchard Society
Serving fruit growers of all levels, HOS hosts an educational demonstration orchard in Oregon City and offers hands-on workshops, garden tours, and more.

Metro, a regional agency serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, offers field trips, workshops, educational volunteer opportunities, and more. Use their interactive park finder to explore natural areas near you or browse their online resources for creating a healthier yard and garden.

Bright green leaves from a flowering currant plant.
Chrysanthemum flower with thin, slightly curled pink and yellow petals.
Bird's nest with four small, brown eggs.

A stack of garden books. The top book is called “Great Garden Companions.”

Books & Podcasts

Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard by Colin McCrate & Brad Halm
Practical Permaculture by Jessi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein
The Beautiful Edible Garden by Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner
Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
Attracting Native Pollinators by The Xerces Society
Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele

Encyclopedia Botanica podcast by Hilary Dahl




Backyard Habitat Program
Interested in creating more urban habitat for birds, pollinators, and wildlife? Receive support, discounts on plants, and more by enrolling in the Backyard Habitat Program, managed by the Columbia Land Trust and the Audubon Society of Portland.

Metro Pesticide-free Pledge
Learn organic, low-impact methods for managing your landscape while helping to keep our environment safe for people, pets, wildlife, and our waterways. Receive a free yard sign when you pledge to reduce or eliminate the use of "weed and feed" and other harmful pesticides in your yard.

Xerces Society Pollinator Protection Pledge
Take your appreciation for pollinators to the next level by pledging to create and maintain quality habitat for bees and other beneficial pollinating animals in your garden.

Pink flower with yellow center from a Hellebore plant.
Green new growth of a Sedum plant emerging from the ground..

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

-- Cicero --