Lunch and Learn Educational Series

Join our online Lunch and Learn series as we invite experts from around the area to share their knowledge!

Native Plantings in your Place with Marion SWCD

Wednesday, December 21 

Noon via Zoom

Have you wondered how to incorporate native species into your yard, container gardens, or property? Sarah Hamilton with Marion SWCD will introduce you to plants that will attract pollinators, require little water after being established, and add diversity and visual interest to your space. Bring your native plant questions to this Lunch & Learn! 

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Sarah Hamilton is a Native and Invasive Plant Specialist with the Marion SWCD, where she works with landowners to develop conservation projects, improve or create wildlife and pollinator habitat, and answer questions about native and invasive plants. She is passionate about restoration and PNW native plants.

Urban Beavers & Water Quality with City of Gresham

Wednesday, January 18 

Noon via Zoom

Our waterbodies are homes to many wildlife species and many of them create interesting urban issues. Beavers are a natural inhabitant of Pacific Northwest streams and create complex ecosystems as a keystone species. These large rodents have also created some opportunities for municipalities and neighbors to work alongside nature vs. fighting nature. Katie Holzer, Gresham’s Watershed Scientist will highlight her work along urban streams dealing with beaver and neighbors to come to fruitful paths forward for both species. Bring your beaver questions to this Lunch & Learn!

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Katie Holzer is a Watershed Scientist with the City of Gresham, where she studies ways to improve water quality in urban watersheds. She holds a Ph.D. In Ecology and enjoys finding ways that humans and wildlife can mutually benefit each other on the landscape.

For more information about the Lunch and Learn series, please email Jenny Ammon at