By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Portland residents can take steps to benefit the fish, wildlife and people who use our local waterways by developing a rain garden. They also can learn how to use native plants in landscapes to conserve water, reduce pollution and provide healthy habitat for people, fish and other wildlife.
The city’s Bureau of Environmental Services and the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District are offering free workshops to teach residents about rain gardens and landscaping with nature or naturescaping.
• Rain garden 101 will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 15 at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave. The workshop will provide step-by-step details for planning, designing and building a rain garden.
• Naturescaping basics will be outlined in a workshop from noon to 4 p.m. March 2 in the Hollywood library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
Classes fill quickly, said Katie Meckes of the conservation district, who advised early registration at www.emswcd.org. Meckes is at (503) 935-5368 or gro.d1511033591cwsme1511033591@eita1511033591k1511033591 .