POLK COUNTY -- The Polk Soil and Water Conservation District is teaming up with the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District to teach the community about the benefits of native plants.
Workshops will be held each Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 15.
The first class will be "Food and Fire: How Kalapuyans Managed Native Plants on a Sustainable Basis and How to Propagate Native Plants," which takes place at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.
The presentation Jan. 29 is "Attracting Pollinators and Wildlife Using Native Plants" at the Pringle Hall Community Center in Salem.
The presentation Feb. 12 is "Landscaping With Native Plants" at the Polk County Fairgrounds.
The final class, set for Feb. 26, is titled "Rain Gardens and Aquatic Plants" at the Pringle Hall Community Center.
There is no charge to attend the workshops, but the organizations are asking patrons to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Marion-Polk Foodshare at each session.
Janice Calkins, the administrative assistant for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, said the workshops preclude the annual plant sale and will include photos and guest speakers.
"(Attendees) are going to realize having the benefit of native plants," Calkins said.
To RSVP to the workshops, call Calkins at 503-399-5741. For more information on workshop topics, call Erin Hostetter at 503-623-9680 (ext. 113).