Adult Education Resources

Providing environmental education for adults and youth is an important part of our mission.

Make sure an check out our events calendar for upcoming workshops, and other educational opportunities.

Other educational opportunities are also available from other SCD staff. If you are interested in a scientist from our water, soils, or forestry departments speaking to your students you can also contact Stacey; she will put you in touch with the appropriate person.

Farm and Food Conference

The Farm and Food Conference is back this Fall focusing on sharing education and resources related to regenerative agriculture and bringing economic success back to our lands and our farms.

This years Keynote Speaker will be Ray Archuleta with the Understanding Ag Association. Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Please stay tuned for further announcements and registration.

Backyard Conservation Stewardship Program

We hope to resume The Backyard Conservation Stewardship Program in 2022! Stay tuned!

Classes will feature valuable tips for topics including:

  • landscaping with native plants
  • tree care
  • permaculture
  • pest management
  • landscaping for wildlife
  • composting
  • managing non-native invasive plants
  • attracting pollinators
  • soil health

Made possible with support from WA Department of Fish & Wildlife, WSU Extension Master Gardener Program, City of Spokane Solid Waste Disposal Master Composter/Recycler Program, WA Native Plant Society, Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board, Zinnia Designs, and Spokane Conservation District.

Rain Barrel Program

Participants will learn how to turn a used, food grade barrel into a rain barrel, why it is important to capture rainwater, and how to maintain your barrel. Attendees will retro-fit their barrel and take it home from the workshop.

Pre-registration is required and participants must drive a suitable vehicle in order to take home their 55-gallon rain barrel (truck/SUV or hatchback). Only 1 Rain Barrel per Household; must attend class to receive materials. Couples in the same household can attend together, but only pay one registration fee as they will only be receiving one barrel.

Please note: Due to Covid, the number of participants at each workshop will be limited and workshops will take place entirely outside. The workshop will take place at the Spokane Conservation District Campus at 4422 E 8th Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99212.

During the retro-fit use of drills are necessary. I always encourage you to bring your own drill. I will have one to use and all of the drill bits to drill holes, but work will go faster with more drills.

Refunds will be provided if no less than 24hrs notification is given to This will also us to contact someone else to ensure the barrel and space in the class is not wasted.

Cost: $25 per person for residents within Spokane County thanks to underwriting from Spokane County Storm Water Utility and City of Spokane Water Dept. The cost is $45 for out of county attendees. Current identification including address must be shown at check-in.