Ashland Green & Solar Tour Are you planning to build a new home or looking for ways to incorporate green building designs into your existing one? If your answer is “yes ” or even “maybe,” you will enjoy the upcoming Ashland Green & Solar Tour! This will be your opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help mitigate climate change. Learn exciting new ideas and get inspired by what others have created! All tour participants will travel by bus to multiple home sites, with a lunch stop along the way. You may bring your own lunch or pre-order one by calling 541-840-8302. Space is limited. Preregister online at or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 16 & up DAY Saturday DATE Oct 14 TIME 9am-3pm PLACE Meet at City of Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St. COST $10 INSTRUCTOR Fred Gant is the owner of Southern Oregon Green Rating Services. Larry Giardina is a Conservation Specialist for the City of Ashland. Top 10 Beneficial Insects for Your Garden In addition to bees and butterflies, there are a myriad of insects we want in our gardens. This class will help students identify these wonderful and helpful insects in both larval and adult stages. Students will learn why they are beneficial to have around and how to attract and maintain them in the garden. Please register online at or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 12 & up DAY Tuesday DATE Oct 17 TIME 6:30-8:30pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST $10 INSTRUCTOR Kristina Lefever is a member of Bee City USA Ashland, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley and a Jackson County Master Gardener. Naturescaping Naturescaping teaches techniques for providing wildlife habitat around the home. Topics to be discussed include: planting fruiting and flowering native trees and shrubs; the use of bird boxes to benefit cavity-nesting species; how to place bat boxes; and ideas for providing habitat for native reptiles and amphibians. Concepts of stewardship will also be discussed. Come learn how to benefit our native wildlife in your backyard! Please register online at register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606. AGES 18 & up DAY Saturday DATE Oct 21 TIME 9am-1pm PLACE NMP Nature Center COST Free INSTRUCTOR Dan Van Dyke has 30 years of experience as a fish and wildlife biologist and a similar amount of experience with Naturescaping at home. He has taught numerous Naturescaping classes at various locations on the south coast of Oregon. Register Today! commis s i o n E s t 1 9 0 8 | | 31 sustainability & gardening Pre-registration at required for all programs unless otherwise indicated