The Tualatin Sustainability Network (TuSN) celebrated its first year anniversary in April by hosting a very successful Earth Day service event. Since its inception in Spring 2021, this local non-profit environmental group has engaged the community with two educational lectures and several service events which include: learning about vehicle tire toxins that impact salmon populations; how to acquire certification for your own “Backyard Habitat” wildlife space; composting to improve soil for home and community gardens; and getting outdoors to help remove invasive plants, replacing them with native species. On its anniversary last month, TuSN welcomed about 40 people of all ages to help pick-up trash. Fueled by coffee and snacks and supplied with bags and gloves, the early morning (and mostly dry) group set out on foot, inspired by a sense of community belonging as they beautified a large portion of our downtown Tualatin neighborhood.
As we head toward warmer weather, TuSN is excited about partnering up with the City’s own Juanita Pohl Center and their Earthwise Crew to co-sponsor several eco-minded events throughout the summer. Intended for fun, health, and education, all is open to the public. Here is a quick guide to the upcoming events:
- June 23 – A Guide To Recycling
- June 26 – The Buzz About Bees
- June 28 – Republic Recycling & Waste Management Facility Tour
- July 8 – Mindfulness In Nature
- July 19 – Bamboo Gardens
- Aug. 2 – Mindful Eating
- Aug. 23 – Sunset Kayaking on the Tualatin River
You can find more info and sign-up for these and other events at: TualatinOregon.gov/Recreation/Adult-Programs-and-Services, and at: www.tualatinsustainabilitynetwork.org.
TuSN will continue, in the words of founder Bridget Brooks: “to inspire and provide opportunities for those who live, work and play in Tualatin, to become more active environmental stewards, and help create a safe space for us all to learn from each other and work together for a cleaner, healthier community.”