Learn about natural landscaping

The Clallam Conservation District is accepting registrations for its fall Natural Landscaping course.

The interactive course on sustainable landscaping includes three Tuesday evening classes and three Saturday field trips. The first class will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

Course participants learn how to analyze the unique ecological conditions of their properties and develop appropriate landscape designs. The course focus is a naturalistic landscape style, with special emphasis on water conservation and minimal maintenance. Course participants are coached through the steps necessary to prepare plans that lead to landscapes that save time and money while also enhancing wildlife habitat and biodiversity. The course is based on the basic permaculture principle of understanding and working with nature.

A $25 registration fee covers the cost of the book “Grow Your Own Native Landscape,” a binder of reference material and facility rental. For couples requesting one set of materials, the cost is $30. The deadline for registration is Sept. 29. Early registration is encouraged to ensure a space and allow adequate time for preparation site maps for individual properties.

A separate half-day field workshop on landscaping with native plants will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 30 the Dungeness Recreation Area, 554 Voice of America Road West, Sequim. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register, call 360-775-3747 ext. 5.