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Note date change to June 12: Celebrate the dedication of WSU Vancouver's learning and student community gardens - 06/05/24

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver invites you to a dedication for the new Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge learning garden and student community garden from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 12 in the field between Green 3 parking lot and the Clark College Building on the WSU Vancouver campus. Commemorate this milestone with a drum blessing, Indigenous speakers and a groundbreaking feast featuring smoked salmon. The event is free and open to the public through a grant from the WSU Vancouver Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Coordinated by Native American Programs and the Collective for Social and Environment Justice with support from the Clark County/WSU Extension, the gardens will be integrated into courses across WSU Vancouver’s curriculum. The gardens will create a space for outdoor experiential learning to advance food security and food sovereignty. They will provide opportunities for students, families and the community to learn about growing, harvesting and processing/preserving produce. In addition, the gardens will provide much-needed produce including Indigenous First Foods to students and their families.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Find a campus map at vancouver.wsu.edu/mapParking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4.

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. We acknowledge their presence here. WSU Vancouver expresses its respect towards these original and current caretakers of the region. We pledge that these relationships will be built on mutual trust and respect. 

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