Our annual Letís Pull Together event has evolved into a citywide event consisting of partnerships and incredible volunteers all joining together for good times and clean country (city) living.
Join your neighborhood and our community as we pull together to clean up debris, plant native pollinators, and remove non-native invasive plants from locations all over our city.
Then enjoy the volunteer celebration and festivities immediately after!
We need volunteers! Neighbors, businesses, school groups, church groups, scout troops, sports teams, outdoor enthusiasts, farmers and ranchers, and folks like you can help clean up our city to protect our surrounding ecosystem of beautiful forests and deserts!
How to get involved:
- Sign up to volunteer, lead your group, or be a site coordinator.
- Bring your gloves, your friends, and your family, and join in! Participants are asked to only collect paper and plastic litter; no hazardous litter.
- Meet us at any one of our many locations throughout our community where our site coordinators and experts will assist you in identifying native plants and noxious weeds and provide everyone with bags for debris collection.
- Sites are family-friendly for children of all ages and for all physical ability levels.
- Check out our event guide in The Source Weekly from April 28, 2022
We encourage volunteers to walk or bike to their neighborhood site when possible.
Volunteers will meet at their neighborhood site. Group orientation with our site coordinators and identification training of native and noxious plants with our experts. Then we clean up the town! Some sites will be fully mobile after orientation.
Clean up and head to our volunteer celebration and festivities at the Westside Venue in the Old Mill District (Google Maps)
Festivities are free for all of our volunteers, at the Westside Venue in the Old Mill District (Google Maps)
Lunch, Beverages, Entertainment, and Prizes!
Let's Pull Together Locations:
Old Mill District: Westside Venue https://goo.gl/maps/StYnuG7oQERfZiPy9
Boyd Acres: Pine Nursery Park Pavillion https://goo.gl/maps/k434f3XKeh1NcvD56
Orchard District/Larkspur: Franklin's Corner Community Garden https://goo.gl/maps/RynKQf1Hech4kBdr7
River West: Veteran's Memorial Bridge/Brooks Park https://goo.gl/maps/jVCpDeAsGkbPNwVd8
Old Farm District: R. E. Jewell Elementary School https://goo.gl/maps/CFcqhmyoWGSzhgya9
Southwest Bend: Blakely Park https://goo.gl/maps/6anNkSVtPxtHo6iW6
Southern Crossing: SW Industrial Way/SW Division (Near Crux) https://goo.gl/maps/vBQZm7fY7DNmdenf6
*Native pollinator plantings will occur at Franklin's Corner Community Garden and at the Veteran's Memorial Bridge
Canít make the event but want to clean up or pull noxious weeds in your own neighborhood?
Complimentary yellow bags will be available at:
- City of Bend, Utility Works, 62975 Boyd Acres Rd.
- City of Bend, City Hall, 710 NW Wall St. (2nd Floor Admin)
- Deschutes County Road Department, 61150 SE 27th St.
Complimentary bag drop off on May 21st from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Westside Venue in the Old Mill District. Look for our partner, Wintercreek Native Restorationís trailer, at the festivities.
Local businesses and agencies are invited to join us in sponsorship of festivities for our volunteers.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Howard, Program Manager, Events and Volunteer Program, City of Bend. 541-388-5579 or email@example.com.
Why is preventing and reducing litter important to the community and the environment?
- It keeps your neighborhood beautiful Ė Litter is an eyesore, after all. Litter can negatively impact your sense of community and make people feel less safe. By picking it up, youíre showing pride in your community and beautifying the area. Crime is lower in areas that are clean and well maintained.
- Less litter in our community and on wilderness trails brings benefits to animals and humans. Not only is litter unsightly and capable of ruining our experience in nature, but it also poses danger to animals that may ingest it. Often litter on a trail ends up in a river and we all know where our rivers lead to. By removing litter from our high desert and mountain environments, we are ensuring that it doesnít end up in our oceans. It shows respect for others, the environment, and yourself.
- The presence of litter attracts more litter. Removing litter is a fun, simple, and free activity that can have instant results for you and your community.
- Recycling is highly encouraged. Both the local community and the overall environment can benefit from recycling materials instead of littering. It saves natural resources, landfill space, energy, clean air, and water and conserves the environment.
Why plant native plants?
These are species that are adapted to the climate, elevation, and soil of our area. Native plants attract wildlife, support habitat, and are friendly to their environment.
- They are low maintenance and require no mowing.
- They require little or no watering once established.
- They require no fertilizers or pesticides, as they have evolved defenses against disease and pests.
- They have deep roots that allow rainwater to soak well into the ground. Rain that does not soak into the ground causes erosion and flows off lawns and pavement and into storm drains where it is carried away to nearby ponds, rivers, and streams.