Local Environmental Events & Volunteer Opportunities

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A call for actors and event helpers!  Can you help for 2 hours or more?

Be part of the “Tale of the Disappearing Forest” Haunted Hike, Saturday, October 20th, at Priest Point Park (East Bay Drive, Olympia)  Volunteer Shifts (more or less—come when your schedule allows):

•  Noon-3:00 pm:  Set up forest trail for hike, putting out decorations and props for various scenes in the story.  Help with costumes and make-up.

•  3:00-5:30 pm:  During the event, greet participants; assist at sign-in table or “Water World” area while participants are waiting to go on the hike, provide support along the hike route, plus other things as they come up.

•  5:30-8:00 pm:  Clean–up:  After the last group goes through the hike at 5:30, begin taking down decorations and props.  At 6 pm start taking down Water World.

Great for high school students to get service learning hours!  Great for families and friends to do something fun together!  Children can also help out. Lots of people are needed to help make this event a success!   Contact Patricia Pyle at (360) 570-5841 or by email at ppyle@ci.olympia.wa.us for more details and to sign up.

See the King of Salmon—Chinook—in Your Backyard

Stream Team Salmon Stewards will be at Tumwater Falls Park on weekday evenings and weekends through mid-October to answer questions about the salmon.  For more information, contact Debbie Smith at dmsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us or 360-754-4148.

 

Beginning Birding Class

This course, taught by biologist and naturalist Robin Shoal, will provide an introduction to birding, with an emphasis on developing bird identification skills. Other topics will include a review of birding tools, including binoculars and field guides, an introduction to birding terminology, and some discussion of basic bird biology as they relate to identification.  The course is designed primarily for beginning birders but should be useful for many mid-level birders as well.  The class is comprised of five classes and two field trips.  Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm October 16th, 23rd, 30th and November 6th &13th.  Field trip dates will be determined at the first class.  The class will be held at the Coach House behind the State Capitol Museum on 22nd Ave in Olympia.  The cost is $60.00.  Some scholarships are available.  Pre-registration required: call Deb Nickerson at 754-5397 or email her at debranick@gmail.com.

 


RECURRING EVENTS

 

Tuesdays

9 am – 3 pm: South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

Contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.orgEVENT REVIEW

4 – 7 pm: West Olympia Farmers’ Market

(Parking lot of Gloria Dei Church: 1515 Harrison Ave NW—at Harrison & Thomas)  Produce, baked goods, eggs, flowers, veggie starts, crafts, tool sharpening and more!  Farmers, artisans and producers are from Thurston County, and most work and live on the west side of Olympia. Most produce small-scale, and many only sell to the public through the West Olympia Farmers’ Market.

Wednesdays

8-11 am: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Bird Walk

Meet at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Overlook at 8 am, and join Phil Kelley from Black Hills Audubon Society for as long as you wish.

Thursdays

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

(700 N Capitol Way; Olympia 98501)  Fresh organic produce; Washington-grown fruits & meats; fresh fish, clams & oysters; dried herbs; fresh-cut flowers; breads; desserts; eggs; cheeses; jams & jellies; great food; quality locally grown plants & flowers; lots of fun; art and crafts from local artisans; live entertainment!  For more information, go to http://olympiafarmersmarket.com.

Fridays

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

Saturdays

10-11 am: “What’s Up with Budd?”  Free Sound Stewards Shoreline Walk

See description under Wednesday

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

Sundays

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

 

 

Sunday, October 7

5:00- 8:00 pm – Community Farmers Market’ s 6th Annual Harvest Dinner

(Centralia)  Served at the Historic Hotel Washington (545 N Market Blvd; Chehalis 98532) and featuring an array of locally grown foods prepared by a collaboration of local chefs.  Ticket proceeds benefit the Community Farmers Market.  Tickets are $35/person at the door; children 8 and under are free.  5:00 pm – appetizers & music; 6:00 pm – dinner.  No-host bar featuring local wines from Agate Creek Cellars.  For more information, go to www.communityfarmersmarket.net

 

Monday, October 8

6:30 pm – Imagine Olympia Public Hearing: DOWNTOWN PLANNING

(Olympia City Hall: 601 E. 4th Ave; Olympia)  The Olympia Planning Commission is interested in hearing comments from the public on sections of the draft Comprehensive Plan relating to downtown planning.  There will be a discussion of views and building heights, whether to create a Downtown Master Plan, design requirements and form-based codes, and other topics specific to downtown.  The meeting will include two half-hour periods for public comment, with a limit of three minutes per speaker.  Following this and subsequent hearings, the Planning Commission will prepare a recommendation to the City Council .  You can read the draft plan, review major changes, and see public comments received thus far at http://imagineolympia.com.  For more information, go to http://olympiawa.gov/imagine-olympia/general-pages/imagine-olympia-FAQ, or email imagineolympia@ci.olympia.wa.us or call 360-753-8314.  EVENT REVIEW

6:30 - 8:30pm – Food class: Making Soup Delicious

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  Come learn the basics and the not so basics of delicious soup creation.  We will create a pot or two of soup and take home a pint.  Attention will also be spent on some of the effects of certain ingredients and how to blend flavors for a delectable effect.  Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: Fertile Ground Guesthouse (311 9th Ave SE, Olympia 98501— in downtown Olympia behind the Timberland Regional Library)

 

Tuesday, October 9

9 am – 3 pm – South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

We will be meeting at Mima Creek Preserve to continue planting emergent vegetation that we started last fall.  Conditions at the site are muddy, so bring boots and good gloves.  We have over 5000 plants to plant to keep those frogs happy.  Bring lunch, and plenty of water.  Directions to Mima Creek Preserve: take I-5 to exit 95 (the Littlerock exit), ~10 miles south of Olympia; go west through Littlerock to the T-intersection at Mima/Waddell Creek Road; turn south (left) on Mima Road and go ~4 miles (You will pass Glacial Heritage); on your left you will see signs for Mima Creek—park in the large field.  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.orgEVENT REVIEW

3:30 – 5:50 pm – Evergreen Masters in Environmental Science Thesis Presentations

3:50 – 4:10pm: Jerilyn Walley – Valley Circulation Experiment: Mapping airflow across the H.J. Andrews LTER

5:30 – 5:50pm: Evan Mangold – Hydrokinetic Power: An Analysis of its Performance and Potential in the Roza and Kittitas Canals

For more information, go to http://evergreen.edu/mes/thesispresentation.htm.

 

Wednesday October 10

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Green Cove Habitat Restoration Work Party

Come help Capitol Land Trust restore a wetland buffer along Green Cove Creek, near the Evergreen State College.  Our main goal is to remove Scot’s broom, which have invaded our planting area.   Please dress for cold and wet weather with sturdy, closed-toed shoes.  Tools and some gloves provided, as well as snacks and water. Please bring work gloves if you have them.  This is an all-ages event; no prior experience is necessary.  You’ll receive additional information, including directions to the site when you RSVP by emailing guym@capitollandtrust.org or calling (360) 943-3012.  EVENT REVIEW

7:00 pm – Public Hearings on Proposed Rezoning

(Room 152, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse: 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW; Olympia 98502)  The Thurston County Planning Commission and City of Olympia Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing to accept public comment on proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Olympia and the Olympia Urban Growth Area.  One of these amendments would remove the French Loop Road/Butler Cove area from the Urban Growth Area, and rezone properties in that area to only permit lower-density development.  Another amendment would rezone 76 acres in the Chambers Basin region of South Olympia to lower the density of new development being permitted.  For more information, consult the links provided in the meeting agenda at www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/planning_commission/planning_comm_currentwork.htmlEVENT REVIEW

 

Thursday, October 11

3:30 – 5:50 pm – Evergreen Masters in Environmental Science Thesis Presentations

(Lecture Hall 4, Evergreen State College: 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW; Olympia 98505)

3:50 – 4:10 pm: Heather Kowalewski – Who’s Missing and Why?: Investigating Participation of Marginalized Populations in the Thurston County Food Policy Council Planning Process

4:10 – 4:30pm: Kari Schoenberg – Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery: Improving the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Plan Through Analysis of the Successful Reintroduction of Gray Wolves in the Northern United States

For more information, go to http://evergreen.edu/mes/thesispresentation.htm.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

7 – 9 pm – Fishers on the Olympic Peninsula

(First Christian Church: 701 Franklin Street SE; Olympia 98507) Join Black Hills Audubon Society for their monthly program meeting to hear a talk on fishers (the weasel).  It has been 4½ years since the first wild-born Canadian fishers began their new lives on the Olympic Peninsula.  A total of 90 animals were released in Olympic National Park.  What has happened to the fishers since then?  Olympic National Forest wildlife biologist Betsy Howell will show slides of the reintroduction project and discuss what has been learned since the effort began.  Arrive at 7:00 pm to socialize; the program will begin promptly at 7:30.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

October 12

7:30 – 9:15 pm – Joel Sartore: Grizzlies, Piranhas, and Flesh-Eating Pigs

(Washington Center for Performing Arts: 512 Washington St. SE; Olympia 98501)  Best known for his photographs of endangered species, Joel Sartore wields his camera in the battle to conserve natural spaces and the habitats they support.  Of his 30-plus stories for National Geographic magazine, several have made an indelible mark on the places and animals the articles chronicle.  A favorite among National Geographic presenters, Sartore’s entertaining presentations blend humor with powerful conservation messages and award-winning photography of wildlife and the places they inhabit. Tickets are available through the WA Center for Performing Arts (360-753-8586) or online at www.olytix.org.  REI Members can pick up a 2-for-1 tickets coupon at REI Olympia!   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Saturday, October 13

9 am – 12 pm – Friends of Franklin Park Forest Cleanup and Restoration

(Tacoma)  Join us for our monthly work party at Franklin Park as we continue working on the wooded area in the northeast portion of the park (forested portion along South 12th Street).  We will be pruning low branches on trees, cleaning out the understory, and pulling out invasive plants.  Our goal is to develop this portion of the park into a safer and more inviting area for walking and other recreational activities.  Tools, snacks, and water will be provided but please bring your own gloves.  (South 12th Street and Puget Sound Avenue)  EVENT REVIEW

9 am – 12 pm – Julia’s Gulch Work Party

(Tacoma) We will be cutting and digging up blackberry roots along the road and in the lower Gulch, and weeding in the upper area.  We have some tools but if you have a favorite bring it along.  Pitch forks, clippers and loppers are good for the blackberries.  If you plan to tackle the blackberries wear long sleeves, long pants, heavy gloves and heavy footwear.  Please bring your own water but tea and treats will be provided.  We will meet at the picnic table overlooking the Gulch. Cars can be parked at View Point Park.  EVENT REVIEW

9 am – 12 pm – Puget Creek Restoration Society Work Party

(Tacoma)  Contact Scott Hansen at pugetcreek@yahoo.com or (253) 779-8890 for exact meeting location of the work party.  EVENT REVIEW

9 am – 12 pm – Wapato Hills Clean-up Party

(S Wapato St and S 64th St in Tacoma)  Join fellow volunteers as work continues to clean-up Wapato Hills Urban Wildlife Habitat.  This work party meets on the second Saturday of each month, and is currently removing invasive species and doing general clean-up.  EVENT REVIEW

10 am – Noon – Percival Creek Revegetation Project

(Percival Creek at Sapp Rd, behind Streamland Estates)  For more information, contact Debbie at 360-754-4148 or dmsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.usEVENT REVIEW

10 am – 1 pm – Priest Point Park work party

(2600 East Bay Drive NE; Olympia)  Come out to Priest Point Park and help us mulch, water, and provide much needed TLC for our newly planted native trees and shrubs!  Let’s give these plants a head start while we revel in the park’s majestic tranquility!  We will be meeting near the playground.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy.  Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert (available at http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/Parks/Volunteering/WAIVER%20Form.ashx ) or have a parent’s signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.  For more information, contact Sylvana Niehuser, Olympia Park Ranger, at (360) 753-8365.  EVENT REVIEW

10 am – 1 pm – Elk Haven/Allen planting party

Join Nisqually Land Trust to help restore an area near beautiful Ashford, WA.  We will be

removing invasive Scotch broom from the foothills of the Cascades near Ashford.  (Due to the dry weather, we had to change the date of the tree planting.)  Removing Scotch broom will help restore the land to its original beauty by creating room for native plants to grow.  It’s a gorgeous location and we hope you can join us!  Coffee, water, and some light snacks will be provided; please bring a water bottle and anything else you might need.  Work parties are rain or shine.  Bring layers, raingear (ha!), and closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The site is about a mile up a steep gravel road, so if you own a 4 wheel drive vehicle and wouldn’t mind using it, let Cris Peck at the Nisqually Land Trust (volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org or 360-489-3400) know;  we would really appreciate it.  To sign up and get more information, go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=jzh7gggab&oeidk=a07e6gxk1228853ac64.   EVENT REVIEW

1:00-2:00 pm – Get Out of My Hair – Toxins in Personal Care

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Come find out about toxins in personal care products such as lotion, deodorant, cologne, shampoo, and hair dye. Join us to learn more about the health and environmental concerns from these every day products, how to read labels, helpful websites, and safer alternatives. You’ll also get to make an all-natural lip balm to take home! This presentation is ideal for ages 11 and up – essentially anyone who cares about looking and smelling good. One lucky person will also win a door prize – a gift basket of toxic-free products including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion!  Free.  For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

3:00 pm – Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis

(Orca Books: 509 E. 4th Ave; Olympia 98501)  Join us for a discussion with Evergreen Professors Zoltan Grossman and Alan Parker as they discuss their new book Asserting Native Resliience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis.  Indigenous nations are on the frontline of the climate crisis of the 21st century, as the first peoples to experience climate change and the communities who feel it most deeply, with cultures and economies that are vulnerable to climate-related catastrophes.  Yet Native peoples around the Pacific Rim are also demonstrating historical resilience in the face of adversity, developing responses to climate change that can serve as a model for Native and non-Native communities alike.  Asserting Native Resilience presents a powerful anthology of writings from Canada, the US, and New Zealand that explore indigenous responses to the climate crisis from a rich variety of perspectives.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

3 - 5pm – Food class: I’m a sneak! Incorporating Fresh Fruits & Vegetables into your Family’s Diet

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  Join live food chef & innovative momma Rebeka Gentian as she reveals sneaky ways to get more fresh fruits & vegetables into bellies!  Tips & tricks to nourish little & big bodies with healthy whole food options.  Discover fun ways to include everyone at the table & introduce new foods.  Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: GRuB Farmhouse (2016 Elliott Ave NW; Olympia 98502—on Olympia’s Westside, off of Harrison Ave, behind the Handy Pantry)

 

October 13-14 (Saturday – Sunday)

2012 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Bird Fest

It’s worth the trip to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, about 90 minutes south of Olympia.  Walk on Audubon-led bird and plant tours.  Reserve a spot on a tour to view Sandhill Cranes flying.  Kayak on a guided paddle tour.  Shop at a birders’ marketplace.  Visit an authentic replica of a plankhouse and see demonstrations of Native American lives.  Sample salmon at a traditional salmon bake.  Watch your children have fun for free while learning about nature at craft stations, the storytelling tent, and Audubon children’s walks.  See www.ridgefieldfriends.org for details and a full schedule of events.  EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Monday, October 15

6:30 pm – Imagine Olympia Public Hearing: MOBILITY AND LAND USE

(Olympia City Hall: 601 E. 4th Ave; Olympia)  The Olympia Planning Commission is interested in hearing comments from the public on sections of the draft Comprehensive Plan relating to mobility and land use.  There will be a discussion of urban corridors, street connectivity and multi-modal transportation, among other related topics.  The meeting will include two half-hour periods for public comment, with a limit of three minutes per speaker.  Following this and subsequent hearings, the Planning Commission will prepare a recommendation to the City Council.  You can read the draft plan, review major changes, and see public comments received thus far at http://imagineolympia.com.  For more information, go to http://olympiawa.gov/imagine-olympia/general-pages/imagine-olympia-FAQ, or email imagineolympia@ci.olympia.wa.us or call 360-753-8314.  EVENT REVIEW

 

 

*** MONDAY, OCTOBER 15: EVENT REVIEW #1 DUE ***

 


Tuesday, October 16

9 am – 3 pm – South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

(Details coming soon!)  Bring work gloves, lunch, and plenty of water.  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.orgEVENT REVIEW

7:00 – 8:30 pm – Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series: The Secret Life of Volcanoes

(Olympia REI: 625 Black Lake Blvd SW (Westfield Mall) #410, Olympia 98502)  Many still remember Mount Hood erupting in 1865, as well as the more recent activity of Mount St. Helens in 1980 and then in 2004-2007, but what is going on now?  Have the Cascade Volcanoes gone back to sleep for the next century?  This presentation with Dr. Steve Malone of the University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Science will explore a few of our volcanoes from inside and out.  We will photographically crawl around on Mount St. Helens, Mount Baker and Mount Rainier to talk about and illustrate past and potential future volcanic activity.  Using techniques from earthquake and exploration seismology we will look inside these volcanoes to get a very hazy picture of what drives these beasts.  We’ll also talk about a planned large-scale experiment to start next year called Image Magma Under St. Helens.  Free—but you need to RSVP to attend, by emailing Kathleen Ackley at kathleen@capitollandtrust.org or calling her at (360) 943-3012. EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Wednesday, October 17

10:30 am – 12 pm – Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park

(2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place 98466)  Take a lunch break and enjoy a guided plant walk at a local urban park to learn how you can use native plants to attract wildlife to your yard. The Adriana Hess Wetland Park was preserved by the Hess Family and given to the city of University Place in 1995, and since then has undergone a transformation from a backyard to an urban wildlife sanctuary.  Join us to discover the possibilities and get inspired!  Volunteers at Tahoma Audubon Society provide monthly walks on the third Monday of each month.  Pick up a free Donna Cooper Pepos Native Plant Trail Guide and come by anytime.  Adults and families welcome.  FREE.  Call 253-565-9278 to sign up or for more information.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

6:30 - 8:30pm – Food class: Making Miso

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  Miso is a delicious healing food that is easy to make when you have access to the right starter culture.  Join Summer Bock, Health Coach, Herbalist, and Fermentationist in this action-packed hands-on miso-making demo and lecture explaining the health benefits and the science of miso fermentation.  Miso samples will be provided. You will leave with recipes for making soy miso, other bean misos and recipes for cooking with miso as well. Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: Fertile Ground Guesthouse (311 9th Ave SE, Olympia 98501— in downtown Olympia behind the Timberland Regional Library)

 

Thursday, October 18

6:30 – 8:30 pm – Northwest Ecobuilding Guild: Cork: From Tree to Insulation

(Northwest Ecobuilding Guild EcoHouse: 911 Adams St. SE; Olympia)  Come learn how cork—a tree flourishing natively in the Mediterranean—can be applied to any building insulation with a one of the highest R ratings and still have a negative CO2 impact on the earth.  You ask how? We will show you:  it is 100% natural industrious process(no binding agents!); using cork has a favorable impact on cork forests; its characteristics; and much, much more!  Gather for dinner and drinks at 6:30; program begins at 7:00.  Dinner is optional and $8 / person.

 

Friday, October 19

9 am – 12 pm – Wetland Habitat Restoration work party

(Tacoma Nature Center: 1919 S. Tyler St; Tacoma)  Join us for our regular stewardship activities as we care for the park by removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive.  No experience necessary—experienced habitat stewards will guide you through the projects.  Come dressed for the weather and prepared to get dirty.  Bring your own gloves and gardening gear or use what we provide.  All ages are welcome, but children need to be supervised at all times by an adult.  Work parties occur rain or shine!  Call 253-591-6439 for more information.  EVENT REVIEW

 

Saturday, October 20

9 am – noon – Ohop Creek Restoration NatureMapping Field Trip

(near Eatonville)  The South Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Nisqually Land Trust and its partners have joined together to restore the creek through the Ohop Valley to its original meandering pathway.  Northwest Trek is helping by providing data collection and monitoring of the wildlife in the project area, using citizen-scientists in the data collection efforts—which is what this event will involve.  This field trip is free, and you do not have to have NatureMapping experience.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in a wet environment on uneven surfaces.  Please contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org for more information or to sign up for a field trip.     EXTRA CREDIT (3 points)

9:00 am – early afternoon – Millersylvania Mushroom Foray

(Note: the date for this trip is tentative and may be sooner or later in the month, depending on the wetness of the season and auspicious conditions for mushrooms.)  Always a popular trip, the Millersylvania Mushroom Foray helps participants learn to identify many of the more common mushroom species associated with Pacific Northwest conifer and deciduous forests. With luck, chanterelles, boletes, and other edible species will be found.  Jim Pruske will discuss the ecological value of fungi in the overall health of a forest.  Be prepared to walk through damp undergrowth and kneel on wet ground.  Bring lunch and water.  Bring a basket if you plan to take any specimens home.  Plan to look for forest birds and amphibians as well. Pre-registration required by contacting Jim Pruske at 360-459-3655 or the BHAS office line at 360-352-7299.  For more information, go to http://blackhills-audubon.org/fieldtrips-events.htm.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

9 am – 12 pm – McKinley Park Cleanup Work Party

(500 E McKinley Way; Tacoma 98404)  Meet down at the new playground and restrooms off of McKinley Ave.  Metro Parks will provide all of the necessary tools and equipment.  Volunteers need to dress for the weather and have work gloves.  Volunteers will be assigned to work in specific areas removing invasive and non-native plants such as English Ivy and blackberry bushes.  EVENT REVIEW

9 am – 12 pm – Oak Tree Park Work Party

(Tacoma)  Oak Tree Park is a beautiful and unique 25-acre park located off of South 74th and Cedar Streets.  It protects a Garry Oak woodland community that has become increasingly rare due to a combination of land development and colonization of invasive species of native trees like Douglas fir.  The work at Oak Tree Park on this day will include removal of non-native and invasive plant species, and litter pick-up.  Bring sturdy shoes and clothes to get dirty in.  Optional:  gloves, shovels, rakes, and loppers – some gloves and tools will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have them and can bring them.  The east entrance to Oak Tree Park is at the north end of Pine Street South.  Please meet at the end of Pine Street South in the culdesac.   EVENT REVIEW

10 am – 4 pm – Art with Autumn Leaves at LOTT’s WET Science Center

(500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Celebrate fall by creating beautifully colored works of art inspired by leaves. Use paint, markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue, and tissue paper to design amazing fall leaves. Color-diffusing paper leaves, leaf prints and rubs, collages, and more. We provide the supplies and inspiration, you bring your creativity! Feel free to bring in your own fall leaves to use in your artwork.  For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Gog Le Hi Te Wetlands work party

(Tacoma)  Join Citizens for a Healthy Bay in celebrating Green Tacoma Day 2012, an annual event sponsored by the Green Tacoma Partnership.  This year we will be enhancing the riparian buffer at the beautiful Gog Le Hi Te Wetlands just off the Puyallup River as it flows into Commencement Bay.  The wetlands are a Port of Tacoma mitigation site and home to dozens of bird species, mammals such as river otter and coyotes, amphibians and reptiles.  They are also an important habitat for migrating salmon.  We will be planting native trees and shrubs in the upland buffer surrounding the wetlands.  Later, mulch will be spread to help the new plants retain moisture and suppress the growth of unwanted invasive species and noxious weeds.  Join us in protecting this critical natural habitat.   To sign up please contact Jeanine Riss at jriss@healthybay.org.   EVENT REVIEW

12:00 – 6:00 pm – Evergreen’s 32nd Annual Harvest Festival

(The Evergreen State College, Organic Farm & Community Gardens)  Come celebrate food & community with Evergreen.  Enjoy tasty food and live music.  Workshops will include: kombucha; cider press; double digging; composting; pumpkin carving; face painting; wine & beer making; jam making; canning; edible garden walk; mushroom inoculation; seed saving and hands-on garlic & cover-cropping—plus farm and garden tours.  Live music by: New Slang, Camp Wisdom, Mythologies, Farewell to the Woods & More!  Kid-friendly activities include: pumpkin carving, arts & crafts and face painting.  Free and open to the public.  For directions visit this page: http://www.evergreen.edu/tour/gethere.htm

3-6 pm – Haunted Hike: “The Tale of the Disappearing Forest”

(Priest Point Park: 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia)  After disappearing for several years, the Stream Team Haunted Hike is reappearing this year.  Do you dare to enter the disappearing forest?  The forest is disappearing and its denizens are dying.  What could be behind this dire situation?  Collect clues as you meet forest inhabitants and mysterious creatures along the trail.  Can you help save and protect this unique forest and all that depends on it?  Or is it doomed to oblivion?  Take a half-mile hike with Stream Team and a talented group of Capital High School thespians and solve the mystery.  Actors staged along the route.  A family-friendly event.  Costumes are encouraged!   Learn about Stream Team, wildlife, forests and how you can be part of the solution in this free, fun, engaging event brought to you by the City of Olympia, Stream Team and the Capital High School drama department.  Hikes leave every 10 minutes & last approximately 1 hour; the first hike starts at 3:30, and last hike ends at 5:30.  Come before your scheduled hike departure time and enjoy fun hands-on activities at “Water World”!  To register, contact Patricia Pyle at 360-570-5841 or ppyle@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Volunteers also are needed!  This event is extremely popular and volunteers are needed for set up, as group docents and as Water World activity coordinators.  To volunteer, or for more information, contact Patricia Pyle at 360-570-5841 or ppyle@ci.olympia.wa.us.

 

Tuesday, October 23

9 am – 3 pm – South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

(Details coming soon!)  Bring work gloves, lunch, and plenty of water.  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.orgEVENT REVIEW

7:00 pm – Gar Lipow on Cooling a Fevered Planet

(Traditions Café: 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia 98501)  “Gar Lipow will speak about “Cooling a Fevered Planet”, a lively, irreverent, and information-packed picture book for grownups.  Like many other crisis, climate disruption is a side effect of the chasm between the 1% and the 99%. The key to solving the climate crisis lies in the battle to shift wealth and power in the other direction – away from the 1% and towards the 99%. Thus it converges with many other struggles.”   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Wednesday, October 24

6:30 - 8:30pm – Food class: Making Fermented Vegetables

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  Learn how to make fermented veggies from the one and only, OlyKraut. Summer Bock will show you everything you need to know to turn your kitchen into a fermentation station. Join us for this fun and information packed evening where you enjoy the fermented veggies from start to finish. Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: OlyKraut Kitchen (2300 Friendly Grove Rd; Olympia 98506—on Olympia’s Eastside).

 

Thursday, October 25

6:30 - 8:30pm – Food class: Raw Foods 101

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  It is true that adding more raw foods into your diet is a fabulous way to support maximizing your health potential. However, just because your meal is “raw” doesn’t mean it is good for you. Come join Doug Walsh, 16 year raw foodist and HealthForce Nutritionals National Educator, as he shares the secrets to creating vibrant health, and being successful long-term on a high percentage raw foods diet. Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: Fertile Ground Eco House (911 Adams St; Olympia 98501—in downtown Olympia behind the Timberland Regional Library)

 

Saturday, October 27

9 am – noon – Ohop work party

Help Nisqually Land Trust remove protective tubes from previously planted trees and shrubs from a restoration site near Eatonville.  To sign up and get more information, email volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.orgEVENT REVIEW

10 am – 1 pm – Yashiro Japanese Garden work party

Join us at Yashiro Japanese Garden to help spruce up the garden and pathways!  We will be weeding, raking and enjoying the ambience of the garden.  Meet at Lee Creighton Justice Center parking lot near the garden entrance.  Parking is available at 900 Plum St SE.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy.  Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert (available at http://olympiawa.gov/~/media/Files/Parks/Volunteering/WAIVER%20Form.ashx ) or have a parent’s signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.  For more information, contact Sylvana Niehuser, Olympia Park Ranger, at (360) 753-8365. EXTRA CREDIT
(3 points)

1:00-2:00 pm – Budd Inlet Treatment Plant Tour 

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  The Budd Inlet Treatment Plant has been cleaning up our urban wastewater since the early 1950s.  Come and learn how we do it, the extra steps we’ve added along the way to protect Puget Sound, and how reclaimed water is made.  A slideshow followed by a treatment plant tour will begin at 1 p.m.  Tour participants must be 10 years or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. Dress for outdoor weather. Too young to go on the tour?  Be a Junior Operator and clean up some dirty water at our mini-treatment plant instead!    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Tuesday, October 30

9 am – 3 pm – South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party

(Details coming soon!)  Bring work gloves, lunch, and plenty of water.  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.orgEVENT REVIEW

 

November 1

7-9 pm – Octopus of the Pacific. 

(LOTT WET Science Center, 500 NE Adams, Olympia)  Speaker: Kathryn Kegel, Aquarium Biologist, Seattle Aquarium.  Doors open at 6:30.  EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Saturday, November 3

9:30 am – 2:30 pm – Hauff Site work party

(Fife)  Join EarthCorps and Citizens for a Healthy Bay as we continue to restore this 6.70-acre project site along the lower, tidal section of Hylebos Creek.  From I-5, take the 54th Ave. exit in Fife, go right towards the bay, turn right on 4th St. E., turn left on 57th AVe. E and go to the end and you will be at the gate of the site.  Please sign up at http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.phpEVENT REVIEW

1:00-2:00 pm – Marine Life of Puget Sound at LOTT’s WET Science Center

(500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Come and learn about all the fascinating marine creatures living right here in Puget Sound. Beautiful photos and videos will take you on a cool virtual field trip filled with surprises. Virtual field trip begins at 1 p.m.!  You can make a “Save the Sound” beaded necklace or a sea star print in the classroom all day.  For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

3 - 5pm – Food class: Preparing your Garden’s Veggies with the Authors of The Good GRuB Cookbook

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  Do you need some recipes and tips on how to fix/use all the produce spilling out of your garden? Come learn a few great recipes from the authors of the The Good GRuB CookbookGood GRuB is filled with great recipes, cook’s helpers, & pantry basics, all designed to help you enjoy your garden bounty more.  Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: GRuB Farmhouse (2016 Elliott Ave NW; Olympia 98502—on Olympia’s Westside, off of Harrison Ave, behind the Handy Pantry)

 

Sunday, November 4

3 - 5pm – Food class: Preparing a Whole Chicken

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  Wondering how best to prepare a whole chicken with skill? Come learn from a professional how to best butcher and cook a whole bird to perfection as well as techniques for delicious stock making.  Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: GRuB Farmhouse (2016 Elliott Ave NW; Olympia 98502—on Olympia’s Westside, off of Harrison Ave, behind the Handy Pantry)

 

Tuesday, November 6

6:30 – 8 pm – Food class: Co-op Shopping on a Budget

This class will help you save money!  Learn some savvy tips for shopping at the Co-op, as well as how to do grocery budgeting and meal planning for money savings.  Free—but registration is required.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: Fertile Ground Guesthouse (311 9th Ave SE, Olympia 98501— in downtown Olympia behind the Timberland Regional Library)

 

 

Wednesday, November 7

10 am – 1 pm – Hogum Bay Work Party

Join Nisqually Land Trust as they remove English ivy from a site near Lacey. To sign up and get more information, email volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.orgEVENT REVIEW

 

Thursday, November 8

6-9 pm – Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

(Tumwater)  Are you interested in learning about landscaping practices that will reduce your water bill, time spent mowing and on maintenance chores?  Or, perhaps you want to learn about creating a beautiful landscape that will attract birds, butterflies or other wildlife.  You can learn about all this and much more at Stream Team & Native Plant Salvage Project’s Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife workshop.  Participants will receive lots of free handouts and helpful tips to create more attractive and sustainable landscapes.  To register, or for more information, contact Native Plant Salvage Project at 360-867-2166 or nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Saturday, November 10

7:00 am – late afternoon – Black Hills Audubon Field Trip: Birding in Kitsap and Jefferson Counties

Crossing the Narrows Bridge with Port Townsend as the final destination, the day’s emphasis will be water birds arriving for the winter.  Several stops along the way include Marrowstone Island and Fort Flagler.  To register, contact Phil Kelley at 360-459-1499 or at Scrubjay323@aol.com or Ruth Sullivan at 253-564-7419.  For more information, go to http://blackhills-audubon.org/fieldtrips-events.htm.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

9 am – 12 pm – Salmon Steward field training

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years, it is always a sight worth seeing to view the chum salmon spawning in McLane Creek at the McLane Creek Nature Trail.  With their dark purplish-black coloring, they are truly a sight to see as they dig their nests and vie for optimal spawning positions.  Every year, Stream Team trains Salmon Steward volunteers to greet people walking along the nature trail and answer questions people may have about the wild, native run of chum salmon.  Chum return to spawn in early November through mid-December, once the rains have helped the water levels to rise.  If you are interested in being a Salmon Steward at the McLane Creek Nature Trail, Stream Team is hosting this field training.  For more information, or to register for the training, contact Ann Marie at pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355 ext. 6857.   EXTRA CREDIT (4 points)—provided you also volunteer.

10 am – 4 pm – The Drip Stops Here & Shrink Your Water Footprint

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Come play our giant floor game, The Drip Stops Here, to find out how everyone can help conserve water. At 1 p.m. watch a fun, engaging slideshow for the whole family about how to “Shrink Your Water Footprint”. Your water footprint is the total amount of water you use, not only in your home, but to produce the food you eat and the products you buy. You’ll leave with a whole new perspective about your water use and ideas for conserving water at home.    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

10 am – noon – Enhancing Wetlands Through Native Plantings Workshop

(Northwest Trek: 11610 Trek Drive East; Eatonville 98328-9502)  Join Northwest Trek staff for this two-hour workshop to learn how to enhance your wetlands through native planting and natural landscaping methods.  This workshop will begin with a 30-minute indoor lecture and finish with 1-1/2 hours of planting outdoors on Trek property.  Workshop materials, gloves, tools and plants will be provided.  Please bring water and snacks.  This workshop is free—however, class size is limited to 15 participants.  Contact Jessica Moore at 360-832-7160 or Jessica.moore@nwtrek.org to reserve your spot today!   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

10 am – 1 pm – Mount Rainier Gateway work party

Join Nisqually Land Trust as they remove Scot’s broom from a site near Ashford. To sign up and get more information, email volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.orgEVENT REVIEW

 

Sunday, November 11

3 - 5pm –Understanding Mushrooms: Basic Cultivation

Traditional mushroom cultivation techniques have long relied on special equipment and precision techniques. Not any longer. Thanks to the work of innovative amateur growers, the process has largely been simplified to the point where most can learn to cultivate at home with minimal investment or contamination risk.  In this 2-hour class we will cover the basics of edible mushroom biology and low-tech cultivation. You will learn how mushrooms grow in the wild and how that understanding is important for growing and using them well. We will cover several easy and cheap cultivation methods you can do at home and will provide resources for learning more. Specific methods to be covered include log inoculation, cardboard spawn, cold water (fermentation) pasteurization, hydrogen peroxide “sterilization,” easy liquid cultures, and more.  Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.  Location: GRuB Farmhouse (2016 Elliott Ave NW; Olympia 98502—on Olympia’s Westside, off of Harrison Ave, behind the Handy Pantry)

 

Thursday, November 15

6:30 - 8:30pm – Food class: Perfect Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Why include food classes in a list of local environmental events?  Because one of the best ways to reduce the environmental effects of eating (and save money) is to learn to make your own meals!  What is fall without an amazing pumpkin pie?  Or an apple pie? Or a pear tart for that matter?  Learn to make perfect flakey gluten-free crust that truly satisfies. We will learn both a traditional GF crust as well as a vegan alternative—both amazing. Taste testing is of course included!  Registration is required, and the cost is $5.  To register or for a complete list of classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes. Location: Fertile Ground Eco House (911 Adams St; Olympia 98501—in downtown Olympia behind the Timberland Regional Library)

 

Saturday, November 17

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Day of Stewardship with REI on Lower Eld Inlet

(Randall Preserve)  Join Capitol Land Trust and our local REI as we kick off a new season of stewardship at the beautiful Randall Preserve on lower Eld Inlet.  This fall we need your help to put the finishing touches on what has been a 10-year restoration project.  PLUS, local naturalists will be on hand to enrich your experience with expert knowledge of Puget Sound biota.  So come get your hands dirty as we remove invasive species, plant native trees, enjoy the scenery, and have a great time!  Snacks, coffee, tea, gloves, tools, and water provided. Please dress for cold and wet weather with sturdy, closed-toed shoes.  Bring tools and gloves if you have them.  This is an all-ages event, feel free to bring the kids!  You’ll receive additional information, including directions to the site when you RSVP.  To RSVP, contact Guy at guym@capitollandtrust.org or by calling (360) 943-3012.  EVENT REVIEW

1:00-2:00 pm – Hazards on the Homefront

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Come find out about the hazards of common household products to people and the environment. This fun and informative class teaches participants how to read product labels for toxicity levels and proper use, storage, and disposal. A fast-paced bingo game teaches about alternative products and an experiment comparing cleaners lets participants determine firsthand whether less-toxic products are effective! This presentation is ideal for ages 11 through adults. Two lucky people will win a door prize – a green cleaning kit full of useful, least-toxic products!    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Sunday, November 18

11 am – 1 pm – Chum Salmon and Cider Celebration at McLane Creek Nature Trail

Enjoy hot cider and snacks while learning from trained Salmon Stewards about the wild spawning chum salmon.  For more information, contact Ann Marie at 360-754-3355 ext. 6857 or pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us.   EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

Saturday, December 1

9 am – noon – Van Eaton Work Party

Join Nisqually Land Trust as they remove Scot’s broom from a site near Eatonville. To sign up and get more information, email volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.orgEVENT REVIEW

10 am – 4 pm – Ocean Bingo at LOTT’s WET Science Center

(500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Escape the rain and bring the family inside to play a fun and educational game of Ocean Bingo! There are many great prizes for adults and children to win. Bingo games and ocean inspired art projects will continue throughout the day.  For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.

 

December 6

7-9 pm – Estuary Restoration. 

(LOTT WET Science Center, 500 NE Adams, Olympia)  Speaker: South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and Capitol Land Trust.  Doors open at 6:30. EXTRA CREDIT (2 points)

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6: EVENT REVIEW #2 DUE for 1:15 MWTh class

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7: EVENT REVIEW #2 DUE for 9:00 MWF class

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7: EXTRA CREDIT DUE for both classes


December 8

10 am – noon – Enhancing Wetlands Through Native Plantings Workshop

(Northwest Trek: 11610 Trek Drive East; Eatonville 98328-9502)  Join Northwest Trek staff for this two-hour workshop to learn how to enhance your wetlands through native planting and natural landscaping methods.  This workshop will begin with a 30-minute indoor lecture and finish with 1-1/2 hours of planting outdoors on Trek property.  Workshop materials, gloves, tools and plants will be provided.  Please bring water and snacks.  This workshop is free—however, class size is limited to 15 participants.  Contact Jessica Moore at 360-832-7160 or Jessica.moore@nwtrek.org to reserve your spot today!

1:00-2:00 pm – Wonderful World of Worms

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  What has no lungs, is both male and female, and hatches from a cocoon? Worms of course! Put on your lab coat, grab your magnifying glass, and examine red wiggler worms and other soil critters up close. You’ll get to learn about the importance of worms in the environment and their role in turning our garbage into compost.  Presentation starts at 1 pm. Worm-related activities will be available in the classroom all day.    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.

 

Dec 15

8:00 am – late afternoon – Black Hills Audubon Field Trip:  Birding in Port Townsend and vicinity

This is a great opportunity for beginning birders to see some of the harder-to-find special birds of the Pacific Northwest.  Stops will include Fort Worden, Point Hudson, Mystery Bay, and Fort Flagler State Parks, as well as Kah Tai Lagoon.  Pre-registration required: e-mail Lonnie Somer at wheelermombi@comcast.net.  For more information, go to http://blackhills-audubon.org/fieldtrips-events.htm.

9 am – noon – Lower Reach work party

Join Nisqually Land Trust as they remove Scot’s broom and other weeds from a site on the Nisqually River near Yelm. To sign up and get more information, email volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org.

1:00-2:00 pm – Mighty Microbes: The Superheroes of Sludge

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Put on your lab coat and gloves, and take a look at some mighty microbes under our microscopes. You’ll learn how these tiny heroes help LOTT clean up the dirty water from your house. You’ll also get to visit the water quality lab to talk to a real scientist. Everyone will take home some fun trading cards with fun facts about these microscopic bugs. Limited to upper elementary-aged children and older.    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.

 

Dec 22

Holiday Handprint Crafts at LOTT

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Looking to make a last minute holiday gift for a loved one? Bring the family down to get creative and make a special holiday work of art including handprint trees, wreaths, reindeers, and snowmen.  We supply all the materials and you create the holiday memories.    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.

 

Dec 29

1:00-2:00 pm – Go Green in 2013!

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia)  Bring the family in to get some easy ideas for greening-up around the house. There is no better time to start new family habits that will help save money as well as the environment! This fun, all-ages presentation starts at 1 pm.  Earth inspired coloring activities will be in the classroom all day.    For more information, contact Amber Smith at 360.528.5742 or at ambersmith@lottcleanwater.org.

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Environmental Lobby Day 2013 – stay tuned for details

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