Local Environmental Events!!

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Volunteers Needed for Field Trips to Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Serve the community by assisting on 3rd & 4th grade field trips during the spring shorebird migration!  All age volunteers are needed to provide a safe educational experience to young students!  Each field trip is just a two-hour service commitment and trips are held rain or shine.  Field trips will be held April 22, 24, 29-30, and May 1, 3, 6-9.  A training with refreshments will be held for new and returning volunteers at two locations. Please pick the date/location that best suits your schedule.  Training 1: Hoquiam Library Basement, Saturday, April 6, 10-11:30am.  Training 2: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge VC, Sunday, April 7th 10-11:30 am.  Contact: Lindsay Loftin at (360)753-9467, lindsay_loftin @fws.gov

 

Volunteers Needed for South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon (May 2)

The South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon is a competition for high school students, centered on natural resources: aquatics, forestry, soils and fish and wildlife.  This year’s environmental issue is Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with Non-Agricultural uses on Montana Rangelands. Regional level competitions are organized and hosted every year by local not-for-profit conservation districts, and the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon has been hosted by the Thurston Conservation District since 1994.  We are dedicated to the education of youth in natural resources and, with your help, would like to continue to offer this important learning experience to the youth in our community.  How It Works: Teams of five students, from high schools throughout Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce and Thurston Counties, compete first at our regional level Envirothon.  Winning teams from each county advance to the Washington State Envirothon, where they compete for a chance to visit the national level, at the Canon Envirothon. National winners compete for a variety of scholarships.

Volunteers are needed to help with administering tests, setting up workstations and the general flow of the event. If you are interested in volunteering to help, please contact Greg Dunbar, Thurston Conservation District’s Environmental Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator, at (360) 754-3588 ext. 105 OR TcdAmericorps@thurstoncd.com.

 

April 1 – June 30 – Pierce County PSE customers: Replace your fridge or clothes dryer for free!

Puget Sound Energy is offering to replace their customer’s energy-guzzling old refrigerators and clothes washers with more efficient models—for free!  Pierce County PSE customers can call 1-877-341-2314 or check online at www.pse.com/appliancereplacement to see if they qualify and for more information.

 

April 1 to June 21—Cold Ca$h for a Warm Home: Energy-Efficiency Rebates

Thurston Energy has extended energy-efficiency rebates to Thurston County residents. You can receive up to $1000 in rebates on efficiency upgrades to your home. For more information, contact Annette Roth at Thurston Energy at 360-754-6320 or at aroth@thurstonedc.com.

 

 

 


RECURRING EVENTS

Tuesdays:

          9 am – 3 pm: South Sound Prairie Restoration Work Party.  (See specific dates below for details.)

7 pm: Olympia City Council (Olympia City Council Chambers: 601 4th Ave E) Go to http://olympia.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx for more information.

            7 pm (1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month): Tumwater City Council (Tumwater City Hall: 555 Israel Rd. SW) Go to www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/ccagendasTOC.htm for more information.

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.

            7 pm (2nd & 4th Thursday of the month): Lacey City Council (Lacey City Hall: 420 College Street)  Go to www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-council/city-council-2/city-council-meetings/council-meetings for more information.

Fridays

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

Saturdays

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

Sundays

10 am – 3 pm – Olympia Farmers’ Market

 

 

 

Sunday, April 21

1-2:30 pm — Our Amazing Plant World

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Spring is the perfect time to experience the Refuge plant life is all its diversity! Join Sally Vogel on a nature walk through the Refuge—all the while learning about plant-insect interactions, adaptations for survival and other interesting facts. You only live once: Stop to smell the flowers! Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

2:30 pm – film: Trashed (98 min)

(Capitol Theater: 206 5th Avenue SE; Olympia 98501)  Trashed is a vivid depiction of the alarming global problem of the overwhelming accumulation of what humans throw away and how while we may “take out the trash,” it’s never really gone. Actor Jeremy Irons is your globetrotting host whose tour of indicative waste-overrun locales from Lebanon to Vietnam to Scandinavia and beyond becomes a highly personal awakening to authentic outrage at what he sees and the film shows us.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Part of the Olympia Film Society’s Environmental Film Festival.

5:00 pm – film: Bidder 70  (73 min)

(Capitol Theater: 206 5th Avenue SE; Olympia 98501)  In 2008, Tim DeChristopher filed into an oil and gas leasing auction sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  DeChristopher was posing as Bidder #70 and in the auction he won access rights to 12 parcels of federal land, a total of 22,000 acres, for the price of $1.7 million.  DeChristopher never had any intention of drilling, of course, nor was he remotely capable of raising the money to make good on his bid.  Thus, enter the federal justice system and, eventually, this documentary, which tells the whole story of a unique and courageous act of civil disobedience.  Bidder 70 is a highly inspirational account of DeChristopher’s life since then, including his beliefs on climate change, his activist efforts to bring about necessary political changes to save the future of our planet, and his reflections on his indictment on two federal charges and the current state of our democracy.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Part of the Olympia Film Society’s Environmental Film Festival.

7:30 pm – film: A Place at the Table (84 min)

(Capitol Theater: 206 5th Avenue SE; Olympia 98501)  The revealing documentary A Place at the Table explores the plight of hunger in America.  Underlining the fact that 1 out of 6 people in the US must worry about where their next meal is coming from, the filmmakers set out to put a face on this disheartening statistic.  The film follows several examples of the 50 million people struggling with this too-common reality.  We meet a working single mom whose ‘good’ job still doesn’t pay enough to let her feed her kids properly, and the children whose daily struggle with hunger takes a devastating toll on their young lives. We also hear from experts who are trying to find a solution to this growing problem.  A Place at the Table is a disarming look at a grim reality that has been too long ignored.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Part of the Olympia Film Society’s Environmental Film Festival.

 

Monday, April 22

9 am – noon – Earth Day Work Party with Nisqually Land Trust

(Details and location to be announced)  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, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  RSVP is required for directions.  For more information, contact Cris Peck at volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org or (360) 489-3400 x 106.

6 – 9 pm – potluck and film: If A Tree Falls

We will gather at Lecture Hall 3 at TESC (2700 Evergreen Parkway NW; Olympia 98505) for a snack and finger-food potluck.  We will show If A Tree Fall, a documentary on the Earth Liberation Front at about 6 pm.  We will stop the movie around 7:10 pm and join a national Skype talk with Tim DeChristopher—the subject of the film Bidder 70.  (See April 21 listing.)  We will be joined by Peter Litster with Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, who is connected with Tim and the filmmakers from earlier work in the Southwest.   After the Skype event, we will show the remainder of If a Tree Fallswww.ifatreefallsfilm.com

 

Tuesday, April 23

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

It’s supposed to be clear and sunny on Tuesday, so we will be heading over to Glacial Heritage Preserve to spray Tall oatgrass and continue prepping for Prairie Appreciation Day. The seed collectors will be meeting off-site: contact Marion at marionjarisch@comcast.net if you’re interested in joining them. Please dress for the weather and bring along a box lunch, water, and gloves.  Directions to Glacial Heritage:  take I-5 to exit 95 (the Littlerock exit), ~10 miles south of Olympia; go west into Littlerock; continue going straight through Littlerock—do not take any turns, and follow the road (128th Ave) until it ends at Mima Road/Waddell Creek Road; turn south (left) on Mima Road and go 2.7 miles; take a left onto a gravel road with sign for Glacial Heritage—there will be a tractor sign shortly before the turn.  Please obey the 15 mph speed limit, as there are often dogs and small children active nearby.  Follow the road through the gate; take the first right, and then stay to the left to get to the house. For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.org. Sponsored by The Center for Natural Lands.

The Center for Natural Lands officially took over the South Puget Sound Program of The Nature Conservancy in 2011.  CNLM will continue the South Sound Program’s focus on conserving the rarest habitats of the area’s prairies, oak woodlands and freshwater systems of the Black River. The major projects are: assisting Joint Base Lewis-McChord with restoration and conservation of their lands; restoring prairies and oak woodlands throughout the South Sound region by assisting public agencies, non-profit organizations and private landowners with pest plant control, native habitat enhancements and prescribed fire; promoting conservation of prairies and oak woodlands throughout the Northwest, via the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership; producing native plants and seed for use in restoration of prairies and oak woodlands, including partnering with the Sustainable Prisons Project to reduce costs and improve inmates’ well-being.; conserving the Black River and surrounding natural lands; and conducting, and facilitating cutting-edge science that helps the effectiveness and efficiency of conservation actions.

9:30 am – 12 pm – Lions Park work party

Help us maintain the playground at Lions Park. We will be adding playground bark to the play area. All ages are welcome to participate. Lions Park is located at 800 Wilson St SE. Meet under the covered picnic area. 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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

3-7 pm – Birds of a Feather: Take Flight on a Bird Walk

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Many species of bird, from the tiny Rufous Hummingbird to the majestic Bald Eagle, nest on the Refuge. Check out the avian beauty with longtime birder Shep Thorp, who knows the Refuge backwards and forwards. On this late afternoon guided walk, you are sure to learn something new! Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

6:30-8:30 pm – Capitol Land Trust’s Annual Meeting

(Hands On Children’s Museum: 414 Jefferson St. NE; Olympia 98501)  Enjoy appetizers and drinks while exploring the beautiful 28,000 square foot museum and its 150 whimsical, hands-on exhibits!  We’ll have the museum to ourselves for the evening.  Once you’ve had your fill, we’ll be taking you on a visual tour of Capitol Land Trust’s 2012 successes, sharing our current stewardship activities and conservation projects. You’ll also be asked to elect candidates to the board of directors. This is your chance to meet with staff and board, provide valuable input, ask questions and share your thoughts.  RSVP required: email quita@capitollandtrust.org or call (360) 943-3012.

 

Wednesday, April 24

6:30 – 8:30 pm – How to be Healthy on a Raw Food or Vegan Diet

(Olympia)  It is true that adding more vegan raw foods into your diet is a fabulous way to support maximizing your health potential. However, just because your food is “raw” or “vegan” doesn’t mean it is food for you. It is actually quite possible to be very unhealthy and seriously deficient in some key nutrients on a vegan or raw food vegan diet. Come join Doug Walsh, 17 year raw foodist, 25 year vegan, and HealthForce Nutritionals National Educator, as he shares the secrets to creating vibrant health, and being successful long-term on a vegan diet with a high percentage of raw foods.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

7:30-8:45 pm – Celebration of the Species: Wolves with Story Warren 

(Olympia Timberland Library) Wolves are social, intelligent, and beautiful creatures that are in danger due to human policies and culture. Learn about wolf biology, impacts on the ecosystem, management, and their return to Washington State. Story Warren is a middle school student at Nova School in Olympia who has worked with and interviewed wolf experts in Yellowstone National Park.   (This is part four of a four-part series to celebrate the Procession of the Species.) The event will occur after regular library hours.

 

Thursday, April 25

5:30 – 8:00 pm – Climate Solutions Annual Reception Fundraiser & 15th Anniversary Celebration

(Heritage Room: 610 Water Street SW, Olympia–next to Waterstreet Café)  Join us to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Climate Solutions at our Annual Reception fundraiser.  This event is a great way to reconnect with our community, share our accomplishments, and hear our guest speaker—Dr. Nalini Nadkarni—discuss how humans can better work with Nature to help stabilize the global climate. Nalini has been called “The Queen of the Forest Canopy” for her work revealing that canopy organisms are critical players in such important environmental issues such as maintaining biodiversity, stabilizing global climate, and enhancing sustainability of forests. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Natural History, Glamour, Discover, Ranger Rick, and Playboy, and she has appeared in television documentaries, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Good Morning America, and National Geographic.  If you’d like to attend, RSVP at https://climates.ejoinme.org/?tabid=443994.  For further information, contact Teresa Myers, Events Director at teresa@climatesolutions.org or (360)352-1763 x30.

6:30-8:30 pm – Rain Gardens Workshop Part II

(Tumwater Fire Hall: 311 Israel Road SW; Tumwater)  This is the second part of a two-part Rain Gardens Worskhop.  Participants will receive assistance reviewing draft plans that they developed for their home landscapes following the first workshop.  To register and for more information, go to http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar and click on the event.

 

 

April 26-28: Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

(Hoquiam)  Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor during their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world’s greatest migrants, some travelling 15,000 miles. The concentration of birds in Grays Harbor allows birders a great chance to view a number of species and see birds take flight in beautiful formations.  The weekend is filled with activities and a major fund-raising banquet that is used to fund an Americorps position at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, see www.shorebirdfestival.com.

 

 

Friday, April 26

9 am – noon – Arbor Day Work Party with Nisqually Land Trust

(Details and location to be announced)  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, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  RSVP is required for directions.  For more information, contact Cris Peck at volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org or (360) 489-3400 x 106.

9:30 am – 12 pm – Lions Park work party

Help us maintain the playground at Lions Park. We will be adding playground bark to the play area. All ages are welcome to participate. Lions Park is located at 800 Wilson St SE. Meet under the covered picnic area. 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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

noon – 3 pm – Kiser Natural Outdoor Learning Lab work party

(Centralia)  Centralia College will host a work party, pulling invasive weeds in the Kiser Natural Outdoor Learning Lab (KNOLL), located on the Centralia College campus, on Washington Ave near Centralia College Bldv.  Tools provided, but bring gloves.

9 pm – Luminary Procession

(Downtown Olympia at 5th & Washington)

 

Saturday, April 27

8:00 am – 11:00 am – Black Hills Audubon field trip: Black Lake Meadows

(Olympia) Join Gary Wiles for birding at Black Lake Meadows in southwest Olympia to look for some of our earlier spring migrants, including Rufous Hummingbirds, Orange-crowned Warblers, various swallows, and others. While the typical birding is not astoundingly diverse, there is a steady stream of migrants and resident birds.  There is a limit of 12 for this trip. Birders of all levels are invited. Call Gary at (360) 943-8786 for reservations and directions if needed. Dress for the weather.

9:30 am – 2:30 pm – Gog-le-hi-te invasive species removal

(Tacoma) For more information, contact Jeanine Riss at jriss@healthybay.org.

10 am – 3 pm – Mima Mounds work party  

Aid in facilities maintenance including repairs, sign and trail maintenance, and prairie restoration.  An interpretive walk will be offered near the end of the day for interested volunteers.  Bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and dress for the weather; DNR will provide tools.  This event is eligible for a voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.  Directions to Mima Mounds NAP: from I-5, take exit 95; go west on Highway 121 toward Littlerock; from Littlerock, continue west on 128th to “T” in the road; turn right on Waddell Creek Road—Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve entrance is about 1 mile on the left.  For more information, contact DNR Representative, Birdie Davenport at 360-902-1434 or roberta.davenport@dnr.wa.gov.

10:00 am – 1 pm – West Bay Park work party

(Olympia)  Join local Rotarians at West Bay Park to help beautify Rotary Point. We will focus on weeding and removing invasive plants from the park. West Bay Park is located at 700 West Bay Drive. Meet near the covered bike shelter. 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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

10 am – 4 pm – Under the Sea Crafts

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  Make some fun ocean creatures out of paper plates and bowls – crabs, jellyfish, fish, turtles, and more.  We provide the art supplies, you bring the creativity.  Then take your newly made creature to the Procession of the Species celebration!

4:30 – 7 pm – 19th Annual Procession of the Species Celebration!

(Downtown Olympia, beginning at Legion Way & Cherry Street)  WOW!!  Cancel whatever else is on your calendar!  This is Olympia’s biggest must-be-there event—especially if you have yet to see it!  Literally thousands (literally!) of your friends and neighbors and fellow Olympians dress up as their favorite plant/animal/ecosystem/whatever and join in a massive parade of dance and music to celebrate spring and biodiversity.  For more information and photos of past Processions, go to www.procession.org.

6:30 – 8:30 pm – Vegan Gluten Free Pizza Class (Party!)

(Olympia)  Get ready to create some incredible tantalizing pizzas. We will learn a failsafe pizza dough recipe as well as some fun mouthwatering vegan toppings that will knock yer socks off. Recipes provided. Bring one of your favorite toppings to share and come ready to snack, snarf, and celebrate!  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

 

Sunday, April 28

10-11:30 am — It’s in Your Nature: Exploring the Wild

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  From bitterns to butterflies, chickadees to crabapples, the Refuge is home to many types of wildlife. Join naturalist Donna Snow on a nature walk that is sure to teach you something new about the creatures of the Refuge. Meet in the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

3 – 5 pm – Savory Soups

(Olympia)  Soup makes an easy, inexpensive, and filling weeknight supper. Once you learn a few basic recipes, it’s easy to change them to incorporate what you have on hand. Come and get inspired to make delicious soups with recipes that make enough for a few weeknight dinners or to take for lunch during the week. All soups made in this class are vegetarian and fiber rich.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

 

Tuesday, April 30

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

(Details forthcoming)  For more information, contact ssvolunteers@cnlm.org. Sponsored by The Center for Natural Lands.

The Center for Natural Lands officially took over the South Puget Sound Program of The Nature Conservancy in 2011.  CNLM will continue the South Sound Program’s focus on conserving the rarest habitats of the area’s prairies, oak woodlands and freshwater systems of the Black River. The major projects are: assisting Joint Base Lewis-McChord with restoration and conservation of their lands; restoring prairies and oak woodlands throughout the South Sound region by assisting public agencies, non-profit organizations and private landowners with pest plant control, native habitat enhancements and prescribed fire; promoting conservation of prairies and oak woodlands throughout the Northwest, via the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership; producing native plants and seed for use in restoration of prairies and oak woodlands, including partnering with the Sustainable Prisons Project to reduce costs and improve inmates’ well-being.; conserving the Black River and surrounding natural lands; and conducting, and facilitating cutting-edge science that helps the effectiveness and efficiency of conservation actions.

9:30 am – 12 pm – Priest Point Park work party

Help keep the new plants healthy by joining us to water and mulch the restoration area.  Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE and volunteers will meet at Shelter #2.  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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

6 – 9 pm – Olympia Port Fracking Resistance Planning Meeting

(Traditions Fair Trade Shop and Café: 5th and Water in Olympia)  The Port of Olympia is moving fracking materials from China to the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.  These materials produce new fossil fuel infrastructure that will be used for 30 years to pump fossil fuels from deep under the earth.  The cumulative impact of burning fossil fuels and continued construction of fossil fuel infrastructure is ocean acidification that will end shellfish in the Salish Sea.  This is a violation of the Medicine Creek Treaty with a number of tribes of Salish people.  No more broken promises.  No more broken treaties.  No more fossil fuel infrastructure.  The time for change is now.  We are the ones who are bringing the change.  Join us.  Free.  Potluck.

 

Thursday, May 2

6:00 pm – Woodland Trail Greenway Association planning meeting

(Urban Onion: 116 Legion Way; Olympia)  The Woodland Trail Greenway Association meets the first Thursday of each month.  The meeting room is in the back of the main lobby, not in the restaurant itself!  Food and beverages are available for purchase.  For more information, contact Jack Horton at info@woodlandtrail.org or 360.789.0944—or go to www.woodlandtrail.org.

6:30 pm – Seminary Hill Natural Area Wildflower Walk

(Centralia)  Join Dr. Lisa Carlson, Professor of Botany at Centralia College, for an evening walk in the woods.  She will teach us to identify native wildflowers and guide us on the trails as we enjoy the beauty of the season.  Note: Some trails are quite steep, and there is a 2-300-foot elevation gain from the parking lot to the higher points in the Natural Area.  Wear appropriate shoes or hiking boots: trails can be slippery when it has been raining.  A walking stick can make the climbing and descending much easier and safer.  Be prepared for changes in the weather: layered clothing and rainwear are advisable.  Remember your camera, a water bottle, perhaps a snack and a litter bag.  Books for identifying trees, flowers, birds and animals are also handy.  Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance to Seminary Hill Natural Area, at the corner of East Locust Street and Barner Drive in Centralia.  For more information, call 360-736-7045 or 360-330-7688.

 

Friday, May 3

9 am – 12 pm – Upland & Forest 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.

9:30 am – 12 pm – Priest Point Park work party

Help keep the new plants healthy by joining us to water and mulch the restoration area.  Priest Point Park is located at 2600 East Bay Drive NE and volunteers will meet at Shelter #2.  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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

 

Saturday, May 4

7:30 am and 9:00 am – Black Hills Audubon Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend?  Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 am on the first Saturday of each month.  Bird with us at 7:30 am, then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 am. Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll give you the run down on what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.  Share what you know, connect, enjoy. No expert guide. We will meet at 7:30 at LBA Park (3333 Morse-Merryman Rd. SE, Olympia) in the main parking lot.  After birding, we will meet for breakfast at Olympia Coffee Roasting (2824 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater) at 9:00 am.  For more information contact Leslie L. at 360-402-9513 or Deb N. at 360-754-5397.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Native Plant Sale

(Capital Museum Coach House: 211 21st Avenue SW; Olympia)  We expect to have a nice selection of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for sale. Come early for the best selection. For more information, contact Bonnie Blessing-Earle at bonnie.blessing@gmail.com or Bill Brookreson at b.brookreson@comcast.net.  Sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society—South Sound Chapter.

10:00 am – 1 pm – Mission Creek Nature Park work party

Help maintain the trails of Mission Creek Nature Park by joining us for this work party!  Mission Creek Nature Park is located at 1500 Fir St NE.  There is no dedicated vehicle parking for this park but street parking is available. 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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

10 am – 1 pm – Birds of a Feather: Take Flight on a Bird Walk

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  With spring migration in full swing, the Refuge is all aflutter! Experience the thrill of seeing swallows (four different species) or the “wichity wichity” of the common yellowthroat! Join experienced birder Eric Slagle for a guided walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the Refuge’s largest treasures – the birds! Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

3 – 6 pm – Gnocchi from Scratch (gluten-free)

(Olympia)  Great Italian food includes these “little dumplings” often made from potatoes. With some minor alterations to the instructor’s family recipe, they are an easy and delicious gluten-free option for Italian meals. Learn to make a basic potato gnocchi (gluten-free & dairy free) and spinach-ricotta variation (gluten-free). We will sample these with a tomato marinara and a sage, parmesan and browned butter sauce. Mangia bene! Gluten-free, vegetarian.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

9 pm – Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

(Boston Harbor Marina; Olympia)  Join South Sound Estuary Association for a night-lighting event.  Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures.  Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights.  Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before!  Bring a flashlight (one per person is ideal) and dress for the weather.  All children must be accompanied by an adult, and children under 5 are not advised.  Registration is required, and the cost is $10/adult; accompanying child 6 and over are free.   To register, go to www.sseacenter.org and click the Pier Peer tab.  Event registration will be closed at ten adults for the safety and enjoyment of participants.

 

Sunday, May 5

9-11 am — It’s in Your Nature: Exploring the Wild

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  From bitterns to butterflies, chickadees to crabapples, the Refuge is home to many types of wildlife. Join naturalist Jan Seguin on this nature walk that is sure to teach you something new about the creatures of the Refuge. Meet in the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

1-2:30 pm – The Nisqually and Medicine Creek: Where Nature, Culture and History Converge

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Learn about the events surrounding the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty; explore how the Nisqually people came to the Nisqually delta and how their lives changed with the settlement of Europeans. Lynn Corliss leads you down history’s winding path, where you will discover important things about the people who enjoyed this land before you did. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

3 – 5 pm – How Many Meals Can You Make From One Chicken?

(Olympia)  How far can you stretch one chicken? Can you make it last for 3 meals? 5 meals? In this class we will show you how to get the most out of a whole chicken. We will demonstrate how to cut up a whole chicken and how to roast and carve. We’ll also share some quick, easy, and delicious recipes for using leftover cooked chicken.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

 

Tuesday, May 7

9:30 am – 12 pm – Yashiro Japanese Garden work party

Join the Park Stewardship team in weeding and removal of invasive plants from Yashiro Japanese Garden to preserve the symbolism of the park. Volunteers will meet inside the garden located at 1010 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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

7 – 8:30 pm – Olympia Poetry Network Workshop: “Words are Play in the Natural World”

(The Olympia Center: 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia)  Carolyn Maddux, author, teacher, and reporter, will lead participants in an exploration of how they can make words work for them in their writing, combining sound and sense. Bring a short poem you have written about nature. For more information, contact: Olympia Poetry Network 360-701-2030 or www.home.comcast.net/~yake/opn.html.

 

 

May 8-10 (Wed-Fri) Black Hills Audubon field trip: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

During springtime at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, hundreds of bird songs fill the air, wafted by the breeze over the high desert. At the Refuge Headquarters, lazuli buntings and yellow-headed blackbirds jostle for space at the feeders. Malheur’s austere beauty and diverse, watered habitats attract birds – and birders – from near and far.  BHAS’s own Whittier Johnson will lead a guided field trip to Malheur and other birding hotspots in Harney County during the peak of songbird migration. We expect to see numerous native songbirds, passerines, waterfowl, cranes, swans, raptors, and more. Malheur boasts Sage Grouse leks as well.  Transportation and lodging are left up to you. There are several people interested in carpooling, and we have numerous suggestions for lodging.  Contact Bonnie Wood at 360-943-4612 or bwood2800@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the trip or if you have questions.  There is a $25 fee for the trip, which will offset our guide’s expenses.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 8

7 pm – The Shadow Lake Nature Preserve: Southeast King County’s Hidden Treasure

(Tacoma Nature Center: 1919 South Tyler Street; Tacoma 98405) The Shadow Lake Nature Preserve includes unique and valuable wetlands within its 92 acres and encompasses over seven different diverse habitat types in various stages of growth and renewal. Under the protection of the Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands (SHADOW) organization, this unique area features a rare 5,000-year-old glacial remnant—an ancient peat bog.  Bryn Fluharty and Darren Beck will describe both the SHADOW organization and the valuable preserve they administer. They will discuss the uniqueness of the bog and its surrounding environment and provide some interesting tidbits discovered during various research projects.  They will also discuss current restoration work plans, planned educational events, and the benefits they provide – both to the local environment and the community at large.  FREE.  Directions: From Interstate 5, take State Highway 16 towards Gig Harbor. Look for the 19th Street EAST, exit and take it, which puts you onto South 19th Street. Travel to the first light, turn right on South Tyler, and then left into the first driveway at the Tacoma Nature Center.

 

Thursday, May 9

7:30-9:00 pm – Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness with Becky Lerner 

(Olympia Timberland Library)  Rebecca “Becky” Lerner will discuss her book, Dandelion Hunter, a book of literary nonfiction.  Lerner is a journalist, urban foraging blogger, and nature educator from Portland. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  “If and when the apocalypse arrives, you’ll want Rebecca Lerner by your side–or, at least, her lucidly written new book, in which she and a pack of endearingly odd Portland pals demonstrate how to take locavorism to a whole new level (and provide some unexpected history, biology and mycology lessons in the process).” –Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone.  Free!

 

Friday, May 10

9:30 am – 12 pm – Decatur Woods Park work party

This neighborhood park is in need of weeding!  Come work side-by-side with fellow community members on the west side of the city to clean up the weeds.  Decatur Woods Park is located at 1015 Decatur St SW.  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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

 

Saturday, May 11

9 am – noon – Powell Creek Herb Robert Weed Pull with Nisqually Land Trust

(Yelm)  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, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  RSVP is required for directions.  For more information, contact Cris Peck at volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org or (360) 489-3400 x 106.

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. Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com&gsessionid=OK and click on the event to find a map.

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.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com&gsessionid=OK and click on the event to find a map.

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.

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

(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.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com&gsessionid=OK and click on the event to find a map.

10:00 am – 1 pm – Grass Lake Nature Park work party

This work party will focus on brushing trails in Grass Lake Nature Park.  Volunteers will clear debris and crowding plants from pathways to help provide a safe area of recreation for fellow visitors.  Grass Lake Nature Park is located at 814 Kaiser Rd NW.  Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.  Meet near the entrance to the park.  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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

10 am – 3 pm – Prairie Appreciation Day

(Glacial Heritage Preserve) This free, family-friendly event in celebration of South Puget Sound’s prairies takes place at two of the largest remaining remnants of prairie in western Washington: Thurston County’s Glacial Heritage preserve and the Department of Natural Resource’s Mima Mounds Natural Area.  At both locations, the prairies themselves are the main attraction: the prairie usually is spangled with swaths of blue camas with accents of lomatium, buttercups, Oregon sunshine, and many more native flowers—and birds such as bluebirds, meadowlarks, swallows and northern harriers are common sights.  Glacial Heritage guests also can explore two interpretive trails: one about two-miles long; the other almost five-miles long.  The shorter trail will have hands-on booths about prairie ecology and restoration, management of invasive plants, and the wildlife and wildflowers found in this unique ecosystem. Learn how to make ink from oak galls, talk to experts about how fire is used to restore prairies, and get up close and personal with some of the small prairie critters.  Mima Mounds has a shorter, wheelchair-accessible trail, and a docent will be available to answer questions.  There will be a Native Prairie Plant Sale during the event.  Directions and more information can be found on the Friends of Puget Prairies website, www.prairieappreciationday.org or by emailing ssvolunteers@cnlm.org.  Please note: pets are not allowed at either site.

10 am – 5 pm – “Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife” Field Class

(Olympia)  Learn how to turn your yard into a lovely year-round landscape that attracts birds, butterflies and amphibians with beautiful plants that require less water and protects the quality of local water bodies.  This full-day class offers more material than our evening workshops (offered in fall and winter) and includes site visits to local landscapes.  A morning classroom session will be followed by field visits to local yards.  Bus transportation will be provided.  Included topics: water-wise ideas for your landscape; keys to attracting birds, butterflies, beneficial insects and amphibians; easy ways to minimize lawn space; how to solve drainage issues with on-site stormwater management; planting for four-season interest; landscaping for tricky areas like slopes; and how simple landscape changes can save you time and money while protecting water quality.  The class is taught by Erica Guttman, WSU Native Plant Salvage Project and Linda Andrews, owner of Patterns in Nature Landscape & Design.  Both instructors have decades of professional experience in horticulture and botany, plus a passion for protecting water and creating wildlife habitat.  Field class is free.  Registration is required, as space is limited: go to http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar and click on the event.

10 am – 1 pm – How to Keep a Wave on the Sand: Capturing the Outdoors in Photographs

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Never again let nature’s beauty escape your lens! In this hands-on workshop with writer and photographer Greg Farley, you will learn to take your camera off the “automatic” settings and then head outside to apply basic and professional outdoor photography techniques. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure! Meet in the Visitor Center auditorium.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

 

Sunday, May 12

10 am – 12 noon – Nature Up Close: Introduction to Macro Nature Photography

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Dew drops on flower petals; the eyes of insects. These details represent the oft overlooked true visual poetry of nature. Join Refuge photographer John Whitehead for discussion, demonstration, and practice of up close nature photography. Meet in the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

3 – 5 pm – Raw Theory

(Olympia)  Explore the theories of raw food living with live food chef and educator Rebeka Gentian. Topics will include: What is raw? The power of enzymes, proteins & amino acids, macro vs. micro nutrients, the cleansing factor, and the reality of the food chain. Q&A to follow as well as tips on how to make things quick! Vegan, Gluten-free.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

 

Monday, May 13

7 pm – Elwha: A River Reborn

(Washington State Capitol Museum: 211 21st Avenue SW; Olympia)  Lynda V. Mapes will discuss her new book, Elwha: A River Reborn, scheduled for release on May 15.  Lynda Mapes is an environmental reporter for the Seattle Times.  Through interviews, fieldwork, photojournalism, and historical research, Lynda Mapes and Seattle Times have reported on the dam removal process in a series of feature articles.  Elwha: A River Reborn is based on these feature articles.  The book brings out the impact on the Elwha Klallam Tribe awaiting the return of the salmon runs.  It also discusses the unprecedented revegetation effort to restore 700 acres of mudflats.  Join us to hear the story of this unprecedented effort from a reporter who has followed it in depth.  The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.  Sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society–South Sound Chapter.

 

Tuesday, May 14

9:30 am – 12 pm – Yashiro Japanese Garden work party

Join the Park Stewardship team in weeding and removal of invasive plants from Yashiro Japanese Garden to preserve the symbolism of the park. Volunteers will meet inside the garden located at 1010 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 parents’ signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, contact Christina Newman ‎(City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation) at cnewman@ci.olympia.wa.us or (360) 753-8365.

 

Thursday, May 16

6:00-7:00 pm – The Joy of Spring Birding! 

(McCleary Timberland Library)  Local Audubon members Jan Strong and Mary O’Neil will help you find and identify birds of all kinds, beginning in your backyard and moving into the wider world. The discussion will be illustrated with slides of Grays Harbor birds. All family members are welcome to attend.

 

Friday, May 17

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.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com&gsessionid=OK and click on the event to find a map.

 

Saturday, May 18

FREE Composting Workshops: Worms & Yard waste 

(Dirt Works Garden)  Composting info is available throughout the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County Plant Sale (but their website doesn’t say when the sale is!).  There also will be workshops: 10am Yard Waste; 11am Worms; 1pm Yard Waste; 2pm Worms.  Directions:  From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Black Lake Blvd. exit and at the bottom of the ramp turn right. Get in the left lane and make a left onto Cooper Point Road. Make a left onto Capital Mall Drive and follow it until you see the Yauger Park and Dirt Works sign on the corner of Alta Street. Turn right onto Alta Street. Follow this road into the park and drive through the parking lot until it ends. The garden entrance is located at the end of the parking lot.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Twin Rivers Ranch Restoration Work Party

Join Capitol Land Trust at the beautiful Twin Rivers Ranch near Shelton for a morning of restoration work.  Since the property was conserved in 2009, about 5,000 natives have been planted on the property to help restore the natural forested riparian buffers along Deer creek and Cranberry creek. Today we will be traversing the whole property, giving much needed TLC to the plantings.  This is a rare opportunity to see this special property firsthand!  Sometimes called a “mini Nisqually,” the Twin Rivers Ranch property spans the entire head of Oakland bay, with multiple tidal sloughs winding through Sitka spruce forests and emergent wetlands. For more information and to RSVP, email our Stewardship & Restoration Coordinator Guy Maguire at guym@capitollandtrust.org

9 am – noon – Railway Road NatureMapping Field Trip

The Nisqually Land Trust protects over 190 acres along the whitewater reach of the Nisqually River.  This 10+ acre wetland just outside of Yelm is a part of the 150 contiguous acres of riparian forest mosaic located between the Centralia power canal and the Nisqually River.  The land trust needs to collect wildlife data along the Nisqually river, and Northwest Trek has offered to help by organizing citizen-scientists to do the data collection.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in grassy and woody environments and on uneven surfaces. The terrain ranges from level unpaved roads to uneven meadows and forests. Some areas require climbing and maneuvering over debris.  Rubber boots and walking sticks are advised.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

9 am – 12 pm – McKinley Park Cleanup Work Party

(Tacoma)  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.  Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com&gsessionid=OK and click on the event to find a map.

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.   Go to www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=upsgreenspaces@gmail.com&gsessionid=OK and click on the event to find a map.

10 am – Free Invasive Plant Identification and Mapping Workshop

(LOTT WET Science Center (500 Adams St NE, Olympia)  Interested in learning how to identify invasive nuisance plants and map them for future eradication?  Join Stream Team and Thurston County Noxious Weed Control nuisance plant expert, Mary Jo Seery to learn about common invasive plants plaguing our parks and cities.  You will learn to identify invasive nuisance plant species and how to record their locations, to help managers develop and implement long-range eradication plans.  The presentation will be from 10-11 am.  From noon to 1:30 there will be an optional field trip to Grass Lake (vans will be available).  To register and get more information, go to http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar and click on the event. Staff contact: Michelle Stevie, mstevie@ci.olympia.wa.us

10 am – 4 pm – Nature Journals and Native Plants

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  Nature journaling is a fun family activity and an excellent way for kids to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them.  Come and decorate your very own nature journal and then take it outside to explore! At 1:00 and 2:30 pm we will be leading native plant walks on our wetland plaza.  You’ll learn some easy identification tips for common native plants and find out how these plants were traditionally used by local native tribes.

10 am – 1 pm – How to Keep a Wave on the Sand: Capturing the Outdoors in Photographs

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Never again let nature’s beauty escape your lens! In this hands-on workshop with writer and photographer Greg Farley, you will learn to take your camera off the “automatic” settings and then head outside to apply basic and professional outdoor photography techniques. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure! Meet in the Visitor Center auditorium.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

6:30 – 8:30 pm – Miso 101

(Olympia)  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. Vegan, gluten-free.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

 

Sunday, May 19

10-11:30 am – It’s in Your Nature: Exploring the Wild

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  From bitterns to butterflies, chickadees to crabapples, the Refuge is home to many types of wildlife. Join naturalist Donna Snow on a nature walk that is sure to teach you something new about the creatures of the Refuge. Meet in the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

 

Monday, May 20

3:00-6:00 pm – McLane Creek Nature Trail Work Party

(McLane Creek Nature Trail: 5044 Delphi Rd SW; Olympia 98512)  Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone.  Volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for this event. To register, go to http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar and click on the event.  For more information, contact Ann Marie Pearce at pearcea@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355 x6857.

 

Saturday, May 25

9 am – noon – Ohop Creek Ivy Pull and Blackberry Control with Nisqually Land Trust

(Eatonville)  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, and close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  RSVP is required for directions.  For more information, contact Cris Peck at volunteer@nisquallylandtrust.org or (360) 489-3400 x 106.

9-11 am – Birding Basics: Learning to See

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  What subtle cues do experienced birders use to quickly and accurately identify species? Birding is nothing less than the art of seeing, so the techniques used by birders increase awareness of all things natural. Refuge Ranger Michael Schramm will guide you through the estuary’s diverse habitats on an odyssey of avian discovery, all the while teaching the ins and outs of birding. Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the Visitor Center—and remember to bring binoculars!  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

 

Sunday, May 26

3 – 5 pm – Bladeless: Uncooking with Kids

(Olympia)  Encourage kids towards healthy food choices be letting them play with their food. Let’s do it together! Raw vegan food preparation with kids ages 4 and up! Lets discover how yummy healthy food can be in this interactive workshop of live and whole food recipes from “Bladeless,” a raw recipe book for kids of all ages created by Rebeka & Eraelah Gentian. Vegan, Gluten-free.  The cost is $5, and registration is required.  To register and get more information about this and other classes, go to www.olympiafood.coop/classes.

 

Saturday, June 1

7:30 am and 9:00 am – Black Hills Audubon Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend?  Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 am on the first Saturday of each month.  Bird with us at 7:30 am, then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 am. Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll give you the run down on what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.  Share what you know, connect, enjoy. No expert guide. We will meet at 7:30 at Tumwater Falls Park (777 Simmons LN SW, Tumwater 98501).  After birding, we will meet for breakfast at River’s Edge Restaurant (at The Valley Golf Course—4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE) at 9:00 am.  For more information contact Leslie L. at 360-402-9513 or Deb N. at 360-754-5397.

10 am – 1 pm – Birds of a Feather: Take Flight on a Bird Walk

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  With spring migration in full swing, the Refuge is all aflutter! Experience the thrill of seeing swallows (four different species) or the “wichity wichity” of the common yellowthroat! Join experienced birder Eric Slagle for a guided walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the Refuge’s largest treasures – the birds! Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

10 am – Let’s Go for a Bird Walk in Seminary Hill Natural Area

(Centralia)  Woody Franzen and Kelly Stanley will lead, looking and listening for the birds found in and around our woods.  Bring cameras, binoculars and the kids and join this quiet walk.  Note: Some trails are quite steep, and there is a 2-300-foot elevation gain from the parking lot to the higher points in the Natural Area.  Wear appropriate shoes or hiking boots: trails can be slippery when it has been raining.  A walking stick can make the climbing and descending much easier and safer.  Be prepared for changes in the weather: layered clothing and rainwear are advisable.  Remember your camera, a water bottle, perhaps a snack and a litter bag.  Books for identifying trees, flowers, birds and animals are also handy.  Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance to Seminary Hill Natural Area, at the corner of East Locust Street and Barner Drive in Centralia.  For more information, call 360-736-7045 or 360-330-7688.

2:00 pm – Farming the Tidelands

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  Come learn about shellfish and how they are farmed here in the Puget Sound.  Jennifer Hopper, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Taylor Shellfish Farms, will provide a presentation on shellfish farming in our local community.  Participants will get to touch live oysters, clams, mussels, and geoducks and look at shellfish larvae under microscopes! Coloring books will also be provided.

10 pm – Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

(Boston Harbor Marina; Olympia)  Join South Sound Estuary Association for a night-lighting event.  Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures.  Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights.  Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before!  Bring a flashlight (one per person is ideal) and dress for the weather.  All children must be accompanied by an adult, and children under 5 are not advised.  Registration is required, and the cost is $10/adult; accompanying child 6 and over are free.   To register, go to www.sseacenter.org and click the Pier Peer tab.  Event registration will be closed at ten adults for the safety and enjoyment of participants.

 

Sunday, June 2

9-11 am – It’s in Your Nature: Exploring the Wild

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  From bitterns to butterflies, chickadees to crabapples, the Refuge is home to many types of wildlife. Join naturalist Jan Seguin on this nature walk that is sure to teach you something new about the creatures of the Refuge. Meet in the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

 

Saturday, June 8

9 am – noon – Bragett Parcel NatureMapping Field Trip

The Nisqually Tribe trust protects this 50+ acre site adjacent to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.  The site is a mixture of estuary, river, forest and meadow, and the diverse habitat creates ideal conditions for a wide variety of wildlife.  Northwest Trek has offered to help collect data on wildlife in the project area using citizen-scientists—which is what today’s event involves.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in a grassy, woody and wetland environments and on uneven surfaces.  Rubber boots are advised for portions of the site.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

10 am – 4:30 pm — Meet the Trees of Washington Field Class

(Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Rm. 152)  This class is especially beneficial for newcomers to our area or anyone else who has ever wondered about the benefits and horticultural uses of native trees and other plants.  Participants will learn about a variety of different ecosystems found in Western Washington and the plants and animals that inhabit them.  Start the morning with classroom instruction, an introduction to four South Sound ecosystems and some basic hands-on native plant identification.  Then take a field trip to a local nature trail and learn to identify native trees, shrubs, ferns and perennials. Bus transportation is provided for the field trip. Field class is free and registration is required, as space is limited.  For more information and to register, go to http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar and click on the event.

10 am – 4 pm – Come Get Your Undriver License

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  Bring in the family to learn about all the ways you can get around town, enjoy the outdoors, and protect the environment by biking, walking, and taking the bus.  Then put on a fun costume and get your picture taken for your Undriver License! At 1:00 and 2:00 pm you can also take a ride on an Intercity Transit hybrid electric bus to tour downtown and practice riding the bus.

10:00 am – FREE Composting Workshop on Worms 

(Closed Loop Park—just inside the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center entrance at 2418 Hogum Bay Road at Hawk’s Prairie).  Directions: From downtown Olympia take I-5 North. Take exit 111, the ramp has two lanes. Stay in the left lane and follow it to the traffic light on Marvin Road. Turn left onto Marvin Road; make sure you are in the right lane. Once you go through the light turn right onto Hogum Bay Road (a Mexican restaurant on this corner).  Take the second road into the Waste and Recovery Center entrance. Look for a small “Closed Loop Park” sign on the fence at that intersection. Follow the road in and the garden is located on the right, just past the dog park.

10 am – 1 pm – How to Keep a Wave on the Sand: Capturing the Outdoors in Photographs

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Never again let nature’s beauty escape your lens! In this hands-on workshop with writer and photographer Greg Farley, you will learn to take your camera off the “automatic” settings and then head outside to apply basic and professional outdoor photography techniques. Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure! Meet in the Visitor Center auditorium.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

 

Sunday, June 9

1-2:30 pm – The Nisqually and Medicine Creek: Where Nature, Culture and History Converge

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Learn about the events surrounding the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty; explore how the Nisqually people came to the Nisqually delta and how their lives changed with the settlement of Europeans. Lynn Corliss leads you down history’s winding path, where you will discover important things about the people who enjoyed this land before you did. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

 

Saturday, June 15

10 am – 1 pm – How to Keep a Wave on the Sand: Capturing the Outdoors in Photographs

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Never again let nature’s beauty escape your lens! In this hands-on workshop with writer and photographer Greg Farley, you will learn to take your camera off the “automatic” settings and then head outside to apply basic and professional outdoor photography techniques.  Bring your camera (film, DSLR, or point and shoot), extra batteries and a sense of adventure! Meet in the Visitor Center auditorium.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

1:00 pm – Budd Inlet Treatment Plant Tour

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  The Budd Inlet Treatment Plant has been cleaning up our urban wastewater since the early 1950s.  Come and learn how we do it, including the steps we’ve added along the way to further protect Puget Sound.  A slideshow followed by a treatment plant tour will begin at 1:00 pm Tour participants must be ten years or older, dress for outdoor weather, and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.

 

Saturday, June 22

8:30am – 12noon – Birds of a Feather: Take Flight on a Bird Walk

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Experience the thrill of seeing a Peregrine Falcon (the world’s fastest bird) or of hearing a woodpecker pecking away (up to 20 pecks per second)! Join experienced birder David Richardson for a guided walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the Refuge’s largest treasures: The birds! Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

10am – 12 noon – It’s in Your Nature: Exploring the Wild

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  From bitterns to butterflies, chickadees to crabapples, the Refuge is home to many types of wildlife. Join naturalists Art Pavey, Jan Kramer, and Cheri Greenwood on this nature walk that is sure to teach you something new about the creatures of the Refuge. Meet in the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

2:00 pm – So What Is a Watershed Anyway?

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  Join the City of Lacey for some “watersheducation” and learn how you can improve the watershed where you live.  First you’ll follow three teens in the short movie “Lost and Puget Sound” as they learn about where water goes when it rains.  Then use materials like rocks, clay, soil, florist foam, moss and toothpicks to build your own watershed, followed by a friendly competition to see whose watershed soaks up the most water during a simulated heavy rain!

 

Saturday, June 29

8:30am – 12noon – Birds of a Feather: Take Flight on a Bird Walk

(Nisqually Wildlife Refuge)  Experience the thrill of seeing a Peregrine Falcon (the world’s fastest bird) or hearing a woodpecker pecking away (up to 20 pecks per second)! Join experienced birder David Richardson for a guided walk full of the sights and sounds of one of the Refuge’s largest treasures: the birds! Meet at the landing overlooking the pond at the Visitor Center.  The program is free, but there is a $3 fee for entering the Refuge.

10:00 am – Seminary Hill Natural Area Poetry Walk

(Centralia)  Join this unique walk led by David Underwood.  Come to the woods and hear wondrous verses by renowned bards, plus some stanzas by our own Northwest poets.  Stretch your legs, breathe fresh air, and nourish your spirit.  Note: Some trails are quite steep, and there is a 2-300-foot elevation gain from the parking lot to the higher points in the Natural Area.  Wear appropriate shoes or hiking boots: trails can be slippery when it has been raining.  A walking stick can make the climbing and descending much easier and safer.  Be prepared for changes in the weather: layered clothing and rainwear are advisable.  Remember your camera, a water bottle, perhaps a snack and a litter bag.  Books for identifying trees, flowers, birds and animals are also handy.  Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance to Seminary Hill Natural Area, at the corner of East Locust Street and Barner Drive in Centralia.  For more information, call 360-736-7045 or 360-330-7688.

2:00 pm – Water: A Never Ending Story

(WET Science Center: 500 Adams Street NE; Olympia)  Water is all around us and always in motion.  Water doesn’t only move on the surface of the Earth, it also moves in the sky and in the ground.  Come and learn all about the natural and built water cycle through games and by making a take home Water Cycle Wheel.

 

Saturday, July 6

9 am – noon – Wilcox Flats NatureMapping and Habitat Restoration Field Trip

(near Wilcox Farms in Roy)  The Nisqually Land Trust is looking to gather wildlife data at its Wilcox Flats property along the Nisqually River—a site vital to salmon recovery efforts along the Nisqually River.  Northwest Trek has offered to help by organizing citizen-scientists to collect baseline data about plants and wildlife in the surrounding habitat, and to continue restoration efforts in the meadows and forests along the Nisqually River and side channels.  Today’s field trip will consist of data collection, invasive species removal, and weeding and care of new plantings.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in grassy and woody environments and on uneven surfaces.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

 

Saturday, July 13

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 are working together to restore the creek through the Ohop Valley to its original meandering pathway.  Northwest Trek is helping by using citizen-scientists to collect data on wildlife in the project area—which is what today’s event involves.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in a wet environment on uneven surfaces.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

10:00 am – Seminary Hill Natural Area Photography Workshop

(Centralia)  Come and learn new techniques for taking pictures with resident teacher and photographer Marlene Hodge.  Bring your camera manual, and a tripod if you have one.  Study your manual ahead of time so you are ready to “focus in” on her advice.  Note: Some trails are quite steep, and there is a 2-300-foot elevation gain from the parking lot to the higher points in the Natural Area.  Wear appropriate shoes or hiking boots: trails can be slippery when it has been raining.  A walking stick can make the climbing and descending much easier and safer.  Be prepared for changes in the weather: layered clothing and rainwear are advisable.  Remember your camera, a water bottle, perhaps a snack and a litter bag.  Books for identifying trees, flowers, birds and animals are also handy.  Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance to Seminary Hill Natural Area, at the corner of East Locust Street and Barner Drive in Centralia.  For more information, call 360-736-7045 or 360-330-7688.

 

July 18

10:00 am – FREE Composting Workshop on Worms and Yard Waste for small spaces 

(Olympia Farmers Market Garden—located on the east side of the Market, on the north end of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia)

 

Saturday, July 27

10:00 am –Children’s Nature Activity  at Seminary Hill Natural Area

(Centralia)  Barbara Fandrich, Margie Joy and Marshall Murray, retired forester, will be your guides as you and your child explore the flora of Seminary Hill.  Children up to age 12 and their parents are welcome to participate.  Then they will make forest notebooks filled with samples of the flora they find.  All materials will be provided, and activities will vary by the age of the child.  Meet in the parking lot at the main entrance to Seminary Hill Natural Area, at the corner of East Locust Street and Barner Drive in Centralia.  For more information, call 360-736-7045 or 360-330-7688.

 

August 10

10:00 am – FREE Composting Workshop on Yard Waste 

(Dirt Works Garden)  Directions:  From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Black Lake Blvd. exit and at the bottom of the ramp turn right. Get in the left lane and make a left onto Cooper Point Road. Make a left onto Capital Mall Drive and follow it until you see the Yauger Park and Dirt Works sign on the corner of Alta Street. Turn right onto Alta Street. Follow this road into the park and drive through the parking lot until it ends. The garden entrance is located at the end of the parking lot.

 

Saturday, August 17

10 am – Seminary Hill Natural Area Geology Walk

(Centralia)  Join geologist Jim Ward on a trip back in time as he explains the geological history of the Seminary Hill area.  As we walk we will see examples of and learn about development of the present-day land forms of this region.  Note: Some trails are quite steep, and there is a 2-300-foot elevation gain from the parking lot to the higher points in the Natural Area.  Wear appropriate shoes or hiking boots: trails can be slippery when it has been raining.  A walking stick can make the climbing and descending much easier and safer.  Be prepared for changes in the weather: layered clothing and rainwear are advisable.  Remember your camera, a water bottle, perhaps a snack and a litter bag.  Books for identifying trees, flowers, birds and animals are also handy.  Directions: Follow Seminary Hill Road past the Armory, then past Saxon and Baker Streets to the large blue gate on the right (just beyond the small pump house).  Enter through the large blue gate to park and meet the event leader.  For more information, call 360-736-7045 or 360-330-7688.

 

 

August 22-25 – Joint WA Ornithology Society / Western Field Ornithologists Conference  

Black Hills Audubon Society (BHAS) will host the first joint conference of the Western Field Ornithologists (WFO) and the Washington Ornithology Society (WOS) at the Red Lion Inn in Olympia. The conference will feature over 20 field trips in addition to workshops, science sessions, and panels.  For more details, go to http://blackhills-audubon.org/fieldtrips-events.htm and http://blackhills-audubon.org/pubs/WFO-WOS_2013_Conf_flyer.pdf.

 

 

Saturday, September 7

9 am – noon – Red Salmon Creek NatureMapping Field Trip

The Nisqually Land Trust protects this 25+ acre site near the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.  The site is a mosaic of small coastal streams buffered by narrow forest bands and pastures that have been planted with natives in the last 6 years.  The site also contains a small area of salt marsh at the southwest edge of the property and an active beaver population.  The land trust needs to collect wildlife data at the site, and Northwest Trek has offered to help by organizing citizen-scientists to do the data collection.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking  in grassy and woody environments and on uneven surfaces. The terrain ranges from uneven meadows and forests to riparian and wetland edges. Some areas require climbing and maneuvering over debris.  Rubber boots and walking sticks are advised for portions of the site.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

 

September 14

10:00 am – FREE Composting Workshop on Yard Waste 

(Closed Loop Park—just inside the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center entrance at 2418 Hogum Bay Road at Hawk’s Prairie).  Directions: From downtown Olympia take I-5 North. Take exit 111, the ramp has two lanes. Stay in the left lane and follow it to the traffic light on Marvin Road. Turn left onto Marvin Road; make sure you are in the right lane. Once you go through the light turn right onto Hogum Bay Road (a Mexican restaurant on this corner).  Take the second road into the Waste and Recovery Center entrance. Look for a small “Closed Loop Park” sign on the fence at that intersection. Follow the road in and the garden is located on the right, just past the dog park.

 

Saturday, September 21

9 am – noon – Powell Creek NatureMapping Field Trip

(near Yelm)  This Nisqually Land Trust property was recently planted to restore natural habitat for wildlife use along the Nisqually River.  The land trust needs to collect wildlife data on the site, and Northwest Trek has offered to help by organizing citizen-scientists to do the data collection.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in grassy and woody environments and on uneven surfaces. The terrain ranges from level unpaved roads to uneven meadows and forests.  Some areas require climbing and maneuvering over debris.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

 

Saturday, October 12

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 are working together to restore the creek through the Ohop Valley to its original meandering pathway.  Northwest Trek is helping by using citizen-scientists to collect data on wildlife in the project area—which is what today’s event involves.  No previous NatureMapping experience is required, and the event is free.  Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in a wet environment on uneven surfaces.  To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or at Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.

10:00 am – FREE Composting Workshop on Putting your worms to bed for the winter 

(Dirt Works Garden)  Directions:  From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Black Lake Blvd. exit and at the bottom of the ramp turn right. Get in the left lane and make a left onto Cooper Point Road. Make a left onto Capital Mall Drive and follow it until you see the Yauger Park and Dirt Works sign on the corner of Alta Street. Turn right onto Alta Street. Follow this road into the park and drive through the parking lot until it ends. The garden entrance is located at the end of the parking lot.

 

 

 

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