December 2016

Capitol Land Trust MLK Day of Service

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a federal holiday and national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” This special day recognizes Dr. King’s legacy through community service. Every year, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions. Learn more about Dr. King here.

On Monday, January 16, 2017, Capitol Land Trust will be hosting a service project at Bayshore Preserve (Shelton) from 10 AM – 1 PM. The Center for Natural Lands Management will be teaching us about praries. We will be planting Washington’s only native oak tree, Garry oak (or Oregon white oak). Come out to this beautiful property, learn, and make new friends!

Tools, gloves and warm food and drink will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather – we will be working outdoors rain or shine. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. If you have your own gloves, feel free to bring them.

Please email or call (360)943-3012 to register. Directions will be sent after registration. 

Of Mice and Men

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 7:30pm - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 7:30pm

Capital High School is putting on John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men. This show will run in January on the 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 each show starting at 7:30 pm. Staff, tech, and actors are becoming more excited by each day to share this touching production with the community in Olympia. Call the box office at (360)596-8053 with any questions. Tickets can be bought at the door. This show includes mature themes, situations, and strong language. 

Winter Twig Identification Field Course

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 10:00am

Winter Twig Identification Field Course

Sunday, January 22, Choose between a morning class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. OR an afternoon class from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Are you interested in adding a new dimension to your winter outings? Check out the "Winter Twig Identification" field course led by the Native Plant Salvage Foundation. Through this “walking workshop,” you will learn the secrets of identifying local deciduous trees and shrubs without their leaves.

The course takes place on a scenic West Olympia trail, where small groups of learners will be paired with local plant experts to learn the keys to identify our native plants species. Cost is $5 per person, with learning materials provided.

For event details and to reserve your space in the class, please email We ask for your phone number, and your preference between the morning or afternoon sessions.

MLK Day Restoration Celebration at Darlin Creek Preserve

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 9:30am

MLK Day Restoration Celebration at Darlin Creek Preserve

Monday January 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with the Native Plant Salvage Foundation on a stunning Capitol Land Trust Property! Come when you can, stay as little or as long as you like!

In honor of MLK Day, we invite community members to join us for a day of community service and hands-on learning.  Hot vegetarian soup, sandwiches, hot drinks, cookies, and other snacks will be available to keep volunteers fueled for this important work.

WSU Extension Water Resources/Native Plant Salvage, and Veterans Conservation Corps will join community volunteers to restore a property conserved by the Capitol Land Trust. While helping with the revegetation, volunteers will learn about techniques for habitat restoration, including planting on slopes and using live stakes for erosion control.  This is a great opportunity to learn about native plants best suited to different conditions while restoring the ecological function to this diverse property of wetlands, creeks, a lake, and forests.

Email to register, or call us at (360) 867-2167.

Would you like to help us prepare for the event? We will be doing the hard work of site preparation on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13.  Please email us if you are available to volunteer on any of those days!

For more information about this particular preserve, you can visit the CLT website:

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Let's Go Fly a Kite

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

With spring around the corner, are you itching to get outside and play? Kite flying is a great activity no matter how old you are. Come decorate and assemble your very own “frustrationless flyer” – the easiest kite you’ll ever fly!

Robotics for Kids!

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come experience the amazing world of robots! This is a fantastic introduction to robotics and engineering, and great preparation for participating in local robotics clubs and classes. Staff from the Museum of Flight and student representatives from local robotics clubs will be onsite 12-4pm leading hands-on activities. No registration necessary to participate in these activities. From 2-4pm, the Museum of Flight will lead a “Robot Garage” workshop. You’ll learn about the history of robotics along with the cutting edge robots currently being developed around the world. You’ll also design your own robot to complete a challenge. This free workshop is for 4th grade and up and no experience is necessary. Space is limited so registration is required. Please register at 

Incredible Edible Aquifers

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, which spotlights one of the world’s most important resources. Groundwater is essential to the health of people and the environment, and it’s the source of our drinking water here in Thurston County. Enjoy a variety of groundwater-related arts, crafts, and activities throughout the day. Also, build an edible aquifer out of ice cream and cookies between 1pm and 3pm.

Nature's Engineers

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

What do beavers, salmon, bears, bumblebees, and construction managers all have in common? They are all engineers of their ecosystems! Come and learn about the amazing organisms around the Pacific Northwest that shape our environment. Presentation begins at 2pm, followed by a hands on building activity.