Volunteer Work Party @ Native Plant Salvage

Sat, 07/08/2017 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

Volunteer “Spring Cleaning” at The NPSF Nursery

Saturday, July 8th
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Native Plant Salvage invites community members to join us for some “Spring Cleaning” at our nursery/holding beds this Saturday, July 8th! Volunteers will help us organize pots, label plants, and return beauty and order to the plant nursery. All ages and abilities welcome at this family-friendly event.

Details and directions will be sent following registration. Please email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com to join us for a morning of cool sunshine, friends, and beautiful native plants!


McLane Creek Nature Trail Stewardship Party

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Volunteer with the Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team at the lovely McLane Creek Trails!

This laid-back afternoon work party will run from 3 - 6 p.m. Volunteer will work to deter invasive plants, and help keep the walkways beautiful and accessible for all to enjoy. BONUS: volunteers & community members have the opportunity to stay for a guided Native Plant Walk directly following the volunteer day! (6 – 7 p.m.)

Please REGISTER ONLINE at https://goo.gl/egaJMP (streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar)

OR just show up! Questions can be sent to nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com

Creature Teachers: Reptile Show

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Creature Teachers brings an assortment of exotic animals to educate people on the wonders of nature and spark a passion for wildlife. This children and families event is part of Summer Reading, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program.

Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Gardening with Native Plants Workshop -- Friday and Saturday June 16-17

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:00pm - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 3:00pm

The Center for Natural Lands Management is hosting FREE summer classes at its Demonstration Native Prairie Garden.  Classes begin on Friday from 4-6pm and then continue on Saturday from 11am-3pm. Come to one class or all!  Friday classes will focus on seed collection methods, Saturday classes will teach techniques in hand seed cleaning.  It is not necessary to attend both days but those who attend both sessions will receive a sachet of native seeds to take home for their own garden!

 Please RSVP at ssvolunteers@cnlm.org.  More information about the South Sound Prairies and the Center for Natural Lands Management can be found at www.southsoundprairies.org

Painting Workshop: The Giant Pacific Octopus

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this free 1-3 pm workshop with an instructor from Olyphant Art & Media, you’ll learn how to use watercolor to create a painting of a Giant Pacific Octopus. These amazing creatures live right here in Puget Sound! Supplies provided and appropriate for ages 10 and older. Space is limited so you must pre-register at https://octopus-painting-workshop.eventbrite.com. Painting in the classroom all day at the Wet Center.

Sensory-Friendly Sunday

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The WET Science Center can sometimes feel crowded, loud, and bright. We are opening on a Sunday to kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences with the goal of offering a comfortable and accepting environment. Guests can enjoy tactile activities, crafts, hand fidgets, a book nook, quiet spaces for taking a break, and all of our hands-on exhibits at the Wet Center. Event runs 12-4 pm and is free.

Tracking the Mammoth

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Pleistocene Epoch was marked by glaciers sweeping across the land with the debut of our planet's most recent ice age. Who could survive in this often frozen landscape? Join us at 2 pm as we unlock the mysteries of the mammoths which made Earth home once upon a time. Unearth the natural history of these prehistoric mammals, learning about where and how these gentle giants lived. Discover how some of the earliest human settlements shared land with the mammoths, and how bones and tusks were used to make shelters, tools, and art. Related arts and crafts all day at the Wet Center.


Underwater Forests: Exploring Kelp Canopies

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Forests are found on every continent in the world – and even underwater! Washington has some of the most diverse stands of seaweed on the planet. Join us at 2 pm for a presentation exploring how these giant algae provide homes, food, and nurseries for marine creatures! Related underwater activities in the classroom all day at the Wet Center.


Seashells: Building a Home to Suit Your Lifestyle

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

What can the shape and structure of a seashell tell us about the biology of the animal that made it? Are abalones snails, and why do their shells always have holes? We’ll explore these and other questions by examining the lives and shells of some marine bivalves and snails during a presentation starting at 2 pm. You’ll get to take home a special shell! Learn about shells, make shell jewelry, and enjoy related arts and crafts throughout the day at the Wet Center.


Budding Birders

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Interested in learning more about the native birds of western Washington? Join the Nisqually Reach Nature Center at 2 pm for a brief and interactive presentation on birds! The presentation is followed by lively games where participants embody unique and diverse characteristics of birds. Bird-themed crafts all day at the Wet Center.


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