Environment

Stories of the Natural World

Event: 
Mon, 05/15/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Spend an evening with author and professional photographer Alan L. Bauer as he shares images from his collection which focuses on the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. Whether hiking, birding, or just pausing to look more closely at the world around us, Alan finds the beauty in everyday life. Join him to celebrate what is right with the world and make each day a better experience.

The 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.

Olympia Science Café - Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Past, Present and Future

Event: 
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Maija Benitz
7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin’s University

Large-scale offshore wind energy has become a reality in Europe over the past decade, with continued development on the horizon in Europe, as well as Asia and the United States. While the vast majority of offshore wind energy development utilizes fixed bottom support structures, in shallow waters that are close to shore, floating offshore wind turbines show great potential for harnessing the wind resource far from shore, in transitional to deep water where the wind resource is greater and concerns about visibility are reduced. However, in both near shore, shallow water applications, and especially in deeper waters farther from shore, technical and economic feasibility challenges must be overcome. Understanding the fundamental hydrodynamic forces in the offshore environment, and in particular the added challenges of operating floating platforms in the ocean environment, is crucial to the success of future projects. Not only are floating platforms subject to loading from ocean waves, but also increased motion due to the wave–body interactions.

In this talk, Dr. Benitz will discuss offshore floating wind turbines, and how her research addresses the challenges of offshore wind energy development, as well as promotes its future success.

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Party

Event: 
Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Parties
Tuesday, May 9th 
3:30 – 6 P.M.

Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone!

Spend a few hours with Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team as we mindfully trim back growth along the trail, pulls weeds, clear the paths, and enjoy the great outdoors! Snacks and tools are provided, and volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for this event.

Please register online through Stream Team: http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar/

You can also email us to register, or with any further questions: nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com  360.867.2167

www.nativeplantsalvage.org

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Party

Event: 
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

McLane Creek Nature Trails Work Parties

Tuesday, April 11th & Tuesday, May 9th
3:30 – 6 P.M.

Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage keep the McLane Creek Nature Trail accessible and enjoyable for everyone!

Spend a few hours with Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team as we mindfully trim back growth along the trail, pulls weeds, clear the paths, and enjoy the great outdoors! Snacks and tools are provided, and volunteers will be issued a temporary Discover Pass for this event.

To register for the event, please email us: nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or call 360.867.2167

Online registration also available through Stream Team: http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar/

Arbor Day Celebration

Event: 
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Children and families are invited to celebrate Arbor Day at the Tumwater Timberland Library by making some simple tree-related crafts. While supplies last, the City of Tumwater will also give away free tree seedlings and other Arbor Day memorabilia.  We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

South Sound Climate Action Convention

Event: 
Sat, 03/25/2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

David Roberts, who writes about environmental issues for Vox, will be giving the keynote, and there'll be some closing remarks from Congressman Denny Heck. There's an agenda and details about the program online.

Dive into the Sharks of Puget Sound

Event: 
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

You may be surprised that Puget Sound is home to twelve shark species. From common sharks like the spiny dogfish, to elusive deep-water sharks like the basking shark, you’ll learn about our toothy, water-bound neighbors through all-day art projects and an engaging 2 pm presentation at the WET Science Center. We hope you swim by! 

Rain Garden Challenge!

Event: 
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Do you know where water goes when it rains? At 1 pm, join educators from the City of Lacey at the WET Center to find out! First, see how cities are changing the way water flows to Puget Sound. Then find out how you can be the solution to water pollution! Use materials like rocks, clay, soil, and moss to build your own miniature rain garden. Finally, enjoy a friendly competition to see whose model soaks up the most water during a simulated heavy rain!

Ocean Crafts & Treatment Plant Tour

Event: 
Sat, 06/10/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Create ocean-themed art at the WET Center in honor of World Oceans Day. You can draw, paint, sculpt, and more. Perfect for all ages and experience levels.

 

Are you curious about what happens to the dirty water you send down the drain? At 1 pm, see a presentation on how LOTT cleans up urban wastewater to protect people and Puget Sound. Then take a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant to see it in action. Tour participants must be ten years or older; please dress for the weather, and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.

Sensory-Friendly Sunday

Event: 
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The WET Science Center can sometimes feel crowded, loud, and bright. We are opening the WET Center 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. Also, connect with staff from the Exceptional Families Network at their resource table. Event runs 12-4 pm and is free.

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