Environment

Puget Sound Art & Treatment Plant Tour

Event: 
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Stop by anytime to make art inspired by Puget Sound and its creatures. At 1 pm, attend a program about water in our lives and what happens to the dirty water you send down the drain. Discover how LOTT cleans up wastewater at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. Then take a tour of the treatment plant at the Wet Center. Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.

 

Wet and Wild: Marine Wildlife Medicine in the Pacific Northwest

Event: 
Sat, 08/12/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a day of learning about marine wildlife! Sea life veterinarian Dr. Lesanna Lahner will give a 2 pm presentation exploring how veterinarians are involved with marine conservation. From studying wildlife die-offs like Sea Star Wasting Disease to performing autopsies on dead whales, these veterinarians certainly lead exciting lives! Marine wildlife arts and crafts available all day at the Wet Center.

Nature Journals and Native Plants

Event: 
Sat, 08/05/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Nature journaling is a fun, family activity and an excellent way for kids to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them. Decorate your very own nature journal, and take it outside to explore at the Wet Center. Attend a 2 pm presentation followed by a native plant walk on our wetland plaza. You’ll learn some easy identification tips for common native plants and how these plants were traditionally used by local native tribes.

 

The Fellowship of the Team: Surviving in Nature

Event: 
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

We can learn a great deal about collaboration from nature. From cooperative feeding methods like bubble-net hunting by humpback whales to survival techniques like penguins huddling for warmth, teamwork is vital for the existence of many species. Without collaboration, bees, orcas, elephants, and wolves would struggle to survive. Join us at 2 pm for a presentation about some of the amazing creatures that team up and work together. Related arts and crafts available in the classroom all day at the Wet Center.

When Plants Attack

Event: 
Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Imagine a carnivorous plant, patiently waiting to snap up any insect that lands on its leaves. Imagine a parasitic plant, creeping along the side of a tree sapping its nutrients. Imagine an invasive plant, releasing toxins from its roots to poison nearby plants and eliminate competition. Do these scenarios sound like science fiction to you? Think again! Join us anytime for hands-on activities exploring plant adaptations that allow them to attack and for a 2 pm presentation about carnivorous plants, parasites, allelopathy, and more at the Wet Center.

 

Wonderful Wetlands: Exploring Nature’s Water Filters

Event: 
Sat, 07/15/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Wetlands are areas of land saturated with water, and include swamps, bogs, and marshes. These ecosystems support an incredible diversity of plants and animals, including beavers, fish, turtles, and birds! Along with wildlife habitat and flood control, wetlands are essential for reducing water pollution, protecting against erosion, and recharging groundwater. Join us for a 2 pm presentation about wetlands, and create your own model to see how these systems clean water! Wetland crafts and experiments offered all day at the Wet Center.

 

A Whale of a Tale: Stories of Puget Sound Whales

Event: 
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

What kinds of whales live in Puget Sound? What are their family dynamics? How do they communicate with each other? What is a peduncle? Learn the answers to these questions and more at a 2 pm presentation at the Wet Center. Find out what orca families are like, hear different species communicate and sing, and more. We’re celebrating whales and porpoises with art projects all day.

Messy Science!

Event: 
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

We all love a good science experiment, and many of the best ones create a mess. From making slime to playing with shaving-cream clouds, we’ll have a variety of hands-on experiments available all day at Wet Center for budding young scientists. Playdough, goop, and ooblek – what more could you want?! Smocks provided 

McLane Nature Trails Work Party

Event: 
Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Spend a few hours with Native Plant Salvage and Stream Team at the McLane Creek Nature Trails 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.

Optional Bonus: There will be a Native Plant Walk hosted by the NPSF from 6pm - 7pm: directly following our Nature Trails Work Party on June 1st! These bi-monthly Plant Walks are a fun way to learn the names and ethnobotanical roles of some of our incredible diversity of native species. Learn more at www.nativeplantsalvage.org

Register online: http://streamteam.info/getinvolved/calendar/
Or by emailing nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com

2017 Upcoming Work Parties at McLane Creek:
· Thursday, June 1st from 3 – 6 p.m.
· Thursday, June 22nd from 3 – 6 p.m.
· Thursday, July 20 from 3 – 6 p.m.

Native Plant Walks

Event: 
Thu, 07/06/2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Native Plant Walks: 6pm - 7pm.

Enjoy an educational stroll along Olympia’s McLane Creek Nature Trail, guided by plant experts from the Native Plant Salvage Foundation. All ages and levels of experience are welcome, so come learn the names and ecological & ethnobotanical roles of our beautiful northwest native plants!  These Native Plant Walks are a great way to learn plants, botanize with friends, and enjoy an evening outdoors. Plant walks are held 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the McLane Creek Nature Trail. Sliding-scale donation of $5 - $20 is suggested.

Visit www.nativeplantsalvage.org for more info, or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com

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