Thurston Solar Tour

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

From today's inbox:

The Thurston Solar Tour is an opportunity for you to tour local homes and businesses and see how solar energy and energy efficiency work to reduce monthly utility bills and help reduce carbon emissions. This free, self-guided tour is designed to allow you to visit as many sites as you would like, at a pace you enjoy.

The Thurston Solar Tour is part of the National Solar Tour, which is now in its 17 year. It is the largest grass-roots solar event in the United States, with over 165,000 participants visiting some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the United States.

What’s new on the tour this year

There are 19 sites on the tour this year, conveniently located throughout the county.

Other exciting elements of the tour include:

  • 13 sites that have never been on the tour before
  • Three sites that feature electric vehicle charging stations
  • Two commercial sites, including the first faith community to go solar in Olympia!
  • Seven brand-new installations (2012), so you can get a fresh perspective on the process of installing solar

We will have experts from Puget Sound Energy on site at the Inspiration Home (site #4), to to answer questions about net metering and connecting to the grid.

Dean Butterworth talk - "Elwha River Restoration"

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From today's inbox (from the Capitol Land Trust):

Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series: Elwha River Restoration

We’re starting up our speaker series again by welcoming back Dean Butterworth of the National Park Service. Along with discussing the joys of a job that requires you to wear a Smokey the Bear hat every day, Dean will update us on the amazing restoration work happening in the Elwha.  Dam removal began on the Elwha River in mid-September 2011. Originally anticipated to be a two to three year process, removal proceeded quickly and by late spring 2012, the Elwha Dam was completely gone. The fish are already back, sooner and in higher numbers than expected!  Join us to hear more about this unprecedented restoration project!
WHEN: Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012, 7:00 PM at REI Olympia


Free (but limited space is available). Reserve your spot: http://www.rei.com/event/42615/session/54602/11032012

Dearest Mycophiles : Olympia Mycelial Nework

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Are you interested in working with Fungi?

Do you see a future where we partner with these organisms in our communities to heal and replentish?

Do you have big ideas that you want to share, or just support a group of vigilant mycophiles who're devoted to Radical methods of partnering up with Ecology?

Come gather with the Olympia Mycelial Network this saturday at their location on the westside! We will be discussing upcoming projects in the communtity as well as potential projects with our resources, and doing inventory of the fungi that we're currently working with to figure out our next steps, and probably feed some mycellium! Hungry pleurotus awaits!

So many projects so little time!!! 

1:00pm Sat Aug. 11th

1902 Burbank Ave NW


***The Olympia Mycelia Network is a newly developing group of volunteers working to share knowledge and skills related to the use of fungi for environmental and personal betterment. The OMN is non-discriminatory and open to people of all backrounds and levels of engagement with fungi. We seek to destigmatize and simplify work with fungi to create greater access to the benefits they provide. Our current work plans focus on small scale, low tech cultivation, community outreach via free/cheap workshops and community mushroom plots, developing our own mushroom medicinals, and working to implement remediations projects to clean up polluted areas locally.



Draft Horses at Evergreen’s Organic Farm Next Wednesday, August 1

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

On August 1, from 10 to noon, there will be a demonstration of draft horse plowing on Evergreen’s small-scale Organic Farm.

The demonstration is in support of the organic farming and sustainable agriculture studies at The Evergreen State College. Lise Hubbe of Sweetwell Farm in Scio Oregon will lead the demonstration.

The public and The Evergreen State College community is invited to visit and watch. The Organic Farm is located on the campus of The Evergreen State College.

For driving directions visit: http://www.evergreen.edu/conference/drivingdirections.htm

The Cosmos Unveiled: How to Explore & Interpret the Night Sky

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for an evening of storytelling and Astronomy Education, with Dave Powell, as he shares, "The Cosmos Unveiled: How to Explore and Interpret the Night Sky,” at 7:00 pm, in Seminar 2 C 1105 at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.

At dusk, Dave will engage us in a star hunt for an evening of stories and adventure. Dave Powell is a dedicated amateur astronomer and storyteller extraordinaire. He is known for his entertaining and informative, hands on lectures, stories, and star hunts, and is in demand throughout the Western United States for his theatrical star hunts, presentations on Messier, and other topics. He lives in Ashland, Oregon and volunteers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Dave is active in Astronomy outreach, has given many public presentations in the Pacific Northwest, and has earned the Astronomical Leagues Master Outreach Award. After being involved with, the Oregon Star Party for nine years, Dave is the current director.

The Oregon Star Party is an annual gathering of six to seven hundred amateur astronomers, held in August, under the very dark skies of central Oregon. Sponsored by Evergreen Summer Program, and "Astronomy and Cosmology, Stars and Stories." For more information contact Rebecca Chamberlain chambreb@evergreen.edu,

2012 South Sound Science Symposium

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 8:00am - 4:00pm

From today's inbox:

Eco Sex Symposium

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 5:00pm - Sun, 07/01/2012 - 3:00pm

Check out this amazing event which takes a deeper look into our relationships with each other and relates them to our relationship with this planet and the resources that nurture us, just like our relationships with each other do. Is there some overlying climate of normalized abuse or entitlement that is inhibiting the many facets of our intimate nature with each other? Also, what is an Eco Sexual? These questions and more! Will be explored this weekend! 

I told my friend from Ohio about this event his appropriate response was "Only in Portland..."


Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series: The Global Owl Project

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Adventure & Conservation Series: The Global Owl Project

Tuesday July 17, 2012
7:00 to 8:15 PM
REI Olympia
625 Black Lake Blvd. #410
Olympia, WA 98502

This lively presentation has two parts: first an overview of the Global Owl Project, then an examination of the wonderful world of the Burrowing Owl in western North America. The Global Owl Project has 450 people working on the science and conservation of owls in 65 countries. The focus of the work is on owl surveys, genetics, vocalizations, morphology, distribution mapping, owls in human myth and culture, and on dissemination of findings - for all of the owls on Earth. There have been significant new findings about the winter
movements of Burrowing Owls from Oregon and Washington, and these are offered along with a fuller review of the fascinating ecology of this beautiful owl.

Register online at: http://www.rei.com/stores/141 or by sending an email to Kathleen Ackley or calling (360) 943-3012.

Orca Books Author Reading: Jeff Crane, Author of Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 7:00pm

Finding The River Book CoverOrca Books is pleased to welcome historian and Evergreen alum Jeffrey Crane to the store to discuss his new book Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha.

In 1992 landmark federal legislation called for the removal of two dams from the Elwha River to restore salmon runs. Jeff Crane dives into the debate over development and ecological preservation in Finding the River, presenting a long-term environmental and human history of the river as well as a unique look at river reconstruction.
Finding the River examines the ways that different communities—from the Lower Elwha Klallam Indians to current-day residents—have used the river and its resources, giving close attention to the harnessing of the Elwha for hydroelectric production and the resulting decline of its fisheries. Crane describes efforts begun in the 1980s to remove the dams and restore the salmon. He explores the rise of a river restoration movement in the late twentieth century and the roles that free-flowing rivers could play in preserving salmon as climate change presents another set of threats to these endangered fish.
A significant and timely contribution to American Western and environmental history—removal of the two Elwha River dams began in September 2011—Finding the River will be of interest to historians, environmentalists, and fisheries biologists, as well as to general readers interested in the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and environmental issues.

Capitol Land Trust Annual Summer Gala

Sat, 08/11/2012 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

12th Annual Summer Gala at Helsing Junction Farm with Keynote Speaker Tony Angell.

Help support your local non-profit and conservation group Capitol Land Trust in our annual fundraising gala. Hosted in the Chehalis River Valley on the gorgeous Helsing Junction organic farm, the summer gala will feature south sound artist Tony Angell as a keynote speaker, a delicious catered feast from Xinh Dwelley, and a benefit auction. Live music by Back Porch Swing--as well as fresh beer on tap and Washington wines--make this an event that cannot be missed. 

Tickets are $75 per person if purchased in advance, or $85 at the door.

21 and over only.

Tickets are limited , so get yours here!

Phone: (360)943-3012 Email:kathleen@capitollandtrust.org

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