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

Volunteers Needed to Table with Hemp Foods at Co-ops and Farmers Market June 4-10

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 3:00pm - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 3:00pm

Hemp History Week


Volunteers Needed to Table with Hemp Foods and Products

June 4-10, 2012

Eastside and Westside Co-ops     Daily         3-7 PM

Farmers Market     Thursday-Sunday      10 AM – 3 PM

And help with Cooking Classes at Fertile Ground and Farmers Market

To Volunteer  Contact:    Pat Rasmussen     patr@crcwnet.com    509-669-1549


Hemp is a complete protein, contains all 10 essential amino acids, is a solid source of critical protein for vegans, hemp flour is gluten free, and hemp is rich in Omega 3, Omega 6, vitamins B and E, calcium, potassium and fiber.

Hemp products are sold at the Olympia Food Co-ops

Many recipes are online at:

    Manitoba Harvest  www.manitobaharvest.com  and   Nutiva  www.nutiva.com                    


Help farmers be allowed to grow hemp again. Buy hemp.

Greeting Cards out of Mycellium

Sat, 06/02/2012 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Greeting Cards out of Fungi!

Meet us at Priest Point for a two hour Foray that will break for lunch, then reconvene to bludgen Mushrooms and Make Mushroom pulp out of Polypore fibres for creating paper! If you were trying to think of what to get your guardian for that upcoming hallmark holiday, this might be it! You can make whatever you want out of your mushroom paper, including Greeting Cards out of Mushrooms that could also be used as medicinal tea, and are entirely compostable!


10:00am Priest Point Park

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00pm Mushroom Pulp making at Media Island

Supply list: We'll have all the supplies, but if you want to donate some for future workshops, or bring your own so you can dry your paper at home we'll be using the following: 

Blender, window screens, picture frames, staple gun, cotton shirts/canvas, 

816 Adams St. SE

5:00 Done!

(Food not bombs also cooks at this time at Media Island, so it'll be a full house! followed by free vegan dinner) 

This event is absolutely FREE!

If you'd like to pre-register email Olymyconetwork@gmail.com So we can plan on your arrival! 

Dr. Cheryl Genet to Speak on Science, Wisdom, and the Future and Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth

Sat, 06/02/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Dr. Cheryl Genet to Speak on Science, Wisdom, and the Future and Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth


This event is free and open to the public and takes place from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on June 2 at The Evergreen State College Campus in Seminar 2, E 1105. 


Is a Flourishing Earth Possible?  What are the Challenges for Modern Business?


Philosopher, professor, and editor of Science, Wisdom, and the Future: Humanity’s Quest for a Flourishing Earth, Cheryl Genet, Ph.D. will share insights, possibilities, and further questions as she draws from the expertise and scholarship of 41 authors, whose insights explain the multitude of challenges that face us, while also relaying hope, vision and solutions for our future. 

As the final speaker for the year-long programs, Business and Sustainability: Myth or Method? and Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Management, we will ask:

  • “What does it mean to live sustainably on a personal, local, and global level?
  • How can we take these ideas, and create lives, businesses, and communities that live sustainably with each other and the Earth?
  • How can we promote and implement concepts of social change, ethics, personal and community enrichment, and support our goals in forming pathways toward cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability?

Cheryl Genet will explore important themes that arise from conversations among the book’s authors, including: Our interconnectedness with all life; the importance of community, relationships, and wisdom; our impact on living systems and resources of our planet; the urgent need to address our daunting reality and our future; our scientific cosmology’s capacity to inform and guide us.


The Evergreen State College Presents ‘Van Jones Speaks’ Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

Sat, 06/02/2012 - 4:00pm

“Rebuild the Dream” author Van Jones reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider.

Van Jones will speak at The Evergren State College, College Recreation Center, located at 2700 Evergreen Parkway, Olympia, Washington 98505.

Tickets are available for $7 in advance at The Evergreen State College book store, and $10 at the door for students, staff and faculty with ID. General admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Advance purchase tickets are available at the following locations. • www.ticketswest.com • Rainy Day Records. 301 5th Avenue SE, Olympia (360) 357-4755 • QFC Store outlets throughout Washington • Ted Brown Music Company, 6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma (800) 562-8938

About Van Jones

A civil rights and environmental advocate and an attorney in Oakland, California, working to combine solutions to social inequality and environmental justice, Van Jones founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a California non-governmental organization working for alternatives to violence. In 2005 he co-founded Color of Change, an advocacy group for African Americans that seeks to strengthen “Black America's political voice.” In 2007 he founded Green For All, a national NGO dedicated to “building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.” In 1998 he was awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award and in 2008 wrote The Green Collar Economy: A Revolutionary Plan to End Global Warming, Beat Poverty, and Unite America that reached number 12 on the New York Times Best Seller list. In March of 2009 he was appointed by President Obama to the position of Special Advisor for Green Jobs where he worked to advance the administration’s climate and energy initiatives.

West Olympia Farmers' Market

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm


Neighborhood-based Market to Highlight West Olympia Producers

The West Olympia Farmers’ Market is back again! The Market will be open every Tuesday from 4PM to 7PM, beginning May 15th and running through October 16th.  The Market is in a new location in the parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Harrison Avenue and Thomas Street! Just two blocks south of our previous location. There will be produce, baked goods, eggs, flowers, veggie starts, native plants, crafts, and more!

A Sense of Wonder, May 3

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Rekindle Your Sense of Wonder, Celebrate 50 Years of Action for The Environment on May 2 and 3.

  • The Willi Unsoeld Seminar and Rachel Carson Forum Present  A Sense of Wonder: A Play Based on the Life and Works of Rachel Carson on Thursday, May 3, 7 pm, in The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
  • On Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m. The Master of Environmental Studies Student Association will present  The Social, Ecological, Economic, and Political Implications of “Correct” Pesticide Use in Our Society Today, featuring a panel of policy makers, activists, biological scientists, and research scientists, also in The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.

The Evergreen State College will present A Sense of Wonder--a play about Rachel Carson’s love for nature and her fight to defend it.    The performance will take place in the Longhouse at 7 p.m.

The play, written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, has been touring the United States for over ten years. Lee has performed it at over one hundred universities, dozens of high schools, the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, the Sierra Club's Centennial in San Francisco, and at the Department of the Interior's 150th anniversary celebration.

A Sense of Wonder has played throughout the provinces of Canada, in England and Italy. In addition, Kaiulani Lee opened the 2005 World Expo in Japan and in May 2007 performed the play on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress. 

Arts Walk Pop-Up Show - "The Lexicon of Sustainability"

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Pop-Up Show w/Douglas Gayeton: Lexicon of Sustainability
Friday, April 27 5PM - 10PM
The Mark - 407 Columbia St NW

As Part of Spring Arts Walk, the Mark Gallery is hosting a Pop-Up Show with photographer/filmmaker Douglas Gayeton as a part of The Lexicon of Sustainability.

Gayeton and his wife Laura Howard-Gayeton have crisscrossed the USA to learn the new language of sustainability from its foremost practitioners in food and farming. In all, nearly two hundred leaders in food and farming from across the country have contributed their valued experiences to this rapidly growing Lexicon of Sustainability. These insights have been translated into large format “information art” photo collages,  a series of short films, and pop up shows across the USA.  Study guides, a book, and lastly a social network of good ideas, a place where people can dig deeper into these terms (and even add to our ever-evolving lexicon), are also under development.

By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility for creating a healthier, safer food system in America begins.

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