McLane Creek Trail Maintenance Work Party

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project and the Thurston County Stream Team to help maintain these beautiful trails! We prune encroaching vegetation, clear and brush the trails so that visitors can more easily enjoy this unique setting and the habitat stays intact!

Meet the Trees of Washington Field Class

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Register athttp://meetthetrees.eventbrite.com/

Location: 5033 Harrison Ave. NW (Old McLane Fire Station) then McLane Nature Trail in the afternoon.

In this fun field class, participants will be introduced to the magnificence of our native trees as well as four South Sound ecosystems: marine shorelines, prairies, freshwater riparian areas, and they will learn some basic keying skills.

Following a morning in the classroom, we’ll travel by bus (provided) for a field trip to a local nature trail to learn to identify native trees, shrubs, ferns and perennials.

Stream Team and WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project team up every year to present this free field class on a Saturday June 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Olympia.

The class is especially beneficial for newcomers to our area or anyone else who has ever wondered about the benefits and horticultural uses of native trees and other plants. Participants will learn about several different natural areas to visit in South Sound to experience different ecosystems and the plants and animals that inhabit them.

Free Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife Field Class

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Learn how to create a home landscape that:

Attracts birds, butterflies, amphibians & beneficial insects, is beautiful year-round, conserves & protects water resources, creates & protects habitat, even for salmon miles away and reduces maintenance chores like watering and mowing!

Other topics will include working with slopes, minimizing lawn, low-impact patios & walkways, and drought-tolerant plants.

 Join Erica Guttman of Washington State University Extension's Native Plant Salvage project for a packed day of learning both in the classroom and at naturescaping sites around the city.

Advanced registration is required and can be completed online at www.nativeplantsalvage.org or by e-mailing  nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or calling 360.867.2166. 

Sponsored by stream team.


Northwest Permaculture Talk

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

We will be hosting Jenny Pell and Toby Hemenway in the Longhouse at Evergreen from 5-8:30pm on Wednesday April 4.

Toby Hemenway is author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture, the best selling permaculture book for 7 years running. (http://www.patternliteracy.com/)
Jenny Pell is the owner of PermacultureNow!, a board member of Community by Design (a small scale farm incubator outside of Portland), and designer of the Beacon Hill Food Forest as well as the designer for Demeter's new 5 year Master Plan. (http://www.permaculturenow.com/, www.communitybydesignllc.org)

This talk will celebrate 30 years of Permaculture in the Pacific Northwest, launch the application process for our Permaculture Design Course, and unveil the new Demeter's Garden Master Plan for Evergreen Organic farm, as well as inspire and inform the audience about what is going on in Permaculture Now!
Attendance for students not with a program reservation will be $2 and non-Evergreen student/staff/faculty will be $5.
Please let us know if there are any questions.
Nicholas Wooten


So You Want To Be A Beekeeper?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 3/17/2012
Start Time: 2:30 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
 Do you want your backyard to hum with the sound of happy bees? Local beekeeper and swarm chaser Kellie Shincke will walk you through the basics of backyard beekeeping and answer questions. Topics will include natural beekeeping, hive designs, bee yards, bee feeding and maintenance. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to set up a bee colony and become a friend to bees and other pollinators. Ms. Shincke fell in love with bees when she set up two top-bar hives in her backyard two years ago. She has since learned the art of swarm capture and bee removal, and now keeps over 15 hives of various designs. She is an active member of the Olympia Beekeepers Association and owner of Working Girls Urban Bee Company.
Library: Olympia Timberland Library
Link: Working Girls Urban Bee Company

FREE Rain Garden Workshop

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a free, hands-on workshop where you’ll get all the details you need to design and install a beautiful rain garden that will manage your home’s drainage while also protecting our local waterways. Sponsored by Stream Team.

6:30 to 8:00 - Basics

8:00 to 8:45 - Optional Hands On Practice

The class is sponsored by Stream Team and WSU Extension's Native Plant Salvage Project. Advanced registration can be done online at www.nativeplantsalvage.org, or by contacting nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or calling (360) 867-2166.

The LOTT Cleanwater Alliance is located in downtown Olympia at 500 Adams Street NE

FREE - Beyond Landscaping: Shoreline Revegetation Workshop

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:15pm

A free workshop for those who live along a stream, lake or Puget Sound is set for March 22 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center. Participants in the "Beyond Landscaping" workshop will learn landscaping ideas to enhance the beauty of their property while also protecting shorelines from erosion, how to get rid of weeds and replant with beneficial plants, tree-care tips to protect both trees and shoreline views, and how to make an affordable action plan for shoreline landscaping activities.


The class is sponsored by Stream Team and WSU Extension's Native Plant Salvage Project. Advanced registration can be done online at www.nativeplantsalvage.org, or by contacting nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or calling (360) 867-2166.

Lacey Community Center is located at 6729 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey.

St. Paddy's Eco-Stewardship Field Day

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Rescheduled from Martin Luther King Jr. Day to St. Patrick's Day! Join us and our community partners from Capitol Land Trust, WSU Master Gardeners/Composters, South Sound GREEN and others for a day of service and hands-on learning as we restore a wetland in the critical Green Cove Basin on Kaiser Rd. Activities for the day will include removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, an ethnobotany education station, birding and a Native American storytelling session!

To register please e-mail nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or follow this link:



Thanks, we hope to see you soon!

Rain Garden Design Workshop

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Rain Garden Workshop Helps Protect Water, Home


Rain gardens are in the news a lot these days. What are, they, and how do they work? Rain gardens allow homeowners to do their part to help protect streams and Puget Sound while also keeping stormwater drainage away from homes. A free workshop will provide all the details needed to build one or more rain gardens in your yard to create a low-maintenance, attractive feature that will also provide habitat for birds and butterflies.


This how-to workshop will be offered on Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Tumwater Fire Hall, 311 Israel Rd. SW. Those who wish to stay for hands-on practice can stay from 8:15 to 9 p.m. to learn more. Each participant will receive detailed information about designing and building a rain garden, as well as a free handbook and beautiful four-color poster.


The workshop is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact the WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or call 360-867-2166. This workshop is co-sponsored by Tumwater Stream Team and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project.


Olympia Science Café - Nisqually Refuge Estuary Restoration

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From today's inbox:

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Estuary Restoration:
The Continuing Evolution of the Nisqually Estuary
7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Room 100A, Harned Hall, Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington

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