Environment

St. Paddy's Eco-Stewardship Field Day

Event: 
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:

http://ecostewardship.eventbrite.com/

 

Thanks, we hope to see you soon!

Rain Garden Design Workshop

Event: 
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

Event: 
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

Successful Starts with Caitlin Moore

Event: 
Sat, 02/18/2012 - 6:00pm - 8:15pm
In this hands-on workshop, Caitlin Moore will demonstrate how to start seeds in your home to get a head start on the season. Caitlin will discuss basic planting, lighting, watering, and fertilizer, and how to make a greenhouse small enough for apartment dwellers. Product resource lists will be provided. Caitlin Moore is the co-director of the Olympia Seed Exchange, a grassroots organization that provides seeds and information to the community.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Olympia Food Co-op. This event will be held after regular library hours and no other library services will be available. For more information, visit www.trl.org or call the Olympia Timberland Library at 360-352-0595.

Paul Cienfuegos Workshops in Shelton on Saturday, Feb 11th and open mic event after

Event: 
Sat, 02/11/2012 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm

PaulPaul Cienfuegos, Evergreen alum Cienfuegos is back with us to discuss the history of corporate rights and the community rights movement that has sprung up in response to unfettered corporate power.  

Many folks were with us last November for an introductory workshop.  If you want to take part in the advanced workshop tomorrow, show up at 3 pm at the PUD Building in Shelton.  We will have community potluck and music by Ava Arvest, a talented and lovely singer songwriter, then we will have the advanced workshop beginning at 4 pm and running to 6 pm about the community rights movement and how you can join the movement. 

If you missed Paul's intro workshop in November, please show up at 1:00 for the intro workshop on corporate rights.  Suggested donation of $10 to $20 per workshop please.  Carpool if you can.  No one turned away for lack of $$. 

We will have a party after with open mic, conviviality and conversation at the The Grove Brewhouse in Shelton. 

Here is the Facebook event page for more information.

See you there!  

Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife

Event: 
Thu, 02/16/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:15pm

Thurston County Stream Team & WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project will offer a FREE, fun, informative workshop!  

Find out how you can create a yard that:

•Is beautiful year-round

•Attracts birds, butterflies, amphibians & beneficial insects

•Conserves & protects water resources

•Creates & protects habitat, even for salmon miles away

•Reduces maintenance chores like watering and mowing!

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

This exiting workshop will be taught by Erica Guttman of WSU—transportation provided!  Free Handouts! Landscaping books at discounted prices! 

Advanced Registration Required: Register at www.nativeplantsalvage.org on our Upcoming Events page or call or e-mail.

nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com - (360) 867-2166

 

Annual Fundraising Dinner & Volunteer Recognition Party Featuring Robin Baird, PhD

Event: 
Fri, 02/10/2012 - 5:15pm - 9:00pm

The event will feature Robin Baird, PhD, of Cascadia Research, speaking on: "Killer Whales of the Salish Sea," a local organic feast prepared by Chef Bill Lepman and live Latin-jazz music performed by the sensational all-women group, Bevy! More info at www.nativeplantsalvage.org

                                         RSVP by e-mailing : nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com

February Science Café - LOTT's Reclaimed Water

Event: 
Tue, 02/14/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox -

Beginning in February, Science Café of Olympia will meet at Harned Hall in Saint Martin's University at 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey.

Map and Driving Directions

"Reclaimed Water and Groundwater Infiltration: How Wastewater Becomes a Resource"
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Harned Hall, Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington

This presentation will offer an overview of the LOTT reclaimed water and groundwater infiltration program, reclaimed water quality, how recharge sites are evaluated and selected, the design and function of engineered recharge basins, soil aquifer treatment, and relationship to constituents of emerging concern. To assure protection of local groundwater supplies, LOTT is about to begin a 4-year Groundwater Recharge Scientific Study. With continually increasing public and regulatory scrutiny, one of the key study objectives is to quantify the efficacy of soil aquifer treatment to limit fate and transport of pollutants, including constituents of emerging concern. Plans for initiating the scientific study will be discussed, including opportunities for participation in the scoping process for the study.

February Science Café - LOTT's Reclaimed Water

From today's inbox -

Beginning in February, Science Café of Olympia will meet at Harned Hall in Saint Martin's University at 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey.

Map and Driving Directions

"Reclaimed Water and Groundwater Infiltration: How Wastewater Becomes a Resource"
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Harned Hall, Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington

This presentation will offer an overview of the LOTT reclaimed water and groundwater infiltration program, reclaimed water quality, how recharge sites are evaluated and selected, the design and function of engineered recharge basins, soil aquifer treatment, and relationship to constituents of emerging concern. To assure protection of local groundwater supplies, LOTT is about to begin a 4-year Groundwater Recharge Scientific Study. With continually increasing public and regulatory scrutiny, one of the key study objectives is to quantify the efficacy of soil aquifer treatment to limit fate and transport of pollutants, including constituents of emerging concern. Plans for initiating the scientific study will be discussed, including opportunities for participation in the scoping process for the study.

Winter Twig Identification Class: Afternoon Session

Add a new dimension to your winter outings when you join local plant experts to learn the secrets to identifying local shrubs and trees without their leaves. “Winter Twig Identification” is a 2.5-hour field class held at a West Olympia-area nature trail on Sunday, January 22. Please visith this link to register:  http://wintertwig2012.eventbrite.com

- 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or

- 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The class costs $5, which will be paid at the event. Participants will recieve a handout and have the opportunity to purchase the Winter in the Woods book.

The nature trail requires that vehicles display the Discover Pass, or participants can offer volunteer service at the trail in exchagne for parking during the class. More information about obtaining a Discover Pass can be found at this site: http://discoverpass.wa/gov/

If you are unable to purchase a Discover Pass and want to volunteer in exchange for a pass, please let us know in  advance. Participants in the morning class can volunteer from about 12:30 to 1:30, and those in the afternoon class can volunteer from about 11:30 to 12:30.

Participants in the winter twig workshops will be advised to dress warmly, as we walk very slowly while learning the plants. Extra warm footwear, mittens, hats, and lots of layes are a must to stay comfortable! Full information will be sent to you upon registration, about a week prior to the workshop.

 

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