The 22nd Annual Rachel Carson Forum - May 2 Brings Experts to Discuss Pesticide Use Today

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 6:00pm

Interdisciplinary Panel on the Implications of Pesticide Use in Our Society Today – Presented by the Masters of Environmental Studies Association (MESA) at The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA.

Just how far have we truly come since the days of Rachel Carson? How did this environmentalists’ legacy shape the current reality of pesticide use? Where do we need improvement and where does society still feel the impact of pesticide use? How can home gardeners relate to this larger issue? Gain insight to these questions and more as we host a panel of experts from diverse disciplines. The Evergreen State College Longhouse, Olympia WA, May 2, 2012: Expert speakers Ciscoe Morris (Gardening with Ciscoe), Dr. Marion Moses, Dr. Steve Herman, Dr. John Perkins, and Janette Brimmer of Earth Justice, will speak on the past and present implications of pesticide use in or society today. Moderated by Rusty Burlew of Honey Bee Suite and with introduction by Kaiulani Lee. Doors open at 5:00pm with tabling by local organizations; the panel begins at 6:00pm. This event is being produced in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, and is one of a host during April and May that celebrate the life of one the world’s most renowned environmentalists.

"Plant Songs" at the Community Radio Station

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

With Leah! jimiLIVES1970@aol.com

Leah would like to share some of the songs they've learned from their plant spirit teacher Scott. The songs mostly focus on native plants & the elements. We will would do a few songs a week!

Come to this magical class today at 3pm in the KOWA studio behind Media Island!

816 Adams St. SE



"Life in the Slow Lane" - Slugs and Snails

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series
"Life in the Slow Lane" with David Gordon
Tuesday, April 17th; 7:00 to 8:30 PM
REI Olympia, 625 Black Lake Blvd. #410

Seattle-based naturalist David George Gordon has appeared on Conan O’Brien and been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. In his most recent book, The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane, Gordon invites us to “step into a world that, until now, you’ve only stepped on.” During his one-hour presentation, he’ll share his insights about our local slugs and snails, their curious behaviors and the niches they fill in the natural world. He’ll also explain how to forge a meaningful and lasting peace with these slimesters in our gardens and offer tips for watching them in the wild. A book-signing will follow his talk.

Register online at: http://www.rei.com/event/36033/session/45428 or by sending an email to Kathleen Ackley at kathleen@capitollandtrust.org or calling (360) 943-3012.

City Hosts Urban Agriculture Discussion

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Urban Agriculture Discussion
hosted by
City of Olympia & Sustainable South Sound
April 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Olympia City Hall, Room 207

Dear Fellow Olympian,

Do you want to live in a city that values fresh local food and the people who grow it?

Do you want to see more community and backyard gardens and a thriving local food economy?

The City of Olympia is reviewing its approach to urban agriculture and wants to hear from YOU! You are invited to a community meeting to discuss issues related to local food and agriculture, hosted by the City and Sustainable South Sound. Some of the topics we’ll explore are:

  • What changes would you like to see?
  • What are your concerns?
  • What are your ideas?
  • Are three chickens enough?
  • Does Olympia need more neighborhood produce stands and farmer’s markets?
  • Would our community have enough food reserves in case of an emergency?

Questions? Contact Sustainable South Sound at tjjohnson@scattercreek.com or Jennifer Kenny at the City of Olympia, jkenny@ci.olympia.wa.us or call 753-8314

The Social, Ecological, Economic, and Political Implications of “Correct” Pesticide Use in Our Society Today

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 6:00pm

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. 

Beginning Birding

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Enter the world of birding with Burt Guttman, author of "Finding Your Wings: A Workbook for Beginning Bird Watchers." He will talk about getting started in birding and becoming aware of the natural world and its beauties. Books will be available for purchase. Tumwater Timberland Library 7023 New Market

Sustainability Summit

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

TEDx Event, ‘Hello Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable,’ Comes to The Evergreen State College on April 16

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

TEDx Event, ‘Hello Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable,’ Comes to The Evergreen State College on April 16

When: Monday, April 16, 2012, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., with reception following

Where: Seminar 2, E1105, The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway, Olympia

To register, visit: evergreen.edu/mes/tedx


"Hello, Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable," is an event designed to encourage thinking about the role of liberal arts education in an era of climate change. TEDxEvergeen is an independently organized event, licensed by TED.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

For more information and a link to the registration page, see evergreen.edu/mes/tedx. “Hello, Climate Change: Rethinking the Unthinkable” is organized specifically for Evergreen faculty and staff by a committee of students, faculty and staff, and funded by the student Clean Energy Committee with support from Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration Programs.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Off-campus speakers will include David Roberts of Grist Magazine and Jeremy Littel of the University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group. On campus experts include Anne de Marcken, Larry Geri, Zoltan Grossman, Carolyn Prouty, Steve Verhey and Bret Weinstein. A full agenda of events and topics to be explored is available here: evergreen.edu/mes/tedx

Evergreen was an early leader in climate change education, and climate change is a uniquely interdisciplinary problem. TEDxEvergreen provides an opportunity to think and learn about climate change from a wide variety of disciplines, and to explore surprising effects and promising, even counterintuitive, approaches to dealing with this global challenge.

About TEDx, x=independently organize event

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.

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