Volunteer Planting and Beaver Habitat Exploration

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 10:00am - 4:30pm

Join us at a beautiful Capitol Land Trust property to learn about beaver habitat and ecological restoration, all while helping re-plant a restored wetland system. All helping hands are welcome to volunteer, supported by us and our partners, Thurston County Water Resources/Stream Team, for an invigorating day of volunteering and learning.

Volunteer for however many (or few!) hours you want to, or just come to learn this Sunday, October 30th anytime between 10:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m. We'll have hot drinks and food to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Location:  The Tilley Wetlands Preserve is an extraordinary ecosystem, providing important habitat to wildlife including elk, beavers, porcupine, innumerable songbirds, and diverse waterfowl species.

Workshop:  At 10:30 a.m., Thurston Co. environmental educator Chris Maun will provide an overview of beaver habitat and behavior. We’ll spend the rest of the time learning about the plants that will help return this area to natural function while replanting the wetland. 

Carpools will be organized from Olympia’s west side, or meet at the site. Volunteers are also invited to assist on October 27th & 28th to prepare for the event. Please let us know if you are interested in one either of those prep dates.

Ask questions or RSVP by emailing info@nativeplantsalvage.org. Directions will be sent upon registration.

Don't forget to check out our website for more great fall and winter opportunities!

Explore a Bog and Help Restore a Forest

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Curious about what bog habitat looks like? Want to help restore forest habitat? Join WSU Extension/Native Plant Salvage for a bog workshop and planting event in South Thurston County on Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will have the chance to explore a special bog habitiat on property owned by the Capitol Land Trust (CLT) and learn about the unique plants visible in fall. Volunteers will be replanting a forest understory on where CLT has recently removed invasive ivy.

Directions and more info upon registration by contacting info@nativeplantsalvage.org or calling (360) 867-2167.  

More great upcoming events can be found at: http://www.nativeplantsalvage.org/calendar/

Anderson Preserve Stewardship Event

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us on Friday, October 21 from 10 AM – 1 PM as we tackle some spreading ivy that is threatening to choke out native trees. This forest is located within Olympia city limits and has a unique urban-forest feel!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Come out and make a difference!

RSVP is required. Please email mary@capitollandtrust.org to RSVP!

Oakland Bay Historical Park Stewardship Party

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

We will be out at Oakland Bay Historical Park clearing some pesky invasives that threaten the native landscape! This beautiful site protects half a mile of shoreline, salt marshes, mudflats, forested uplands and a salmon-bearing stream. Come out and make a difference!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompained by an adult. RSVP is required.

Please email mary@capitollandtrust.org to RSVP!


Hilburn Preserve Stewardship Party

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM to 12 PM we will be removing invasives from important riparian habitat along the Goldsborough Creek at Hilburn Preserve. This creek provides valuable habitat for fish species like coho and fall chum salmon, winter steelhead, and both resident and anadromous cutthroat trout, and anadromous Pacific lamprey! Come out and make a difference!

Make sure to bring a water bottle! Tools are provided. Work parties are held rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately in layers. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Email mary@capitollandtrust.org to RSVP!

Tales from the Parks

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Celebrate the National Parks Centennial Year at the Tumwater Timberland Libary. Hear tales from retired National Park Ranger, Russell Cahill. Reading selections from his new book, "Tales from the Parks," he’ll share some of his exciting adventures in the National Parks during the 1960s and 1970s and discuss how the National and State Parks have evolved over the last century and a half.


We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Olympia Solar Festival

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Come to the Oly Solar Fest!!

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come join Generations Credit Union and South Sound Solar in a celebration of renewable energy on Saturday, September 24th! Free admission!

Learn all about solar power and how it can provide much of the electricity your home needs. Interact with solar powered displays, tour several residential solar sites in the immediate area, and attend an informational “Solar 101”, presented by Kirk Haffner, owner of South Sound Solar and holder of a master’s degree in physics.

Plenty of free activities for the kids: giant inflatable slide, face painting, games, and prizes.

Check out a brand new Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf onsite, and learn how economical “driving electric” can be.

And, if you work up an appetite, Barb’s Barb-B-Q will be onsite in case you’d like a bite to eat.

Rain or shine, 11am to 3pm, Saturday, September 24th!

Generations Credit Union
929 Eastside St. SE, Olympia 98501

Tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

October 13, 2016

Experience a working oyster farm with Capitol Land Trust!  Join us as we tour the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm to learn the history of shellfish growing in the area, the effects on water quality, the impacts of community partnerships and what shellfish are grown and how to harvest them.  Hands on participation is encouraged!  Capitol Land Trust will elaborate on the effects of conservation on water quality and will point out the conserved lands across the way that have been protected by Capitol Land Trust.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
9 AM
Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

This is a free event. Registration is required at info@capitollandtrust.org

New Year’s Eve at Noon

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Kids can enjoy plenty of playtime, New Year’s Eve crafts, face painting, hats, noisemakers, a FREE family picture, and more! Closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the holiday.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Snowflakes and snow crystals are fascinating and complex. Join us at the WET Science Center for a 2pm presentation about the science of snow, including stunning visuals and hands-on activities, and expand your understanding of the winter wonderland. Plus we’ll make snow crafts and do fun activities all day long! 

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