The Jail Letters Project with Sam Miller and Mary Soehnlen

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

The Jail Letters Project is a multimedia presentation that explores family experiences before, during, and after incarceration. The presentation uses actual correspondence written between Sam Miller and his mother Mary Soehnlen while he was incarcerated in 2003. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

Stream Bug Spectacular

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join Stream Team to discover the types of bugs living in local streams. A brief presentation at 2 pm introduces facts about their habitat and role in a healthy ecosystem. Then use your best identification skills to explore live stream bugs from McLane Creek. Bug lab in the classroom all day. Register for this presentation at

Treatment Plant Tour & Tinkering Studio

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

In celebration of World Water Day, we’re offering a behind the scenes tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant. See what happens to the water you send down the drain! Presentation followed by a tour begins at 1 pm. Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear sturdy closed shoes. Throughout the day, think with your hands by constructing and creating design projects sure to inspire budding engineers, inventors, and tinkerers.

Around the Mountain: The Wonderland Trail

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It takes 93 miles to get around Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail, but we’ll take you around in less than an hour! Learn about the flora, fauna, and wonders of hiking this beautiful route in a presentation at 2 pm. Mountain-themed art and activities available all day.  

Grateful for Groundwater

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

It’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, spotlighting one of the world’s most important resources. Groundwater is essential to the health of people and the environment, and it’s the source of our drinking water here in Thurston County. Enjoy a variety of groundwater-related activities throughout the day. Build an edible aquifer out of ice cream and cookies 1-3 pm.

Robotics for Kids!

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Experience the amazing world of robots! From 11 am – 4 pm, local robotics students lead hands-on activities for all-ages. “Robot Garage” workshops offered by the Museum of Flight at 11 am and 2 pm. These free workshops are for 4th grade and up with no experience required. Participants use robotics kits to explore basic engineering skills, learn robotics history, and discuss cutting edge robots in space. Registration is required for the workshops. Register at

Orcas & Wolves: Rulers of Sea & Land

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Take a closer look at the two great social carnivores of Washington State. Join staff from Wolf Haven International for a 2 pm presentation exploring their differences and similarities, ecological roles, and what both species mean to us. Related activities and crafts all day.

Backyard Wildlife & Bug Hotels

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join City of Olympia Park Stewardship staff for a 2 pm presentation on the do’s and don’ts of backyard wildlife management. Do bug hotels have benefits? You’d better BEE-lieve it! Make a Bug Hotel to take home using recycled containers and plant litter.

Sensory-Friendly Sunday

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

In partnership with the Hands On Children’s Museum and the Exceptional Families Network, we’re offering a comfortable environment for kids and adults with sensory differences. Visit the Children’s Museum next door 9-11 am. Then 11 am-1 pm, visit the WET Center to enjoy a variety of activities, crafts, hand fidgets, a book nook, quiet spaces for taking a break, and all of our hands-on exhibits. The Exceptional Families Network will also have a resource table.  

P.S. We Love You

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Get creative and celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun art projects expressing your love for Puget Sound and all the amazing creatures living there. Or design a card for that special someone in your life!

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