In honor of National Bike Month, bike commuting, and recreational cycling, state agencies are collaborating to present the biggest and best campus bike event ever. Pedal Power is being marketed to campus employees and the general public. This free event will include a bike test ride course, bike check ups, a bike fashion show, bike safety training, yoga stretches, movies and more.
Evergreen’s Master’s of Environmental Studies Student Association will be hosting their Annual Rachel Carson Forum on Thursday, April 27. This year their theme is Water Equity in the Anthropocene. Andy Haub, Anna Bachmann, and Ernesto Peñas Lado will be presenting followed by a discussion/Q&A with the audience. Go here for background on each of the speakers.
Spring Arts Walk is Friday, April 28 (5-10 p.m.) and Saturday, April 29 (Noon-8 p.m.). Hit the streets with over 10,000 of your closest friends to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia!
With over 400 artists and events, Arts Walk has got something for everyone: fine art, live music, dance, impromptu street performances – pretty much everything you can imagine, and even some you can’t.
Go here for map and event listings.
Illuminate your night with a magical moment that will uplift and delight! Meet downtown at 5th and Washington. Bring your lanterns and luminaries!
Join National Parks Conservation Association as they team up with Washington CoastSavers and other partners to clean our coastal beaches on Saturday, April 29, in Olympic National Park.
Governor Jay Inslee designated April 29 as Washington Coast Cleanup Day, providing a great opportunity to explore and give back to our coastal national park. This is your opportunity to be a part of the largest coastal cleanup event of the year. Last year, 1,400 volunteers removed over 20 tons of garbage from the beaches.
Participants will meet at the Kalaloch Campground on Saturday morning and travel to South Beach and Beach 1 for debris removal. Olympic National Park is providing free camping at Kalaloch campground on both Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be a free barbecue cookout at the campground on Saturday afternoon.
IF YOU GO:
Bring work gloves and layered clothing to help protect you from water, wind and cold. There will be a free barbecue lunch on Saturday, but bring your own food and water for the rest of your stay. Free camping in Olympic National Park is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday and Saturday nights – but spots fill up quickly, so plan ahead and arrive early to make sure you have a site. Park entrance fees will also be waived.
On Saturday, check in with us at the Kalaloch Campground between 8 and 9 a.m. They provide trash bags and information, then shuttle folks from the parking lot to our beach cleanup site.
The Procession of the Species is a joyous, spontaneous artistic pageant where community members celebrate their relationships with each other and with the natural world.
Created by the community for the community, the Procession program facilitates seven weeks of art, music, and dance workshops that inspire personal understanding of and local action for wildlife protection.
Then on Procession day, residents don their creative expressions and proceed through the streets of Olympia in masks and costumes. Carrying banners, windsocks, and giant puppets, they participate in a cultural exchange honoring the awe and splendor of the natural world.
Hard-to-find, specialty, and native perennial flowers, small shrubs, and rain garden plants will be offered for sale by the Native Plant Salvage Foundation. This event will feature plants that are drought-tolerant, disease resistant, and sure to attract native birds and butterflies!
Buyers may pre-order beginning on April 20th, or shop in person on April 30. For more information, visit their website.
Want to lend a hand?
The Native Plant Salvage Foundation will need volunteers to help staff and prepare for the event. Please let them know if you are interested in helping out on any of the following days:
Thursday, April 27: Volunteer to help move plants from our nursery to the Sale location! We’ll need volunteers with trucks to drive the plants, and many hands to help load and unload the vehicles!
Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29: Labeling plants, pricing them, and arranging them for the sale. The more the merrier for these beautiful afternoons outdoors, so let us know if you can join us for any amount of time. Bonus: you’ll get a sneak-peak at the best of our selection!
Sunday, April 30: Plant Sale Day: Volunteers are invited to help tally plants, answer questions, assist with parking management, staff holding area, and more. There are jobs well suited for all physical abilities!
Please email email@example.com if you can help for any of these opportunities.
The 2nd annual Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 in the Longhouse Educational and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College. This year the symposium theme is “A Time for Gathering.”
Evergreen faculty in the “Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster” program are co-hosting the Symposium with the Nisqually Tribe, as part of the Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Project. Among the speakers are Faith Spotted Eagle and Rueben George, key leaders of Indigenous-led alliances to stop oil pipelines.
The theme of this year’s symposium will be twofold-resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure, and resilience in the face of climate change, with a focus on Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information go to their website or Facebook page.