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Partnerships and collaborations are essential to our programs and often we couldn’t do what we do without them. Throughout the year we partner with many outstanding people and organizations.

Our newest partner is Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum. They reached out to us last year to ask if we would help with a new camp, the Summer Science SeaCamp. After several enthusiastic planning meetings, we’re ready to get to the beach with our campers for a fun learning experience that we hope they will carry into their lives, and inspire them to be good stewards of our home in the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you to all of our partners:

  • The Pierce Conservation District’s Harvest Pierce County and Environmental Education programs
  • WSU Extension’s SNAP-Ed and Master Gardeners
  • Franklin Pierce School District’s “The Farm”
  • Pierce County Parks and Recreation
  • Washington Green Schools
working with our partners at Pierce Conservation District

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Star Students

The summer months mean no school for many students, but for kids enrolled in Extended Learning Programs from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, summer becomes an opportunity to go to “camp” at school! We’ve partnered with some of these programs to engage students through fun activities that build environmental awareness around waste reduction and surface water pollution.

This summer, campers from Spanaway Elementary will learn about surface water pollution in their community. They’ll spend time at Spanaway Park exploring and investigating the lake and raingardens and learn about how to avoid polluting our surface water.

Campers at Liberty Ridge Elementary and Daffodil Valley Elementary will learn about waste reduction strategies and will put their creativity and engineering skills to use by designing games out of cardboard or making something “new” from a variety of waste items.

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DIY T-Shirt Bag

Looking to reduce plastic waste in your life? Turn an old t-shirt into a reusable shopping bag. All you need is a pair of scissors and an old tee. 

This no-sew, washable bag is a great project to do with kids. Eliminate plastic waste and gain some space in your closet!

For more reduce, reuse and repair ideas, see our Sustainable Living Pinterest boards.

Learning Opportunities

Edible Gardens Workshops

Classes in July:
Fruit, Nuts & Berries; Garden Bugs & Disease; Fall & Winter Gardening
Register at piercecountywa.gov/ediblegardens

WSU Pierce County Extension Master Gardener Program
Free Gardening Talks

Saturday, July 28: Small Fruits and Berries (Puyallup)

Saturday, July 28: Mason Bees (Gig Harbor)



July 14–December 6th: Make/Do: A History of Creative ReuseWashington State History Museum

July 23rd–July 26th: Ocean Science: Plankton at Home, Pacific Education Institute Educator Workshop

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30 years and better than ever!

To celebrate our anniversary, we're sending monthly updates with stories, learning opportunities and tips for sustainable living.


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