Earth Day events begin this weekend

When you pull weeds or plant native plants, you could be working toward a free Discover Pass

lpemberton@theolympian.comApril 19, 2013 

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day?

Nearly a dozen Earth-loving events are slated in the region during the next week. Several are work parties at South Sound parks. They include:

 • A free celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia. Families can play games, make crafts, take home a seedling and sign up for tree-planting events. For more information, call Michelle Bentley at 360-753-8301 or Amber Smith at 360-528-5742.

 • An Earth Day work party to remove invasive plants and replant native vegetation will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia. Meet at kitchen shelter No. 2. Tools, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. Registration is advised. For more information, call 360-753-8365 or go to

 • The Olympia Film Society is hosting Environmental Film Festival 2013 through Sunday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Scheduled films include “Symphony with Soil,” “Trashed” and “A Place at the Table” among others. For more information, including a complete schedule of the film festival, go to

 • Crime Stoppers is holding a free “shred event” at 9 a.m. Saturday at the grand staircase at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. Visitors can drop off sensitive documents to be shredded and computer and electronic devices such as TVs and cellphones for recycling. Friends of the Lacey Timberland Regional Library also will be accepting new or gently used books, CDs and DVDs.

 • Mason County Parks, Capitol Land Trust and Washington State University Extension Mason County will hold an Earth Day celebration and grand opening for the Oakland Bay Historical Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at 1570 E. Agate Bay Road, Shelton.

The event will include a shellfish cooking demonstration by seafood chef Xinh Dwelley, a bird walk, a native plant walk, and information about renewable energy and the park’s history. For more information, contact Jody Halia at 360-427-9670 ext. 682 or

 • Help Stream Team and Native Plant Salvage at a work party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday along the McLane Creek Nature Trail, 5044 Delphi Road SW, Olympia. Volunteers must register for the event at or by calling 360-754-3355 ext. 6857.

 • Stewardship projects will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Tumwater Historical Park, 777 Simmons Road SW, Tumwater, and from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday at Pioneer Park, 5800 Henderson Blvd., Tumwater. Volunteers are asked to contact recreation manager Todd Anderson at 360-754-4160 by 5 p.m. today to ensure there will enough tools, water and light refreshments at the events.

 • The Nisqually Land Trust is holding the Powell Creek Scotch Broom Pull from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday near Yelm. RSVP is required to get directions. For more information, call 360-489-3400 ext. 111 or

 • Department of Natural Resources is hosting an Earth Day celebration and work party from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, off Waddell Creek Road, about seven miles south of Olympia. Hours worked can apply toward earning a complimentary Discover Pass. For more information, contact Birdie Davenport at 360-902-1434 or

 • Friends of Capitol Forest, REI and the Department of Natural Resources are hosting an Earth Day Work Party from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday along the Porter Trail in Capitol State Forest. Lunch will be provided, and hours can apply toward a complimentary Discover Pass. Volunteers should meet at the intersection of Waddell Creek and Sherman Valley roads. For more information, contact Nick Cronquist at 360-480-2700 or

 • Olympia’s annual Downtown Clean-Up to spiff up the area for Arts Walk will be 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at various streets and sidewalks. The event is organized by the Olympia Downtown Association. For more information, email

 • Free Earth Day activities with the paid admission will be offered 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. For more information, call 360-956-0818.

 • Washington CoastSavers is coordinating clean-up efforts Saturday at 40 beaches along the coast, from Neah Bay to the Columbia River. To sign up at your favorite beach, go to

 • South Puget Sound Community College’s annual Earth Day celebration will be from noon-2 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union Building, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. The event is free and open to the public, and will include vendors, food and giveaways. Representatives from several service organizations will be at the event to talk about their efforts, including the Olympia Food Co-op, Intercity Transit, the Nisqually Land Trust, among others. For more information on the event, contact Aaron Managhan at or at 360-596-5304.

 • The Luminary Procession will be at 9 p.m. next Friday, April 26, and the Procession of the Species will be at 4:30 p.m. April 27 in downtown Olympia.

Both events are colorful and festive Olympia traditions, as well as celebrations of the natural world. For details, go to

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