SPP hosts monthly lectures at two Washington state prisons: Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor and Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen. Scientists and community members active in conservation and sustainability are invited to share their passion and knowledge with inmates at one or both facilities.
Lectures are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and typically last about 90 minutes. Attendance usually ranges from 20-50 inmates. Lecture topics have included climate change, energy and biofuels, animal track identification, wetlands, green building, a native plant identification workshop, butterflies, innovations in composting, and a workshop on designing a rain garden, to name a few.
Presentations can take the form of a traditional lecture with a PowerPoint or slideshow, but many incorporate hands-on material such as plant clippings, photographs, and handouts. Presenters in the past have brought in molds of animal tracks, live butterflies and black soldier fly larvae, and soundtracks. These interactive materials and workshop-style presentations are quite popular.
If you are interested in sharing your time and talent with an inmate audience or would like to learn more about the lecture series, please contact Tiffany Webb, SPP’s Education and Evaluations Coordinator, at 360-867-6765 or email@example.com.