Programs

In Washington State, prisons reported 199 programs and 179 partner organizations statewide for reporting period July 2019 – December 2020. To see programs at a single prison, click on the prison name below. For a summary of all programs statewide, scroll through the tables that follow.

Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (Partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessTemporarily suspended or placed on hold due to COVID-19, currently one active program as of December 2020, 24 graduates, 13 instructors certified
BeekeepingMillers Homestead, West Plains Beekeepers Association, WASBAIn past year, 7 incarcerated beekeepers passed Apprentice-level testing and certification, 1 beekeeper passed Journeyman-level certification; 8 healthy hives.
Gardens: MainMaster Gardeners8,318 pounds of produce was grown with 3,248 lbs donated to the community
Gardens: MinimumSecond Harvest Food Bank, Master GardenersGrew and donated 150 pumpkins to the community
Diversity GardenRows of native herbs (lavender, sage, and sweet grass) blessed by local Native American elder to be used in the Native American services
Flower gardensThroughout the prison for human and wildlife well-being
Pollinator forage and habitatMillers HomesteadPollinator-friendly plantings throughout the main & minimum areas: flowers, herbs, pussy willow. Large woody debris (log!) and shrubby habitat in pond area
Sustainable Business SolutionsTeam of four supporting sustainability programs with data tracking and mapping (produce grown, # from garden to kitchen, soil types)
Large-scale compostingMain garden has large compost pile for food waste; waiting on funds to set up in-vessel system
Waste sorting & recyclingWaste ManagementTechnicians receive comprehensive on-the-job training and education provided by DOC staff and Waste Mgmt company; in past year, recycled ~160.74 tons of metals, cardboard, paper, and pin plastics.
Worm farm: MinimumMaster CompostersCompleted program move from Main to Minimum; may start new Main program inside a greenhouse.
SPL: QuiltingBlessings Under the Bridge, AHCC Medical End of Life Patients, Catholic Charities of Eastern WAFabric is repurposed to create quilts for donation. 12 quilts were started before COVID-19. The program converted to mask making for the incarcerated population and made approximately 5,200 masks!
Computers 4 KidsOffice of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, WA Department of Enterprise ServicesIn the past year, 3,183 computers were refurbished for schools, plus 13,544 to surplus. Technicians refurbished 541 laptops to aid state employees working from home due to the pandemic. Incarcerated technicians learn basic diagnostics and can test for certification, plus learn office skills (Excel, Access) and shipping skills (e.g., forklift experience).
Pawsitive dog training – prison programDiamonds in the Ruff, SpokAnimal, Spokane Humane SocietyProgram is 100% self-sustainable by community donations and fundraising with art and crafts projects donated to Spokane Humane Society. Despite program suspension due to COVID-19, 174 dogs graduated from the program at the end of the 26th session. The Sustainability Lab created and donated dog vests to Spokane Humane Society and Diamonds in the Ruff. Reunion event held to bring together dog, new owners, and former handlers.
Firewood donationSNAP SpokaneCrews prepared approximately 1,000 cords to deliver to SNAP clients prior to COVID-19 program suspension. DNR provides wildland fire trainings and prison staff provide firewood and chipper trainings
Nature ImageryIncarcerated individuals in maximum security can opt to watch nature imagery; also offered by mental health staff during times of mental distress

In February 2019, AHCC beekeepers and associates celebrated the prison bee club’s impressive accomplishments; in just a few years, incarcerated beekeepers and their partners have built an excellent program: productive, transformative, and sustainable. Photo by Kay Heinrich.

Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated August 2019
Beekeeping: CCCCOlympia Beekeeping Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association No hives on site in 2019; education program continues to support the McNeil Beedeeping program: in past year, graduated 23 incarcerated and 2 staff beginner beekeepers; 73 certified beekeepers overall so far!
Beekeeping: McNeil IslandCorrectional Industries, Department of Natural Resources, community beekeepersTeam started program in May 2018; in 2019, CCCC beekeepers visit island program 2x month; program and partnership thriving.
Western pond turtle careWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Woodland Park Zoo, and PAWS81 turtles cared for and released since 2013; program part of a much broader partnership; program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, hoping to restart in mid-2021
Woodpecker nest predation studyUS Forest ServiceThis project successfully concluded in August 2020
AquaponicsSymbiotic CyclesNew 5ft x 20ft raft bed system to produce greens year round for facility kitchen; technicians received 2-part training from Symbiotic Cycles LLC. 2019: harvesting greens for kitchen use.
Vegetable gardensCentralia College, Littlerock Elementary School~10,000 ft2 of gardens yielded ~15,000 lbs. of produce. Program also grew pumpkins for prison family events
Flower gardensCentralia College~15,000 pollinator-friendly annual flowers planted around grounds each year (grown from seed in facility greenhouses); need to add more to support honeybees on site
Waste sorting & recyclingDue to COVID-19, primary focus has been pulling enough cardboard and paper to continue composting program
Large-scale composting~150 tons of organic matter diverted to composting
Training dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service DogsProgram currently has 5 trainers, 5 secondary trainers, and 5 dogs. 3 dogs graduated in the last year
Community College HorticultureCentralia CollegeProgram cares for all of the greenhouses and vegetable gardens, propogates all annual flowers for the facility. Students earn 20 credts for the 10 week course.
Construction: tiny homes Centralia CollegeBuilt 6 tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness in the community and 2 chassis for larger “tiny cottages”
Water use reduction and catchmentCatchment capacity: 45,000 gallons; replaced concrete and gravel around the wood shop with grass to reduce water run off.
Waste water treatmentDepartment of Ecology (DOE)DOE-recognized with Outstanding Performance Award; testament to work of facility staff plus incarcerated individuals who work at the treatment plant and gain valuable skills for post-release; recently installed a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) that improves quality of effluent
ForestryDNROff-site crews are trained in and practice re-forestation, woodcutting, land clearing, and forest firefighting and fire prevention. Crews were dispatched to numerous fire projects and local wildfires, receiving recognition and appreciation from community members for their efforts.
Community work155 incarcerated individuals performed community work, providing a total of 16,050 hours of work for local, county, nonprofit and state agencies. Services included development of parks and recreational areas, litter clean-up, restoration at Mima Mounds, and removal of invasive/noxious weeds.
 
SPP Biological Technician Lorenzo Stewart tests the aquaponic system’s nitrate levels; this program is at Cedar Creek Corrections Center. Photo by Marisa Pushee.

Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of Success7 classes since program started, 49 Roots graduates so far; program currently inactive due to lack of available instructors, hoping to restart program in the future
BeekeepingNorth Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association4 hives, 24 beginner certificates awarded; adding scientific education, dissecting and examining dead bees; one beekeeper wrote supplemental curriculum
Vegetable gardensClallam Bay Food Bank~1,400 lbs. of produce was grown and donated: 972 lbs. to the Clallam Bay Food Bank and 423 lbs. to the CBCC kitchen.
Flower gardensContinued upkeep of 500 perennials planted last year; ornamental gardens in courtyard, access breezeway, MSC light yards; “worm tea” is only fertilizer
Ozette potato programProgram grows Ozette and Peruvian Purple seed potatoes for donation to local tribe to help replenish cultural staples: 125 lbs. given to Makah Tribe.
Waste sorting & recyclingKNS Recycling~94,732 lbs food diverted to OCC for composting; 165,499 lbs recyclables
Dog training and adoptionWelfare for Animals Guild(WAG!)Since beginning of program trained more than 200 dogs and puppies! Continue to host reunions for adoptive families and incarcerated trainers. Dogs temporarily removed due to COVID-19 then returned to later be adopted in December 2020. Classes continued without dogs.
Cat programWelfare for Animals Guild(WAG!)Cats were removed from the facility in March 2020 due
to COVID-19 but returned a few weeks later. The program successfully fostered and adopted out 65 cats/kittens during this reporting period.
Water catchment250 gallon water catchment inside the greenhouse
Waste water treatmentDOE-recognized with Outstanding Performance Award; Water treated in waste water lagoon exceeds gold standard!
A beekeeper at CBCC pets a honeybee who landed on his shoulder. CBCC brought in bees in 2017, and the program is thriving. Photo by CBCC staff.

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessProgram currently suspended due to COVID-19; 231 graduates since start of program; organizing instructor training to restart the program
BeekeepingMid Columbia Beekeepers Association, WASBAProgram currently suspended due to COVID-19; 3 hives; 11 apprentice beekeeper certificates awarded
Plant and Animal HabitatBird boxes, owl box, and pollinator box in garden; built 8 bee boxes in past year.
Land restorationLamb WestonPropagated and grew 11 native species for native plant restoration outside the fence
Heritage and bee gardensGarden designed by incarcerated individuals using native plants, honors cultural and natural heritage of area and minimizes water needs; continues to thrive and add visual beauty
Garden: Main, maintenance areaHarvest NowEach unit provided two small gardens, creating jobs for incarcerated individuals.
Waste sorting & recyclingSorted ~152 tons of recyclables in past year: metals, cardboard, paper, plastic
Toys for TotsTri-Cities Toys for Tots, Shriners Hospital for ChildrenProgram currently suspended due to COVID-19; donated 150 toys and crafts in the previous year
Teddy bears from reclaimed materialsHospitals, API events held at CRCC, ARC of Tri-Cities, Franklin County Sheriff’s OfficeDespite temporary suspension due to COVID-19, incarcerated individuals created and donated ~50 stuffed animals to children of incarcerated individuals and the Parenting Inside Out program.
Ridge DogsBenton Franklin Humane Society, Adam County Pet Rescue132 dogs graduated from the program in past year!
Service dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service DogsProgram currently has 2 dogs and is looking to expand to 4. The goal is to maintain 8 trainers and 2 assistants for the program.
Gardens: MinimumFood pantriesThe garden was moved inside of the fence to provide more jobs for incarcerated individuals; ~72% of produce grown was donated to local food banks.
Pollinator garden: MinimumLamb Weston4 acre garden for bees and other pollinators!
Composting: MinimumFood pantriesProgram currently suspended due to COVID-19

Larch Corrections Center (LCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessCurrent instructors releasing soon. Primary instructors will be releasing soon. SCCC has identified two potential instructors who may be interested in transferring to LCC to teach there. This process stalled due to COVID-19 but will revisit if and when it is safe to do so. Prior to program suspension, 25 students graduated from the program.
Western pond turtles careWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Zoo19 turtles care for in 2019-2020
BeekeepingClark County Beekeeping Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association5 hives, 6 beginner beekeeper certificates awarded; program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Plantain, food source for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfliesOregon ZooTechnicians maintain 11 garden beds and harvest leaves to feed butterfly larvae raised at the OR zoo.
House plantsOnly prison where incarcerated individuals may have houseplants in their rooms: nearly 300 for 480 residents!
Bird feedersFeeders throughout the facility; re-homing baby birds that fall from nests
Wood craft donationsProgram created and donated 18 jewelry boxes
Larch Dog Adoption ProgramHumane Society for Southwest WA33 dogs were trained, and 30 dogs and 6 puppies were adopted by Humane Society for Southwest WA and rescue partners
Larch Cat Adoption ProgramWest Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Humane Society for Southwest WATemporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Waste reductionEducation posters throughout the facility, and recycle bins everywhere; limited the use of plastic trash can liners
Waste sorting & recyclingWaste Connections, Paper People, Calbag MetalsWaste sorted at every living unit; sent 7.5 tons of steel to Cal Bag Metals and 15 tons of cardboard to Paper People
Large-scale compostingFirst WA prison to have large-scale composting; diverted 19 tons of food waste yielding approximately 6 tons of compost.
Waste Water TreatmentDOEIncarcerated technicians can achieve Dept of Ecology certifications; portion of treated water reclaimed (non-potable), ~793,000 gal/month
ForestryDNR, USFS, Dept of EcologyCrews planted ~541,000 trees across 1,500 acres over the course of 241 crew days. Crews were also dispatched to 28 fires, preparing and serving 15,726 meals, for a total of 19,042 hours of work. 63 crew members have been certified as Firefighter 2. Other services include forest fuel reduction, litter clean-up, and
trail and campground maintenance
Community workMultiple entitiesServices include farming, reforestation, wood-cutting, brush and
debris clearing, general landscaping, processing vegetables at
food pantry, noxious weed removal, salmon habitat restoration,
watershed improvement, development of parks and recreational areas, and other work to conserve natural resources.
(Left to right) Jessica Stevens, Nicole Alexander, Cynthia Fetterly, and Alexis Coleman pose in front of their original artwork. Ms. Stevens and Ms. Christopher painted this banner to welcome Girl Scouts Beyond Bars to the butterfly lab for a day of activities, including a unique Taylor’s checkerspot merit badge designed by Ms. Alexander. Photo by Keegan Curry.

Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of SuccessRoots of SuccessSuccessful class in 2019; need new instructors to continue.
Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly programU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Oregon ZooProgram continues to set records: ~5,900 caterpillars were released in March; 29 education sessions were held, and 3 participants awarded certificates (1500 hours)
BeekeepingWest Sound Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationNo classes 2019; graduated 20 incarcerated Beginners previously; this year, harvested 39 pounds of honey; carpentry program built the covers for the hives.
Environmental careers workshopsWSDOT and Dept. of EcologyProgram temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; series of 3 workshops educating participants on environmental careers with WSDOT
GRACE (Gardening for Restoration and Conservation Education) ProjectKitsap Conservation District,
Central Kitsap Foodbank
Kitsap Conservation District 1/4 acre garden tended by MCCCW crew, produced more than 12,000 lbs in first season and donated to 4 food banks; 200 lbs fresh produce to the prison kitchen; mid-October, 350 lbs pumpkins for kids to pick their own at the pumpkin patch.
Vegetable gardensNorth Mason Food Bank720 ft2 of garden space grew ~1,100 lbs. of produce: 520 lbs. to the food bank and 572 lbs. for the prison kitchen.
Flower gardensFlower gardens for every living unit; continued cultivation of existing flower beds, front area revamped with increased use of pollinator-friendly wildflowers
Conservation crewsKitsap Conservation District, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Jefferson Land Trust, WSDOT, WDFW, Suquamish Tribe Fisheries.Program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; planting project, invasive weed removal, creek and estuary flood control.
Small-scale composting23 tons solid waste composted in past year
Waste sorting & recyclingNearly 58 tons to recycling in past year
Water use reduction & catchment30,000 gallons catchment in ponds; low water use per person, 68 gallons/incarcerated resident/day in past year
Pawsitive Prison ProjectKitsap Humane Society22 cats in the 4th year of the program
Plant and animal habitat20 bird boxes, 2 bird feeders
House plantsAll living units have houseplants and numerous staff have plants in offices
Gardeners tend beds in the early spring at Monroe Correctional Complex. Photo by Joslyn Rose Trivett.

Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

AreaProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
MCC-WSRComposting with Bugs: Worm Farm, Black Soldier Flies, BokashiUniversity Beyond Bars, Tilth Alliance, University of Washington Ecosystem Science DivisionCurrently cycling out the old style worm bin with the new bins, 4 new bins built and have the materials to build 4 more. Making progress with the Soldier fly program and finding best practices for prison application, including experimenting with a larger system to feed and sort the larvae.
MCC-WSRCity of Monroe public flowersCity of Monroe donates materials, receives flowers and worm castingsGrew 2,500 begonias for city
MCC-WSRGardening curriculum developmentSCCC, Institute for Applied Ecology, Oregon Food Bank3 technicians reviewed Seed to Supper text; 1 authored advanced topic chapter
MCC-WSRSPL Roots of SuccessRoots of SuccessTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; 2 cohorts with 10 graduates before pandemic suspended program
MCC-WSRSPL Bicycles from HeavenBikes donated by Snohomish County Sheriff, Monroe PD, Marysville PD, Everett PD; donated to Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club and the City of Sultan for National Night Out45 bikes restored and donated to Boys & Girls Club. To date over 400 bikes have been restored and donated through this program!
MCC-WSRSPL Wheelchair programWheels for the WorldRestored 777 wheelchairs, donated to Philippines, Ghana, Global Aid Network, and Uganda
MCC-WSRSPL Wood Craft 4 CharityScrap wood donated by Canyon Creek Cabinet Company; donate to Childrens Hospital, YWCA, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Women’s Shelter of MonroeTemporarily shut down due to equipment failure; In 2019, created and donated 300 wooden toys and crafts
MCC-WSRHouse plantsNew houseplants propagated and potted, three large carts full, for 4th floor/hospital area; decorative wood planters for some
MCC-WSRBird habitatMultiple bird houses and hummingbird feeders around Education and Gate 7
MCC-WSRWaste sorting & recyclingProgram temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; Technicians receive education and training on sorting to support composting programs
MCC-WSRWaste Water Treatment CertificationProgram temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
MCC-WSRFlower gardensFlower gardens throughout, plants selected to attract bees and pollinate the vegetables
MCC-WSRVegetable gardensCI Food Services donated seedsAdded 17,430 ft2 of garden space; grew 11,360 lbs. of produce; donated 6,565 lbs. and used 4,795 lbs.
MCC-SOUBeekeepingNorthwest District Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association14 certificates earned (7 Beginner, 7 Apprentice), 3 active hives
MCC-SOUVegetable gardensGrew 213 lbs. of vegetables and herbs; by summer’s end there was approx. 600 ft2 available for E Unit gardens. new heated greenhouse ~30 x 60; every living unit has garden space; flowers planted by SOU staff and incarcerated residents
MCC-SOUNature ImageryGaining interest from staff and incarcerated individuals; six regular users; recent success with offering it for anxiety management
MCC-SOUCat programPurrfect Pals25 kittens and 6 adult cats were fostered since Jan 2020; most have been adopted out. Over 900 cats have been adopted since 2006.
MCC-TRUBeekeepingNorthwest District Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationGraduated 2nd Beginner course July 2019 and immediately started next class; captured two wild swarms and have 6 hives; entered their honey at the Evergreen State Fair and won first place!
MCC-TRUGardensGrew ~386 lbs. for prison kitchen, donated 7,600 lbs. to local food banks and schools; every living unit has garden space; ~4,000 ft2 of gardens; lots of flower and pollinator plantings
MCC-TRUCommunity Aide Coalition: quilting, crochet, textile artsOver the Rainbow Fabrics, Dolly Haakenson, and clothing and textile advisors of Snohomish County donate materials; crafts donated to Interfaith Family Shelter, Westlake Shelter, Hope Crew, Swedish, Evergreen, Seattle Children’s and Providence Hospitals, Rainbow Center, Evergreen Hospice, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Summit Assistance Dogs, Holy Rosary Church, Rotary First Harvest, East Count and Monroe Senior Center and many, many others.The sewing group with Community Aide Coalition provided 5,184 hours and donated 120 quilts. The program convered to mask making for the incarcerated population, sewing over 7,000 cloth masks!
MCC-TRUDog training and adoptionSummit Assistance DogsProgram was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19. 4 dogs returned in Dec 2020 and are currently being trained.
Bee-friendly plants bloom year round in the greenhouse at OCC. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Olympic Corrections Center (OCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – December 2020
GardensPeninsula College, Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center, Quileute TribeGardens and greenhouses have been taken over and maintained by Hoh living Unit and Maintenance department. ~2,000 lbs. of potatoes and 500 lbs. of various produce donated to the Forks Food Bank. Additional 2,000 lbs. of potatoes and various produce was used in the OCC Food Services. Greenhouses had to be rebuilt due to storm damage and now are being prep for 2021 growing season.
Flower gardens, boxes, basketsPeninsula CollegeEach living unit has several garden beds for residents; hanging baskets and flowering beds throughout staff and incarcerated population areas; in 2019, expanded flower gardens to outside perimeter, encircle greenhouses, and plant pollinator friendly plants
Water featuresTwo living units have fish ponds; the other has a fountain and basin
Waste sorting & recyclingOn the job training for incarcerated technicians; recycling cardboard and scrap metal, reducing landfill fees
Large-scale compostingCBCC, Kalaloch LodgeProcessed ~222 tons of food and yard waste from OCC and CBCC; produced ~99 tons of finished compost; on job training for equipment and safety; use compost throughout the facility to build up soil; lost bulking agent (wood chip) source and now have to buy their own
Waste Water TreatmentWashington Department of Ecology (DOE)Dept of Ecology’s Outstanding Performance Award for 2018 and 2019; DOE 100% compliant 9 years in a row; since 2002 38 incarcerated technicians trained to Waste Water Treatment Operator 1 / 2 level; many reported work in WWT following release
Water catchmentTwo 2,100 gal tanks; red faucets for rainwater watering
Solar powerInstalled 5k watt solar array produced 9,817 MWh of electricity in 2019 and 2020
Wood shopQuileute High School scholarships ,Cherish our Children, and Forks Lions Club, CASA, Quillayute Valley School District, Relay for Life, Forks Chamber of Commerce, Timber Museum, Olympic Anglers, Calm Waters and Forks Soroptimists, Olympic Peninsula Humane Society; wood provided by Westport Shipyard and OCC Community Crews (DNR)Every year OCC donates outdoor furniture, wood toys and games, and other crafts to Quillayute Valley School District Scholarship auction; built signs to replace existing signage for the Korean War Veterans Highway, also built signs for City of Forks parks and city office
Dog training and adoptionOlympic Peninsula Humane SocietyTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; in previous year, program adopted out 35-40 dogs; adoption rate is 92%; 207 dogs since start of program in 2010
Green BuildingPeninsula CollegeProgram ended December 2018, hoping to bring back in the fall of 2021
FirewoodOlycap, Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction, Lake Quinault Fire Department, OCC Community Crews (Department of Natural Resources)Cut and donated 190 cords of firewood in past year to the Native American programs and other charities
Community CrewDNR and othersMost activities related to sustainability, e.g., lawn and grounds care, trail improvements, brush cutting, fire wood cutting, weed removal, storm debris clean up, stream restoration, fence construction, green house construction, snow removal (also painting and construction)
ForestryDNR and othersOff-site crews trained in and practice re-forestation, wood-cutting, land clearing, and forest firefighting and fire prevention; more than 100 hours of wildland fire training
Ben Asaeli was one of many gardeners who asked to have their portrait taken in 2019. The photos were mainly for the gardeners’ families, but a few wanted to share on the SPP website as well. Photo by Marisa Pushee.

Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessMore than 400 grads so far, 13 instructors certified; now temporarily suspended or placed on hold due to COVID-19.
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; previous year successful for the program: 671 attendees (a decrease due to the move to a smaller room), seminars also launched in Jan 2019 with 117 attendees in FY 19; 112 certifications awarded.
Special EventsParticipated in a community art show that displayed art work by incarcerated individuals throughout the community. One large piece of art, a dragon door, sold for $1,500. All proceeds went to Aberdeen High School for scholarships.
BeekeepingExpert community beekeeper, Washington State Beekeepers Association5 hives; graduated two Beginner Beekeeper classes this quarter; 93 Beginner/Apprentice beekeepers so far!!
Prairie Conservation NurseryCenter for Natural Lands Management, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, Friends of Puget Prairies, and Wolf Haven InternationalPrior to becoming inactive, SCCC held 8 workshops and technicians earned 10 certificates and 1 specialist certificate; In the previous year, cultivated 63,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration; held 20 workshops on restoration ecology
Emergent Vegetation MatsWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Center for Natural Lands Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Joint Base Lewis-McChordIn previous year, 36 emergent wetland mats and 10,000 plugs for habitat restoration installed at Oregon spotted frog sites and monitored for efficacy; 19 education sessions for technicians in 2019-2020
Gardening curriculum developmentMCC, Institute for Applied Ecology, TX Dept of Corrections, Oregon Food Bank4 S2S Curriculum reviewers, 11 authors/participants in gardening classroom curriculum development group
Gardens and greenhousesCoastal Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Now25,000 ft2 of gardens, donated ~66,000 lbs. of produce to food banks
Lifer GardenCoastal Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Now5,000 ft2 garden tended by Lifers, growing produce and ornamental flowers
Food Bank fundraisersUrban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Caring for Kids, Toy Time, Bicycles from Heaven, Bears from Behind Bars, Coastal Harvest, Beyond Survival, Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank and Family Services, Making a Difference for Grays Harbor Kids, After School All-StarsIncarcerated individuals and staff raised and donated ~$20,000 for nonprofits and donated 3,732 food items to Coastal Harvest Food Bank
COVID-19 Community Fundraiser4 local businesses$913 was donated to Family Promise; $1,205 was donated to SCCC sustainability account for incarcerated people; $165 was donated to the incarcerated redemption account
Pollinator plantingsPollinator plants in every garden and next to greenhouses; new garden adjacent to bee hives
Flower gardens, boxes, basketsFlowers gardens throughout the grounds, two more outside the fence
Fruit orchardOutside the fence, planted 15 blueberry bushes and 2 each of cherry, Liberty apple, Chehalis apple, Italian plum, and Orcas pear trees
Bird housesMore than 40 bird houses on the grounds
Sustainability channelInstitutional TV channel plays compilation of sustainability program photos and facts, environmental and event videos, and event and job announcements; content updated monthly!
Large-scale compostingDiverted 161 tons food waste to composting
Waste sorting & recyclingDiverted 223 tons of metals, cardboard, paper, and plastics to recycling in past year; new sound system broadcasts deterrent to scavenger birds
Water catchmentWater catchment at each living unit (for living unit gardens) and at greenhouse; 3,210 gallons capacity
Bicycle RepairLions Club292 bikes repaired and donated in past year
Wheelchair RepairWheels for the World212 wheelchairs repaired in past year; shipments postponed due to COVID-19
Freedom TailsHarbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA)Program still inactive, needing new partner. In the previousyear, 7 dogs graduated, 1 graduation ceremony
Service dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service Dogs8 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans in past year
Toy TimeChristmas for Kids, Correctional IndustriesTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; started by 2 incarcerated individuals 15 years ago and has grown to 21 people last year; materials come from furniture shop scraps and community donations; crafts donated for holiday season
In 2019, WCC hosted two prison-garden enthusiasts from France; this photo was taken as they were seeing the expansive gardens for the first time. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of Success35 grads so far, 3 instructors certified; long-time instructor will be releasing soon. Future plans include working with the program liaison and facility leadership to either host an instructor training before the current Master trainer’s ERD to certify new instructors or identify a certified instructor to take over his teaching position.
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; program launched in April 2018; continues to be going strong with increasing attendance (371 in FY19); 48 certificates awarded!
Prairie Conservation NurseryCenter for Natural Lands Management, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Friends of Puget Prairies, Wolf Haven InternationalIn 2019, the program had the largest native Viola adunca production nursery in the world! 22 education sessions developed and delivered to cognitively challenged incarcerated students; produced 8 lbs. of early blue violet and 2 lbs of Viola howellii seed; planted out 6 new species to add diversity to seed supply
Beekeeping, “Intensive Bee Management Unit”Olympia Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association6 hives in summer of 2019; graduated 6 incarcerated and 3 staff beekeepers in last year, 14 overall
Gardens and greenhousesThurston County Food Bank, The Saint’s Pantry Food Bank, Matlock Community Church, Hoodsport Food Bank2020 presented a challenging growing season due to both COVID-19 restrictions and unfavorable weather conditions. Despite these limitations, 15 crew members gew 30,140 lbs. on the 1.4 acre garden with 50% given to local food banks.
Flower gardensFlower gardens throughout the campus
HorticultureCentralia CollegeProgram ended in April 2019
Potted plants and plant startsKiwanis Hoodsport; Saints Pantry Food BankFor 2020, crews grew the requested starts for Kiwanis but they unfortunately could not accept them due to COVID-19 restrictions and donated them back to the prison. In 2019, crews grew 2,782 starts for the 2019 Hood Canal Kiwanis Spring Plant Sale; donated 800 plants to Saints Pantry Food Bank; gave away 1,503 to staff and incarcerated individuals’ families at various events
Construction: bus stops, tiny homes, Neighborhood Pantries, bird housesCentralia College, Kiwanis Hoodsport, Hood Canal School DistrictTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; Carpenters obtaining college credit while working on neighborhood projects: starting to build tiny homes; built and donated 3 bus stops; in past year, built 9 more pantry boxes for Kitsap neighborhood food sharing; bird boxes for WCC grounds.
Nature ImageryNature video channel available on demand in 62 Intensive Management Unit cells (small screens)
House plantsPlants in all shared and staff areas, provided and maintained by Grounds Maintenance crew
Large-scale compostingBefore composter broke down, diverted 69.53 tons (139,060 lbs. of food waste) to produce 50,280 lbs of finished compost, spread on gardens and flower beds. Still working on getting new composter; compostable material sent to an off-site facility in the meantime
Vermiculture/Soldier Fly and Bokashi CompostingGreenhouse available to start vermiculture program. Started with 5 worm bins, now have 10. Used thermal heating during winter months to help worms reproduce. Using food scraps from the facility for this program.
Waste sorting & recyclingDiverted more than 218 tons of metals, cardboard, and paper to recycling (discontinued plastics diversion; no buyers)
Shoe and clothing repurposingCorrectional IndustriesDOC facilities send used clothes to WCC for reuse and recycling; despite limitations due to COVID-19, incarcerated workers processed ~12,000 lbs of t-shirt, boxer shorts, and socks in past year
Horticulture student Celeste Nathan gets ready to plant tomato starts at WCCW. Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights – updated December 2020
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessProgram inactive due to unavailability of primary instructor and classroom space. Efforts to identify new instructors and classroom are on hold due to COVID-19. May revisit if there is facility interest.
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; In previous year greatly increased attendance: 444 compared to 250 year previous; awarded 28 certificates
Prairie Conservation NurseryCenter for Natural Lands Management, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, Friends of Puget Prairies, and Wolf Haven InternationalIn past year, the crew cultivated ~65,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration, increased seed nursery to produce Viola adunca seed for Federally listed silverspot butterfly on the Oregon coast; 30 workshops on restoration ecology
Gardens and greenhousesTacoma Community College, WSU Extension, Pierce CountyHorticulture has been working with 3 PCMG (Pierce County Master Gardener) volunteers mentoring students in the gardens. These volunteers are also members of the Horticulture Advisory Board. We have partnered with Cedar Creek and Tacoma Tagro as board members. Received a $1,500 grant from PCMG for hydroponic system in the greenhouse, equipment and supplies to arrive mid-February.
Pollinator plantingsHanging baskets, perennial and annual pollinator-friendly flowers throughout facility; horticulture group planted additional ~4,000 flowering plants throughout the grounds
BeekeepingMother Earth Farm, Little Eoarth Farm,Tacoma Community College, Washington Master BeekeepersBeekeeping has been relocated inside the fence near recreation to improve access
Community College HorticultureTacoma Community College, WSU Extension, Pierce County (Master Gardeners)Currently 17 students enrolled in Horticulture. These students will earn 55 credits through Tacoma Community College including 3 support classes (English 101, Business Math, and leadership) for full certifications. Horticulture students seeded, grew, harvested and delivered 8300 lbs. of vegetables for prison kitchen. Floral was unable to provide decoration services for the Governor or special events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mother Earth Farm, offsite farm crewMother Earth Farm,Emergency Food Network, Tacoma Community CollegeTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; previous year offsite crew of 9 organic farm students grows vegetables for donation to 16 food pantries (quantities not available for 2019); formal education on 17 topics earns 9 credits from TCC
Prison Pet PartnershipThis is the first in-prison pet program in the country! In the past year, 32 dogs were trained, 11 companion animals were adopted, 7 service dogs were placed, and 18 incarcerated individuals were employed.
Sisters of Charity: quilts, fabric crafts, wildlife rescueCommunity members donate supplies; LIHI and multiple non-profits/charities receive donations 14,978 items were created and donated: 1,853 Tyvek gowns, 12,523 masks, 527 release bags, 66 quilts, and 9 sets of curtains for tiny houses.
Waste sorting & recyclingIn past year, diverted 86+ tons of materials from waste stream to recycling. Program temporarily suspended for construction, restarted for two months, and then suspended again for COVID-19. In the two months of operation, 25+ tons of material recycled.
Large-scale compostingLast year, composted 158+ tons of food waste. Program temporarily suspended for construction, operating for two months before being suspended again due to COVID-19. 14+ tons of compost yielded in two months.
Electric vehiclesMaintain 2 electric vehicles
Lighting upgradesContinued replacement of fluorescent T8 lamps with LED lamps facility-wide as lamps burn out. Close to 75% replaced at this time.
Anthony Ralls in the sewing shop at the Sustainable Practice Lab smiles as he describes his work (Washington State Penitentiary). Photo by Ricky Osborne.
Anthony Ralls in the sewing shop at the Sustainable Practice Lab smiles as he describes his work (Washington State Penitentiary). Photo by Ricky Osborne.

Washington State Penitentiary (WSP)

AreaProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated December 2020
WSPMonarch butterfly program, restoring Pacific Northwest populationsWashington State University Department of EntomologyProgram currently suspended; in previous years the program raised Pacific NW monarchs from egg to butterfly. In 2018, raised and released 580 adult butterflies, all with wing tags for scientific tracking and reporting.
WSPInstitutional Sustainability GardenDonate to Blue Mountain Action Council and Christian Aid CenterIn 2020, grew ~89,000 lbs of produce, donated 23,530 lbs, remaining 65,054 lbs. for prison kitchen; 2018 grew ~110,000 lbs of produce, donated 2,471 lbs; remainder to prison kitchen, saving $122,677
WSPWaste sorting & recyclingIn 2020, ~275,200 pounds of cardboard metals, and batteries diverted to recycling; new recycle shop improved sorting
WSPComposting, mainIn previous years, 75.9925 tons of post-consumer food waste to compost; 85.605 tons of post-consumer food waste to in-ground composting to improve soil in wheat fields; saves ~$150,000 in disposal fees
WSPElectrical upgradesThis past year, Facility Electrical Dept continued LED lighting retrofits: 90 perimeter pole lights, 282 fluorescent to LED replacements, 66 light fixtures, and 21 wall packs
WSPWater conservationGovernment rebates via PPL Electric Utilities; ICON Systems Inc.East Complex Big Yard switched from city water to well water. Net savings of ~$16,000 from city water and electricity costs
WSP-BARKitten programBlue Mountain Humane SocietyTemporarily suspended due to COVID-19; in previous years, 125 kittens and cats (mostly kittens) socialized and raised for adoption
WSP-BARRoots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessProgram stalled and is currently inactive as the facility is not purchasing new workbooks.
WSP-BARCrochet ProgramPartnership with SPL, creating donation items, supports four paid positions for incarcerated workers
WSP-MHUHorticultureFive flower plots dedicated to members of mental health programming
WSP-SPLSPL overviewReceive materials donations from partners; donated to 550 charities since start of SPL 2012Program donated 9,000+ items to nonprofits and provided 12,750 items for state use. All technicians receive education and training. COVID-19 was a large focus for SPL: 20,785 COVID-19 related items (face shields, barriers, and over 15,000 masks) were made out of donated fabric for the community and state.
WSP-SPLSPL: Learning CenterCreates education curricula, manages inventory, coordinates events, TV repair and rental
WSP-SPLSPL: Wood Carving & Wood ShopWSP Employees Veterans’ Committee, Hard Headz, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Fallen Outdoors, Salmon for Soldiers and other non-profit groups2,609 items were created for state use. 1,943 items created and donated to nonprofits and charities.
WSP-SPLSPL: Furniture RepairSort and salvage donated materials; 1,929 pieces of institutional furniture were repaired and put back into use; instruction on safety and tool use
WSP-SPLSPL: Aquaculture and AquaponicsGrew 800lbs of lettuce for prison kitchen; built new outdoor tilapia pond and improved inside program structures; technicians train and practice in fish breeding
WSP-SPLSPL: Worm FarmProduced 5 tons of worm castings within the past year and reduced institutional landfill impact by 5+ tons; worm products donated to nonprofits and used in institution gardens
WSP-SPLSPL: Art programVarious nonprofit partnersMore than 492 unique and amazing paintings were created using recycled pallet wood and old bed sheets for canvas, which were donated to various charities
WSP-SPLSPL: QuiltingFallen Outdoors, United Methodist Church, Brian Fisher Memorial org, local retirement/convalescent homes.Using donated or cast-off fabric and thread, constructed 480+ lap quilts, quilts, and blankets for charity
WSP-SPLSPL: Creative projectsIn past year, created more than 60 projects such as puzzles and sculptures
WSP-SPLSPL: Water treatment systemsProject 41, Ohio State University, Duke University, Suez, Worldwide Assist, Assist InternationalNew, larger scale water filter system project is in the planning stages: 5-year project with 300 large water filters to be constructed at SPL for large-scale project throughout the Navajo Nation
WSP-SPLSPL: Waste sorting and recyclingSorts all of the waste created within the SPL for recycling/re-use/repurposing; shreds scrap cardboard and papers for composting and worm farm programs; non-repairable clothes cut up for cleaning rags; remaining cloth scraps are then shredded to be used as stuffing in the teddy bears.
WSP-SPLSPL: Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessGraduated 23rd class August 2018; 353 graduates so far; program on hold until funding available
WSP-SPLSPL: Green ZoneFarm to school, Lettuce Grow,
Master Gardening program, OSU
8,900 lbs. of produce donated to Walla Walla Senior Center and local soup kitchens in response to increased need for meals due to COVID-19. Farm to school still operated this year with the local school districts, and SPL supplied 1,200 starter plants and 2,000 lbs. of compost. Educational learning for youth also provided by Farm to school organizers.
WSP-SPLSPL: Green Zone composting40+ tons kitchen food waste combined with waste paper results in 20+ tons of finished compost; compost spread in Green Zone and other grounds
WSP-South ComplexRental garden boxes48 raised bed gardens, available to individual renters for personal use; program created with goal to reduce violence
WSP-MSUBeekeepingWest Plain Beekeepers, Washington State Beekeepers Association9 healthy hives; 44 Beginner certified beekeepers so far; two classes are in session now – a Beginner course with 7 incarcerated students and 2 staff members and a Journeyman course with 7 incarcerated students! Tried a new mite treatment this Spring that has worked well for their bees.
WSP-MSUSheep conservation programWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State UniversityProgram active but some work is pending the appointment of a lead animal researcher for WSU; previous year, 9 Suffolk ewes produced 18 lambs; 10 female and 8 male; partners developed new data tracking systems and protocols. Certification and materials are in development
WSP-MSUFlower gardensPollinator-friendly flower gardens, boxes, and baskets; added several new planter boxes and a pollinator garden of clover
WSP-MSURental garden boxes38 raised garden bed boxes used by 58 individuals; limited movement during COVID-19 pandemic caused some difficulty in accessing gardens. Despite these challenges, program received ~100,000 hours of participation
WSP-MSUDog ProgramWalla Walla Humane SocietyPrevious reporting period, 20 incarcerated individuals served 2,632 hours as handlers and walkers; currently suspended due to COVID-19
WSP-MSUCommunity crewCity/County of Walla Walla, Veterans Administration, Port of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Fairgrounds, Walla Walla Landfill, Walla Walla County Private Properties, and local Cities and/or Counties such as Waitsburg, Dayton, College Place, PrescottSustainability-related activities included landscaping, mowing, trimming, brush removal, cleaning out creeks, tree and shrub planting for fish and wildlife habitat, and pumpkin harvest; During COVID-19, crews have not been allowed out into the community and have focused on maintaining facility grounds