Programs

In Washington State, prisons reported 191 programs and 158 partner organizations statewide for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). 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 August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessLiaison described current cohort as “best class yet.” 237 Roots graduates since the program start.
BeekeepingMillers Homestead, West Plains Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA)In past year, 17 incarcerated beekeepers passed Journeyman-level testing and co-authored WASBA’s Journeyman curriculum; AHCC incarcerated beekeepers club plans new initiatives with great staff support, for example: breeding queens, participating in USDA pest survey, building beekeeping equipment; certified 83 Beginner, Apprentice, and Journeyman beekeepers overall, including 11 staff members; 8 healthy hives.
Gardens: MainMaster Gardeners100,000 ft2 of gardens grew nearly 37,000 lbs of produce in 2016, all went to the prison kitchen; due to city water supply contamination, growing cover crops and flowers in 2017 and 18–will start growing produce again in 2019; adding 1/4 acre in 2019; four rows for native American programs: lavender, sage and sweet grass
Gardens: MinimumSecond Harvest Food Bank, Master Gardeners, and Gospel Mission20,000 ft2of gardens grew 4,140 lbs of produce in 2016; due to city water supply contamination, growing cover crops and flowers in 2017 and 18–will start growing produce again in 2019
Diversity GardenCultural groups grow food and flowers for their special events
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: QuiltingVOA (Hope House Women’s Shelter, Crosswalk Teen Shelter), Catholic Charities of Easter Washington, AHCC Medical End of Life PatientsRepurposing fabric in waste stream to create donation quilts; this year’s total is 95 quilts! 3 quilts went to AHCC Medical End-of-Life for terminally/deathbed inmates. The remaining 92 quilts were split between VOA (Hope House Women’s Shelter, Crosswalk Teen Shelter) and Catholic Charities (homeless outreach and shelter services)
Computers 4 KidsOffice of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, WA Department of Enterprise ServicesPast year, refurbished 3,984 for schools plus 11,252 to surplus; 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 SocietyMore staff and incarcerated participation this past year; ended 24th session in June with cumulative total of 175 dog graduates; dog re-union event bring together dog, new owners, and former handlers; program is 100% self-sustainable by community donations and fundraising with art and crafts projects donated to Spokane Humane Society
Firewood donationSNAP Spokane739 cords (!) donated July 2018 – July 2019; 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 PAWS60 turtles cared for and released since 2013; program part of a much broader partnership
Woodpecker nest predation studyUS Forest ServiceNew program in fall 2017, which is proving very successful! Reviewing video footage of nests to document activity; white-headed and black-backed woodpeckers are priority species for research as they are less common.
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 School40,000 sq. ft. of gardens, grew ~8500 lbs of produce for prison kitchen in 2018; grew pumpkins for prison family events; 2019: doubling greenhouse grow-light area
Flower gardensCentralia College~15,000 Pollinator Friendly Annual flowers planted around grounds each year; need to add more to support honeybees on site
Waste sorting & recyclingMarch 2019: got a cardboard bailer. Sustainability committee focused on source sorting and improving composting process
Large-scale composting215611 lbs. of organic matter diverted to composting, producing 53.9 Tons or 135 Cu. Yds (less than usual because new recipe cuts amount of bulking agent needed). New Dept of Ecology permit allows sharing finished compost off site; adjusted recipe and cut amount of added bulking agents (e.g., wood chips) in half
Training dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service Dogs4 dogs trained and 1 graduation ceremony in past year
Community College HorticultureCentralia College40 horticulture students annually
Construction: tiny homes Centralia CollegeBuilt 6 tiny homes for homeless community last year; this year working on larger “tiny cottages” to house families.
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 trained in and practice re-forestation, wood-cutting, land clearing, and forest firefighting and fire prevention.
Community workCedar Creek provides community service crews that perform thousands of hours of work each year for local, county, non-profit and state agencies. Need to add sustainability specificis to include.
Special EventsWSDOT and Dept. of EcologySeries of 3 workshops educating participants on WSDOT environmental careers; Music Equals Math (Centralia College, learning about math concepts through music), Era of Megafires screening
 
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 August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of Success7 classes since program started, 49 Roots graduates so far
BeekeepingNorth Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association2019 season started with one 1 hive and grew to 3, all thriving; 29 certified beekeepers so far; adding scientific education, dissecting and examining dead bees; one beekeeper wrote supplemental curriculum
Vegetable gardensDonations to Peninsula College culinary program, food pantries2018: 5850 ft2(additional 4000 ft2unused); ~1200 pounds of produce grown (~43 lbs to culinary program, 1,075 to the kitchen, 84 lbs to area food banks)
Flower gardensPlanted 500 perennials this year; ornamental gardens in courtyard, access breezeway, MSC light yards; “worm tea” is only fertilizer
Ozette potato programGrowing Ozette and Peruvian Purple seed potatoes for donation to local tribe to help replenish cultural staples.
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, 35 in past year; 99% adoption rate! Continue to host reunions for adoptive families and incarcerated trainers
Cat programWelfare for Animals Guild(WAG!)Hosted by two units in close custody; 23 cats in the program so far, 4 in past year
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 August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of Success231 graduates since start of program; organizing instructor training to restart the program
BeekeepingMid Columbia Beekeepers Ass’n, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationNo bee classes in 2019; graduated 19 Beginners previously; 2 hives; former SPP program manager donated to the program
Plant and Animal HabitatBird boxes, owl box, and pollinator box in garden; built 8 bee boxes in past year.
Land restorationLamb WestonPropagated and grew eleven native species for native plant restoration outside the fence
Heritage and bee gardensSeveral pockets of native and polllinator-specific plants. Two Heritage Gardens, incarcerated designers, honor the cultural and natural heritage of our local area, native plants and chunks of columnar basalt
Garden: Main, maintenance areaHarvest Now~1,000 ft2 of vegetables and pollinator plants; half to food bank and half to kitchen
Waste sorting & recyclingSorted ~152 tons of recyclables in past year: metals, cardboard, paper, plastic
Toys for TotsTri-Cities Toys for Tots, Shriners Hospital for ChildrenDonated 150 toys and crafts in the in past year
Teddy bears from reclaimed materialsHospitals, API events held at CRCC, ARC of Tri-Cities, Franklin County Sheriff’s OfficeDonated 600 teddy bears to partners and benefit events
Ridge DogsBenton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue131 dogs graduated from the program in past year!
Service dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service DogsNew: Set up video conferencing with Brigadoon; currently training 2 dogs
Gardens: MinimumFood pantries2,200 ft2 of gardens produced more than 6000 lbs in 2018; half goes to kitchen and half to local food banks
Pollinator garden: MinimumLamb Weston4 acre garden for bees and other pollinators!
Composting: MinimumFood pantriesProduced 8.65 tons of compost in past year

Larch Corrections Center (LCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessGraduated 12 classes, 53 students so far; coordinating with SCCC to train new instructors before transfer to LCC
Western pond turtles careWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon ZooCared for 32 turtles so far, from Columbia Gorge population
BeekeepingClark County Beekeeping Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association3 classes, 24 Beginner beekeepers so far; 4 hives.
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
Wood craft donationsCreated and donated 75 picture frames, 16 jewelry boxes, 4 signs, 1 display cabinet, 1 plaque.
Larch Dog Adoption ProgramHumane Society for Southwest WAWeekly classes and one-on-one training with handlers; 42 dogs and puppies in the program in past year.
Larch Cat Adoption ProgramWest Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Humane Society for Southwest WAEducation and training every 2nd week; 42 kittens and cats adopted in past year.
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 1.9 tons of steel to Cal Bag Metals and 13.84 tons of cardboard to Paper People
Large-scale compostingFirst WA prison to have large-scale composting; diverted 60 tons of food waste; yielding approximately 16 tons of compost.
Waste Water TreatmentDOEIncarcerated technicians can acheive Dept of Ecology certifications; protion of treated water reclaimed (non-potable), ~1,000,000 gal/month
ForestryDNR (and others?)Off-site crews trained in and practice re-forestation, wood-cutting, land clearing, and forest firefighting and fire prevention; 120 crew members have been certified as Firefighter 2
Community workmutliple government entitiesTypical services are farming, reforestation, wood-cutting, brush and debris clearing, general landscaping, processing vegetables at food pantry, 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 August 2019
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: ~4,000 caterpillars were released in March followed by an additional ~2,500 caterpillars in June, the most ever transferred to WDFW in a single year. A second greenhouse was added at MCCCW and up to 8 technicians were participating in the butterfly breeding program this spring
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 EcologySeries 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 Bank2018 720 ft2 of garden space in outer perimeter garden and living unit beds; grew 1,300 lbs of produce for prison kitchen and food bank; 2019 added 6 more raised beds for 2,000 ft2 of garden space
Flower gardensAdded 6 new flowerbeds for butterflies; flower garden for every living unit
Conservation crewsKitsap Conservation District, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Jefferson Land Trust, WSDOT, WDFW, Suquamish Tribe Fisheries.Planting project, invasive weed removal, creek and estuary flood control.
Small-scale composting34.5 tons solid waste composted in past year
Waste sorting & recyclingNearly 75.4 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.
Special EventsEra of Megafires Screening
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 August 2019
MCC-WSRUComposting with Bugs: Worm Farm, Black Soldier Flies, BokashiUniversity Beyond Bars, Tilth Alliance, University of Washington Ecosystem Science Division5 technicians awarded composting certificates in past year; new pulper operational October 2019; expect food waste processing of 6,000+lbs/week, 312,000+lbs annually; priority is to feed worm farm and black soldier flies, remainder to Bokashi (7-34%); commercial food pulper now online, but repeated repairs needed5
MCC-WSRUCity of Monroe public flowersCity of Monroe donates materials, receives flowers and worm castingsGrew 1,392 begonias for City — new benches in greenhouse to hold 40,000 plant starts and need to complete electrical
MCC-WSRUGardening curriculum developmentSCCC, Institute for Applied Ecology, Oregon Food Bank3 technicians reviewed Seed to Supper text; 1 authored advanced topic chapter
MCC-WSRUSPL Roots of SuccessRoots of SuccessGraduated fifth class on April 2nd, 2019; 23 total grads so far; working on moving program so open to general population
MCC-WSRUSPL 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 OutIn 2018, restored 202, donated 162, recycled/scrapped 36
MCC-WSRUSPL Wheelchair programWheels for the WorldIn 2018, restored 454 wheelchairs, donated 658 (including some walkers and sets of crutches), recycled/scrapped 54.
MCC-WSRUSPL 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 MonroeIn 2018, created and donated 300 wooden toys and crafts
MCC-WSRUHouse plantsNew houseplants propagated and potted, three large carts full, for 4th floor/hospital area; decorative wood planters for some
MCC-WSRUBird habitatMultiple bird houses and hummingbird feeders around Education and Gate 7
MCC-WSRUWaste sorting & recyclingTechnicians receive education and training on sorting to support composting programs
MCC-WSRUWaste Water Treatment Certification
MCC-WSRUFlower gardensFlower gardens throughout, plants selected to attract bees and pollinate the vegetables
MCC-WSRUVegetable gardensCI Food Services donated seedsGrew 2,913 lbs for prison kitchen, vegetables and herbs; every living unit has garden space; 1.02 acres cultivated. Working with Evergreen on SPP gardening curriculum
MCC-SOUBeekeepingNorthwest District Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationGraduated 9 incarcerated beekeepers so far; great staff support; 2 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 Pals~100 cats in the last year, 900 cats 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 ~2700 lbs for prison kitchen; every living unit has garden space; ~4000 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.Created 140 quilts and over 400 knitted hats and scarves this year
MCC-TRUDog training and adoptionSummit Assistance Dogs9 dogs this year with 3 graduations
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 – updated August 2019
Community College HorticulturePeninsula College,
Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center, Forks Gamers Group, Sarge’s Place for Homeless Vets
Reduced number of students this year. Even so, obvious garden expansions. Added drip irrigation, biodegradable plastic, and new cover on greenhouse; raised ~$500 from spring plant sale, funding program equipment and supplies.
GardensPeninsula College, Sunshine and Rainbows Child Development Center, Quileute Tribe24,000 ft2 of gardens, 4,000 ft2 greenhouses; rain garden cleans runoff from greenhouse and slowed erosion; 2018, donated 850 lbs of vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs to daycare’s summer meal program (students voted to choose recipient)
Pollinator-friendly plantingsPeninsula CollegeAll greenhouse plants selected to benefit pollinators; in past year increased plantings for pollinators, including natives
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; recycled 28 tons of cardboard and 18 tons of scrap metal in past year
Large-scale compostingCBCC, Kalaloch LodgeProcessed ~158 tons of food and yard waste from OCC and CBCC; produced ~ 54 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 again/as usual! DOE 100% compliant 8 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 has produced 8,383 kWh of electricity
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 (Department of Natural Resources)Every year OCC donates outdoor furniture, wood toys and games, and other crafts to Quillayute Valley School District Scholarship auction; 2019 donated 78 items raising $16,970 for scholarships
Dog training and adoptionOlympic Peninsula Humane SocietyAdopted out 35-40 dogs this past year; adoption rate is 92%; 207 dogs since start of program in 2010
Green BuildingPeninsula CollegeProgram ended December 2018
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; donation to Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction raised nearly $6,000
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 August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of Success382 grads so far! Graduated 23rd class on May 17th, 2019; hosted Dr. Pinderhughes June 12-14; another instructor training in October 2019; training new instructors before they transfer to LCC; starting class in Intensive Management Unit
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Successful year 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 EventsPathways to Reentry symposium, workshop series seminars, Era of Megafires screening
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 InternationalIn past 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 past year, 36 emergent wetland mats and 10,000 plugs for habitat restoration installed at Oregon spotted frog sites and monitored for efficacy; 17 education sessions for technicians
Gardening curriculum developmnetMCC, 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 Starting July 2018, portion of harvest to prison kitchen: 4,140 lbs. To food bank in 2018: 36,036 lbs; Harvest Now informed them they reported the most donated produce out of the 85 partner prisons nationwide
Lifer GardenCoastal Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Now5,000 ft2 garden tended by Lifers, growing produce and ornamental flowers
Food Bank fundraisersGiving Tree, Coastal Community Action Senior Center, Community Youth Services, Set Free Christian Fellowship, Coastal Harvest Food Bank, Unidos Por Puerto RicoIncarcerated individuals and staff raised and donated~$9730 to non-profits listed
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 141.45 tons food waste to composting, producing 35.25 cubic yards of finished compost (approx. 25 tons)
Waste sorting & recyclingDiverted 280 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 Club167 bikes repaired and donated in past year
Wheelchair RepairWheels for the World157 wheelchairs repaired in past year; shipped 200 to El Salvador in June, 2019
Freedom TailsHarbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA)7 dogs graduated, 1 graduation ceremony; this program ended early in 2019, planning restart with new partner
Service dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service Dogs8 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans in past year
Toy TimeChristmas for Kids, Correctional IndustriesStarted 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 August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessGraduated 3rd class April 2019; 23 grads so far; hosted Dr. Pinderhughes in June.
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Programmed launched in April 2018; continues to be going strong with increasing attendance (371 in FY19); 48 certificates awarded!
Special EventsEra of Megafires Screening
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, The City Reach Food Bank, The Shelton Community Kitchen, Harvest Now2018, grew 41,840 lbs; Harvest Now donated vegetable seeds worth $250; donated 23,000 to 5 community org’s to increase production for food banks; garden area 43,560 ft2, greenhouse 1,440 ft2; installed inline drippers throughout with rain-sensitive shutoff, reduced vegetable beds’ water use by 58%; grew 2,942 plants for WCC special events (e.g. Mother’s Day baskets); substantial seed collection and saving.
Flower gardensFlower gardens throughout the campus
HorticultureCentralia CollegeProgram ended in April, 2019
Potted plants and plant startsKiwanis Hoodsport; Saints Pantry Food BankGrew 2,782 starts for 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 DistrictCarpenters 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 in Intensive Management Unit cells (small screens); program quality information not available
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
Waste sorting & recyclingDiverted more than 142 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; processed 22,760 lbs of t-shirt, boxer shorts, and socks in past year, with cost savings of ~$165,200
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 August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessSubstantial efforts to re-start the program, false start in April (ran into difficulties); found new classroom and have a better plan!
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Greatly increased attendance in the past year: 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, crew cultivated 82,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration, increased seed nursery to produce Viola adunca seed for Federally listed silverspot butterfly on the Oregon coast; 38 workshops on restoration ecology
Gardens and greenhousesTacoma Community College,WSU Extension, Pierce County10,000 ft2 of growing space; summer of 2018 grew 11,620 lbs of produce for prison kitchen — herbs, vegetables, and strawberries; 10 TAs maintain landscaping
BeekeepingMother Earth Farm, Little Eoarth Farm,Tacoma Community College, Washington Master Beekeepers wamasterbeekeepers.orgNo beekeeping classes last few years; still have 3 hives
Community College HorticultureTacoma Community College,WSU Extension, Pierce County (Master Gardeners)Very successful program; currently 34 students enrolled and will earn 55 college credits upon completion; earlier graduates are program’s TAs; 4 Master Gardener volunteers provide lectures and mentorship; Master Gardeners also donated $1,500 for soil, seeds, and fertilizers
Mother Earth Farm, offsite farm crewMother Earth Farm,Emergency Food Network, Tacoma Community CollegeOffsite 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 PartnershipFirst in-prison pet program in the country! In past year, 35 dogs in training, 17 adopted as pets, 6 as service animals, 25 incarcerated employees; 2 found pet care industry employment post-release
Sisters of Charity: quilts, fabric crafts, wildlife rescueCommunity members donate supplies; LIHI and multiple non-profits/charities receive donations In past year, created and donated 3,111 items! Hats, pillowcases, quilts, stockings, pottery, dog beds (for PPP), and curtains for tiny houses
Waste sorting & recyclingIn past year, diverted 86+ tons of materials from waste stream to recycling
Large-scale compostingLast year, composted 158+ tons of food waste
Electric vehiclesMaintain 2 electric vehicles
Lighting upgradesUpgraded all perimeter lighting to LEDs in past year
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 August 2019
WSPMonarch butterfly program, restoring Pacific Northwest populationsWashington State UniversityDepartment of Entomology7th year of the program, raising Pacific NW monarchs from egg to butterfly. 2018, rasied 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 Center2018 grew ~110,000 lbs of produce, donated 2,471 lbs; remainder to prison kitchen, saving $122,677; 2017 grew 151,470 lbs of produce, savings of $175,937; 457,380 ft2 of garden
WSPWaste sorting & recycling277,300 pounds of cardboard metals, batteries, and plastics diverted to recycling; new recycle shop improved sorting
WSPComposting, main75.9925 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 lighting retrofits: 8 pole lights, 12 light fixtures, 3 overhead, 2 wall, and 3 soffit lights; LED fixtures on hand to replace all existing when they fail
WSPWater conservationGovernment rebatesvia PPL Electric Utilities;ICON Systems Inc.In past year, updated 16 showers, reducing gallons-per-minute from 10 to 1.6
WSP-BARKitten programBlue Mountain Humane Society125 kittens and cats (mostly kittens) in the past year, socialized and raised for adoption
WSP-BARRoots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessGraduated first class October 2018, 12 students
WSP-BARCrochet ProgramPartnership with SPL, creating donation items
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 201227 programs in past year donated 19,000+ items to non-profits; provided 8,500+ items for State use; estimate $200,000 savings for DOC annually; 250 tours provided; all technicians receive education and training programs
WSP-SPLSPL: Learning CenterCreates education curricula, manages inventory, coordinates events, TV repair and rental
WSP-SPLSPL: Wood ShopLumber Products, WSP Employees Veterans’ Committee, Hard Headz, Walla Walla Foundry, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Fallen Outdoors, Salmon for Soldiers and other non-profit groupsMore than 250 projects in past year; built custom wood signs, special furniture items, and carvings for donations; also create and repair institutional furniture, big cost savings for DOC associated
WSP-SPLSPL: Wood CarvingHand-carved 96 items for auctions this past year; four individuals received one-on-one training
WSP-SPLSPL: Furniture RepairDonations to Habitat for Humanity, The Humane Society, Veterans Housing Project, Women and Children Rescue Mission, Christian Charities Mission, and Teen AidSort and salvage donated materials; create “custom furniture solutions” for 40+ charities; instruction on safety and tool use
WSP-SPLSPL: Sign shopRe-cycle materials, produce 2000+ signs and banners, provide vocational training to 6 sign makers; this shop focuses on cost savings for taxpayers; discontinued work for outside charities
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 FarmProcessed 42+ tons of material, producing 30,000lbs of worm castings; moved program to greenhouse in outdoor Green Zone, where there’s more space for expansion
WSP-SPLSPL: Art programCreated more than 60 unique and amazing paintings for donation to various charities
WSP-SPLSPL: Parole-a-bearSPL’s most productive shop by # of items, annually creating ~more than 4,200 stuffed bears and other items for charities; also repair for institutional clothing and created 300 holiday stockings for donation
WSP-SPLSPL: QuiltingFallen Outdoors, United Methodist Church, Brian Fisher Memorial org, local retirement/convalescent homes.Using donated or cast-off fabric and thread, constructed 350+ 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: Bottle recyclingProof of concept stage: building childrens’ beds from discarded water and soda bottles (no longer have a buyer for recycling those items)
WSP-SPLSPL: Water treatment systemsProject 41Constructed water-filtrations systems as ordered by Project 41; optimized assembly methods
WSP-SPLSPL: Metal shipRepair and fabrication of equipment for recreation programs; repair and fabrication of items for Staff Wellness Program, including fund raising ($4,500!)
WSP-SPLSPL: Special projectsMade over 3,000 products for DOC institutional use, including staff duty belt items (such as OC dispenser holsters (MK4 & MK9), cuff cases, and radio cases, and more; also feature the ‘Blue Line’), bags for special needs, PREA shower curtains, incarcerated individuals’ property bags, and more
WSP-SPLSPL: SPL 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; un-repairable clothes cut up for cleaning rags; remaining cloth scraps are then shredded to be used as stuffing in the teddy bears.
WSP-SPLSPL: Indoor plantsPropagate and care for plants for indoor spaces; also grew 100+ lavender plants for outdoor beautification and good smells
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
Produced 7,350 lbs of produce (80% to 13 food banks in Walla Walla County 20% to prison kitchen); delivered 1500 potted plant for 8 local school in Walla Walla; planted 4,000 seeds of more than 100 varieties of flowers for pollinators
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 University9 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 gardensTwo flowers gardens, 10 flower boxes and 26 hanging flower baskets
WSP-MSURental garden boxes 38 raised bed garden boxes available, for personal use; 38 active renters!
WSP-MSUDog ProgramWalla Walla Humane Society 20 incarcerated individuals served 2,632 hours as handlers and walkers
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