Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)

Program Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Beekeeping: CCCC Olympia Beekeeping Association 5 classes of apprentice education and certification so far; wood shop built hives for new McNeil Island program
Beekeeping: McNeil Island Correctional Industries, Department of Natural Resources, community beekeepers 2 hives installed on the island in May by a crew of CCCC staff beekeepers with support of a team of local expert beekeepers. The program is buzzing!
Western pond turtle care Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Woodland Park Zoo, and PAWS 60 turtles cared for and released since 2013; program part of a much broader partnership
Woodpecker predation study US Forest Service New 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.
Aquaponics Symbiotic Cycles, Centralia College New 5ft x 20ft raft bed system to produce greens year round for facility kitchen; technicians received 2-part training from Symbiotic Cycles LLC.
Vegetable gardens Centralia College, Littlerock Elementary School 40,000 sq. ft. of gardens, grew ~8500 lbs of produce for prison kitchen in 2018; grew pumpkins for prison family events
Flower gardens Centralia College ~15,000 Pollinator Friendly Annual flowers planted around grounds each year; adding more in 2019 to support honeybees on site.
Waste sorting & recycling   Need to rebuild program
Large-scale composting   276916 lbs of organic matter diverted to composting, which produced 138+ tons of finished compost.
Training dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs 20 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans in the past year; 2 graduation ceremonies
Community College Horticulture Centralia College 60-70 horticulture students annually
Construction: tiny homes and wildlife habitat Centralia CollegeLow Income Housing Institute, community beekeepers Building tiny homes for tiny home villages; built bird houses to native species’ specs from scrap wood, for onsite placements; built bee boxes for McNeil Island program
Waste water treatment Department of Ecology (DOE) In 2018, DOE recognized CCCC wastewater treatment facility 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
Water use reduction and catchment   Catchment capacity: 45,000 gallons; replaced concrete and gravel around the wood shop with grass to reduce water run off.

Articles about CCCC


Letter from a graduate: Centralia College Horticulture Program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Turtles Arrive at Cedar Creek


Aquaponics training at Cedar Creek

McNeil Island’s Newest Residents

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington

Technicians from Cedar Creek participate in turtle release

Turtle Season is Here!

Biological Science Technician at Cedar Creek speaks about his time with SPP

Turtles plus woodpeckers plus…


New Biological Science Technician Position, and One of the Newest is Feeling Thankful

New Woodpecker Nest Monitoring Project at Cedar Creek

Happenings at Cedar Creek Corrections

Cedar Creek Turtle Release 2017

New Turtles and New Technicians!


Going Above and Beyond for Sustainability

A Tribute to Tammy

Turtle 4176’s Release

A Successful Turtle Release

In Service to the Earth

A Technician’s Experience in a Room Full of Frog Scientists

New Turtles Arrived!

New Program Offered by SPP: Bee Certification


Frog Release 2015: Celebrating the Program that Paved the Way!

Buzzing With Success: Bees Help Inmates Learn Marketable Skills, Build Self-Esteem

Cedar Creek Gardens

Working with the Oregon Spotted Frog

A Big Thank You for the Amazing New Turtle Shed!


First Beekeeping Certification in-prison for SPP-WA

Graduations and Transitions

Freedom of the Frogs!

New to the Frog and Turtle Program!

Cedar Creek Prairie Conservation Crew 2014

Western Pond Turtle Release

A Convicts Redemption


Cedar Creek’s Roots of Success Graduation

Worm Farm Wisdom

The Wonders of In-Vessel Composting at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Interview with Officer Glenn Epling, New Beekeeping Project Lead at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

A New Composting Facility for Cedar Creek Corrections Center

The Smell of Hope

Collaboration at Shotwell’s Landing Nursery

Internship with SPP

Planète Grenouille

Gardening with Sophie Hart at Cedar Creek Corrections Center (2013)

Kittens at Shotwell’s

New Prairie Restoration Community Crew


Composting and the Prison Experience

246 Oregon spotted frogs released on September 24th!

Perspectives from an Inmate Service Dog Trainer at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Inmate perspective on a prison garden project

SPP Oregon Spotted Frog Program Transitions

59 Frogs released at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in March! )

Inmates Participate in Egg Mass Surveying at West Rocky Prairie

New Frog Rearing Practices at Cedar Creek

Inmate Frog Technicians Experiment with Cricket Rearing


Inmate Technicians Attend Annual Species Recovery Conferences

French Film Crew Visits SPP!

DOC Enables Former Frog Technician to Join in the Annual OSF Release Event

Annual Oregon spotted frog release!

Sustainable Prisons Project Involved in Cutting Edge Research

Frog Predator Response Experiment at CCCC

Arboriculture Workshop at Cedar Creek Correction Center

Oregon Spotted Frog Egg Masses Discovered Near Release Site!

Frog Project Initiates New Research


Outreach at the South Sound Science Symposium

Farewell Frogs!

Offenders Prepare for Frog Release

Cedar Creek’s Captive Crickets

Offenders take college credit at Evergreen

New Frogs Have Arrived!

Frog Project Receives Grant from Oregon Zoo Foundation


Beekeeping: More than honey

Saving frogs takes teamwork

The trouble with crickets