Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC)

Program Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success 16 classes graduated so far!
Sustainability Lecture Series Guest speakers Three lectures this past year: A Plastic Ocean, Solar Energy, and Sustainability.
Beekeeping Mid Columbia Beekeepers Ass’n Program is buzzing! Two classes in session and working to start a journeyman-level beekeeper program
Sustainability Passport   In past year, awarded 55 passports with stamps for various sustainability programs: lecture series, beekeeping, Roots, Toys for Tots, etc.
Plant and Animal Habitat   Bird boxes, owl box, and pollinator box in garden; built 6 bee boxes in past year.
Land restoration Lamb Weston Restoring native vegetation outside the fence, planted ~200 sagebrush plants and ~3 lbs of blanket flower seeds
Heritage Garden   Designed by incarcerated individuals, honors cultural and natural heritage of local area, using native plants to minimize water use.
Gardens: Minimum   3,000 ft2 of gardens produced more than 6000 lbs in 2018; donated to food banks throughout the Columbia Basin.
Worm composting: Main and Minimum   Have grown 1000 worms to ~45,000; processed ~600 lbs of food waste and generated 300 lbs of worm castings.
Composting   Produced 2.5 tons of compost in past year
Waste sorting & recycling   Sorted ~167 tons of recyclables in past year: metals, cardboard, paper, plastic
Ridge Dogs Benton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue 105 dogs graduated from the program in past year! Volunteer publishing participant essays on program experience
Mother and kitten foster Benton Franklin Humane, Adam County Pet Rescue 20 kittens in the program last year
Toys for Tots Tri-Cities Toys for TotsShriners Hospital for Children Donated 150 toys and crafts in the in past year
Teddy bears from reclaimed materials Hospitals, API events held at CRCC, ARC of Tri-Cities, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Donated 251 teddy bears to partners and benefit events

Articles about CRCC


Coyote Ridge Corrections Center looks gray, but it’s the “greenest” prison in the nation!

Liaisons are our Roots for Success


Letter from one of the Roots Master Trainers

Fracking Lecture at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center


Collecting Sagebrush Seeds

Prairie Restoration Lecture

Accountability: Brainstorming article

Sustainability & Justice

Climate Science at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

A Master of Training

Sagebrush in Prisons Project


Growing Sagebrush in Central Washington

Each One, Teach One


CRCC Roots Course Leads to Inmate Interest in Sustainability

Reaching higher at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center