Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)

Program Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course   Restarted the program, classes once a week
Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly program U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Oregon Zoo The captive breeding program experienced a record year: almost 11,000 eggs collected, 3,000 caterpillars released in Feb., “bonus” release of 3,000 more caterpillars in June; five technicians earned SPP certificates.; crew visited butterfly habitat for educational field trip.
Beekeeping West Sound Beekeepers Association Has 3 hives and graduated 2 classes of beekeepers so far
Bird boxes   20 bird boxes, 2 bird feeders
Conservation crews Kitsap Conservation DistrictGreat Peninsula ConservancyJefferson Land Trust Planting projects and invasive weed removal for partners.
GRACE (Gardening for Restoration and Conservation Education) Project Kitsap 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 gardens North Mason Food Bank 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 in past year.
Flower gardens   Added 6 new flowerbeds for butterflies; flower garden for every living unit
Small-scale composting   25 tons solid waste composting in past year
Waste sorting & recycling   Nearly 57 tons to recycling in past year
Water use reduction & catchment   30,000 gallons catchment in ponds; low water use per person, 66 gallons/inmate/day in past year
Pawsitive Prison Project Kitsap Humane Society 291 cats and 71 handlers in 3 years of program
House plants   All living units have houseplants and numerous staff have plants in offices.

Articles about MCCCW


First Graduates in 4 Years!


Susan Christopher reflects on her experience raising endangered butterflies in prison

Gardening for a good cause in Kitsap County

Mission Creek butterfly technicians visit Taylor’s checkerspot habitat

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington


Bees at MCCCW – Photo Gallery

Celebrating another flight season for butterfly technicians

Building the pool of environmental instructors for the women’s prisons

Taylor’s checkerspot wake up and release

Excellent Student and Teacher


The Bridge to Evergreen

Healing people and the environment

Tales of Transformation

Mission Creek Checkerspot Spotlight


The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Program Releases Another Butterfly

Roots of Success Marathon Instructor Training, Part Two: Day Four

Flight of the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterflies

More Food for the Very Hunger Caterpillars at MCCCW

Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Rearing

Roots of Success Marathon Instructor Training, Part Two: Day Four

Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Rearing


More Food for the Very Hungry Caterpillars at MCCCW


The Butterflies Get Their Own Computer

Counting the Birds instead of counting the days until summer at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women

SPP Says Goodbye and Best Wishes to Dedicated Butterfly Technician


Butterflies from MCCCW released with the help of Attorney General’s office attorneys

Filmmaker visits two prisons

Another successful rearing season for the Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies at Mission Creek

High diapause survival and a successful release for the butterfly program at MCCCW


Butterfly Techs at Mission Creek Helping with the Evergreen Environmental Observation Network

SPP Butterfly Internship Experience

Celebrating a Successful Inaugural Season for the Butterfly Program at Mission Creek

Newly arrived Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies thriving at MCCCW


Inmate Technicians Attend Annual Species Recovery Conferences

December Butterfly Update

Butterfly Rearing Commences at Mission Creek

SPP Launches New Conservation Program at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women