Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)

Program Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights 
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Graduated 370 students in 22 classes! Training new instructors for the program
Environmental Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Super successful year for the program: 854 attendees, 118 certifications awarded, five hour climate change symposium, excellent students!!
Seed to Supper curriculum from OR Food Bank and OSU Extension Service 12 classes in 2018, ~65 students completed the course so far; staff and students contributing to gardening certification development
Beekeeping Expert community beekeeper Graduated 4 classes of incarcerated beekeepers; watched queens hatch this spring
Prairie Conservation Nursery Center 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 International In past year. cultivated 100,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration; held 16 seminars on restoration ecology
Emergent Vegetation Mats Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Center for Natural Lands Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord In past year, 111 emergent wetland mats for habitat restoration installed at Oregon spotted frog sites and monitored for efficacy; 31 education sessions for technicians
Gardens and greenhouses Coastal Harvest Food BankHarvest Now 25,000 ft2 of gardens p. Starting July 2018, portion of good grown went to some to prison kitchen: 4,140 lbs. To food bank in 2018: 36,036; Harvest Now informed them they reported the most donated produce out of the 85 prisons they work with.
Beekeeping Expert community beekeeper Graduated 4 classes of incarcerated beekeepers; watched queens hatch this spring
Lifer Garden Coastal Harvest Food BankHarvest Now 5,000 ft2 garden tended by Lifers, growing produce and ornamental flowers
Food Bank fundraisers Giving Tree, Coastal Community Action Senior Center, Community Youth Services, Set Free Christian Fellowship, Coastal Harvest Food Bank, Unidos Por Puerto Rico Incarcerated individuals and staff raised and donated ~$9730 to non-profits listed
Large-scale composting   Diverted 264,000+ lbs food waste, created 132 tons of finished compost
Waste sorting & recycling   Diverted 239 tons of metals, cardboard and paper to recycling in past year
Water catchment   Water catchment at greenhouse and each living unit, 3210 gallons capacity
Bicycle Repair Lions Club 193 bikes repaired and donated in past year
Wheelchair Repair Wheels for the World 147 wheelchairs repaired and donated in past year
Freedom Tails Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) 34 dogs graduated, 3 graduation ceremonies
Service dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs 9 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans
Bird houses   More than 40 houses on the grounds
Pollinator plantings   Pollinator plants in every garden and next to greenhouses
Flower gardens, boxes, baskets   Flowers gardens throughout the grounds, two more outside the fence
Construction: projects to benefit homeless Low Income Housing InstituteFamily Promise of Grays Harbor Tiny home construction beginning October 2018; donated cabinetry for Day Center renovations

Articles about SCCC


Origin Story of a Compost Program


Wolves: More like Humans Than You Would Think!

Art of the Oregon silverspot butterfly

Welcoming New Roots of Success Instructors

Caring for the Community with Coastal Harvest

Trying to Find a Balance: The Emergent Vegetated Mats (EVM) Project

The Value of Education

Collaboration is Key

Cracking Kinnikinnick

Standing in the gap for each other: Environmental wisdom from Roots of Success

Liaisons are our Roots for Success

Let yourself germinate


Turning a new leaf with emergent vegetated mats!

Climate Change Symposium in Prison: Incarcerated people creating solutions

Finding Elysium

Beekeepers are hard at work at Stafford Creek

Bright colors speak loudly for the hard work being done at Stafford Creek!

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part Two

The Challenges—and Opportunities—of a New Program

From SPP to Water for the World

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part One


What is an Aquatic Emergent Pre-Vegetated Mat?

Snakes in a prison

Adding Salt to Popcorn: Gaining a taste for sustainability

Princess Remington and Pele: Royalty in a prison classroom

Just Sustainability and Restorative Justice

Reaching the Unreachable

Prairie seeds close up

Nothing like an octopus in prison!


From Poop to Employment: Jonathan Jones-Thomas shares his experience returning to prison as a guest lecturer

Roots of Success Graduation Speech

The Effects of Believing

Sustainability… in Prison? SPP Coordinator and MES Graduate Candidate, Tiffany Webb, shares her experience of working in prisons

Inmate Blog: “Hard Time Café”


Photo Gallery from Roots of Success Graduation at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

SPP’s New Lecture Series Certification

“Participating in the transformation of the world” : Roots of Success at Stafford Creek Corrections Center


Beekeeping Behind Bars

My First Two Months Working at SPP


CNN Visits Stafford Creek Corrections Center

SPP Lecture Series Update

New Tilapia Program at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Spring and Cold Moisture Storage at Shotwell’s Landing and Stafford Creek Corrections Center


Blooming Inside the Walls

A New Season

Smoke Water


Inmates Restore Prairie, Make Video to Teach Others

Coming Full Circle

Change is in the Air!

Growing Plants and Potential: Stafford Creek Nursery Project

Earth Day, Sustainable Prisons Project Style

Bird Conservation Project Taking Flight at Stafford Creek Corrections Center


Beekeeping prisoners: Science inside the fence

Green-collar kites: Inmates share their ideas for sustainability