Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

Program Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Working on restarting Roots program; hosted a training event to train new instructors for LCC
Environmental Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Program re-launch in April, 2018; going strong since!
Prairie Conservation Nursery Center for Natural Lands ManagementJoint Base Lewis-McChordWashington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Oregon Zoo, Friends of Puget PrairiesWolf Haven International 2018, program had the largest native violet production nursery in the world! 37 education sessions developed and delivered to cognitively challenged incarcerated students; produced 11 lbs. of early blue violet seed; transitioning to more diversity: created seed beds for 6 new species of prairie plants
Beekeeping, “Intensive Bee Management Unit” Olympia Beekeepers Association Graduated 2 classes of students and has 6 hives going into winter!
Horticulture Centralia College Education program for men with cognitive challenges that teaches adult basic education contextualized as horticulture; incarcerated Teaching Assistants
Gardens and greenhouses Thurston County Food BankThe Saint’s Pantry Food BankThe City Reach Food Bank, and The Shelton Community Kitchen, Harvest Now 2018, 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 tape drip irrigation, reduced vegetable beds’ water use by 58%; grew 2,942 plants for WCC special events (e.g. Mother’s Day baskets)
Plant starts Kiwanis Hoodsport Grew 7,000 plants for 2018 Hood Canal Kiwanis Spring Plant Sale!
Construction: bus stops, tiny homes, Neighborhood Pantries, bird houses Centralia College, Low Income Housing Institute, Kiwanis Hoodsport, Hood Canal School District Carpenters 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.
Flower gardens   Flower gardens throughout the campus
Nature Imagery NIPP team; University of UT 2 Nature Imagery rooms in Cedar Hall; hosted documentary film makers and 2 information nights focused on program
House plants   Plants in all shared and staff areas, which are provided and maintained by Grounds Maintenance crew
Large-scale composting   Diverted 40,220 lbs of food waste to composting
Waste sorting & recycling   Diverted nearly 250 tons of metals, cardboard, paper and plastics to recycling
Shoe and clothing repurposing Correctional Industries DOC facilities send used clothes to WCC for reuse and recycling; repurposed 7,266 t-shirts, 26,260 boxer shorts, 11,483 pairs of socks
Training dogs for veterans Brigadoon Service Dogs Training service dogs for the needs of individual veterans. Small pilot with plans for expansion.

Articles about WCC


Cross Pollination: Violet Program Presents in the Workshop Series

Workshop series expands to WCC! (take two)

Blooms & Blossoms at Washington Corrections Center

Workshop series expands to WCC! (take two)


Farm to Table Celebration at WCC

Nature Imagery in Prisons Project


Lecture Series expands to Shelton


Team building for native violets at Washington Corrections Center

Beds for Violets at Washington Corrections Center: Building SPP’s newest conservation nursery!


2013’s Bumper Crop at Washington Corrections Center