Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of SuccessGraduated 3rd class April 2019; 23 grads so far; hosted Dr. Pinderhughes in June.
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Programmed launched in April 2018; continues to be going strong with increasing attendance (371 in FY19); 48 certificates awarded!
Special EventsEra of Megafires Screening
Prairie Conservation NurseryCenter for Natural Lands Management, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington Department of Natural Resources,Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife,U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,Oregon Zoo,Friends of Puget Prairies, Wolf Haven InternationalIn 2019, the program had the largest native Viola adunca production nursery in the world! 22 education sessions developed and delivered to cognitively challenged incarcerated students; produced 8 lbs. of early blue violet and 2 lbs of Viola howellii seed; planted out 6 new species to add diversity to seed supply
Beekeeping, “Intensive Bee Management Unit”Olympia Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association6 hives in summer of 2019; graduated 6 incarcerated and 3 staff beekeepers in last year, 14 overall
Gardens and greenhousesThurston County Food Bank, The Saint’s Pantry Food Bank, The City Reach Food Bank, The Shelton Community Kitchen, Harvest Now2018, 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 inline drippers throughout with rain-sensitive shutoff, reduced vegetable beds’ water use by 58%; grew 2,942 plants for WCC special events (e.g. Mother’s Day baskets); substantial seed collection and saving.
Flower gardensFlower gardens throughout the campus
HorticultureCentralia CollegeProgram ended in April, 2019
Potted plants and plant startsKiwanis Hoodsport; Saints Pantry Food BankGrew 2,782 starts for 2019 Hood Canal Kiwanis Spring Plant Sale; donated 800 plants to Saints Pantry Food Bank; gave away 1,503 to staff and incarcerated individuals’ families at various events
Construction: bus stops, tiny homes, Neighborhood Pantries, bird housesCentralia College, Kiwanis Hoodsport, Hood Canal School DistrictCarpenters 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.
Nature ImageryNature video channel available in Intensive Management Unit cells (small screens); program quality information not available
House plantsPlants in all shared and staff areas, provided and maintained by Grounds Maintenance crew
Large-scale compostingBefore composter broke down, diverted 69.53 tons (139,060 lbs. of food waste) to produce 50,280 lbs of finished compost, spread on gardens and flower beds
Waste sorting & recyclingDiverted more than 142 tons of metals, cardboard, and paper to recycling (discontinued plastics diversion; no buyers)
Shoe and clothing repurposingCorrectional IndustriesDOC facilities send used clothes to WCC for reuse and recycling; processed 22,760 lbs of t-shirt, boxer shorts, and socks in past year, with cost savings of ~$165,200

Articles about WCC

2019

Welcoming New Roots Instructors!

Connecting to science

Sticking with Success

2018

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)

2017

Farm to Table Celebration at WCC

Nature Imagery in Prisons Project

2016

Lecture Series expands to Shelton

2015

Team building for native violets at Washington Corrections Center

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

2013

2013’s Bumper Crop at Washington Corrections Center