We have delivered a lectures and workshop series continually since 2009 at two prisons: Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor and Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen. And most recently the workshop series expanded to Washington Corrections Center in Shelton. Often, we are able to provide additional presentations and workshops at other Washington State prisons. We have offered more than 200 lectures and workshops to more than 2000 incarcerated students. Hundreds of students have received program certification for attending 5 or more.

Nearly 200 guest scientists and practitioners from more than 75 organizations have shared their expertise in the program: see our Thank You page for recent guest experts. Scientists and community members active in science and sustainability are invited to share their passion and knowledge with incarcerated individuals at one or both facilities.

SPP Workshop Series has been going strong at two prisons since 2009, with the addition of a third prison in 2018; a guest expert has the pleasure of presenting their topic to packed house every month. Photo by Liliana Caughman.

Workshops are about 90 minutes. Attendance ranges from 25-80 incarcerated-students, depending on the topic and prison. Topics have included climate change, energy and biofuels, animal track identification, wetlands, environmental justice, green building, a native plant identification workshop, butterflies, innovations in composting, and a workshop on designing a rain garden, just to name a few.

The most successful and engaging workshops offer lots of time for discussion — our students ask great questions! Other welcome offerings include hands-on activities, specimens to examine, writing, diagramming, drawing, handouts, worksheets, audio or video clips, photographs, and demonstrations. Think about varied ways to share your own excitement for the topic, and be ready to challenge them and have a great time. If you’d like more guidance on developing a workshop, please see SPP’s guidelines for prison workshops.

If you are interested in sharing your time and talent with our students, take a look at the available workshop dates below, and sign up for a workshop here.

Corrections Center
for Women
Stafford Creek
Corrections Center
Corrections Center
1st Tuesday of the month 9:40-11:20 am, Gig Harbor 3rd Thursday of the month 9:30-11:00 am, Aberdeen 4th Wednesday of the month 2:30-4:00 pm, Shelton
Sep 3, 2019Sep 19, 2019Sep 25, 2019
Oct 1, 2019Oct 17, 2019Oct 23, 2019
Nov 5, 2019Nov 21, 2019Nov 27, 2019
Dec 3, 2019Dec 19, 2019 
Jan 7, 2020Jan 16, 2020Jan 22, 2020
Feb 4, 2020Feb 20, 2020Feb 26, 2020
March 3, 2020March 19, 2020March 25, 2020
April 7, 2020April 16, 2020April 22, 2020
May 5, 2020May 21, 2020May 27, 2020
June 2, 2020June 18, 2020June 24, 2020

To learn more about the workshop series, please contact Erica Benoit, SPP’s Workshop Series Coordinator, at 360-867-6765 or benoite@evergreen.edu.

If the dates, times, and locations for our standard series do not work for you, we may be able to set up a special event; please contact the program coordinator Erica Benoit

Lectures and workshops for incarcerated technicians

SPP’s ecological conservation programs regularly offer lectures and workshops to program technicians. In some cases, these educational events may be made available to a wider audience, and cover a wider range of science and sustainability topics. Contact Program Manager Kelli Bush if you are interested in participating.

Lecture series students show off their SPP information sheets; we have recently increased our outreach inside Washington State's prisons. Photo by Tiffany Webb.
Workshop series students show off their SPP information sheets; we have recently increased our outreach inside Washington State’s prisons, so that we can make opportunities better known. Photo by Tiffany Webb.

SPP blogs on the Environmental Workshop Series

When Nature Meets Art (2019)

Origin Story of a Compost Program (2019)

Rethinking the Landscape of Incarceration (2019)

Wolves: More like Humans than You’d Think! (2018)

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington (2018)

Long Live the Kings! (2018)

Climate Change Symposium in Prison: Incarcerated people creating solutions (2017)

SPP, Allies, and Friends: Thank you and goodbye! (2017)

What do the students get from SPP lectures Part Three: Session at the Women’s Prison (2017)

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part Two: Session at the Men’s Prison (2017)

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part One: Surveys Say…! (2017)

Lecture Series Coordinators 1, 2, 3 (2017)

Creative Illustrations for Monarch Butterfly Conservation (2016)

Princess Remington and Pele: Royalty in a prison classroom (2016)

Nothing like an octopus in prison! (2016)

It was a Toad-ally Ribbiting Lecture with the Special Offenders Unit (2016)

Lecture Series Expands to Shelton (2016)

From Poop to Employment: Jonathan Jones-Thomas shares his experience returning to prison as a guest lecturer (2015)

Sustainability… in Prison? SPP Coordinator and MES Graduate Candidate, Tiffany Webb, shares her experience of working in prisons (2015)

WCCW Sustainability Workshop (2014)

WCCW’s Science & Sustainability Lecture Series: An Inmate’s Perspective (2013)

Beekeeping Behind Bars (2013)

Lecture Series Update (2012)

WCCW Winter Lecture Series a Success (2011)

Lectures Captivate Washington Corrections Center for Women (2010)