Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

Programs Program Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both) Recent highlights
Roots of Success, environmental course Roots of Success Re-initiated the program early in 2019. 
Environmental Workshop Series Guest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc. Reduced attendance in the past year: 250 compared to 385 in FY17 and 530 year before that; this year, plans to improve program awareness and match topics to students’ interests.
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, increased seed nursery to produce Viola adunca for Federally listed silverspot butterfly on the Oregon coast; 13 seminars on restoration ecology
Gardens and greenhouses Tacoma Community College, WSU Extension, Pierce County 10,000 ft2 of growing space; summer of 2018 grew 11,620 lbs of produce for prison kitchen — herbs, vegetables, and strawberries; 10 TAs maintain landscaping.
Community College Horticulture Tacoma Community College, WSU Extension, Pierce County Very successful program; currently 34 students enrolled and will earn 55 college credits upon completion; earlier graduates are program’s TAs; 4 Master Gardener volunteers serving as mentors
Beekeeping Mother Earth Farm, Little Eoarth Farm, Tacoma Community College 2nd beekeeping apprentice class in 2017; hives at the prison and at Mother Earth Farm
Offsite farm crew Mother Earth Farm, Emergency Food NetworkTacoma Community College Offsite crew of 9 organic farm students grew 100,000+ lbs for donation to 16 food pantries; gave ~3,400 hours, estimated at $81,497 value; formal education on 17 topics earns 9 credits from TCC
Prison Pet Partnership   First in-prison pet program in the country! in past year, graduated 35 dogs, 23 incarcerated employees; one scholarship for reentry
Waste sorting & recycling   In past year. diverted 89+ tons of materials from waste stream to recycling
Large-scale composting   Last year, composted 257 tons of food waste
Bicycle Repair   In past year donated 182 refurbished bikes to school kids; as of 12/2017 this program is no longer sponsored by Gig Harbor Kiwanis; program reduced to private donations
“Sisters of Charity: quilts, fabric crafts, wildlife rescue Community members donate supplies; West Sound Wildlife receives nests and beds Projected to donate 300-400 craft items (Christmas stockings, knitting, quilts, yarn nests and animal beds, etc.)
Electric vehicles   Maintain 2 electric vehicles
Lighting upgrades   Upgraded all perimeter lighting to LEDs in past year

Articles about WCCW

2018

Wolves: More like Humans Than You Would Think!

A Beautiful Spring and Explosive Summer at WCCW

Long Live the Kings!

2017

Prairie technicians visit the prairie

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

A day for pollinators in prisons

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part Three

Lecture Series Coordinators 1, 2, 3

Summit for Beekeeping in Prisons

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part One

2016

Photos from WCCW Work party

2015

WCCW Graduates first Roots class – photo gallery

Live Falcon and Certification Ceremony makes Lecture Soar

Seeing Two Worlds Combine

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

2014

WCCW Sustainability Workshop

First Prison to be Certified as Wildlife Habitat!

2013

And Then There Were Three: Third Hoop House Complete at Washington Corrections Center for Women

Take Your Child to Work Day at WCCW

Filmmaker visits two prisons

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

Washington Corrections Center for Women Celebrates its SPP programs

Conservation Nursery Crew Begins Work at WCCW

2012

SPP Lecture Series Update

Washington Corrections Center for Women Horticulture & Floral Design Programs

Bountiful gardens at Washington Corrections Center for Women

Guest Blogger: Babel goes to prison

Stormwater presentation at WCCW: Inmate blog

2011

The Women’s Village: A Source of Change for Incarcerated Women

WCCW Winter Lecture Series a Success

2010

Dick Meyer Brings Fair Trade to Prisons

Lectures Captivate Offenders at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)

2009

Women offenders gather for health conference inside prison

Health conference for incarcerated women