Environmental Engagement Workshop Series
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. 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 inmates at one or both facilities.
In 2017, following the results of thousands of surveys and follow up discussions among students and staff, we updated the program name. For the full story, see our three-part chronicle.
Workshops are about 90 minutes. Attendance ranges from 25-80 inmate-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 following topics have been requested by students:
- green job opportunities / ways to get involved with sustainability efforts
- environmental justice
- renewable energy, particularly solar and wind
- endangered plant and animal species / general information on animals
- “green” building, construction and architecture
- politics and economics of climate change
- marine biology
- wildlife reserves
- native culture and sustainability
- fishing industry and sustainable practices
- sustainable food systems and farming
- waste water treatment
- Mt. Rainier
- salmon enhancement and recovery
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 are interested in sharing your time and talent with an inmate audience you can check out our online calendar and sign up:
To learn more about the lecture series, please contact Liliana Caughman, SPP’s Workshop Series Coordinator, at 360-867-6765 or email@example.com.
Other lectures and workshops
SPP’s ecological conservation programs regularly offer lectures and workshops to program technicians. In some cases, like the sagebrush conservation nurseries, these educational events are 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.
SPP blogs on the Environmental Workshop Series
WCCW Sustainability Workshop (2014)
Beekeeping Behind Bars (2013)
Lecture Series Update (2012)