Cedar Creek Corrections Center (CCCC)

ProgramProgram Partners December 2020 highlights
Beekeeping: CCCCOlympia Beekeeping Association, Washington State Beekeepers Association No hives on site in 2019; education program continues to support the McNeil Beekeeping program: in 2020, graduated 23 incarcerated and 2 staff beginner beekeepers; 73 certified beekeepers overall so far!
Beekeeping: McNeil IslandCorrectional Industries, Department of Natural Resources, community beekeepersTeam started program in May 2018; in 2019, CCCC beekeepers visit island program 2x month; program and partnership thriving.
Western pond turtle careWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Woodland Park Zoo, and PAWS81 turtles cared for and released since 2013; program part of a much broader partnership; program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, hoping to restart in mid-2021
Woodpecker nest predation studyUS Forest ServiceThis project successfully concluded in August 2020
AquaponicsSymbiotic CyclesNew 5ft x 20ft raft bed system to produce greens year round for facility kitchen; technicians received 2-part training from Symbiotic Cycles LLC. 2019: harvesting greens for kitchen use.
Vegetable gardensCentralia College, Littlerock Elementary School~10,000 ft2 of gardens yielded ~15,000 lbs. of produce. Program also grew pumpkins for prison family events
Flower gardensCentralia College~15,000 pollinator-friendly annual flowers planted around grounds each year (grown from seed in facility greenhouses); need to add more to support honeybees on site
Waste sorting & recyclingDue to COVID-19, primary focus has been pulling enough cardboard and paper to continue composting program
Large-scale composting~150 tons of organic matter diverted to composting
Training dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service DogsProgram currently has 5 trainers, 5 secondary trainers, and 5 dogs. 3 dogs graduated in 2020.
Community College HorticultureCentralia CollegeProgram cares for all of the greenhouses and vegetable gardens, propagates all annual flowers for the facility. Students earn 20 credits for the 10-week course.
Construction: tiny homes Centralia CollegeBuilt 6 tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness in the community and 2 chassis for larger “tiny cottages”
Water use reduction and catchmentCatchment capacity: 45,000 gallons; replaced concrete and gravel around the wood shop with grass to reduce water run off.
Waste water treatmentDepartment of Ecology (DOE)DOE-recognized with Outstanding Performance Award; testament to work of facility staff plus incarcerated individuals who work at the treatment plant and gain valuable skills for post-release; recently installed a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) that improves quality of effluent
ForestryDNROff-site crews are trained in and practice re-forestation, woodcutting, land clearing, and forest firefighting and fire prevention. Crews were dispatched to numerous fire projects and local wildfires, receiving recognition and appreciation from community members for their efforts.
Community work155 incarcerated individuals performed community work, providing a total of 16,050 hours of work for local, county, nonprofit and state agencies. Services included development of parks and recreational areas, litter clean-up, restoration at Mima Mounds, and removal of invasive/noxious weeds.

Articles about CCCC


Why Aquaponics in Prison?

Aquaponic knowledge, from one program to another

The Magic of Caring for Turtles


Turtle Release Day for Cedar Creek

Fine Tuning Aquaponics at Cedar Creek

Letter from a graduate: Centralia College Horticulture Program at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Turtles Arrive at Cedar Creek


Aquaponics training at Cedar Creek

McNeil Island’s Newest Residents

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington

Technicians from Cedar Creek participate in turtle release

Turtle Season is Here!

Biological Science Technician at Cedar Creek speaks about his time with SPP

Turtles plus woodpeckers plus…


New Biological Science Technician Position, and One of the Newest is Feeling Thankful

New Woodpecker Nest Monitoring Project at Cedar Creek

Happenings at Cedar Creek Corrections

Cedar Creek Turtle Release 2017

New Turtles and New Technicians!


Going Above and Beyond for Sustainability

A Tribute to Tammy

Turtle 4176’s Release

A Successful Turtle Release

In Service to the Earth

A Technician’s Experience in a Room Full of Frog Scientists

New Turtles Arrived!

New Program Offered by SPP: Bee Certification


Frog Release 2015: Celebrating the Program that Paved the Way!

Buzzing With Success: Bees Help Inmates Learn Marketable Skills, Build Self-Esteem

Cedar Creek Gardens

Working with the Oregon Spotted Frog

A Big Thank You for the Amazing New Turtle Shed!


First Beekeeping Certification in-prison for SPP-WA

Graduations and Transitions

Freedom of the Frogs!

New to the Frog and Turtle Program!

Cedar Creek Prairie Conservation Crew 2014

Western Pond Turtle Release

A Convicts Redemption


Cedar Creek’s Roots of Success Graduation

Worm Farm Wisdom

The Wonders of In-Vessel Composting at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Interview with Officer Glenn Epling, New Beekeeping Project Lead at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

A New Composting Facility for Cedar Creek Corrections Center

The Smell of Hope

Collaboration at Shotwell’s Landing Nursery

Internship with SPP

Planète Grenouille

Gardening with Sophie Hart at Cedar Creek Corrections Center (2013)

Kittens at Shotwell’s

New Prairie Restoration Community Crew


Composting and the Prison Experience

246 Oregon spotted frogs released on September 24th!

Perspectives from an Inmate Service Dog Trainer at Cedar Creek Corrections Center

Inmate perspective on a prison garden project

SPP Oregon Spotted Frog Program Transitions

59 Frogs released at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in March! )

Inmates Participate in Egg Mass Surveying at West Rocky Prairie

New Frog Rearing Practices at Cedar Creek

Inmate Frog Technicians Experiment with Cricket Rearing


Inmate Technicians Attend Annual Species Recovery Conferences

French Film Crew Visits SPP!

DOC Enables Former Frog Technician to Join in the Annual OSF Release Event

Annual Oregon spotted frog release!

Sustainable Prisons Project Involved in Cutting Edge Research

Frog Predator Response Experiment at CCCC

Arboriculture Workshop at Cedar Creek Correction Center

Oregon Spotted Frog Egg Masses Discovered Near Release Site!

Frog Project Initiates New Research


Outreach at the South Sound Science Symposium

Farewell Frogs!

Offenders Prepare for Frog Release

Cedar Creek’s Captive Crickets

Offenders take college credit at Evergreen

New Frogs Have Arrived!

Frog Project Receives Grant from Oregon Zoo Foundation


Beekeeping: More than honey

Saving frogs takes teamwork

The trouble with crickets