Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW)

ProgramProgram Partners Highlights as of December 2020
Roots of SuccessRoots of SuccessSuccessful class in 2019; seeking new instructors
Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly programU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Oregon ZooProgram continues to set records: ~5,900 caterpillars were released in March; 29 education sessions were held, and 3 participants awarded certificates (1500 hours)
BeekeepingWest Sound Beekeepers Association, Washington State Beekeepers AssociationNo classes 2019; graduated 20 incarcerated Beginners previously; this year, harvested 39 pounds of honey; carpentry program built the covers for the hives.
Environmental careers workshopsWSDOT and Dept. of EcologyProgram temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; series of 3 workshops educating participants on environmental careers with WSDOT
GRACE (Gardening for Restoration and Conservation Education) ProjectKitsap Conservation District,
Central Kitsap Foodbank
Kitsap Conservation District 1/4 acre garden tended by MCCCW crew, produced more than 12,000 lbs in first season and donated to 4 food banks; 200 lbs fresh produce to the prison kitchen; mid-October, 350 lbs pumpkins for kids to pick their own at the pumpkin patch.
Vegetable gardensNorth Mason Food Bank720 ft2 of garden space grew ~1,100 lbs. of produce: 520 lbs. to the food bank and 572 lbs. for the prison kitchen.
Flower gardensFlower gardens for every living unit; continued cultivation of existing flower beds, front area revamped with increased use of pollinator-friendly wildflowers
Conservation crewsKitsap Conservation District, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Jefferson Land Trust, WSDOT, WDFW, Suquamish Tribe Fisheries.Program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; planting project, invasive weed removal, creek and estuary flood control.
Small-scale composting23 tons solid waste composted in past year
Waste sorting & recyclingNearly 58 tons to recycling in past year
Water use reduction & catchment30,000 gallons catchment in ponds; low water use per person, 68 gallons/incarcerated resident/day in past year
Pawsitive Prison ProjectKitsap Humane Society22 cats in the 4th year of the program
Plant and animal habitat20 bird boxes, 2 bird feeders
House plantsAll living units have houseplants and numerous staff have plants in offices

Articles about MCCCW


Amazing GRACE: Garden Grows Vegetables, Hope

First Graduates in 4 Years!


Susan Christopher reflects on her experience raising endangered butterflies in prison

Gardening for a good cause in Kitsap County

Mission Creek butterfly technicians visit Taylor’s checkerspot habitat

Astrobiology for the Incarcerated – Washington


Bees at MCCCW – Photo Gallery

Celebrating another flight season for butterfly technicians

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

Taylor’s checkerspot wake up and release

Excellent Student and Teacher


The Bridge to Evergreen

Healing people and the environment

Tales of Transformation

Mission Creek Checkerspot Spotlight


The Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Program Releases Another Butterfly

Roots of Success Marathon Instructor Training, Part Two: Day Four

Flight of the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterflies

More Food for the Very Hunger Caterpillars at MCCCW

Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Rearing

Roots of Success Marathon Instructor Training, Part Two: Day Four

Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Rearing


More Food for the Very Hungry Caterpillars at MCCCW


The Butterflies Get Their Own Computer

Counting the Birds instead of counting the days until summer at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women

SPP Says Goodbye and Best Wishes to Dedicated Butterfly Technician


Butterflies from MCCCW released with the help of Attorney General’s office attorneys

Filmmaker visits two prisons

Another successful rearing season for the Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies at Mission Creek

High diapause survival and a successful release for the butterfly program at MCCCW


Butterfly Techs at Mission Creek Helping with the Evergreen Environmental Observation Network

SPP Butterfly Internship Experience

Celebrating a Successful Inaugural Season for the Butterfly Program at Mission Creek

Newly arrived Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies thriving at MCCCW


Inmate Technicians Attend Annual Species Recovery Conferences

December Butterfly Update

Butterfly Rearing Commences at Mission Creek

SPP Launches New Conservation Program at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women