Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC)

ProgramProgram Partners (partner with DOC, Evergreen, or both)Recent highlights – updated August 2019
Roots of Success, environmental courseRoots of Success382 grads so far! Graduated 23rd class on May 17th, 2019; hosted Dr. Pinderhughes June 12-14; another instructor training in October 2019; training new instructors before they transfer to LCC; starting class in Intensive Management Unit
Environmental Workshop SeriesGuest experts from nonprofits, agencies, business, etc.Successful year for the program: 671 attendees (a decrease due to the move to a smaller room), seminars also launched in Jan 2019 with 117 attendees in FY 19; 112 certifications awarded.
Special EventsPathways to Reentry symposium, workshop series seminars, Era of Megafires screening
BeekeepingExpert community beekeeper, Washington State Beekeepers Association5 hives; graduated two Beginner Beekeeper classes this quarter; 93 Beginner/Apprentice beekeepers so far!!
Prairie Conservation NurseryCenter 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 InternationalIn past year, cultivated 63,000 prairie plants for habitat restoration; held 20 workshops on restoration ecology
Emergent Vegetation MatsWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Center for Natural Lands Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Joint Base Lewis-McChordIn past year, 36 emergent wetland mats and 10,000 plugs for habitat restoration installed at Oregon spotted frog sites and monitored for efficacy; 17 education sessions for technicians
Gardening curriculum developmnetMCC, Institute for Applied Ecology, TX Dept of Corrections, Oregon Food Bank4 S2S Curriculum reviewers, 11 authors/participants in gardening classroom curriculum development group
Gardens and greenhousesCoastal Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Now25,000 ft2 of gardens Starting July 2018, portion of harvest to prison kitchen: 4,140 lbs. To food bank in 2018: 36,036 lbs; Harvest Now informed them they reported the most donated produce out of the 85 partner prisons nationwide
Lifer GardenCoastal Harvest Food Bank, Harvest Now5,000 ft2 garden tended by Lifers, growing produce and ornamental flowers
Food Bank fundraisersGiving Tree, Coastal Community Action Senior Center, Community Youth Services, Set Free Christian Fellowship, Coastal Harvest Food Bank, Unidos Por Puerto RicoIncarcerated individuals and staff raised and donated~$9730 to non-profits listed
Pollinator plantingsPollinator plants in every garden and next to greenhouses; new garden adjacent to bee hives
Flower gardens, boxes, basketsFlowers gardens throughout the grounds, two more outside the fence
Fruit orchardOutside the fence, planted 15 blueberry bushes and 2 each of cherry, Liberty apple, Chehalis apple, Italian plum, and Orcas pear trees
Bird housesMore than 40 bird houses on the grounds
Sustainability channelInstitutional TV channel plays compilation of sustainability program photos and facts, environmental and event videos, and event and job announcements; content updated monthly!
Large-scale compostingDiverted 141.45 tons food waste to composting, producing 35.25 cubic yards of finished compost (approx. 25 tons)
Waste sorting & recyclingDiverted 280 tons of metals, cardboard, paper, and plastics to recycling in past year; new sound system broadcasts deterrent to scavenger birds
Water catchmentWater catchment at each living unit (for living unit gardens) and at greenhouse; 3,210 gallons capacity
Bicycle RepairLions Club167 bikes repaired and donated in past year
Wheelchair RepairWheels for the World157 wheelchairs repaired in past year; shipped 200 to El Salvador in June, 2019
Freedom TailsHarbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA)7 dogs graduated, 1 graduation ceremony; this program ended early in 2019, planning restart with new partner
Service dogs for veteransBrigadoon Service Dogs8 dogs trained to the needs of individual veterans in past year
Toy TimeChristmas for Kids, Correctional IndustriesStarted by 2 incarcerated individuals 15 years ago and has grown to 21 people last year; materials come from furniture shop scraps and community donations; crafts donated for holiday season

Articles about SCCC


Fall Flowers


What’s in a thesis

Showcasing “Art is Freedom”

Rolling out wetland plants for the Samish Indian Nation

Aquaponic knowledge, from one program to another

Fly Like An Eagle to the Sea, No More I See

Happy Halloween from Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Peer education created by and for incarcerated gardeners

When Nature Meets Art

Origin Story of a Compost Program

What is the goal for tomorrow?

Pathways to Successful Re-Entry

Growing a Gardening Curriculum


Wolves: More like Humans Than You Would Think!

Art of the Oregon silverspot butterfly

Welcoming New Roots of Success Instructors

Caring for the Community with Coastal Harvest

Trying to Find a Balance: The Emergent Vegetated Mats (EVM) Project

The Value of Education

Collaboration is Key

Cracking Kinnikinnick

Standing in the gap for each other: Environmental wisdom from Roots of Success

Liaisons are our Roots for Success

Let yourself germinate


Turning a new leaf with emergent vegetated mats!

Climate Change Symposium in Prison: Incarcerated people creating solutions

Finding Elysium

Beekeepers are hard at work at Stafford Creek

Bright colors speak loudly for the hard work being done at Stafford Creek!

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part Two

The Challenges—and Opportunities—of a New Program

From SPP to Water for the World

What do the students get from SPP lectures? Part One


What is an Aquatic Emergent Pre-Vegetated Mat?

Snakes in a prison

Adding Salt to Popcorn: Gaining a taste for sustainability

Princess Remington and Pele: Royalty in a prison classroom

Just Sustainability and Restorative Justice

Reaching the Unreachable

Prairie seeds close up

Nothing like an octopus in prison!


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

Roots of Success Graduation Speech

The Effects of Believing

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

Inmate Blog: “Hard Time Café”


Photo Gallery from Roots of Success Graduation at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

SPP’s New Lecture Series Certification

“Participating in the transformation of the world” : Roots of Success at Stafford Creek Corrections Center


Beekeeping Behind Bars

My First Two Months Working at SPP


CNN Visits Stafford Creek Corrections Center

SPP Lecture Series Update

New Tilapia Program at Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Spring and Cold Moisture Storage at Shotwell’s Landing and Stafford Creek Corrections Center


Blooming Inside the Walls

A New Season

Smoke Water


Inmates Restore Prairie, Make Video to Teach Others

Coming Full Circle

Change is in the Air!

Growing Plants and Potential: Stafford Creek Nursery Project

Earth Day, Sustainable Prisons Project Style

Bird Conservation Project Taking Flight at Stafford Creek Corrections Center


Beekeeping prisoners: Science inside the fence

Green-collar kites: Inmates share their ideas for sustainability