Washington State is slowly beginning to open back up, but many venues remain closed. Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, be sure to verify that any event you are considering has not been cancelled or rescheduled.
- University of Puget Sound (Tacoma) – Community Summer 2020: Virtual Classes.
Looking for ways to connect this summer? University of Puget Sound is excited to offer new virtual courses to foster connection and learning in the local community and beyond. Special interest classes are being offered in June and July and are open to the public. Explore such topics as civil rights history, business leadership, professional communications, classical music, rock and roll and family history archiving — all taught by inspiring Puget Sound faculty and staff in a live, interactive online format. Community Summer 2020 welcomes students of all ages. For details and to register, visitwww.pugetsound.edu/puget-sound-community-summer-2020/ Fees vary by class.
- July 13 – 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – Camp Fort Nisqually.
Ages 12 to 14! Discover what life was like at Puget Sound’s first trading post. With an in-depth look at the people and events that shaped the Fort’s history, you’ll learn 19th century skills such as blacksmithing and fire starting. Snacks and Friday lunch are provided. Please note that while attending this event, guests, patrons and visitors ARE REQUIRED to use face coverings as well as maintain six feet of physical distance from non-household members and perform frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The new statewide requirement applies to all residents six years old an up. Children under age two are exempt. For kids age 3-5 masks are strongly encouraged. For information, visit https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/camp-fort-nisqually-2/ Fort Nisqually is located at 5400 N Pearl St #11 Tacoma.
- July 14, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Grit City Think & Drink – Volcanic Ecology: Just Add Water.
Dr. Carri LeRoy of The Evergreen State College current research focuses on how streams have developed in the 40 years since the eruption of Mt St Helens. The catastrophic lateral blast resulted in a massive landslide that covered forests and streams around Spirit Lake in up to 300 feet of sterile pumice and ash. Snowmelt, springs, and runoff have carved new watersheds across what is known as the Pumice Plain. New stream channels are being quickly colonized by willow, which is particularly interesting because they have both male and female individuals. In 2018, Dr. LeRoy was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for this research. This talk explores both new watershed development and the influence of willow sex on in-stream communities and ecosystem processes. Carri LeRoy has been a freshwater ecologist at The Evergreen State College since 2006. She completed her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 2005 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, a Masters in Liberal Studies (Environmental Education) in 2001, and her undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and International Studies at Oregon State University. She Co-Directed the Sustainability in Prisons Project from 2011-2017. Dr. LeRoy’s research focuses on how riparian forests interact with streams and provide energy through leaf litter fall. Her research has shown that both the species diversity and genetic diversity of these litter inputs can affect in-stream leaf litter decomposition rates, aquatic fungi and aquatic macro invertebrates. For event info, visit https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/sias/thinkndrink or call (253) 692-4450. This event is FREE and Kid-Friendly!
- July 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Washington Center for the Performing Arts – 2020 Center Stage Virtual Gala.
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia is having a virtual fundraiser, including a terrific online auction! For more information, visit
- July 28 – 31, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – History Through the Arts.
Ages 9 to 11! Travel back to the 1850’s, learning crafts, activities, music and games associated with the many different cultures that were part of Fort Nisqually. Snacks and lunch are provided. Please note that while attending this event, guests, patrons and visitors ARE REQUIRED to use face coverings as well as maintain six feet of physical distance from non-household members and perform frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The new statewide requirement applies to all residents six years old an up. Children under age two are exempt. For kids age 3-5 masks are strongly encouraged. For information, visit https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/event/history-through-the-arts-camps/ Fort Nisqually is located at 5400 N Pearl St #11 Tacoma.
- City of Olympia – Marine Creature Mondays Video Series.
Visit https://streamteam.info/marine-creature-monday-videos/ to enjoy weekly marine education video posts showcasing the amazing marine critters found under the sea in Puget Sound. Created by underwater videographer Matt Balder and Bob Wharton, marine biologist and narrator.
- City of Olympia – Purple Martin Citizen Science Lollapalooza.
Looking for something new to do as you follow social distancing guidelines? Mid to late April marks the return of the largest swallows in North America, the purple martin. Strictly a Western Washington species, the martin is the least-common swallow and the only species of martins on this continent. Migrating to the Pacific Northwest and up into Canada from as far away as the Amazon River and southern Brazil, the martins return to their summer homesites delighting us with their aerial acrobatic flights. From April to September volunteers monitor the martin nest boxes weekly at East Bay in downtown Olympia. Attend a short training on monitoring basics and bird identification. No experience necessary. Pack your mask and binoculars and head out to monitor the East Bay purple martins. It’s easy, visit www.streamteam.info/purplemartin to download data sheets and directions!
- Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – Fort Nisqually at Home!
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is offering some fascinating online explorations for all to enjoy. Watch Fort Skills Videos on everything from candle making to playing 19th century games such as CHARADES (yes, VERY Victorian!) , even create your own puppet show! Visit https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/activities-for-home/ for details on these terrific and KID FRIENDLY events!
- City of Olympia – Bats of the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy videos taken in real-time by local bat expert Greg Falxa. Follow along as Greg talks about the various local bat species and their adaptations for the habitat they (and WE!) live in. Visit https://streamteam.info/bat-videos-and-sounds/ for this amazing stor