Nisqually Watershed Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017
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The Watershed Festival is an annual celebration featuring art, discovery, and family fun. Festival activities include making a salmon windsock, a marine critter viewing tank, guided walks, and great food and coffee. Be sure to bring your own t-shirt to make a fish print with a real Nisqually salmon! That and other activities will be part of the day-long celebration of nature at the 28th Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival.


The main stage includes music from the Olympia Highlanders, a live raptor show, drumming and singing from the Nisqually Canoe Family, a demonstration from the Olympia Mountaineers, and more. This year’s Nisqually Watershed Poster Contest’s Best in Show was submitted by Oliver Schrader from Olympia Community School.  Stop by to see Oliver and other the winners claim their prizes at the Poster Contest Award Ceremony.

In the Refuge's visitor center auditorium, there will be a number of educational displays and hands-on activities.  Stop by and learn about the watershed from a number of local organizations and learn about the salmon lifecycle by making a keychain! And don't forget to stop by the Insect Extravaganza in the Education Center to view insects from all over the world.


The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge hosts the Nisqually Watershed Festival the last Saturday each September.  The event is free and open to the public.

From 7am to 5pm, ALL festival and Refuge parking will be at River Ridge High School, 320 River Ridge Dr. SE, off Martin Way, 2.3 miles from the Refuge parking lot. A free shuttle will run beginning at 7am.