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Connecting People with Nature


Our Connecting People with Nature (CPWN) program serves to link the work of the USFWS to the community. Along with our partners, we provide opportunities for citizens to become knowledgeable and active stewards. In the beautiful Pacific Northwest, wilderness abounds in the parks, forests, beaches, mountains—and nature is literally just a few steps out of your door! We invite you to explore the many ways you can Experience Nature. You can also follow us on Facebook to learn about opportunities to connect with nature!

  • Prairie Appreciation Day

    For over 20 years, the second Saturday in the month of May has become known as Prairie Appreciation Day in Thurston County, WA. Sponsored by the South Sound Prairies Program and Friends of Puget Prairies, the event is a collaboration between south Puget Sound prairie community partners working together to host free family activities for all ages including exploration stations, prairie restoration efforts and self-guided trails. Click here to see our interactive story map tour.

  • Prairie Blitz

    Team up with local scientists and naturalists at our annual Prairie Blitz events, where you will document as many species of plants, animals, and fungi as possible at our rare native prairies. These are fantastic opportunities for nature lovers of all backgrounds and levels to connect with nature while also generating useful data for science and conservation! Earlier in June 2017, we hosted two Prairie Blitz events using iNaturalist (Glacial Heritage PreserveWolf Haven International).

  • The Pollinator Project

    Pollinators—animals like bees, birds, butterflies, moths, flies, and bats—help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops! Local nature artist Carrie Ziegler collaborated with the Avanti High School community to plan and design an art sculpture that will serve as an educational tool as well as a native bee habitat on their school garden for years to come. Click here to learn more about the project.

  • Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy

    Every June for the past 13 years, the Washington Council of Trout Unlimited, with the support of the Washington State Council of the Fly Fishers International--two of our 2017 Connecting People with Nature grantees--has partnered with several local fly fishing organizations to provide 15 boys and girls, ages 12 to 16, with an opportunity to learn about the basic principles of conservation and resource stewardship, while also learning essential fly fishing skills. Click here to see our story map of the Academy.

  • YWCA Girls Without Limits! Science in Action Camp

    Research shows that girls with the dual disadvantage of being female and low-income and/or of color are less likely to enter a STEM college major or career. Every year, YWCA of Olympia provides middle school girls with two-week science summer camps. This year, professional women from our office led bird-focused walks and activities while also mentoring the next generation of female scientists and environmental stewards. You are more than welcome to use our bird activity booklet for fun outdoor lessons!

  • Olympia High School Freedom Farmers

    In 2013, the Olympia High School Freedom Farmers Program was created through a partnership between Olympia High School, Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB), and the Olympia School District’s Career and Technical Education Department to provide farm-based learning opportunities for students. Utilizing Muirhead Farm owned by the school district, participating students engage in the production of 14,000 pounds of fresh vegetables a year for the district’s cafeterias, local food banks and the City of Olympia’s SKIPP program. To read thank you letters from Olympia High School Freedom Farmers to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, click here

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