River Talk


Film Premiere!
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Not sure how many have tuned in to this one yet… It seems like an excellent opportunity for those of us who are trying to learn to think like a watershed.

Changing Currents: Protecting North America’s Rivers will premiere on November 12th at 4 p.m. Come on out for a viewing of the documentary and a discussion Q&A with panelists. The event will be held in the Theatre on the Square at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and an RSVP would be appreciated if you are planning to attend.

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Using the Right Measure

maxresdefaultEverybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
– Albert Einstein

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image1On Saturday morning, September 10th, members of the EECOI met at the confluence of the White and Puyallup Rivers to experience reflective practice skills and spend some time listening to the river. It was a beautiful morning, with a kingfisher, killdeer, ducks and a crow visiting us on the river bank. We hope you can join us in the future. If you’d like to be involved or hear more about reflective practice and how it can help us achieve our goals for the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, please email Monty at msmithlok@yahoo.com.

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Nature 101

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are numerous municipal parks and wild areas scattered around the watershed, little (and large) ecosystems where nature can still be seen in something that closely resembles an undisturbed condition. This access to nature can be a difficult proposition in the more urban areas, but even here you can still find pockets of green that are available to local residents.

In Tacoma, one of these locations where you can get up close to nature is Snake Lake, home to the Nature Center, a Metro Parks facility (1919 S. Tyler St, Tacoma). There are trails that run alongside the lake and on up into the hills behind it, winding through thick foliage, alive with the sounds of birds and the sibilant breezes in the tall firs and hemlocks. Native plants and trees provide a peaceful oasis in the city as well as learning opportunities for kids and adults alike.

Nature 101 is a program offered by the Nature Canter that introduces people to their environment by teaching participants about birds, plants, insects and other Northwest natives in the environments that they call home. As part of the training, participants are also given skills that will help them share the things they learn with others, whether in a classroom, with their families or out on the trail somewhere. (This series of evening sessions is open to all individuals, 18 years or older.)

For families, the Nature Center is offering the Snake Lake Family Adventure Quest, a team event that tests knowledge, creativity and physical skills on the trails of Snake Lake. Navigational proficiency and a growing understanding of the natural world go together in this activity, along with fun for the entire family.

Nature 101 will take place on seven different evenings (almost all of them Wednesdays), beginning on September 21st and running through October 26th. Cost is $100 ($90 for members) or $20 per session. Clock hours are available. The Family Adventure Quest is scheduled for Sunday, September 25th and is open to family teams with up to four members each. Children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is $10 per person. Registration for this event ends on September 22nd, so don’t delay. For more information on these and other Nature Center programs, contact briannac@tacomaparks.com or call 253.591.6439.


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Gathering at the River

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Saturday, September 10th, the EECOI faculty for Reflective Practices is hosting a time of contemplation and a chance to “… cherish what connects us,” at the river’s edge in Puyallup. This meeting is open to all members of the PWI and is intended to be a time of exploration and celebration of the connections between our different communities and the unique ties we all have with the watershed.

The event is scheduled to run from 9-11 am on Sept. 10th. Instructions are to meet at 3207 East Main, Puyallup (in the parking lot behind Mama Stortini’s restaurant), and walk the short distance from there down to a sandbar in the river where the gathering will take place. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by either a text to 253.389.4589 or by an email to¬†msmithlok@yahoo.com



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diversity-in-pr2As part of the EECOI’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the way it is organized and in the programs that it supports, ongoing training is being offered at several points over the next few months. These are opportunities for increasing personal literacy about issues of inclusion and learning how to cultivate the leadership skills needed to grow the PWI.

Discussions will focus on modeling ways of leading conversations on race, gender, orientation, identity, age, class and ability. Two diversity dialogues are currently scheduled: September 23 and October 22. Both sessions will be held at Centro Latino from 9 am-12 noon. To register, contact Jenn Grimm at jenngrimmpwi@gmail.com

Environmental education is intertwined with environmental health and justice. It is not possible for the EECOI to move forward in our stated goals without the active understanding, participation and support of all members. Discovering the strengths of our differences is a key part of that success. See you there!

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Road Trip

Palapa+Party+sketchbook+jserrettAs the summer winds down, you may find that you have time for one last adventure, one final road trip, before summer morphs into fall. If this is the case, and I hope that it is, there should be no question in your mind as to the correct course of action. It’s hard to overemphasize this point. Some months from now, as you are sitting and looking out some window at the rain peppering the pavement and worrying about how far behind you’ve fallen on that one particular project, you will be able to think back to that last road trip of the 2016 summer and smile, knowing you made the right decision.

Where are you going?

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