Open Mon – Sat
10am – 4pm

Earth Day 2017

Celebrate Earth Day at the WET Science Center!

The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970. Today, over one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Visit us on April 22, 2017 between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm to enjoy family-friendly arts and crafts, an Environmental Education Resource Fair, and the Environmental Issues Slam. Admission and activities are always free!

Environmental Education Resource Fair 12-4 pm

Discover presentations, field experiences, destinations, and ways to get involved in your community! This community event is designed to provide learning and networking opportunities for families, students, teachers, environmental advocates, and more. Participating organizations are members of the Thurston ECO Network. A diverse community of education, communication, and outreach professionals working collaboratively to protect and enhance the health and vitality of the Thurston County region. Check out their Environmental and Sustainability Education Guide.

Environmental Issues Slam 2-4 pm

The Environmental Issues Slam features a series of 5-minute timed presentations from middle and high school students on an environmental issue of their choice. Audience members and judges will vote separately to choose which presentation was the best. Prizes are awarded to participants and the winners (see below). The Slam is intended to inform and entertain the audience as well as educate the presenters during the development of their presentations. This event is moderated by Olympia City Council member Clark Gilman.  Watch the competition and help determine the winners! Refreshments served from 2-2:30, presentations begin at 2:30.

First place winners, Judges and People’s Choice, will receive a $200 cash award, a sailing class offered by South Sound Sailing Society, and a Vic’s Pizza gift card. Additional prizes for participants include vintage Schwinn bikes and bike accessories donated by Intercity Transit, reusable water bottles from Klean Kanteen, and more!

Are you interested in presenting?
Space is limited, so presenters must pre-register to secure their spot. You can present individually or as a team.  REGISTER HERE.

Resources for Participants
Check out this Overview & Planning Sheet for more information and tips to get started. Judges will use this Rubric to select their winner, so refer to it as you develop your presentation. Ask your teacher if you can earn extra credit by participating!

If you have questions, or would like to be paired with a mentor for assistance and feedback on your presentation, contact Amber Smith at or (360) 528-5742.

Help us spread the word by distributing this poster.

This event is sponsored by:

Pacific Shellfish Institute Logo South Sound Estuary Association LogoWashington Foundation for the Environment LogoWET Science Center logo  Intercity Transit logo

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