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Cultural Ecosystems: Saltwater Beaches

2016 Elliott AVE NW Olympia, WA 98502

06/27/2023 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM PT

Cultural Ecosystems: Saltwater Beaches

Learn about saltwater beach ecosystems that Pacific Northwest regional tribes have cultivated since time immemorial. Many children grow up thinking that humans are harmful to the land. Through learning about cultural ecosystems, youth see how people can promote biodiversity and well-being through conscientious stewardship. We will start the day at GRuB with an overview lesson and then will head to a local beach to learn about clam gardens and traditional uses of saltwater plants and creatures. Participants receive a curriculum that fits best with grades 6–12 learning levels but can be adapted for younger children and adults. We will provide light snacks, coffee and tea; bring your own lunch. Taught by members of the Tend, Gather and Grow team.

Limit 18 participants.

Registration closes June 23, 2023.

We are offering a sliding scale for this workshop. Pay what you can: $100 or $125. Proceeds will cover supply costs and support GRuB programs. We have a limited number of scholarships available for Indigenous educators, for inquiries email: Mariana at

If you are traveling from out of town, we suggest staying at the Squaxin Island Little Creek Casino Resort. They offer room discounts for tribal members.

This workshop is hosted at the GRuB farmhouse, there is one disability parking spot in front with a ramp on Elliott Ave and a ramp at the back entrance on Bing Ct. We will start the day at GRuB, then take a field trip to a local beach. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Yaya at

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