Back to School – in America’s National Parks

National Park Service Helps Teachers Make Learning Fun & Relevant.
Teachers across the country have a new tool to help them engage their students in classroom and place-based learning.

Yesterday, the National Park Service (NPS) launched a new online service for teachers that brings America’s national parks, including Olympic National Park, into neighborhood classrooms. The new “Teachers” section of the National Park Service website at provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources. All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America’s national parks.


Learn How To Do Business With The US GSA

Free classes in October will teach businesses the basics of submitting GSA

September 16, 2013 - Washington Procurement Technical Center (PTAC) is hosting four upcoming GSA 101 workshops in October throughout the state to help local businesses grow by contracting with the United States General Service Administration.  These free workshops, intended for established businesses, will provide attendees with information and tips on the basics of pursuing GSA MAS (Multiple Award Schedule) contracts. Attendees will learn:
•    What evaluation criteria must be met to be considered for a contract award
•    How to navigate through the Schedule’s eLibrary
•    The necessary paperwork involved in submitting an acceptable offer for consideration of award

Workshop participants will receive no-cost follow-up assistance from the Washington PTAC team if they decide to pursue a GSA MAS contract.


Free Lower Nisqually Watershed Tour

Learn about local water resource protection efforts OLYMPIA --Join Stream Team this Saturday, September 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for a deluxe tour of the Lower Nisqually River Watershed. Visit several sites along the mainstem and tributary streams to learn how local efforts to protect and enhance water resources are contributing to the health of the lower Nisqually watershed.

Climb aboard a yellow school bus and learn about innovative actions to reduce the impacts of stormwater, improve salmon habitat, and keep our shellfish population viable and healthy. Local experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Participants will have the opportunity to help improve water quality through participation in the Clear Choices for Clean Water program on the day of the tour.

The tour is free, but registration is required. Residents of the lower Nisqually watershed area will be given priority seating on the tour. Space is limited, so register early. For more details, or to register for this free event go to and click on “Register” or call Chris Maun at (360)754-3355 ext. 6377.

September 17, 2013/Thurston County Press Release

Mason Lake Boat Launch Temporary Closure 9/24

The Mason County Board of Commissioners would like to announce that the Boat Launch at Mason Lake County Park will be closed temporarily on Tuesday, September 24 for maintenance. The boat launch will re-open for public use on Wednesday, September 25.
The closure is needed to perform some maintenance work on the boat ramp.
If you have any questions about the Mason Lake Closure, please contact John Keates at, (360) 427-9670, ext. 669.
September 16, 2013/Board of Mason County Commissioners Press Release