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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

2021 Composting Workshops

Program Contact: Cori Carlton, Master Gardener & Master Recycler Composter Program Manager
(360) 867-2162 • cori.carlton@co.thurston.wa.us

Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will not be any in-person composting workshops in 2021.  Go to our Upcoming Workshops page for information on virtual events and check out the free online resources on MRC Program page (plans for different compost bins, backyard composting, and local recycling resources).

You are also invited to subscribe to our email list to receive quarterly emails from the WSU Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter Programs of Thurston County.

Composting and recycling questions can be sent to our Question and Answer Clinic, master@co.thurston.wa.us

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Directions to Our Composting Demonstration Gardens

Directions to Dirt Works Demonstration Garden: (currently not open to the public)

  • From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Black Lake Blvd. exit and at the bottom of the ramp turn right. Get in your left lane and make a left onto Cooper Point Road. Follow this until you reach Capital Mall Drive. Make a left onto Capital Mall Drive and follow it until you see Alta Street. Turn right onto Alta Street. Follow this road into the park and drive through the parking lot until it ends. The garden entrance is located at the end of the parking lot.
  • If you use Google Maps or Map Quest place the words “Yauger Park, Olympia WA” into the search box to see an area map.

Directions to Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden: (Open year round, same time as the Waste and Recovery Center)

  • Located just inside the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center entrance at 2418 Hogum Bay Road in Lacey (Hawk’s Prairie).
  •  Once you are at Waste and Recovery Center entrance follow the road in and make your first right into the parking lot. This lot is for garden and dog park visitors. Closed Loop Park demonstration garden is all the greenery adjacent to the parking lot and to the left of the dog park entrance. Composting workshops are held in the composting area next to the gazebo. The gazebo is located on the opposite end of the dog park entrance.

Directions to Olympia Farmers Market Demonstration Garden: (Open year round)

  •  Located on the East side of the Market on the North end of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia.

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