Nisqually Watershed Festival

We had a great time at this year’s Nisqually Watershed Festival on September 29! Catch up on all the fun and activities with the links below. We’ll see you next year on the last Saturday in September.

Festival Video Article (The Olympian)

Photos and Event Details on Facebook

Instagram Story

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2018 Poster Contest Best In Show: “Save the Salmon”

Sydney Skaulem, 5th grade, Olympic Elementary School


The 29th Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival is an annual celebration of nature featuring art, discovery, music and family fun. This year’s festival will include a number of displays from local organizations, walking tours, the Insect Extravaganza, a salmon barbecue and other great coffee and food options. Be sure to bring your own t-shirt to the festival to make a fish print with a Nisqually salmon!


Mainstage Schedule:

10:00am – Performance: Olympia Highlanders

10:15am – Festival Blessing

10:45am – Ceremony: Nisqually Stream Stewards Graduation

11:00am – Live Wildlife Show: Raptors with Brad Wood, Northwoods Falcon Ranch

12:00pm – Ceremony: Festival Poster Contest Awards Ceremony

12:20pm – Performance: Squalli-Absch Canoe Family

1:00pm – Live Wildlife Show: Reptiles with Scott Peterson, The Reptile Man 

2:00pm –  Performance: Olympia Mountaineers

3:00pm – Wrap-Up Announcements


Family friendly activities happening all day:

  • Paint a wood fish to decorate next year’s festival
  • Make a salmon lifecycle keychain
  • Paint a salmon to make a paper print or a t-shirt (bring your own or buy one at the festival!)
  • Watch fish and shellfish dissections with local scientists
  • Take a guided nature walk along the Refuge trails
  • Listen to stories in the Red Salmon Tent
  • See a real eagle’s nest
  • Tour the Insect Extravaganza hall to learn about the fascinating world of bugs
  • Take a tour of the Nisqually nearshore
  • And much, much more!!

Festival parking will be at River Ridge High School, 350 River Ridge Drive, Lacey, with a free shuttle to the Refuge running every 15 minutes.

Map: Handicapped parking will be available at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia.

For more information, contact:
Ashley Von Essen, Nisqually Indian Tribe
Office: (360) 456.5221 Ext. 2145

To volunteer, contact:
Peter Yager, Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge