River Center in the News
River Center Seeks New Moniker
for Spring Fundraiser
The Dungeness River Audubon Center wants to rename its annual fundraiser, Dungeness Spring Fling, and is asking the public to help. The phrase has become a cliché, said Powell Jones, executive director of the center.
Contestants may submit as many alternative names as they wish before the deadline, March 14. Team leaders from Spring Fling 2013 will review the entries, and the river center board will select the wining entry. The winner will receive free admission to Spring Fling special events this year.
The month-long Spring Fling enlists teams to do a variety of activities to raise funds for the center. Last year, the members of the Broom Busters, Dirty Face Racing, Green Gardeners, Sand Dollars, Spring Strollers and Swift Swallows walked, biked, birded, gardened, sanded driftwood, hiked, ran and pulled scotch broom from May 1-31.
Together, Spring Fling participants and their sponsors raised nearly $28,000 — nearly $1,000 a day, according to Julie Jackson of the center. Since 2009, Dungeness Spring Fling has raised more than $108,000 to support education programs of the Dungeness River Audubon Center and maintain Railroad Bridge Park, she said.
Suggested names should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Spring Fling Contest” or mail them to Spring Fling Contest, Dungeness River Audubon Center, P.O. Box 2450, Sequim, WA 98382.
River Center Honors Winners of
Nature Writing Contest
Students from Chimacum, Port Angeles, and Sequim high schools received awards, including the grand prize, a three-day nature cruise in the
San Juan Islands
River Center Director Powell Jones introduces winning students during the
monthly OPAS meeting on February 19th. Photo by Chris Perry.
"The students who entered our first Nature Writing Contest submitted such outstanding pieces that choosing winners was really tough," said Powell Jones, Executive Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center. He presented awards to the four finalists on Wednesday, February 19, during the monthly meeting of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (OPAS), which meets at the River Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Rd., in Sequim.
Grand Prize: Zoe Wright, a junior at Chimacum High School, received first place for her essay entitled "Her Balance." As winner of the grand prize, she and a companion will enjoy a three-day nature cruise in the San Juan Islands, led by Bob Boekelheide, April 6-8, after the OPAS-sponsored Olympic BirdFest.
Second: Jonathan Parent, a senior at Chimacum High School, was awarded second place and two tickets to the Protection Island Wildlife Cruise during Olympic BirdFest for his essay "Mats Mats" about Mats Mats Bay.
Third: Waverly Shreffler, a sophomore at Sequim High School, received third place and a River Center gift certificate of $40 for her poem entitled "A Seed" set in the Arctic.
Honorable Mention: Danielle Dye, a freshman at Port Angeles High School, was awarded honorable mention for her essay "The Creek." She also received a $20 River Center gift certificate.
For the contest, students in grades 9-12 from the north Olympic Peninsula were invited to write a poem, an essay, or to recount a personal experience that connected them to the natural world. The grand prize cruise, valued at over $1,200, was generously donated by a River Center and Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society member, who was there for the presentation. A team of judges including poet, essayist, and nature writer Tim McNulty, and teachers John and Nancy Woolley selected the finalists.
The Dungeness River Audubon Center operates in partnership with OPAS and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. The Center is a leader in outdoor classroom learning focused on nature. Its mission is to inspire understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of the Olympic Peninsula’s unique natural and cultural resources with emphasis on birds, rivers, fish, and people.
The Dungeness River Audubon Center's mission is to inspire understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of the Olympic Peninsula's unique natural and cultural resources, with emphasis on birds, rivers, fish, and people.
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