WFFE hosts events that contribute to discussions and education with respect to compelling environmental issues in our region. These events are in the form of both informal Roundtables and an annual Environmental Issues Slam. Informal Roundtables bring together civic leaders, scientific experts, social science experts and interested individuals for discussion of current environmental topics. The Environmental Issues Slam presents important environmental issues in the region and feature good natured and articulate competition for younger students.

There are several events coming up in 2017 to put on your calendars:

Environmental Issues Slam! Put it on your calendar NOW for April 20, 2017

We will hold our annual Environmental Issues Slam at the Old Cooper School at The Youngstown Cultural Art Center,  West Seattle, 6-9:30pm. This is yet another rousing, positively intentioned competition among schools that present environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.


Environmental Issue Roundtable with Pacshell, WET Science Center, Thurston EcoNetwork, and South Sound Estuary Association   will occur on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the WET Science Center in Olympia.

Please see the PDF below for more information. We look forward to seeing you there with our fabulous partners!


Road Culverts and Their Implications

Thanks to the South Sound Estuary Association and those who attended this important discussion this fall.

WFFE’s Oct 20th speaker’s night in Olympia,  co-sponsored by South Sound Estuary Association, featured two guest speakers. The first, Paul Wagner, WA State Department of Transportation, shared historical and current perspectives on fish passage projects in Washington State. Especially interesting to the audience was his discussion of the recent court case holding Washington State accountable for improving culverts under state roads in order to provide sufficient salmon habitat.  The second speaker, representing the WA state Department of Fish and Wildlife, shared information on that agency’s work to support the public, state and local agencies, and restoration groups with their efforts to replace culverts that block fish passage.

For more information:

The culvert issue has been in litigation for an extended period of time. Read this summer’s Seattle Times article about the successful tribal litigation.

A coho salmon attempts to leap into a culvert at Otto Jarsted Park in Gorst on Wednesday.(MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A coho salmon attempts to leap into a culvert at Otto Jarsted Park in Gorst on Wednesday.(MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

Below please find the South Sound Estuary Association’s Discovery Series calendar.


Past Events:

WFFE  participated this year in the wonderful campaign sponsored by The Seattle Foundation which makes giving easy.

WFFE shortens the distance between a more resilient and beautiful Washington and our fabulous grantee who deliver on the ground. A two page description is all we ask from prospective grantees, providing the funding to complete and further their work. WFFE has no operating expenses so we give nearly 100% to where it counts the most.

100% Simple.  100% Giving.

During the spring WFFE hosted yet another riveting Environmental Issues Slam. These fabulous younger people could really teach something to our adult colleagues during their Power Point presentations! In addition to classic presentations, we were treated by film, poetry and music. The iconic Ron Sims MC’d and his gift of storytelling and warmth still exudes and captures the  room and our hearts.

Thank you for making the 6th Annual Great Environmental Issues Slam a wonderful success! Congratulations to the winners:

Community Building EJ and JobsExplorer West for the web

Community Building,  Environmental Justice and Jobs (left image) and Explorer’s West (right image)

Th future is radRon with audience member


Plastic Lure boySound Experience


Gratified SmileOther half of the gang


Ingrid and DodiThe Rap

Some of the judges