Nisqually Watershed Festival 2023


The Nisqually Watershed Festival is back this September at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge! Now in its 34th year, the festival is an incredible opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the rich history, culture, and environment that makes Nisqually such a unique and beautiful place.

A model of cooperative conservation, The Nisqually Watershed community has always focused on coming together to protect the natural lands we call home.

Throughout the free daylong festival, guests can explore and discover the wonders of the watershed through interactive exhibits, hands-on education activities, and various performances and presenters! You can catch the Olympic Highlanders performing in the morning, learn about salmon habitat and lifecycle by climbing inside a 25-foot-long replica salmon in Critter Corridor, bring and decorate your very own salmon print t-shirt and our crafting stations, and explore the natural wonders of the watershed on a walk through the refuge!

In addition to these activities, the festival will feature a salmon barbecue lunch, with fish provided by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, alongside local food vendors serving burgers, fries, coffee, sweet treats, and more! Don’t miss seeing art by local students, exploring the “Insect Extravaganza” where guests can view insects from around the world and their own backyard, and even watch a salmon and dogfish dissection!

From painting wooden salmon and invasive species archery to performances from the Nisqually Indian Tribe Canoe Family and musical storyteller Chris Sabatini, the Nisqually Watershed Festival has something for everyone!  Local experts can’t wait to share their love of the environment with you and celebrate all that is Nisqually! So mark your calendars on September 30!

Free parking and a shuttle to the festival will be available at Hawks Prairie Park-N-Ride, 2548 Hogum Bay Road NE, Olympia.

RSVP to the Nisqually Watershed Festival Today!

Event Date
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Event time
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost / donation
org, 360-438-8715


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