The summer staff immediately transitioned to support Canoe Journey events in the community. The TLC building offered activities Monday through Saturday. The “Mother and Baby Room” was open from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. This was a place for nursing mothers to find a quiet spot away from all the excitement of the protocol tent. Also open from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., the “Reading Room” was another quiet spot for young children and parents to enjoy stories together. The “Open Gym” featured ping-pong, four-square, tetherball and basketball. Open from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., we didn’t keep a sign-in sheet of youth participants, but we easily had hundreds come through each day. It was consistently packed with young people, ages 7-18, and everyone seemed to really appreciate the opportunity to socialize, exercise and have fun.
TLC also partnered with the Green Team to feature a series of learning opportunities in the Mary Johns Room, as numerous organizations offered to share what they do. Our thanks for the environmental education provided by Thurston County Environmental Health, Taylor Shellfish, Mason County Eco-Net, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, People for Puget Sound, the Hands-On Children’s Museum, Wilson’s Recycling, the Olympia WET Museum, Thurston County Solid Waste, Recycling ROX, and the Museum of Flight. Our apologies if anyone was not listed here. Many people from these and other organizations freely offered their time and energy to assure that young people attending the Canoe Journey also enjoyed a fun learning experience. We humbly offer our thanks to you all.