At the end of the Oregon Trail and the southern tip of Puget Sound (Budd Inlet) lies Olympia, Washington, and The Evergreen State College. Within 60 miles lie the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Rain Forest, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States (Mount Rainier), and hundreds of miles of premier hiking trails in the Olympics and Cascades, and Seattle. 100 miles to the south is Portland, the Columbia River, Mt. St. Helens (the most recent active volcano in the U.S.), and more mountain trails and ocean beaches. Within 100 miles to the north, accessible by ferry, is Victoria, British Columbia. Though yearly rainfall can top 60 inches (120 in the rain forest), August is one of two drought months -- and is typically rain-free.
Olympia offers the state capital (a replica of the 'other' Washington's capital building) and Gardens, the second largest farmers' market in Washington State, boating, salt and freshwater fishing, clam digging (including Evergreen's mascot - the geoduck), fresh oysters (Olympia oysters!), excellent golf courses and tennis courts, and five miles from the center of town, The Evergreen State College.
Founded in 1972 as the state's four-year liberal arts college, Evergreen has a national reputation as an innovator in interdisciplinary education and science and arts education. The campus is a 1,000 acre ecological study area, with 1300-feet of frontage on Puget Sound. Conference participants will be welcome on the College's beach and at the 'Rec' Center, which boasts an 11-lane swimming pool, raquetball and tennis courts, and other facilities.
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