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Save Fern Gully Forest

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Help us save Fern Gully Forest for the wildlife, the children, and the future! This has been an unofficial community forest on the east side of the City of Olympia for many generations. There are a few parcels of approximately 2 acres of beautiful, forested slopes (aka Fern Gully).

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donations are tax-deductible!

The vision is to have public access for the greater community to enjoy the beauty of nature,  wildlife habitat, and ancient cedar tree groves. We also partner with outdoor education programs that encourage children to learn through play, observation, experimentation, and connection with nature.

The goal is to raise $100k to protect the two acres of forest that are the most vulnerable to development. The next goal is to collaborate with the city and other conservation organizations to protect an additional acre that is currently for sale of adjacent forested wetlands that drain into Indian Creek and the wildlife habitat that connects to the Woodland trail corridor (see map below).

Thank you so much for being a part of saving the forest and cultivating resilient communities with children that are well-educated, resourceful, creative, and connected to the wisdom and medicine in nature.

Charissa Waters holds a Master's of Environmental Studies degree and a BA in Ecological Restoration and Wildlife Biology. She has worked in the environmental field for 13 years and managed a conservation program for Thurston County for the last 8 years. She is now focusing her expertise on growing the Community Nature Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust with a collective of women that are determined to save urban forests and make a difference for people and the planet.



  • James Bell
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • marty kenney
    • $222 
    • 3 yrs
  • Celinda Adair
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs
  • kiristen sogge
    • $15 
    • 3 yrs
  • Lex Walsh
    • $137 
    • 3 yrs


Charissa Waters
Olympia, WA

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