Women in conservation
Author Dee Arntz will talk about her book “Extraordinary Women Conservationists of Washington: Mothers of Nature” at the meeting of the Washington Native Plant Society’s South Sound chapter; 7 p.m. Monday; Washington State Capital Museum & Coach House, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia; free; southsoundchapterwnps.org.
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Learn boat restoration
Join other women and learn boat maintenance and repair techniques; group now working on an 8-foot El Toro; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Eddon Boat Park, 3805 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; $10 a day for nonmembers; register at 253-857-9344 or firstname.lastname@example.org; gigharborboatshop.org.
Visit sandhill crane festival
The 19th annual festival celebrates the arrival of thousands of sandhill cranes; includes guided tours, speakers and demonstrations; Friday-March 20; Othello; admission is free but there is a cost for some events and tours; othellosandhillcranefestival.org.
Work along Percival Creek
The Stream Team of Olympia and Thurston County is having a volunteer revegetation work party along Percival Creek; tools, gloves and light refreshments will be provided; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday; meet where the creek crosses Sapp Road in Tumwater; free; register at streamteam.info.
Get ideas on summer camps
Metro Parks Tacoma is cohosting a summer camp fair where parents can learn about options for later this year; kids can play for free in the center’s Treetops Playgrounds; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma; free; 253-404-3939.
Free day for State Parks’ birthday
To celebrate as Washington State Parks turns 103 years old Saturday, visitors can enter any state park for free that day; Saturday is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2016, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day use visits to a park; learn more at discoverpass.wa.gov.