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Recycle Your Holiday Lights at Our Girl Scout Offices!

We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium once again on their holiday lights recycling program!

Thanks to a longstanding partnership between the zoo and Girl Scouts of Western Washington, when visitors come to the zoo between now and mid-January, they can bring in their old light strings for recycling and leave them at the main entrance.

There also are several places around Puget Sound where lights may be dropped off until mid-January, including all five Girl Scouts of Western Washington regional offices!

“The holiday lights recycling program truly highlights the Girl Scout motto of using our resources wisely and making the world a better place,” says Girl Scouts of Western Washington CEO Megan Ferland. “Recycling lights and keeping them out of landfills while supporting animal conservation is truly remarkable, and we’re happy to do whatever we can to support those efforts.”

A Local Girl Scout’s Bright Idea!

lightsThe recycling program began eight years ago as the brainchild of  Girl Scout Jessica Lam. And in 2009, Girl Scouts of Western Washington jumped on board to join her in her conservation efforts! Each year, the proceeds from the recycled lights go to support a different animal conservation effort. This year it’s walrus conservation!

Check out a story about Jessica’s bright idea, and how it started a wonderful recycling program still going strong today.

When Girl Scouts have ideas and find ways to make them become reality, everyone benefits!

Recycling Drop Spots

To recycle lights, remove all twist ties and rubber bands and put the lights directly in the bins with no boxes, bags or other extraneous material.

Drop off your holiday lights between now and mid-January at the following locations:

Metro Parks Tacoma locations

  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (during open hours)- 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville
  • Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters – 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma
  • Tacoma Nature Center – 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma
  • STAR Center – 3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma
  • Center at Norpoint – 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E., Tacoma
  • Portland Avenue Community Center – 3513 Portland Ave., Tacoma
  • Peoples Community Center – 1602 S. MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma

Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3
Call ahead to check office hours: 1-800-541-9852

  • Seattle Administrative Office – 601 Valley Street, Seattle
  • King County Regional Office – 13029 NE 20th St. Bellevue
  • North Region Office – 3224 Wetmore Ave., Everett
  • Peninsula Girl Scout Program Center – 1600 NE Winters Road, Bremerton
  • DuPont Girl Scout Center – 1000 Davis Place, DuPont

Go Gold: Lending a Hand (and Paw!) to Make the Holidays Warm

Emily Schneider 3Last Thanksgiving, residents at the Cascade Park Vista assisted living facility stood waiting in the lobby, looking toward the front door.

Although it was the holiday, they weren’t spending it with loved ones—some didn’t have any family visitors coming at all.

But they didn’t have to wait long before Girl Scout Emily Schneider—all red hair and smiles—walked through the door with her very special fuzzy friend: Charlie, the therapy dog. 

The dynamic duo was here for a holiday visit!

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Girl Scouts Support Pets and PetHub Supports Us!

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April is Pet Safety Month and we’re teaming up with PetHub.com to get ID tags onto dogs and cats!

Girl Scouts have always been incredibly focused on helping those in their communities,” says our CEO Megan Ferland. “Girls actively support animal shelters and have often provided food and other supplies to various animal-focused charities. PetHub.com is a natural extension of our girls’ efforts.”

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Awesome Woman: Dr. Nancy Hawkes

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Have you ever wondered who gets to choose which animals live at the zoo?

Most of us never think about the selection process, or even know what it involves, but thankfully, there are people like Dr. Nancy Hawkes, the general curator at the Woodland Park Zoo, who does all the thinking for us! All we have to do is enjoy the animals. Read more

Awesome Woman: Genny Arredondo

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Did you know sea cucumbers can take their guts and spit them outside their bodies as a form of protection? Or that starfish (also known as sea stars) actually push their stomachs through a tiny hole, outside their bodies, in order to eat, and then pull them back in when they’re done? Talk about going OUT to eat! Read more

Dedicated to Animals: Behind the Scenes at an Animal Shelter

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When people think about getting a pet, oftentimes they visit animal shelters to find pets that need homes. Have you ever visited a shelter, or do you have a pet at home from the shelter? For a lot of people, their pets are part of their family and shelter pets are no exception! With their love of animals in mind, two local Girl Scouts decided they wanted to work with an animal shelter for their Silver Award project. Read more