Master of Environmental Studies

MES Admitted Student Afternoon

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Students admitted to the Graduate Program on the Environment for Fall 2015 are invited to attend the MES Admitted Student Afternoon on Thursday, April 23. Students are encouraged to stay through Sunday to explore the Olympia area and learn more about Evergreen. The yearly Procession of the Species is on Saturday - join in on this quirky Olympia tradition (started by Eli Sterling, MES '91) that has spread around the world! Learn more about Procession. You are also invited to join MES's 30th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday.

Housing is provided Thursday evening for a limited number of students who do not live locally on a first come, first served basis in on-campus apartments. Attendees may choose to stay extra nights on campus at an additional cost or with current students (free). Parking will also be provided for those who need it on Thursday and Friday (parking is free on weekends).


Registration is free and will be open in March 2015. It is only available for Fall 2015 admits.

Last Year's Schedule (the 2015 schedule will be available in March)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

1:30PM - 2:00PM Check-in (coffee and tea provided), Seminar 2 Building, Room A1107. Campus Map (PDF)
2:00PM - 3:00PM Afternoon Welcome
3:00PM - 4:00PM MES faculty panel with Q&A
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Current student thesis and internship presentations
5:00PM - 6:30PM
Alumni panel with dinner (provided)
7:00PM - 9:00PM      Rachel Carson Forum (optional), hosted by the Master of Environmental Studies Association (MESA), Library 4300, FREE

Friday, April 25, 2014

11:00AM - 2:00PM
Organic Farm and Evergreen beach tour (bring a lunch or money for the Flaming Eggplant cafe), FREE
11:00AM - 12:30PM
Campus tour, leave from Admissions office, bottom floor of Library Building
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Campus tour, leave from Admissions office, bottom floor of Library Building
5:00PM - 10:00PM
Olympia Arts Walk, Downtown Olympia, FREE
6:30PM America's Music: Country and Bluegrass, The Washington Center, FREE
Luminary Procession (part of Procession of the Species), Downtown Olympia, FREE

Saturday, April 26, 2014

2:00PM - 8:00PM
Olympia Arts Walk, Downtown Olympia, FREE
Procession of the Species, Downtown Olympia, FREE
6:30PM America's Music: Rock, The Washington Center, FREE

Sunday, April 27, 2014

ALL DAY Explore Olympia and beyond
5:30PM - 9:00PM SLURP shellfish, wine, and beer tasting event, Fish Tale Brewhouse, $
6:00PM Oly Rollers Roller Derby, Skateland, $
Olympia Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Center, $


MES can provide a limited number of rooms in on-campus apartments on Thursday night for students who need it (first come, first served basis). You can request housing when you register. If you would like to stay on campus additional nights, you are responsible for the additional nights at $30 per night - please request additional nights when you register. If you have a tight budget, we also offer the option of staying with an MES student for free. Please indicate your preference when registering. If you would prefer to stay at a hotel or B&B, here are some ideas:

Getting Here

For those flying to Olympia, the closest airport is the Seattle-Tacoma airport (SEATAC), about 60 miles away.  You can either rent a car, take the Capital Aeroporter shuttle, or take public transit to Olympia (plan your trip from SEATAC to Olympia Transit Center and then take Intercity Transit bus #41 or #48 to Evergreen).