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ACTIVITIES

Golf Courses – Thurston County

Hiking & Parks

Listed below are just some of the amazing parks that Thurston County has to offer.

Skiing

Areas of Interst in Thurston County

  • Percival Landing - Budd Bay Waterfront
  • Capitol Campus
  • Heritage Waterfront Park and Fountain
  • Tumwater Falls
  • Capitol Lake
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Wolf Haven
  • Northwest Trek
  • Nisqually Delta

     

Boating & Waterskiing

Fitness Centers

Olympia Gyms
Fit Stop 24
Bally Total Fitness
Abundant Fitness Center

Curves
24 Hour Fitness

YMCA
 

Lacey Gyms
La Fitness
SoundBody Fitness
Curves
Anytime Fitness
Sunrise Fitness for women
Lacey Athletic Club
Sound Body Fitness
Thrive Lacey 

Tumwater Gyms
The Valley Athletic Club
Curves For Women-Tumwater
Lord's Gym

Cultural Activities, Festivals, and Dates

  • Ethnic Celebration – February
  • Coffee Sip and Swap Meet – February
  • Iron Cottage Fair – March
  • Capital Food & Wine Festival – March
  • Old Time Fiddlers Festival – March
  • Arts Walk – July
  • Capitol City Marathon – May
  • Lacey Spring Fun Fair – May
  • Swantown Boat Swap and Chowder Challenge – May
  • Wooden Boat Fair – May
  • Super Saturday – June
  • Capitol Lakefair – July
  • Thurston County Fair – July
  • Music in the Park – Summer
  • Children’s Pet Parade – August
  • Harbor Days – September
  • Foofaraw – September
  • Octoberfest – October
  • Parade of Lighted Boats – December

 

Higher Education

HIGHER EDUCATION

Two four-year colleges and a community college are located in Thurston County, each serving a distinct population. South Puget Sound Community College has more than 5,600 students each quarter and serves all adults, regardless of their previous education. Evergreen State College is a public, four-year liberal arts and sciences college serving a local, regional and national population. The current enrollment for Evergreen is more than 4000 full and part-time students. St. Martin’s University offers 22 undergraduate programs, six graduate programs and numerous pre-professional and certification programs. About 1600 students attend St. Martin’s main campus while more than 650 are enrolled at extension campuses nearby.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

There are eight school districts providing primary and secondary education to most of Thurston County’s students. A full 75 percent of public school attendance is in three of the North County school districts: North Thurston serves 34 percent of the students; Olympia serves 24 percent; and Tumwater serves 17 percent of the County students.

There are 13 secondary schools, one institutional school (Maple Lane), and one vocational school (New Market Skills Center), are also located in the county. New Market School is recognized statewide as being “on the cutting edge” in technology, equipment and special programs.

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction provides information on Grades 4, 8 and 11 through the Washington State Assessment program, which is a five-year summary of achievement test trends in Washington School Districts. We also suggest that parents personally visit the individual schools and school districts in the area.

In addition to our excellent public schools, there is a wide variety of private and charter schools throughout the county.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Griffin School District
6530 33rd Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 866-2515
http://www.griffin.k12.wa.us/

North Thurston Public Schools
305 College Street NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 412-4413
http://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/

Olympia School District 
1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 753-8850
http://kids.osd.wednet.edu/

Rainier School District 
PO BOX 98
Rainier, WA 98576
(360) 446-2207
http://www.rainier.wednet.edu/

Rochester School District
P.O. Box 457
Rochester, Washington 98579
(360) 273-5536
http://www.rochester.wednet.edu/

Tenino School District 
PO BOX 4024
Tenino, WA 98589
(360) 264-4123
http://www.tenino.k12.wa.us/

Tumwater School District 
419 Linwood Avenue SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
(360) 709-7000
http://www.tumwater.k12.wa.us/

Yelm School District 
PO BOX 476
Yelm, WA 98597
(360) 458-6114
http://www.ycs.wednet.edu/