How Your Gift Helps

The following projects and programs are all at different stages and, like most non-profit organizations, a source of funding is necessary to maintain and/or complete them.

See for yourself how your gift(s) can help:

Native plant restoration & ivy removal


 Scholarship recipient and parent.

Work continues to remove the English ivy and other non-native vegetation that was introduced with the best of intentions, but overran the canyon over the years. This removal and native planting cycle, with regular maintenance, will continue until the ivy is completely eliminated.

Riverwalk Tours


Summer season brings guided Riverwalk Tours along the Deschutes River in Tuwmater Falls Park. Continual funding is needed for this program to be offered to the public.

Scholarships for college


Since 1967, the Foundation’s scholarship program has grown and helped hundreds of high school students pursue undergraduate degrees. Non-traditional scholarships are also offered to Thurston County residents like, but not limited to, single parents, re-training workers for a career change at specified institutions.

Grants for educators


Grants are offered by invitation to school districts and early childhood education programs located in Thurston County to fund innovative, sustainable classroom projects.

Trail improvements


Maintenance on the Park’s pedestrian walking trail loop is ongoing. Fences, retaining walls and path steps are checked on a regular basis for structural soundness providing park visitors a carefree and safe environment.

Hillside waterfall restoration


How it looked with the waterfall.   How it looks today without the waterfall.

Currently the hillside waterfall restoration is at the beginning stages, the Foundation is reaching out to the public for financial support. The goal is to rejuvenate several, if not all of the popular waterfalls that once flowed down the trail’s east bank.

Schmidt House History Talks


Public history programs, such as the Schmidt House History Talks, have been developed for the public to enjoy and learn about our rich local history.