The Thurston Conservation District (TCD) invites the submission of proposals for property to accommodate our new Conservation and Education Center in Thurston County.

Description of Work: As part of its five-year Strategic Plan, TCD has committed to locate and engage in securing land by 2024 for the development of its Conservation Education Center. The District solicits proposals from private, nonprofit, or public organizations interested in selling, leasing to own, or leasing property for the development of a Conservation & Education Center (CEC) to be located in Thurston County. The proposed property offering must be usable for the minimum CEC requirements described in the RFP. TCD will evaluate and select the most beneficial property proposal to develop the TCD’s Conservation & Education Center (CEC).

TCD is a local non-regulatory subdivision of state government, which matches local natural resource concerns and needs with applicable technical assistance and financial resources to solve on-the-ground conservation issues with proven effective conservation practices.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available by email request to Susan Shelton at and it can be downloaded here. 

Questions concerning this RFP must be submitted by 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Questions may only be submitted by email to Susan Shelton at All questions must be clearly marked “Questions for CEC Property RFP #2022-5” in the subject line of the email. All interested parties must register with Susan to be informed of any question responses.

All proposals must be received by 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Please submit a digital copy of your proposal to Susan Shelton at All proposals must be clearly marked “Proposals for CEC Property RFP #2022-5” in the subject line of the email. Proposals must be received by Susan before the deadline. Mailed, faxed and in-person proposal submission is not available. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Find the full Request for Proposals here.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Our Mission

The mission of Thurston Conservation District is to educate and assist the citizens of Thurston County in the management of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations, inspiring voluntary, incentive-based conservation practices.

Our Vision

  • A culture of voluntary stewardship of our natural resources built through relationships with
    individuals, organizations, and governments.
  • A resilient community responding to a changing climate.
  • People of Thurston County enjoy healthy soils, water, air, and ecosystems.
  • Sustainable community-based conservation and restoration of natural resources.
  • Prosperous and sustainable working lands.
  • Sustainable and consistent funding to achieve our mission.

Thurston Conservation District promotes non-regulatory and voluntary stewardship among private landowners in Thurston County. Our services are free to the residents of our County. We are committed to finding any possible resources we can and coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land-user for conservation of soil, water, and related resources.

Your Thurston Conservation District has been around since 1948. Conservation Districts are legal subdivisions of state government that administer programs to conserve natural resources. Each District is self-governed by volunteers who establish priorities and set policy. Conservation Districts exist in practically every county throughout the United States.

For a more in-depth look at Thurston Conservation District’s mission, priorities and goals, view our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.

Our District is supported by the Washington Association of Conservation Districts, Washington State Conservation Commission, and the National Association of Conservation Districts.



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