WSU Stream Stewards

Program Contact: Cheryl Lowe, Beach Naturalist/MRC Coordinator
(360) 379.5610 x 230 •

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The Stream Stewards Course is offered each Fall.  

Register for the Stream Stewards course in late summer. The course combines classroom presentations by regional experts with fabulous field trips around the area.

Topics include:

  • Stream ecology with WSU faculty and staff
  • Restoring local streams (Jamestown S’Klallam habitat biologists)
  • Native plants and forest ecology with local experts
  • All about salmon, with agency, tribal and local fisheries experts
  • Protecting watersheds from headwaters to the sea (Northwest Watershed Institute)

Field trips from Chimacum to Quilcene to Sequim Bay feature salmon spawning, forest ecology, water quality and habitat restoration.

Participants in this course receive comprehensive, science-based training and become stewards, citizen scientists, and educators in the local community. Instructors come from a wide range of agencies and organizations, including WDFW, Northwest Watershed Institute, Jefferson County Public Health, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Jefferson PUD, and WSU Extension.

Following the class, Jefferson WSU Stream Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours for local water-related programs with WSU Extension, Jefferson Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Jefferson County Conservation District and others. Activities include stream monitoring, restoring native habitats and environmental education.

For more info, contact Cheryl Lowe ( at 360-379-5610 x 230.

Course fee is $150. Scholarships are available.

What Will I Learn?

Cheri & fish at trap_P1000851Stream Ecology- A stream is so much more than running water. After learning about stream flows, shifting streambeds, potential pollutants and macroinvertebrates, wading in a stream will be a whole new world.

Salmon Biology – Salmon is the quintessential Pacific Northwest species. But what do you really know about them (besides how delicious they are to eat)? Join our enthusiastic experts as we watch salmon return to local creeks to spawn.

Farms and Water – The Jefferson Conservation District works with local farmers to protect water resources. We’ll be on the farm with them, learning what they do together to “keep it clean”.

Conservation Strategies – The Jefferson Land Trust and Northwest Watershed Institute work hard to protect natural habitats and productive working lands in perpetuity. Perpetuity is a long time! Get the insider’s tour of a few of these special protected lands.

What Types of Volunteer Projects Are Available? 

Stream Stewards continues the WSU Beach Watchers tradition of volunteering in the community. You could help with salmon spawning surveys (North Olympic Salmon Coalition); take water quality samples; help install rain gardens; hobnob with tourists and friends at the annual Wooden Boat Festival and more!

VOLUNTEERSClick here to log your volunteer hours for Beach Watchers Beach Naturalists or Watershed Stewards.