Sign up for the new Stream Stewards Course this Fall!
WSU Jefferson County Extension’s is offering a new 2017 Stream Stewards Course this fall. Based in Port Hadlock in our new WSU Jefferson Extension classroom, we’ll explore all around East Jefferson County. This lively 5-week course combines classroom lectures by regional experts with local field trips and fun. Classes are held each Thursday from Oct 5 to Nov. 2, 2017. The course is designed for anyone interested in freshwater streams, salmon, forests and watershed resources.
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.
Registration Deadline is September 25, 2017. You can register online HERE or download a registration form 2017_Stream-Stewards_Application and mail it to WSU Jefferson County Extension, 121 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Course fee is $150. Scholarships are available!
Accepting applications now!
What Will I Learn?
Stream 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!
VOLUNTEERS – Click here to log your volunteer hours for Beach Watchers Beach Naturalists or Watershed Stewards.