WSU Watershed Stewards

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

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Please sign up for Watershed Stewards 2017!

WSU Jefferson County Extension”s 2016 Watershed Stewards Course in Port Townsend with field trips exploring East Jefferson County. This lively 6-week course combines classroom lectures by regional experts with local field trips and fun. Classes are held each week from Sept – Oct, 2017The course is designed for anyone interested in freshwater streams, salmon 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 the Northwest Watershed Institute, Jefferson County Public Health, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, PUD, WDFW, WSU faculty & staff and others.

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

For more information, contact Cheryl Lowe ( or call 360-379-5610 x 210 

Download the Application here:  



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? 

DFW_ff sampling_training_P1030449 squareWatershed Stewards continue 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.