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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Stream Stewards

Program Contact: Bridget Gregg, Stream Stewards Program Coordinator

What is the Stream Steward Program?

Registration: $25
Closes May 3, 2021
Register online here:
*Scholarships available- email


The Stream Steward Program provides Jefferson and Clallam County residents with the opportunity to turn environmental knowledge into action. Through this multi-day training, participants learn about connections between our lands and waters, and the life that depends on their health. The training includes Zoom classroom sessions, suggested field observations/activities, and connects participants with experts and opportunities to get involved in local efforts.

Upon completion, volunteers are asked to commit to 20 hours of ecosystem-based volunteer service in the next year and report these hours to WSU Extension. Volunteer hours can be applied to a wide range of opportunities that work toward the larger goal of improving the North Olympic ecosystem health. From getting involved in a citizen science project to engaging in public outreach, volunteers can connect with opportunities that fit their skills and interests.

2021 Spring Course Description

This 6-week course includes virtual presentations by regional experts around the Olympic Peninsula focusing on the rivers/ streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the environments that impact them.

Each week, we also offer an optional Zoom natural history course, which focuses on observation and identification sessions of Olympic Peninsula flora and fauna.  Field trips will be contingent on current COVID-restrictions.

Zoom classroom Sessions:
Wednesdays, May 5th – June 9th from 9:30am-12:30pm

Natural history, observation, and identification sessions:
5 Mondays, May 10th – June 14th, 10:30am-12:00pm (no class May 31st).

Class syllabus 2021 Jefferson Spring SS syllabus

Topics include:

  • Stream and watershed ecology
  • Tribal treaty rights and natural resource management
  • Native plants and forest ecology
  • Salmon
  • Protecting and conserving watersheds
  • Role of citizen science in 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 local and regional agencies and organizations.

The fun continues after the class

Following the class, WSU Stream Stewards commit to volunteering 20 hours for local water-related programs with WSU Extension, or another of our partner organizations: North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC), Jefferson or Clallam Conservation Districts, the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Streamkeepers, Northwest Watershed Institute, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Jefferson or Clallam County Noxious Weed Control,  Jefferson or North Olympic Land Trust and others.

Volunteer projects

Stream Stewards continues the WSU Beach Naturalist and Master Gardener tradition of volunteering in the community. You could help with salmon spawning surveys; take water quality samples; help install rain gardens; hobnob with tourists and friends at the annual festivals and more!

Special note

Because this program is funded by a grant in 2021, we are able to offer it for only $25 – making this a great time to sign up!

This program is funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J22301 through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The program contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.



CURRENT VOLUNTEERSClick here to log your volunteer hours for Beach Naturalists or Stream Stewards.