Spring 2023 Class Description:
WSU Extension is offering an in-person 5-week course which feature in-class lectures and field trips across the North Olympic Peninsula. The class concentrates on the rivers/ streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the environments that impact them. Class and field experiences will be supplemented through pre-recorded online presentations by regional experts you can watch on your own schedule.
• Stream and watershed ecology
• Native plants and forest ecology
• Salmon lifecycle and habitat
• Protecting and conserving watersheds• Stormwater mitigation
• Tribal treaty rights and natural resource management
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.
What is the Stream Steward Program?
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 lectures, 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.
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!
Because this program is funded by a grant, 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.