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Stream Stewards Program

Program Contact: Bridget Gregg, Stream Stewards Education Coordinator
bridget.gregg@wsu.edu

Interested in joining the Stream Stewards Class?  Please complete the form below to be on the waiting list for Fall 2022

Stream Stewards Notification Request

Fall 2021 Class Description:

This 6-week course includes field trips and experiences across the North Olympic Peninsula focusing on the rivers/ streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the environments that impact them. Field trips will be supplemented through online presentations by regional experts. These lectures will be pre-recorded so they can be watched on your own schedule. Through this multi-day training, participants learn about connections between our lands and waters, and the life that depends on their health.

For our autumn course, we offered a “flipped” classroom!

Field Trips: Tuesdays. Join us on tours and activities across the North Olympic Peninsula as we learn about our regional natural resources, experience hands-on sampling and plant identification, and connect with the organizations who are preserving and restoring our natural environment.

Lectures: Assigned lectures by regional experts will be available via pre-recorded sessions for viewing at home.:

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.


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.

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.

Questions?

Email:  bridget.gregg@wsu.edu

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