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WSU Stream Stewards

Program Contact: Bob Simmons, Regional Water Resources Specialist
(360) 379.5610 x 207 • simmons@wsu.edu

Coming soon!  Registration opens September 5, 2018.

Check here for more details in the coming weeks.Flowing Waters — Full of Life

The Stream Stewards Course will begin Thursdays October 18 – November 15, 2018! 

Registration opens September 5. Applications are due October 9. Cost is $25. More information and the application form will be posted on this webpage in the coming weeks.

This 5-week course combines classroom presentations by regional experts with field trips around the Peninsula focusing on the rivers and streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The morning classroom sessions will be held in Blyn.  Afternoon field trips will be to various to locations around the Peninsula.

Topics include:

  • Stream ecology
  • Restoring local streams
  • Native plants and forest ecology
  • All about salmon
  • Protecting watersheds

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.

Following the class, WSU Stream Stewards commit to volunteering 40 hours for local water-related programs with WSU Extension, or another of our partner organizations such as the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Jefferson or Clallam Conservation Districts, the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Streamkeepers, or the Jefferson or North Olympic Land Trust and others. Activities include stream monitoring, restoring native habitats and environmental education.

For more info, contact wsustreamstewards@gmail.com or Bob Simmons at 360-379-5610 x 207.

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.

Conservation Strategies – How do we protect natural habitats and productive working lands in perpetuity? Perpetuity is a long time! Get the insider’s view of how this can be accomplished.

What Types of Volunteer Projects Are Available? 

Stream Stewards continues the WSU Beach Watcher 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!

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