What is the Salmon Docent training?
Salmon hold ecological, commercial, and cultural significance in the Pacific Northwest. During this 3-day fall training, join regional experts to explore how our salmon survive their epic migrations and the challenges that they face in today’s changing world.
Attendees will engage with material through field trips and hands-on activities. Local organizations will share current research findings and provide tangible volunteer opportunities on salmon-focused projects across Kitsap County.
Our training culminates with the opportunity to become a docent at our annual Kitsap Salmon Tours event, giving trainees the chance to share what they’ve learned with the public. Attendees who sign up to participate in a 2-hour shift as a streamside docent will receive a FREE 70-page waterproof Kitsap Salmon Field Guide, available only to Kitsap Salmon Docents.
What will I learn?
This course is taught by local and regional experts that will bring you hands on classroom and field trip learning opportunities. Topics will include:
Salmon Anatomy & Icthyology Learn about the various species of salmonids, the anatomies of our local salmon, and their unique spawing journeys.
Salmon Habitats & Watersheds Discover what salmon habitats require and look like in our local watersheds. We will discuss healthy ecosystems, habitat restoration efforts, and salmon supporting creatures.
Tribal Fisheries Learn about the cultural importance of salmon, the history of salmon fishing in our area, and tribal fisheries management from the local Suquamish Tribe.
Human Impacts & Climate Change Address the various impacts we have on the salmon population and discuss recent studies on the topic. Then find out what you can do to help preserve, restore, and protect our salmon habitats.
Class 1: Tuesday, October 19th via Zoom, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Field Day: Thursday, October 21st, at the Rhododendron Preserve in Bremerton, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Come dressed for the weather.
Class 2: Tuesday, October 26th via Zoom, from 9:30am to 12:30pm.