What is the Stream Steward Program?
The Stream Stewards Program provides Kitsap residents with the opportunity to turn environmental knowledge into action. Through an annual, multi-day training, participants learn about connections between our lands and waters and the life that depends on their health. The training includes classroom sessions, field trips, and hands-on activities, and connects participants with experts and opportunities to get involved in local efforts.
Upon completion, volunteers are required 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 Kitsap 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.
Throughout the training, organizations will provide participants with information about local projects and offer exciting opportunities to plug in and make a difference in Kitsap County. If you’re inspired to connect with others to make a difference to the health of our local ecosystems, the Stream Steward training program is for you!
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:
Kitsap Streams & Watersheds Explore the ecosystems within and surrounding the various bodies of freshwater in Kitsap. We’ll discuss the geology, water quality, and ecosystem health of these areas.
Forest Ecosystems Discover forest processes and species. This includes learning about and identifying wildlife, mosses, fungi, bugs, and vascular plants. We’ll also discuss invasive and non-invasive species.
Aquatic Ecosystems Identify and discuss the various fish, bugs, amphibians, algae, etc. that live in our streams and lakes. Learn about animals as biomonitors and about multiple citizen science monitoring projects in Kitsap.
Management & Restoration Learn about the various agencies that manage and protect our watersheds and related ecosystems. Then find out what you can do to help preserve, restore, and protect these important habitats.
Human Impact Learn about your property and how it effects vital ecosystems. We’ll discuss raingardens, backyard habitats, septic systems, drinking water, etc.