Nisqually Stream Stewards – Now Recruiting 2016 Class Participants!

Photo credit: Aaron Jorgenson.

Submitted by Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Do you want to be trained as a citizen scientist, learn more about your watershed, meet new people, and become more engaged with your community? Consider joining the 2016 Nisqually Stream Stewards class.

Nisqually Stream Stewards is a program of the Nisqually River Council and Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department that trains participants to be effective citizen scientists. The class introduces participants to a network of natural resources professionals in the South Puget Sound region and promotes community engagement through hands-on learning.

Taking in a view of the Mashel River on one of the Nisqually Land Trust's annual Nature Walks.
Stream Stewards learn to monitor water quality, identify aquatic insects, survey spawning salmon and more.

Participants receive 40 hours of class time, which includes field experiences at Mount Rainier National Park, UW Pack Forest, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and many other locations. In exchange, participants commit to giving 40 hours of volunteer time in the Nisqually over the next year. Class participants have
opportunities to monitor water quality, identify aquatic insects, survey spawning salmon, collect biodiversity data, plant trees, remove invasive species and learn more about local conservation organizations.

The Nisqually Stream Stewards class is free, but limited to the first 30 participants. It is open to people of all ages and abilities, especially those wanting to learn more about their communities, meet new people, and become a more effective volunteer for the watershed. However, those under 16 should plan to attend with an adult chaperone.

Classes are held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning July 26, 2016 and continuing through September 24, 2016.

To learn more information about the program, and to secure your spot for the Nisqually Stream Stewards class, please email Morgan, Ashley and Sheila at or call (360) 438-8715.

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