|| January 13, 2014
|| Pat Kirschbaum, Surface and Stormwater
|| 360.307.4278 or
Salmon in the Classroom field trip volunteers needed
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Clear Creek Task Force and Kitsap
County are looking for volunteers to help staff field trips for the Salmon
in the Classroom program. Volunteer Training will be held on Tuesday,
February 11, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Clear Creek
Interpretive Center, 9641 Levin Road NW in Silverdale. Volunteers will be
trained for one of the four stations that students rotate through during
field trips in March. The four stations highlight water quality, stream
bugs, native plants, and salmon release. Sign up for field trip dates will
also be available at the training. RSVP by February 8 to
email@example.com or call 360-434-7665.
The Salmon in the Classroom Program was started over 25 years ago by the
Central Kitsap Kiwanis Club. It is now a partnership with the Clear Creek
Task Force, Silverdale Kiwanis Club, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater
Management (SSWM) Program, Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap Public
Utility District, Suquamish Tribe, AMS Refrigeration and over 30 local
classrooms with the shared goal of enhancing the salmon population in Clear
Creek and educating students on the importance of ecosystems.
Classrooms receive their salmon eggs from the Suquamish Tribe’s Grover’s
Creek Hatchery in January. Through the next two and a half months, students
learn first-hand about the salmon life cycle, the importance of salmon, what
they need to survive, and how humans may impact salmon habitat—both
positively and negatively. They watch their salmon grow from egg to alevin
to fry, when they are ready to be released.
In mid-March, many of the schools participate in field trips in the northern
part of Clear Creek in Silverdale. Students cycle through four stations
where they release their salmon; plant a tree and learn about how important
trees are to salmon habitat; discover stream bugs that salmon feed on and
their importance to stream health; and realize how poor water quality can
impact the salmon and how people can make changes in their daily lives to
help improve water quality.
Volunteers are the key to the success of the field trips. The fourteen two
hour sessions run from 10 am – 12:00 pm or 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm. Consider
spending a few hours with the next generation improving your environment.
For more information about this program, visit
http://www.clearcreektrail.org/. For more information about the Surface
and Stormwater Management Program, visit
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