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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: January 13, 2014
Contact: Pat Kirschbaum, Surface and Stormwater Management Program
  360.307.4278 or
No: 2014-006

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 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 For more information about the Surface and Stormwater Management Program, visit

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014