Nisqually Watershed Festival

The Nisqually Watershed Festival is going virtual!

Watch the livestream right here starting at 10:00am on September 26, 2020!


Schedule of Events

Crafts & Games

Science & Stewardship

Join us for a livestream event featuring crafts, science, music, and sights from around the Nisqually Watershed! We’re excited to bring our Festival partners together for old favorites and new behind-the-scenes content about the wildlife, ecosystems, and cultures that make the Nisqually a uniquely special place, from Mountain to Sound.

Submit your email for a chance to win door prizes, including handmade salmon print items or an America The Beautiful Annual Pass!

Donate to support the Nisqually Watershed Festival 

Favorite Festival Crafts & Games to Try At Home

Watch the schedule for September 26: we’ll have more activities to follow along with video instructions!

#WhereInTheWatershed is Mango?

Mango the Festival Falcon, from our poster designed by Alex E. of East Olympia Elementary, is flying the whole Nisqually Watershed to get to the festival! Every day from September 19 to September 25, check in on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see Mango in a new location, and give us your best guess where he is! Each time you guess (once per day), we’ll enter you in a prize drawing for an America the Beautiful annual pass! Winners will be announced on Saturday during the Virtual Festival and contacted afterwards to redeem your pass for one year of free entry to National Parks and federal recreational lands.

Salmon Life Cycle Beads: create a bracelet that represents the salmon life cycle and the healthy environment they need! (Directions courtesy of City of Bothell.)

Critter Parade Masks: print and decorate a wildlife mask and send us a picture for the Virtual Critter Parade!

Nisqually Estuary Restoration Puzzle: experience the transformation of restoring over 700 acres of tidal estuary at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, by making this puzzle with beautiful art from Lucia Harrison. Then tune in on September 26 for a live science experience to learn about the bugs that live in the Refuge’s wetlands!

Salmon art: decorate your own paper salmon and send it to to join our school of fish! Just like the wooden fish that decorate the festival most years, a colorful salmon makes a great window or fence decoration to show your watershed pride. Download coloring pages of the five species of Nisqually salmon to decorate and display. And check out the salmon art from past festivals for inspiration! To learn more about the lives of salmon and their importance for the people of the Nisqually Tribe and other Native communities, try the activities for young learners in Since Time Immemorial, Washington State’s Native Education curriculum.

Ecosystem Bingo and Wolf Haven activities: Carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores are all part of a healthy ecosystem food web! Make your own version of Wolf Haven’s BINGO card game to play exploring the different species that live here in Washington. During the Festival, Wolf Haven will take us behind the scenes with a video tour of their sanctuary: if you can’t wait, try making some Wolf Cards, decorate a 3D foldable wolf, or some wolf pack family portrait coloring pages.


Virtual Festival Exhibitors

The Festival livestream on September 26 will feature behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, hands-on activities, and science presentations from these Watershed partners and more! Check back soon for the schedule.

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Mr. Lizard’s Mobile Zoo
  • Nisqually Land Trust
  • Nisqually Reach Nature Center
  • Northwest Trek
  • Nisqually Canoe Family
  • Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wolf Haven International
  • Olympia Surfrider Foundation
  • Tacoma Public Utilities
  • Orca Network
  • Puget Sound Estuarium
  • and more!

Get Involved: Science and Stewardship in the Nisqually Watershed

Volunteer for Habitat Restoration

Plant trees to restore salmon habitat with Nisqually Land Trust and Nisqually River Education Project

With social distancing and sanitation procedures in place, it’s now safe to volunteer outdoors with the Nisqually Land Trust as they plant native trees and shrubs in riparian restoration zones. These plantings are key to restoring healthy, shady streams where salmon can spawn in the watershed. Without school field trips this year, we need a lot of help getting thousands of trees in the ground – perfect activity for family, scout, or service groups! Check the Land Trust’s calendar or contact Sheila Wilson at to sign up.

Stewardship At Home

Puget Sound Starts Here!

September is Puget Sound Starts Here month! Take the quiz to test your water wits & salmon savvy, and learn about some actions we can all take to protect our unique waterways and area we call home. All participants will receive a code for a free 12-month subscription to Chinook Book. Take the quiz here:

Actions for Orcas

Pick up beach litter, plant a rain garden, and choose to reuse! These are all actions we can take to help improve our water quality, which helps salmon and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. Learn more from Orca Network about how you can help!

Community Science

Nisqually Reach Nature Center

Inspired by watching the beach seine? Learn how to collect data on forage fish eggs, monitor pigeon guillemot nests, and more opportunities to understand marine life in Puget Sound at the edge of the Nisqually Watershed!

Climate Watch for Birds with Black Hills Audubon

The National Audubon Society holds Climate Watch Bird Counts twice a year to collect data on how climate change is affecting particular species. They need lots of volunteers, and no experience is necessary! Sign up at, or contact Kim at Black Hills Audubon at or



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Interested in participating as a virtual exhibitor? Contact!