Nisqually Stream Stewards Resource Page

Download the Course Schedule – Updated 7.30.2018

A map of the Nisqually River Watershed is available here!

2018 Course Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location Topic
Thursday, August 2 6:00-8:30pm Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Welcome and Introductions

Nisqually River Council

Nisqually Tribe History & Culture

Saturday, August 4 8:00am-4:00pm Mount Rainier National Park Field Trip – Glaciers and Volcanoes
Thursday, August 9 6:00-8:30pm Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Nisqually Land Trust

Nisqually Watershed History & Geology

Coordinated Litter Assessment – Zero Waste Washington

Thursday, August 16 6:00-8:30pm Nisqually Reach Nature Center Citizen Science Initiatives

Water Quality

Saturday, August 18 8:00am-1:00pm UW Pack Forest Field Trip – Mount Rainier Institute, Forests and Forestry
Thursday, August 23 6:00-8:30pm Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Salmon Recovery Program
Saturday, August 25 8:00am-1:00pm Mashel River and Ohop Creek Field Trip – Restoration and Recovery Initiatives
Thursday, August 30 6:00-8:30pm Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge History and Programs
Thursday, September 6 6:00-8:30pm Yelm Community Center Nisqually Community Forest
Saturday, September 8 8:00am-1:00pm Clear Creek Hatchery and Nisqually Community Garden Field Trip – Nisqually Indian Tribe Hatchery & Garden Programs
Thursday, September 13 6:00-8:30pm Yelm Community Center Native and Invasive Species
Thursday, September 20 6:00-8:30pm Yelm Community Center Potluck and Workshop with Stream Stewards Alumni and NRC Citizens Advisory Committee
Saturday, September 29 All day Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Nisqually Watershed Festival & Stream Stewards Graduation

Recommended Reading List

These resources can provide more information about the people, plants, and animals of the Nisqually Watershed. Although it’s not an exhaustive list, we hope that it answers your questions and inspires you to become involved.

Do you have a resource that we’ve missed? Let us know! Contact or 360.438.8715.

Nisqually Tribal History and Culture

  • Bohan, Heidi. The People of Cascadia: Pacific Northwest Native American History
  • Carpenter, Cecilia Svinth.
    • They Walked Before
    • The Nisqually My People
    • Fort Nisqually
    • Tears of Internment
    • Where the Waters Begin
    • Leschi, Last Chief of the Nisquallies
    • Stolen Lands
    • Image of America: Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • Lichatowich, Jim
    • Salmon Without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis
  • Wilkinson, Charles
    • Messages from Frank’s Landing
    • Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nation
  • Wonacott, Abbi. The Mashel Massacre of 1856

Treaty Fishing Rights

  • American Friends Service Committee. Uncommon Controversy: Fishing Rights of the Muckelshoot, Puyallup, and Nisqually Indians
  • Heffernan, Trova. Where the Salmon Run: The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank, Jr.

Salmon Issues and Salmon Identification

  • Montgomery, David. King of Fish
  • Lichatowich, James A. Salmon Without Rivers: A History of the Pacific Salmon Crisis
  • Steelquist, Robert. Adopt-A-Stream Foundation’s Field Guide to the Pacific Salmon
  • Wydoski and Whitney. Inland Fishes of Washington
  • Groot and Margolis. Pacific Salmon Life Histories
  • Stouder, Bisson, and Naiman. Pacific Salmon and Their Ecosystems: Status and Future Options
  • National Research Council. Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest

Nisqually River Council and Partners


  • Pojar and McKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest
  • The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation
    • Streamkeeper’s Field Guide
    • Field Guide to the Pacific Salmon
  • Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring


As Long As the River Runs documents the struggles faced by tribal members, including the Nisqually, as they fought to secure their treaty rights. Although it was produced prior to the Boldt Decision in 1974, the video still provides relevant insight into the lives and traditions of Tribes today.

Joe Kane, Executive Director of the Nisqually Land Trust, gave a Ted Talk on the importance of returning forestlands within the Nisqually to local ownership. Joe is currently helping spearhead the development of the Nisqually Community Forest.

From the Mountain to the Sea was produced by the Nisqually River Interpretive Center and highlights the enormous conservation efforts that have been completed in the Nisqually Watershed, thanks to the dedication and trust of numerous partners.