Volunteer in the Watershed
February 14, 2019: Winter Water Quality Monitoring Day
Volunteers needed to help chaperone school groups collecting and testing water samples from the Nisqually River and its tributaries. Email email@example.com to sign up.
March 2, 2019: Plant Salvage for Nisqually Restoration Planting
Join Stream Stewards at Glacial Heritage Preserve to remove Shore Pine and Douglas Fir from prairie habitat for planting later at a riparian restoration site along the Nisqually River. This event is coordinated by Cadette Girl Scouts who have adopted this restoration site through the Nisqually Stream Stewards program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to sign up. Friends and family welcome: share the Event Flyer here.
March 21, 2019: Student GREEN Congress
Help out as over 300 students gather at The Evergreen State College to share results from water quality monitoring in the Nisqually and South Sound. Volunteers needed for check-in, directions, tech support, photography, and general on-site logistical help, with shifts available all day! Sign-up link coming soon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
April 20, 2019: Nisqually River Clean-Up
Bring a raft or kayak to clean up the Nisqually River, or join land-based Stream Stewards volunteers to pick up litter at our parks and water access sites. Email email@example.com to sign up.
May 11, 2019: Prairie Appreciation Day
Several volunteer opportunities available at this public event at Glacial Heritage Preserve during the beautiful peak camas and wildflower bloom. We are looking for Stream Stewards to staff a Nisqually Stream Stewards booth, as well as help out with the event in general! Email firstname.lastname@example.org (booth staff) and email@example.com (other activities).
Nisqually Land Trust Planting Work Parties
Wednesdays and Saturdays at restoration sites around the watershed. Details and sign ups here: http://nisquallylandtrust.org/calendar/
Volunteer with Partner Organizations:
Contact: Peter Yager, 360-753-9467
- Weed Warriors
- Friends of NNWRC – lead walks, staff reception desks, work with school groups – many opportunities!
Contact: Angela Winter
- Field and lab citizen science work restoring native prairies
Contact: Kevin Bacher, 360-569-6567
- Volunteers help in almost every area of the park, from maintaining trails to leading guided hikes. Time commitment for volunteer work varies from one-day projects to recurring projects or full-time work extending over months or years.
- Blog for upcoming opportunities: https://rainiervolunteersnps.tumblr.com/
Nisqually Indian Tribe Salmon Watchers
Contact: Brandon Bywater, 360-438-8715
- Salmon Watchers Training – Sept. 27, Nisqually Indian Tribe
- 1-2 hrs/week, self scheduled, October-February
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-489-3400
- Wednesday Work Parties (weekly)
- Saturday Work Parties (monthly)
- Volunteer Site Stewards
- Outreach Volunteers
- Leading or supporting Nature Walks on Land Trust properties
Contact: Terence Lee, 360-459-0387
- Forage Fish Spawning Surveys (lab, data, and field work)
- Pigeon Guillemot Surveys (lab, data, and field work)
- Summer Camps (education)
Contact: Emily McCartan, 360-438-8715
- Monthly meetings – 2nd Tuesday each month, 6-8pm
- Attend monthly NRC Meetings (locations vary, 3rd Friday, 9am-12pm)
- Serve on committees or work groups addressing watershed issues
Contact: Caitlin Krenn, 360-561-9063
- 3-4 volunteer events throughout the year (harvest, weeding, vegetable planting, other garden tasks)
- Contact Caitlin to be added to the email list for event announcements
Contact: Sheila Wilson, 360-438-8715
- Water Quality Monitoring (support field trips and help students with testing)
- Water Quality Monitoring Training (Saturday, September 22nd 9am-2pm)
- Fall Water Quality Monitoring Day (Thursday, October 18th, time varies)
- Winter Water Quality Monitoring Day (Thursday, February 14th, time varies)
- Student GREEN Congress (Thursday, March 21st, 2 hour shifts 7am-4pm)
- Eye On Nature and Nisqually Nearshore Field Field Investigations (supporting field trips, weekdays in April, May, June)
Nisqually Stream Stewards Outreach & Behind-the-Scenes Support
Contact: Emily McCartan, 360-438-8715
- Assist with management of Facebook page for Nisqually Stream Stewards
- Attend fairs, festivals, and other community events to recruit new Stream Stewards
- Write up Stream Stewards activities for NRF blogs
- Take photographs at volunteer events
- Various NRF office work, as needed
- Assist with education or special events programs
- Conduct NatureMapping and other citizen science surveys
- Remove invasive species and maintain trails
Contact: Tom Dewell, 360-894-8151
- Planning and design opportunities for new community garden
- Assist with community food events and farmers market
Nisqually Stream Stewards Volunteers
To complete your certification, Stream Stewards are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. We will email you throughout the year with opportunities to volunteer around the watershed. Email the contact person listed under each event to sign up or for more information. Afterwards, you can report your hours when you get your monthly email from email@example.com.
Stream Stewards who fulfill their 40 hours receive recognition at the following year’s Nisqually Watershed Festival and have the opportunity to share their experience on our blog to inspire future Stewards!