Volunteer in the Watershed
Saturday, December 8: Salmon Tossing!
Help deliver ocean-derived nutrients (in the form of frozen salmon carcasses from the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s hatchery) back to the food chain upper watershed! Popular with people (and eagles) of all ages. Anyone is welcome at the Salmon Tossing event on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Smallwood Park in Eatonville. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
If you would like to volunteer on a school-day salmon tossing field trip in December, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nisqually Land Trust Planting Work Parties
Wednesdays and Saturdays at restoration sites around the watershed. Details and sign ups here: http://nisquallylandtrust.org/calendar/
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.
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!