Training of salmon stewards who will help along the McLane Creek Nature Trail will begin early next month.
Volunteers who complete the two-part training will be able to serve as volunteers during the chum salmon spawning season. No experience is required.
The first class will be Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Larry Phillips, fish biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will lead this indoor session, focusing on the wild run of chum salmon that spawn in McLane Creek.
For first-time stewards, there will be a brief overview of the salmon life cycle, issues that affect salmon and general salmon stewarding tips.
The second session will take place at the nature trail Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-noon. Instructors will go over specific topics related to being a steward at the trail.
Participants should note that a Discover Pass is required to park at the McLane Creek Nature Trail. Salmon stewards will be issued temporary parking passes for the training and for the dates they will be volunteering.
A van pool will be available to take people to the trail, but they must register for the ride.
In November, visitors can see wild chum spawning the creek as they walk along the trail, located off Delphi Road in Thurston County. There are three places where the trail comes close to the creek for easy viewing, including one bridge crossing and two viewing platforms.
Stewards typically are stationed at one or more of the viewing locations Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. from mid-November to early December.
For more information, and to register, go to streamteam.info.