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Nisqually Stream Stewards recruiting citizen scientists

Volunteers with the Nisqually Stream Stewards take part in projects in the Nisqually River watershed.
Volunteers with the Nisqually Stream Stewards take part in projects in the Nisqually River watershed. Staff file, 2000

People interested in becoming a citizen scientist and learning more about the Nisqually River watershed should consider joining the 2016 Nisqually Stream Stewards class.

A program of the Nisqually River Council and Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department, the class introduces participants to a network of natural resources professionals in the South Puget Sound region and promotes community engagement through hands-on learning, according to a news release.

Class participants will get to learn from and work with a network of natural resources professionals in the South Sound, while developing community engagement through hands-on learning.

Participants receive 40 hours of class time, which includes field experiences at Mount Rainier National Park, Pack Forest, Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and other locations.

Participants commit to giving 40 hours of volunteer time in the watershed during the next year.

Among the volunteer projects that will be available are opportunities to monitor water quality, identify aquatic insects, survey spawning salmon, collect biodiversity data, plant trees, remove invasive species and learn more about local conservation organizations. The projects are offered by the Nisqually Land Trust, Nisqually River Council, Nisqually River Education Project, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and other organizations.

The class is free, but limited to the first 30 participants. Children 15 and younger should plan to attend with an adult chaperone.

Classes are held Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning July 26 and running through Sept. 24.

To learn more information about the program, or to sign up, send an email to at streamstewards@nisquallyriver.org or call 360-438-8715.

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