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Native Trees and Cider Event

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On Saturday, June 3rd, join the Salmon Coalition at our native plant nursery at Finnriver Farm (their tasting room location) for a morning of learning plant ID, maintenance in the nursery, and fun in the sun followed by an afternoon at the Finnriver cider garden!

From 10 am – 12 pm, we’ll be down at the nursery where we’ll be talking about native tree and shrub identification and getting some work done (placing pallets, weeding potted plants and organizing plants by species). Then at noon, we’ll saunter up to the cider garden for some summertime fun! Salmon Coalition attendees will receive happy hour pours and a 20% bottle discount. Bring a sack lunch, grab a drink of your choice and mingle with fellow habitat enthusiasts! Brats and pizza will also be available for purchase at the tasting room.

Don’t think you can make the nursery event but still want to come mingle at the cider garden? No problem! We’d love to see you there.


From Port Townsend, follow Rt 19 South and take a right on Center Rd when you get into Chimacum. Then take your next right through the gate into Finnriver Farm and Cidery. We’ll be gathering on the lawn area, as you walk in.

What to bring:

Water bottle, sack lunch, work gloves (some will be provided), boots and clothing choices suitable for being outside. If you’ve got one, you can also bring a PNW native plant ID book!


Contact Olivia at outreach@nosc.org or call our office at (360) 379-8051 for more information.


May 21st Volunteer Planting is Your Last Chance of the Season!

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Join us on Sunday, May 21st to plant native trees and shrubs at one of the Jameston S’Klallam Tribe’s ongoing restoration sites along the Dungeness River as our last planting of the season, followed up with an afternoon picnic on the river! This restoration project is part of an ongoing effort to increase historic floodplain habitat at this site as the river has recently rerouted itself toward a historic channel here and has been eating away at the bank that once held three homes.

We’ll be planting from 10 am – 12 pm and picnicing from 12 pm – 1pm. Come check out this complex riverine area at this family friendly event!

Click here for more information and to RSVP. Location and parking details will be e-mailed when you RSVP.

Hope to see you there!

Salmon Coalition Brings Students to the Bugs and the Bugs to the Students

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This past week the Salmon Coalition led local students in two different macro invertebrate lessons. The first took Blue Heron 8th graders out to Snow Creek at two different sites to collect bugs, identify species, and make conclusions about the water quality based on what species they found. Students monitored both an upper stream and lower esturine site and made comparisons.

For the second curriculum, Salmon Coalition staff collected bugs (or “macros”) in containers and brought them in to the Chimacum 6th grade science class to look at under microscopes. Both schools compared the findings of these biological water health indicators to the results of chemical and physical water quality testing that they did with their teachers. Students learned about the different types of water monitoring and how this relates to broader environmental issues such as stream complexity, forest health and climate change.

Fin the Salmon Swims to Grant Street Elementary!

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This Monday, Fin – our 2 ton female chum salmon – swam over to Grant Street Elementary so that the kindergarten class could see her in action. Kids toured the inside of Fin, played salmon life cycle games and ran an obstacle course designed to mimic the trials migrating salmon face each year. This program brought another aspect of learning about salmon into the lives of these students who had been raising coho in their classroom for the past several weeks and just went out to release them last week.

Real Learning Real Work

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Thanks to one of our committed volunteers, Tod Spedding, we now have a video that tells the story of our Real Learning Real Work 7th grade education program and why we think this program helps get students more invested in their work than the more traditional tree planting field trip.

Check out a link to the video here. And let us know what you think!

The Secret Life of Rivers

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This short video depicts the intricate web of microbes responsible for cleansing our waterways and just how vital these little warriors beneath the riffles are.





If video does not work, click here to view on a separate webpage.

Our Youth Education Programs Have Hit the Ground Running

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We are in full throttle for our education programs at the moment, having kicked off the season already with the first field day for our Real Learning Real Work program with the Blue Heron middle school. This program takes 7th grade students onto actual restoration sites alongside actual restoration professionals, learning the techniques they use everyday. Students become invested in the project after planning out the entire restoration guide themselves. Back in the classroom, they work across disciplines to create their revegetation plans before returning to the field to plant trees and provide site maintenance. Learn more about what’s involved in this program or our other environmental education programs by clicking here.

Think you might be interested in teaching students about a healthy ecosystem? Enjoy playing run around games? Want to calculate how much carbon an individual tree has sequestered while helping 6th graders do the same? If you answered yes to any of these, we’d love to have you.  E-mail Olivia at outreach@nosc.org with questions or to receive more details.

3 Crabs Restoration Project Complete!

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We are excited to share that the 3 Crabs Estuarine and Nearshore project is 99% Complete. Once the weather warms, we have some road striping to paint, staging area seeding to put down, and we have a handrail for the bridge currently in fabrication. The heavy equipment is gone and the marsh is a giant skating rink from all of this cold weather.

Follow this Link to a letter from Executive Director, Rebecca Benjamin, celebrating the completion of the project.

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