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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.





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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities Teaching Education Programs

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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. 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.

Explore the Shore with WSU! — Learn about our coastal landscape

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Explore the Shore! — Learn about our coastal landscape

through Washington State University Jefferson County Extention


What is that strange thing you found on the beach last week? Do sand fleas (beach hoppers) bite? Why is your favorite clamming beach closed in the summer?!!


Learn all about local coastal landscapes in the 2017 Beach Naturalist Course offered this spring by Jefferson County WSU Extension. Registration is now open and closes March 10, 2017. Classes will be held on Thursdays, March 23 to April 27th from 9 am to 4 pm.  This lively class is designed for anyone interested in shorelines, marine life and natural history.  Class and field trip locations include Port Townsend, Discovery Bay, Quilcene and Port Hadlock.


Students learn about intertidal habitats, coastal geology, kelp, plankton, oceanography and much more in this 6-week class. Each session includes classroom lectures by regional experts and field trips to explore new and familiar beaches with fresh perspectives.


Participants are expected to volunteer 40 hours for local marine-related programs over the next year. “ Students discover how much fun volunteering can be,” says Cheryl Lowe, Program Coordinator.  “They love getting out on the beach or near the water helping local conservation organizations with citizen science monitoring projects like counting salmon or Olympia oysters; planting trees to restore habitat and helping with public education events.”


Registration closes on March 10th. Space is limited. Cost is $150. Some scholarships are available.


See http://ext100.wsu.edu/jefferson/nrs/beachwatchers/ for more info and registration information. Or contact Cheryl Lowe (360-379-5610 x 230 or Cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu).

Contact:  Cheryl Lowe, WSU Ext. Water Programs Coordinator, Cheryl.lowe@wsu.edu, 360-379-5610 x 230, cell 360-320-4113


Join Us for Our Volunteer Appreciation Hour at Disco Bay Detour

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You are cordially invited to our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Disco Bay Detour on Thursday, February 2nd, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Our volunteers are integral to what we do at the Salmon Coalition. Without you, we would have far fewer successes to celebrate. It is the families we work for, and their perception of what constitutes a healthy community, that will determine whether a conservation mindset is carried on in future generations. So let’s follow the model laid forth by a happy ecosystem to collaborate, foster growth and create connections.
This will be a social hour of sorts so feel free to come and go as you please. February 2nd is also World Wetlands Day so honor it in style with those who work to conserve our most precious resource, the waterways. And, of course, drink like a fish! Free snacks provided.
Disco Bay Detour is located on Rt. 101, just North of the junction of Rt. 20 and Rt. 101 by less than a mile. The building faces Discovery Bay.

Plant Native Trees at Peabody Creek, Port Angeles

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Our local Port Angeles urban park needs your helping hands! On February 4th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Salmon Coalition will be planting 300 trees and shrubs to improve the health and diversity of the forest along Peabody Creek. Volunteers have spent countless hours cleaning up this park and removing garbage and invasive species. We will now be replacing those non-desirables with beautiful native plants. This is a great chance to meet your Port Angeles neighbors that love the environment and forests as much as you do! RSVP by clicking here to receive more details.

Dungeness Native Tree Planting with Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe: Postponed until January 28th!

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On January 28th, the North Olympic Salmon Coalition along with the Jameston S’Klallam Tribe will be planting 1,940 native trees and shrubs on the Dungeness River, at a site owned by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe since 2015. The site lacks vegetation and is in need of reforestation to improve water quality on the Dungeness River. This is one of the most crucial steps toward creating healthy habitat for the fish and wildlife that frequent this area.

We chose these dates because Monday, January 16th is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This is your chance to give a few hours of your time to improve the health of the Dungeness watershed and to serve your community alongside your wonderful neighbors.

January 28th, 10am – 2pm

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

Contact Olivia at outreach@nosc.org with any questions.

Your Last Chance to Attend Salmon BINGO is January 25th!

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Don’t forget! Every January, the Hilltop Tavern donates proceeds from a night of Bingo to the Salmon Coalition. There will be salmon hats, memorabilia and the opportunity to get some of our Salmon Coalition branded hats and sweatshirts.

Bingo runs from 7 – 9 p.m every Wednesday in January. Cards are one dollar. And there’s beer! So dust off that salmon hat and hit the Tavern.

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