Thursday, August 30, 2012

Minter Creek Public Event!

Join Us for an Afternoon of Fun and 
Learning about Minter Creek

Saturday, September 22, 2012

1:00 - 5:30 PM

Minter Creek Elementary School

126117 118th Ave, NW, Gig Harbor, WA


1:00 - 4:30 PM

"Virtual Tour" of Minter Creek Watershed
Minter Creek Elementary Student's Environmental Research Project
Natural Yard Care
How to Maintain your Septic System
Animal Waste Management
Stewardship Opportunities - Beach Watchers and Stream Team

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Walk to a nearby forest to learn about stewardship activities
Walk around the school grounds to learn about stormwater runoff


Bring the kids for fun activities hosted by Harbor WildWatch and Washington Sea Grant

Registration is required - Sign up by September 14th
For more information and to register contact:
Renee Johnson at or 360-337-7175

This workshop is funded by a grant from:
Department of Ecology, State of Washington

Workshop sponsors include:
                  Washington State University
                  Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
                  Shellfish Partners
                  Harbor WildWatch
                  Pierce County
                  Pierce Conservation District
                  Raise the Grade

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. 
Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local SWU Extension office. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kopachuck Forest Tour - June 19th, 2012, 4-6 PM

Kopachuck State Park Forest Tour
And KGI Watershed Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 19th, 4-6 PM

The June meeting of the KGI Watershed Council will begin with a tour of the Kopachuck State Park Forest area with Park Ranger, Dennis Mills.

The park forest is closed to the general public due to tree health issues. This tour will provide an opportunity to learn about the health challenges, responses to those challenges, and future plans for the forest.

Following the tour, the Watershed Council meeting will be held at one of the near by campsites where we will be discussing Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor and Islands watershed forest plans and community forest concepts.   
The shoreline portions of the Park,
and trail leading to them, remain open to the public. 

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Protect, Preserve and Appreciate Natural Wonders - Workshops

Learn how to protect, preserve, and appreciate Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula’s natural wonders through free classes offered this spring

(Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula, WA) Class participants will explore the environment and learn about the connection between our behavior and local water issues. Classes include in class and out in the field experiences to learn about stewardship of our natural resources and properties. Classes begin on March 4.

Classes include:
Shoreline Living- March 4 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Nichols Community Center
Native Plants- March 19 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Gig Harbor Civic Center
Care and Feeding of Septic Systems- March 25 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Key Peninsula Fire Station.

Attendees can attend one or all of these classes. Local opportunities to volunteer will also be presented by speakers at each talk.

During training, class participants will discover how their everyday actions impact water quality while they learn about a range of topics including natural yard care, native plants, shoreline living, maintenance and care of septic systems, and beach etiquette. They will also learn about sea creatures such as clams, crabs, salmon, seaweed, and invertebrates. Some training sessions will include a fun and informative outdoor field trip.

After attending one or all of the workshops, participants who wish can become involved by attending additional free spring and summer classes, or by volunteering through Harbor WildWatch. Opportunities include future classes like Washington SeaGrant’s Bivalves for Clean Water and the State of the Oyster Study, and Harbor WildWatch’s “Get Your Feet Wet” and “Pier into the Night” programs. Other exciting opportunities include helping with interactive touch tanks, interpretive beach walks, and night-time sea-life exploration.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact Renee Johnson at or (360) 337-7157.

These free classes are funded by the Department of Ecology, sponsored by Pierce County Shellfish Partners, and brought to you by Harbor WildWatch, the Pierce Conservation District, and the Kitsap County WSU Extension.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.  Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Contact: Peg Tillery or Renee Johnson
Washington State University Kitsap County Extension
Phone (360) 337- 7157