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Ecology for Educators and Students

Volunteer Opportunities and Action Projects

Look-up local volunteer opportunities:
Volunteer Washington
United We Serve

Earth Day - community events and actions around Washington State

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group - Mission is to perpetuate and enhance the genetic diversity and stocks of wild salmon in Hood Canal through the protection and restoration of salmon habitat, stewardship and research for watershed and marine ecosystems, and community education and outreach.

Island County Beach watchers - Since 1989, more than 300 Island County citizens have completed Beach Watcher training. annually giving back more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service - collecting data, evaluating water quality, talking with the public, conducting tours and classes, and doing hands-on work such as removing invasive weeds from fragile estuaries. High standards, creative programs, educational and diverse with a niche for every volunteer.

Long Live the Kings - Mission is to restore wild salmon to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Site contains good information on local restoration activities, recovery projects. Also covers endangered species act, current events and history of salmon, and many excellent salmon links.

NatureMapping - This program is creating a national network that links natural resource agencies, academia and land planners with local communities, primarily through schools' monitoring data. Its approach is to train individuals to become aware of their natural resources and to provide the tools to inventory and monitor their resources.

Padilla Bay Reserve Research and Monitoring - Water quality monitoring conducted by citizens, students and scientists. Also fellowship and internship programs.

Puget Sound Partnership – Get involved: Public Events Calendar

Stream Teams - volunteers plant trees, mark storm drains, gather stream health data, remove litter, talk to people at local viewing sites about spawning salmon, and perform other tasks that make a big difference in the health of our local waterways.

Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) - WCC is a young-adult job-training and service program that performs environmental restoration projects for state, federal, and local agencies in the state of Washington. They also design and build outdoor classrooms for individual schools to use the environment as an integrating context for math, science, social studies and language arts.

Washington State University (WSU) Beach watchers - Programs in 7 North Puget Sound Counties.

Watershed Master / Beach Watchers - Mason County, in partnership with WSU .


Pledge to Protect our Waters


Washington Waters - Ours To Protect - take a pledge to take easy actions that will help protect our water from stormwater runoff. Also includes a Stormwater Quiz and a Pollution Prevention Personality Profile.

Liberty Lake Watershed Pledge Program - A Spokane community action project provides citizens with information about how to protect and improve rivers, streams, lakes, and groundwater. The pledge takes residents through a checklist of practices that can be adopted in the home to prevent pollution and take pride in protecting the lake, river, and aquifer.

Whatcom Watersheds Pledge Program - This program provides citizens and businesses in Whatcom County, Washington with information about how they can protect and improve rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater. In addition to water quality sampling and habitat restoration, the Pledge Program results in commitments from households, businesses and community institutions to reduce pollution. Already, more than 400 businesses and 800 households in Whatcom County have taken the pledge. These materials can be customized to other local watershed needs. For more information, contact David Laws, (360) 676-6573, dlaw461@ecy.wa.gov.