The Stream Stewards program is offered over three weeknights and six Saturdays between September 22 and November 3. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Below is a summary of topics covered in the class sessions. The 2012 class schedule is available here.
- Rock formation
- Local geological information
- Local volcanic activity
- Hydrologic cycle and local watersheds
- Difference and relationships between surface water and ground water
- Watersheds - how we affect them and what we can do to help
Riparian and Wetland Plants
Problematic species of plants and animals, development and individual impacts
Specific communities for different riparian plants
- Function of a riparian area
- Functions of birds to Pacific Northwest
- Basic bird anatomy
- Birds specific to Clark County
- Dangers to birds, and what we can do to help
- Basic function of mammals
- Basic animal anatomy
- Clark County specific species
- Dangers of mammals and what we can do for help
- What are macro invertebrates?
- What can they tell us about our environment?
- Species identification
- What is water quality testing?
- Testing procedure
- What are we looking for?
- Why is water quality important?
- What makes good fish habitat
- Fish identification and basic anatomy
- Importance of salmon to Pacific Northwest
- Human factors, what can we do better, locally and individually
Reptiles and Amphibians
- What is a reptile?
- What is an amphibian?
- Life cycle and local species
- Why are they important?
- What is restoration and why do we do it?
- Restoration process
- Overall goals for restoration work
- Site visits
"Make a Difference Day"
- National day of service celebration
- Apply new skills and knowledge
- Meet Stream Stewards
- Variety of opportunities for involvement
- Learn four basic needs of all animals
- Learn the importance of maximizing your yard space
- Importance of corridors
- Importance of native plants
- Role of pets in NatureScaping
Stewards that attend all of the workshops receive a certificate of completion
- How can you pay back your tuition?
- How do you report your hours?
- What kind of activities are you interested in?
Continuing Education Workshops are offered throughout the year.
Previous workshops have included:
Winter Twig Identification
Fly Identification and Fly Casting
Pacific Northwest Fungus