The Eatonville Salmon Fest, set for Saturday, will be a celebration of a decade-long effort to restore and protect salmon habitat in the community.
The Nisqually Indian Tribe and the Nisqually River Council are hosting the free festival, scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Smallwood and Mill Pond parks.
The inaugural Salmon Fest will include family-friendly activities, music, food vendors, lectures and site tours. Attendees can make a salmon print on their own T-shirt, and visit a number of educational booths.
An underwater camera will help visitors get up close with salmon in the Mashel River.
Among the tours offered during the event will be a look at Eatonville’s dozens of rain gardens. There also will be an opportunity during the festival to help planting at five new rain gardens in Eatonville. In an effort to reduce flooding and pollution, town businesses and residents have built rain gardens throughout the town.
Other tours feature a look at logjams along the Mashel River used to create habitat and reduce stream-bank erosion, a planting demonstration and NatureMapping training.
“The recovery of Nisqually salmon is happening because communities like Eatonville are coming together and making it happen,” David Troutt, chairman of the Nisqually River Council, said in a news release.
For more information and a full schedule, contact Don Perry at 360-438-8687, Ext. 2143 or go to nisquallyriver.org/eatonvillesalmonfest.