Nisqually River Council and Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department are recruiting participants for their 2016 Nisqually Stream Stewards class.
Starting on July 26 and ending on Sept. 24, the program trains students to become effective citizen scientists.
Applicants of any age or abilities receive 40 hours of instruction; however, those younger than 16 require a chaperone. In exchange, participants are expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer work in Nisqually over the next year. There is no monetary fee for the class.
The class includes field expeditions at Mount Rainer National Park, UW Pack Forest, and the Billy Frank Jr. Refuge, among other locations.
Participants will become versed in identifying aquatic insects, surveying salmon, collecting data, monitoring water quality and removing invasive species.