Kitsap Conservation Calendar

A calendar of conservation-related activities occurring in Kitsap County over the next several months, as gleaned from various newsletters. Please check with the sponsors to ensure the event is still as scheduled, especially if the reference seems dated.

12–14 Aug 2019 SEA Discovery Center’s Family Marine Exploration Camp [Poulsbo]

– Mon–Wed, Aug. 12–14, cost $75
– Register (and see details) at
— source: City of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation, Spring and Summer 2019 Activity Guide, p. 39.

14 Aug 2019: Watching our Waters for Unwelcome Wanderers: Aquatic Invasive Species in the Salish Sea

[Part of the Western summer lecture series at the Poulsbo SEA Discovery Center.]
When: “Wednesday, August 14 at 6 p.m.
     “As we, our stuff and our economy shuffle around the planet, animals and plants move or are moved with us. Some cause harm to the ecology, economy or human health in our region. Among them, the invasive land plants, birds and beasts are more familiar to us, while species introduced into our waters, are often far less obvious, just as harmful and nearly impossible to eradicate. We’ll explore aquatic invasive species that threaten or already live in our area and how institutions, individuals and you can help prevent introductions and protect our water resources.

“Speaker: Jeff Adams
Jeff is a marine ecologist with Washington Sea Grant, a department in the UW College of the Environment. Jeff supports beach naturalist, watershed stewardship and invasive species programs and associated community science opportunities on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Salish Sea and beyond. He is passionate about sharing the wonders of watery worlds with all who will listen and enjoys island life with his extraordinary wife and two budding beach naturalists.

– source: SEA Discovery Center / Western on the Peninsulas schedule, as of 9 July 2019

16 Aug 2019: Wild Birds, East Bremerton

Enl!ghten: Kitsap Community Forum Presents
West Sound Wildlife Shelter “An Evening with Live Birds!”

Join us to see several majestic birds that have been rescued by West Sound Wildlife Shelter.

The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife a second chance at life and promotes the well-being of wildlife and their habitats through public outreach, education, and involvement. They teach that with understanding and knowledge, people will learn to appreciate wildlife and their habitat. The Shelter’s education program is a critical part of wildlife rehabilitation, and ultimately helps wildlife more than just rehabilitation alone.

Their programs reach out to people of all ages to encourage responsible actions toward wildlife and their habitat, and develop the wildlife stewards of tomorrow. The purpose of these programs is to create a direct connection with wildlife that will help educate the public about protecting wild animals and their habitats, and how to coexist peacefully with the local wildlife. Their adult-oriented programs also provide information and advice about humanely resolving conflicts with nuisance.

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – 700 Callahan Drive, Bremerton, WA When:       Friday, August 16th, 2019 – 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 to 6:30: Sign-in and networking, snacks, coffee & tea
6:30 to 8:30: Presentation followed by discussion 
Cost:         Donation at the door.

Enl!ghten is proud to be a new partner with Kitsap Regional Library System 
For information on Enl!ghten and to register for this event, visit our website: 

Enl!ghten Kitsap Community Forum is a licensed non-profit corporation (not a 501c3) with no affiliation to any religious organization or political party.
From the Enl!ghten team: Barbara Boas, Lynn Willmott, Barb Willock, Suzanne Holland, Karen Leader Scott, and Carol Dudley

21 Aug 2019: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of the Salish Sea [Poulsbo]

[Part of the Western summer lecture series at the Poulsbo SEA Discovery Center.]
When: “Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m.
     “This crash course on the diversity of submerged aquatic vegetation dives into the biology, identification, ecology, current status and the importance of marine plants in the Salish Sea.

“Speaker: Nam Siu
      Area Habitat Biologist, North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island, Habitat Program, WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife. Projects fish and wildlife habitats from development impacts. Prior to this position, Nam spent 4 years as a scientific diver surveying submerged aquatic vegetation beds throughout the Salish Sea.

– source: SEA Discovery Center / Western on the Peninsulas schedule, as of 9 July 2019

21-25 Aug 2019          Bring Your Own Bag! [Kitsap County Fair Grounds]

August 21-25 — Kitsap County Fair
“Learn about plastic bag bans and get a free reusable shopping bag at our fair booth.Fair admission required. Free events will be announced at a later date.
— source: Kitsap County Recycling and Garbage News, 1 May 2019.
[Public Waste and Recycling Events — 2019]

21 Aug 2019  Pond Dipping and Wetland Wonders [Silverdale], Grades PK-2

“Discovery Play Day. Stories, hands-on learning and outdoor fun exploring ecosystems. In partnership with Clear Creek Trails Task Force.”
– When: Wednesday, 21 August, 10 a.m. – noon
– Where: Clear Creek Sa’qad Interpretive Center, 9641 Levin Road NW, Silverdale
            — source: p. 22, Inspire Jun.Jul.Aug. 2019 (a publication of Kitsap Regional Library)

28 Aug 2019: SEA Discovery Center Interns Investigate Liberty Bay and the Salish Sea

[Part of the Western summer lecture series at the Poulsbo SEA Discovery Center.]
When: “Wednesday, August 28 at 6 p.m.
“Find out what marine mysteries the SEA Discovery interns have been studying and see what they’ve learned. The SEA Discovery Center Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates an opportunity to dive into the marine environment and gain valuable experience while conducting research for 10 weeks. Learn more about our internship program:

Speakers: Interns
– source: SEA Discovery Center / Western on the Peninsulas schedule, as of 9 July 2019

29 Aug 2019  Beach Walk [Poulsbo]

“Come explore Liberty Bay Beach during low tide. Meet at the Poulsbo Waterfront Gazebo or walk down the stairs to the beach. Look for SEA staff in bright green t-shirts and orange vests. Wear boots or tie shoes that can get wet and muddy! Free event. More info or to register (walk-ins welcome).
Thurs. Aug. 29th, 10am-noon”
— source: 1 July e-info from the SEA Discovery Center and also the 2019 Free Beach Exploration Schedule, e-distributed 29 April 2019 by WSU Extension.

29 Aug 2019: Beach Exploration [Manchester State Park]

Where: 7767 E.Hilldale Rd, Port Orchard, WA 98366. Meet on the lawn.
When: Thursday, August 29  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
— source: 2019 Free Beach Exploration Schedule, e-distributed 29 April 2019 by WSU Extension.

30 Aug 2019 Beach Exploration [Olalla Boat Launch]

When: Friday, August 30 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
— source: 2019 Free Beach Exploration Schedule, e-distributed 29 April 2019 by WSU Extension.

13–14  Sep 2019 Marine Science Workshop for Secondary Teachers at SEA Discovery Center [Poulsbo]

“Secondary Teachers,
      Mark your calendars—SEA Discovery Center is offering a free Marine Science Teacher Workshop this fall on

Friday, Sept. 13 (4:30-8:30pm) and Saturday, Sept.14 (9am-4pm).

Come immerse yourself in a hands-on workshop where you will explore five marine field investigations designed to engage middle and high school students in real science using the scientific process. Collaborative teaching teams are welcome! Earn 10 STEM clock hours free of charge and up to $100 implementation stipend.
     The Registration is not yet available—coming soon. If you would like to attend the workshop, please email me and I will send you an email with the registration link once it is live.
     If you have any questions or need more information, please let me know.

Thank you,
Denise Kilkenny-Tittle
SEA Discovery Center, Associate Director of Education and Outreach
(cell) 360-440-8458, (w) 360-650-4379, (office) 360-598-4460”     
— source: 13 June 2019 email from Denise Kilkenny-Tittle
[Note: The pdf flyer says that this workshop is free].

What are the many Kitsap 2019 Beach Explorations posted on this calendar? These low-tide beach explorations, which are free and suitable for all ages, are led by naturalists and help us learn about the unique creatures that live in the intertidal zone. The Sea Discovery Center, Harbor Wildwatch, and the WSU Kitsap Extension/Washington Sea Grant/Kitsap Beach Naturalists are the groups that sponsor these explorations. Boots or closed-toed shoes are recommended.
— source for calendar entries: the 2019 Free Beach Exploration Schedule, e-distributed on 29 April 2019 by WSU Extension.