Nov 02

New Season of Hatchery Field Trips

Posted on November 2, 2022 at 2:13 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Hunt Elementary 4th graders pose for the camera after visiting the hatchery.Just as salmon have started returning to Clarks Creek this fall, so have the field trips to the Clarks Creek Hatchery

PCD has teamed up with the Puyallup Historical Hatchery Foundation to host 4th graders at the local salmon hatchery. The hatchery building has undergone extensive renovations over the past few years and is now ready to be shown off. Students get to learn how a fish hatchery operates, witness salmon spawning, and explore the habitat of Clarks Creek. 

This fall, ten Puyallup classes will attend these field trips, and this number will only grow in future years!

Sep 29

Teaming up with Puyallup on Youth Art Project

Posted on September 29, 2022 at 5:26 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

A preview of the 2023 with the children's artwork.
Keep an eye out for the 2023 calendar around Puyallup! 

During one of those particularly hot August days, kids at the Puyallup Parks and Recreation Day Camp took a break from their usual activities for a special visit from staff from the City of Puyallup and Pierce Conservation District

As the fans worked to keep everyone cool, the kids learned about the water cycle and stormwater pollution from the guest educators. They were then invited to create artwork with messaging about keeping pollution out of water. Bryana Solis, with the City of Puyallup, took this artwork and turned it into a calendar, with each month featuring a different picture and message. What better way to highlight actions that protect our water than with the creativity of these young artists!

Aug 31

Another AmeriCorps Season Winds Down

Posted on August 31, 2022 at 4:37 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Connor shows Salishan ECO Campers how to collect bugs from Swan CreekEvery fall, we welcome a new AmeriCorps member into the Environmental Education program as they begin their 10.5 month term of service. It’s a great opportunity for young professionals to get experience and put their education into practice. They bring energy and ideas as they tackle their work in new and inventive ways, and build skills along the way. The 10.5 month term also means we have to say goodbye the following summer. 

Connor Runyan recently ended his term with us as Conservation Education Specialist. During his time with us, Connor played a key role in helping the salmon in the schools program get off the ground. He helped schools manage their tanks, delivered lessons for the students, and organized several days of salmon release field trips. He also handled the bulk of our Envirothon program, a natural resources competition for high school students in Pierce County and statewide. 

Join us in thanking Connor for a great year of service and wishing him the best of luck in his next adventure!