Watershed Masters Volunteer Training Program

Are you interested in meeting new friends, learning from local experts about the wonders of the Skagit River watershed, and participating in meaningful community projects?  The Skagit Conservation District is now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Watershed Masters Volunteer Training Program.  The Watershed Masters Program is intended for community residents, age 17 and up, who are aspiring to increase their knowledge about local watersheds, water quality, and beach and stream ecology.  Participants attend 8 evening sessions and 3 Saturday field excursions. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness on a variety of water quality problems and solutions and to inspire community stewardship in regards to water quality.

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Training is held in the Fall (Sept. - Nov), however, quarterly workshops, field trips, and other events are held year round.

For dates and times of upcoming events and to find out the latest on Watershed Masters graduates, call Kristi Carpenter @ 428-4313 ext.1018 or email kristi@skagitcd.org

Volunteers who complete the training return forty hours of volunteer service over the next year (or two) by undertaking projects designed to protect and/or restore water quality, or educating the public on these same issues. The Project Coordinator will work with each Watershed Master Volunteer who has completed the training to design a plan of action for returning the forty hours of training. Volunteer projects are geared toward the interests of the participant.

Watershed Master Training Application  2019

WHAT DO WATERSHED MASTER VOLUNTEERS DO?

 

  • Receive 40 hours of FREE training which covers geology, history, the biology and habitat needs of local salmon, stream ecology, soils and wetlands, the values and functions of estuaries, nonpoint sources of pollution, household hazardous waste, forestry, agriculture, and water quality monitoring.

  • Hear from MANY LOCAL EXPERTS on a variety of topics and issues.

  • Become familiar with the complexity and dilemmas involved in managing our natural resources.

  • Participate in field trips to explore local watersheds.

  • Receive a free comprehensive reference notebook.

  • Meet new friends.

  • Participate in meaningful community projects.

Fall 2019 Training Dates:

Classes will begin on Wednesday,

SEPTEMBER 25th (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

and continue every Wednesday evening

through NOVEMBER 13th

Saturday field tours are tentatively

scheduled for: September 28th

October 12th

October 19th

Pre-register by September 23rd

(class limited to 25 - first come basis)

 

MEETING LOCATION: Padilla Bay Research Reserve 10441 Bay View Edison Road QUESTIONS?

 

Contact Kristi Carpenter @ (360) 428-4313 or email: kristi@skagitcd.org

Thanks for submitting!

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Watershed Masters Volunteer Handbook