Classes & Fieldwork

Do you want to explore outdoors and learn about the natural world? Become a scientist for a day! You'll learn how to observe, monitor, and inventory local habitats. The data you collect on Citizen Science trips will help scientists make decisions that determine a healthy future for local wildlife.

NatureMapping: Data Collection and Monitoring

NatureMapping provides an opportunity for citizen scientists to observe, monitor and inventory their local habitats and use the information gathered to effect real change. Data collected can be used by scientists on state and local levels to help make decisions that determine a healthy future for fish and wildlife.

NatureMapping Field Trips are free for participants. You do not need NatureMapping experience for this activity. Participants should come dressed for the weather and for walking in a wet environment on uneven surfaces. All field trips are 9 am to noon. For more information, use the form at the bottom of the page.

nature mapping-0012017 NatureMapping Field Trips
 February 4  NatureMapping at Ohop Creek
 March 18  NatureMapping at Powell Pasture
 April 1  NatureMapping at Ohop Creek
 May 6  NatureMapping at Wilcox Flats
 May 20
 NatureMapping at Railway Road
 July 15
 August 12
 NatureMapping at Ohop Creek
 NatureMapping at Van Eaton
 September 9
 NatureMapping at Red Salmon Creek
 September 23
 NatureMapping at Powell Creek
 October 7
 NatureMapping at Ohop Creek

Stewardship Activities at Northwest Trek

Join Northwest Trek staff for a morning of native planting, trail work or other stewardship activities to help maintain the park's native beauty. All activities run from 9 am to noon. For more information, use the form at the bottom of the page.

2016 Stewardship Activities
 April 23  Parks Appreciation Day

Other Citizen Science Programs

Amphibian Egg Mass Survey Program
Get out and enjoy the natural world while contributing to a real conservation project! Amphibian egg mass survey volunteers are trained with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife protocols and learn to identify the egg masses of 8 different species of amphibians. Trained volunteers will receive access to monitoring tools, including waders, digital cameras, and GPS units to monitor for the presence of egg masses monthly from February to August.

Amphibian Egg Mass Training takes place on February 18 and March 4.

FrogWatch USA
FrogWatch USA is a national citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. FrogWatch USA volunteers learn to identify local frog and toad species by their calls during the breeding season and how to report their findings accurately. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August. Data are readily available for ongoing analyses to help develop practical strategies for the conservation of these important species.

FrogWatch USA Training takes place on Saturday, March 25. Check back soon for a second date!

Elk Surveys
Northwest Trek is seeking volunteers to gather information on elk populations in the Enumclaw/Buckley area. Volunteers will conduct visual surveys from their vehicles at designated points on a map. Data will be used by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists to obtain a more accurate understanding of population size, which will allow for better management of the herd.

Training dates and additional details coming soon.

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