Classes & FieldworkDo 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.
2016 NatureMapping Field Trips
|February 13||NatureMapping at Ohop Creek|
|March 26||NatureMapping at Powell Pasture|
|April 2||NatureMapping at Ohop Creek|
|May 7|| NatureMapping at Wilcox Flats
| May 21
|| NatureMapping at Railway Road
| July 16
| NatureMapping at Ohop Creek
NatureMapping at Van Eaton
| September 10
|| NatureMapping at Red Salmon Creek
| October 1
||NatureMapping at Powell Creek|
| October 8
|| 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 ProgramGet 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 Saturday, February 20 and Saturday, March 5.
FrogWatch USAFrogWatch 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 12, 2016. Check back soon for a second date!
Elk SurveysNorthwest 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.