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Community Science

Want to explore the outdoors? Become a community scientist! Learn how to observe and inventory local habitats; then collect data to help scientists make decisions to help local wildlife.

coyote on road
Grit City Carnivore Project
Report coyotes and raccoons.

Northwest Trek is partnering with the Schell Lab at the University of Washington, Tacoma and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on a community science project – reporting sightings of carnivores like coyotes and raccoons in the greater Tacoma area.

We’re setting up cameras from Tacoma to Eatonville to record wildlife, and we need to you report what you see on the iNaturalist app so everyone can learn more about our local wildlife. Join us!



salamander egg mass in hand
Amphibian Egg Mass Survey
Find frog eggs

Get out and enjoy the natural world while contributing to a real conservation project! You’ll be 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.



Child and staff member doing trail work.
Stewardship Days
Caring for our park

Have a group? Want to join Northwest Trek staff for a morning of native planting, trail work or other stewardship activities to help maintain the park’s native beauty?

Contact to learn more.

Conservation volunteers
Learn about our projects and how you can get involved.
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