It’s Salmon SEEson again!
Remember, please stay on the trails and use the viewing areas to watch for salmon. Keep all of your dog friends leashed and out of the creeks and off the creek banks.
Here are some of the activities you might want to know about:
World Water Monitoring Challenge
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10AM—Noon
This event is FREE and suitable for ages 8 to adult (please call if younger or pre-school kids are interested in participating)
No experience necessary. Please RSVP (or for more information): CWCAP@CarkeekWatershed.org | 206-235-7431 (call|text)
Carkeek Salmon Search Program
End of October through the beginning of December; These outdoor workshops happen each year as a couple of dozen local schools bring their classrooms to the park to learn about watershed sustainability, water quality, salmon life cycles, and park history. Seattle Public Utilities and local Naturalists partner with teachers to share the exciting salmon run and park resources with hundreds of local youth.
Each Saturday & Sunday in November and the 1st weekend in December, 11AM—2PM; Carkeek Park Salmon Stewards are a community of local volunteers trained to welcome, engage, educate, and inspire park visitors drawn by the annual Piper’s Creek salmon run. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in this program, go to the Carkeek Salmon Stewards Facebook page for details – training is Saturday, October 22 at the ELC (206-733-9697 | firstname.lastname@example.org).
Salmon Spawning Survey
Each Saturday in November until the end of the salmon run in December; trained CWCAP volunteers collect data from deceased salmon to determine their numbers and spawning success. This annual survey follows the story of these fish after they are released from the Les Malmgren Imprint Pond 3-5 years earlier.
Salmon egg delivery
Early January; the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery provides 20,000 chum salmon eggs each year to CWCAP where they are reared in the Imprint Pond’s Egg Incubator/Self-release tanks. At the same time, 29 local schools participating in the Salmon in the Schools – Seattle program will each get their approximately 220-250 eggs.
Salmon fry delivery (1st batch)
February; the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery provides 70,000 chum salmon fry each year to CWCAP. The first batch of 35,000 are delivered to the Imprint Pond where they are imprinted, fed, and later released into Venema Creek.
Salmon fry delivery (2nd batch)
March; the Suquamish Tribe’s Grovers Creek Salmon Hatchery provides 70,000 chum salmon fry each year to CWCAP. The second batch of 35,000 are delivered to the Imprint Pond where they are imprinted, fed, and later released into Venema Creek.
Salmon fry delivery; Salmon in the Schools – Seattle
April; after rearing 220-250 salmon eggs provided by the Suquamish Tribe chilled aquariums, 29 local school field trips bring salmon fry to the Imprint Pond where they are imprinted and fed by CWCAP volunteers. They are released into Venema Creek during a great release party on Saturday evening during Carkeek Park’s Annual Earth Day Celebration.
Friends of Piper’s Orchard 10th Annual Festival of Fruit
A good time was had by all…
Thank you 2016 EarthKeepers for a summer well done!
Wild Germination Art Exhibition
From July 23 – September 25, 2016, the ongoing Heaven and Earth series of temporary, outdoor environmental art projects in Carkeek Park will feature five environmental art projects that offer various interpretations of “Wild Germination,” a theme chosen by guest-curator Morgan McElfresh, local arts teacher at nearby Viewlands Elementary School.
Historical Landscape Drawing Recently “Rescued”
The Carkeek Gardens were planned and implemented in approximately 1996, based on the drawing of the Gardens by Russell Link, landscape architect and WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife manager. This framed drawing was originally displayed on a wall in the main meeting room of the Annex building at Carkeek Park. When the Annex was going to be rented, in approximately 2011, the drawing was moved to the ELC (Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center). There it was stored between a desk and wall for several years.
→ For more information or to volunteer:
Info@CarkeekPark.org | 206.819.0614