Man with Fish

Several species of salmonids spawn and live in Clear Creek – Chum, Coho, Cutthroat and Steelhead. 

Chum and Coho are the most common species here because they are adapted to the shallower Kitsap streams and habitat.  Salmon runs typically occur in the fall when the first good rains begin.

 

There are also fresh water mussels, sculpins,  lampreys, salamanders, frogs and beavers making for a diverse habitat.

Salmon in the Classroom

This extraordinary, educational program began in 1987 by a local chapter of the Kiwanis Club to help restore salmon runs to Clear Creek and educate future generations about the life cycle of salmon.

 

Today, local elementary schools both private and public, raise eggs from the Suquamish Tribe's  Grover's Creek Hatchery in classroom aquariums built by the Silverdale Kiwanis Club. The program has an all-encompassing "web of life" field trip for students to release their fry while learning about stream health indicators and how to improve the habitat of Clear Creek. About 1,000 students release chum salmon fry into Clear Creek each year.

The program begins in January with salmon eggs introduced into the tanks in the classrooms and ends in March with the field trips to release the salmon fry into Clear Creek.  Field trips are the production of many partners including Clean Water Kitsap, Kiwanis Club of Central Kitsap, Air Management Solutions, Kitsap Public Utilities District #1, Suquamish Tribe, Kitsap Health Department, WSU Extension Kitsap’s Stream Stewards, Salmon Docents and Master Gardeners and many other dedicated volunteers.

The Salmon in the Classroom program is always looking for volunteers to assist at the Field Trip's four stations the students cycle through, volunteer coordinators, equipment and material coordinator and photographers. 

 

Orientation is on February 11th , where we'll give a brief overview of the program, discuss the duties of the assistant volunteers over a light dinner.  A link to register will be forthcoming.

 For more information on this program, contact us.    volunteer@clearcreektrail.org

This pattern, Reforestation, is taken from a traditional Suquamish basket design