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.
Salmon in the Classroom
This extraordinary 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.
In January, salmon eggs are introduced to the classroom tanks where students raise the eggs to the fry stage. At that point, the fry are released in March during field trips to Clear Creek. Now over 30 years old, this program continues with the support of its 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.
This pattern, Reforestation, is taken from a traditional Suquamish basket design