Abstract Title

Session S-05I: Education, Communication, and Citizen Science

Proposed Abstract Title

Beach Naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey Programs: Public Education and Outreach Making a Difference.

Presenter/Author Information

Janice MathisenFollow

Keywords

Citizens/Education

Location

Room 6C

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

Public education and outreach leads to a better informed public on Puget Sound and watershed issues. Using beach life and spawning salmon as a way to share knowledge and start the conservation conversation, the Beach Naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey programs have been educating Puget Sound residents for over 15 years. These programs benefit two audiences: the volunteers who serve in the program and the public who participate. Volunteers are provided in-depth information about Puget Sound life, watersheds, salmon and conservation strategies. These passionate volunteers translate this information and share it with the public they engage in the environments we hope to protect: at local beaches in the nearshore, the Chittenden Locks along salmonid migratory routes and at salmon spawning locations along the Cedar River. By providing opportunities for the public to learn more and create personal connections with the animals and habitat we share, we suggest choices people make in their daily lives that can help protect the watershed.

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Beach Naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey Programs: Public Education and Outreach Making a Difference.

Room 6C

Public education and outreach leads to a better informed public on Puget Sound and watershed issues. Using beach life and spawning salmon as a way to share knowledge and start the conservation conversation, the Beach Naturalist and Cedar River Salmon Journey programs have been educating Puget Sound residents for over 15 years. These programs benefit two audiences: the volunteers who serve in the program and the public who participate. Volunteers are provided in-depth information about Puget Sound life, watersheds, salmon and conservation strategies. These passionate volunteers translate this information and share it with the public they engage in the environments we hope to protect: at local beaches in the nearshore, the Chittenden Locks along salmonid migratory routes and at salmon spawning locations along the Cedar River. By providing opportunities for the public to learn more and create personal connections with the animals and habitat we share, we suggest choices people make in their daily lives that can help protect the watershed.