HCSEG is currently following Washington State and CDC COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety for all volunteers. Thank you for your continued stewardship and support for our organization – we are taking necessary measures to be mindful of your health and safety.

Volunteer

Volunteers make our work possible. From data collection at fish traps, habitat restoration, support at fundraising events, and education programs, so much of what we do is made possible by the dedicated and passionate involvement of our community.

You will not be able to sign-up without registering first.

Volunteer

Volunteers make our work possible. From data collection at fish traps, habitat restoration, support at fundraising events, and education programs, so much of what we do is made possible by the dedicated and passionate involvement of our community.

You will not be able to sign-up without registering first.

Sweetwater Creek Cleanup

sweetwater creek cleanup

August 25th

9am-2pm

Sweetwater Creek Water Wheel Parking Lot

Next to Belfair Elementary and across highway 3 from Mary E. Theler Center

Sweetwater Creek is great place with potential to be a thriving habitat – and will soon be the Sweetwater Creek Water Wheel Park! In this area’s 5+ acres there is a flowing creek, leafy tree canopy, and a small pond. (Click here to learn more about the Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel Park Project)

However, this is a beautiful place needing love. Ivy and invasive blackberries are doing their best to cover broken down buildings, as well as remnants of a recent trash dumping. This is why we need YOUR HELP at the Sweetwater Creek Water Wheel Park Cleanup!

summer chum trap

summer chum trap

Are you passionate about salmon? Do you want to contribute and learn a ton too? Help us monitor returning adult Summer Chum Salmon on the Union River! Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group has been researching Union River Summer Chum Salmon for 22 years!

Each year we setup a weir trap that captures returning salmon. We rely on volunteers 24/7 to count and identify fish and move them upstream to spawn. HCSEG’s trap is located just outside of Belfair off HWY 300 (just behind QFC) and we have four trap shifts to choose from. We provide waders, a heated trailer, and shelter. This is fun for the whole family!

If you are new to volunteering at this trap, don’t worry, a trained staff member will arrive at the beginning of your first shift to walk you through everything you need to know about checking the trap. Just show up at the Hwy 300 Union River trap location at the beginning of your shift and someone will be there to train you.

There will be a training session on Monday, August 15th, from 11am-1pm at the Hwy 300 Union River trap location. If you can’t make this training do not worry! HCSEG will work with volunteers to conduct training at the beginning of each shift if needed.

garden work parties

garden work parties

Join us at a Farm at Water’s Edge volunteer work party! Farm at Water’s Edge is a certified organic farm providing our community with seasonal, fresh produce on a donation only basis. It also serves as an education tool for students and demonstrates how responsible, sustainable agriculture can coexist with salmon habitat. This is a great opportunity to support this community resource, as well as ask any of your garden questions to our knowledgeable staff and participating volunteers!

Volunteers can expect to help us weed, harvest, remove invasive species, turn compost, and/or plant in the garden. Please remember to check the weather before you come. We recommend wearing closed toed shoes, sun protection and bringing a water bottle.

This a great opportunity for all! Individuals, friends, families and kids. See you on the Farm!

The Salmon Center / 600 NE Roessel RD. / Belfair, WA 98528

Work Party Dates:

July 29th / 10am – 12pm

Aug 1st / 1pm – 3pm

Aug 10th / 2pm – 4pm

Aug 23rd / 10am – 12pm

Aug 26th / 10am – 12pm

Bark Park Work Parties

Bark Park work parties

Help us continue building a gravel trail from the Belfair Bark Park at the Salmon Center around the large field beside it for both humans and dogs to take walks in nature together!
 
We will be laying black geo-textile fabric and spreading gravel via small trailer loads and wheel-barrows. If you have your own wheel-barrow or tools, you are encouraged to bring them!
 
Please bring water, lunch, and gloves. Watch for inclimate weather and prepare accordingly. Boots are recommended for the wet grass, and potentially mud!
 
Please meet at the Salmon Center garage.

Saturday / March 12th

10am-1pm

The Salmon Center / 600 NE Roessel RD.

Farm at water's edge

farm at water's edge

Currently closed to new sign-ups. Please check back or register to volunteer to recieve updates!

Volunteer on the Farm at Water’s Edge! We could really use your help operating this small, sustainable organic farm located near the Union River estuary – which is critical habitat for our Pacific Northwest salmon. Learn how our farm coexists with the surrounding ecosystem, all the while helping us manage our U-Pick gardens – which provide seasonal, organic produce to our community at a donation-only basis.

days

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri

times

9am-12pm and 1pm -4pm

location

The Salmon Center

600 NE Roessel Rd.

Belfair WA 98528