2019 Earth Day Teach-in

South Kitsap High School (SKHS) visited the Rhododendron Preserve for their annual Earth Day Teach-in. Students from AP Environmental Studies participated.

EPA Scientists volunteered to teach the students. The students learned about food waste programs, air quality monitoring and enforcement, and watershed management.

The students worked in groups that represented different parts of the community. Their goal was to protect their watershed by lowering pollution while also maintaining a budget. The students debated about different actions they should take to have the most impact on water quality.

It was a great exercise to show the challenges that every community has with pollution.

This is an example of a field trip that is made possible by generous donors. Thank you to our donors for giving students educational experiences.

2019 Kitsap Water Festival

The Kitsap Water Festival is a day of learning about and celebrating water. Education experts, environmental professionals, storytellers, entertainers and members of the community come together and set up educational exhibits for local students. Over 1,100 3rd and 4th grade students from Kitsap and North Kitsap County visit the festival.

Keta Legacy Foundation hosted a hands-on exhibit. The exhibit displayed different plants and animals that rely on the Chico Creek watershed. Students were asked to identify animal tracks and match the track to the animal. The students also observed different skulls and fur pelts to see if they could identify the animals. Another favorite display was the real salmon life cycle.

Girl Scout Service Project

Stewardship of the Rhododendron Preserve

A local Girl Scout troupe has adopted a parcel in the Preserve.

The girls have been working very hard to replant a heavily impacted area in the Preserve. The girls, and their parents, are regularly visiting the parcel to plant trees. They are also monitoring the success of previous plantings.

We are so thankful for these wonderful volunteers. They are making great progress!

2019 Environmental Stewardship Award

We are proud sponsors of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair.

The Keta Legacy Foundation’s Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes students who are protecting the environment through their science and engineering projects. One project each in grades 1-6; 7-9 and 10-12 received a monetary award and certificate.

Congratulations to the winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award!

Vishnu Mangipudi – 5th Grade Project – Modeling the Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Coastal Cities: Testing the Viability of Wetlands as an Alternate to Concrete Seawalls in the Protection of Coastal Cities from Floods
Fabian Garcia – 9th Grade Project – How Do Different Types of Air Pollutants Affect the Photosynthetic Pigments?
Erica Fajardo – 10th Grade Project – Bioplastic Production from Agricultural Biomass

April 2019 Events

Wild Plant Exploration

April 16

This is a 2-part event. It starts with a plant identification walk at the Rhododendron Preserve with Langdon Cook. Following the walk, there will be a cooking demonstration held at Olympic College. The ingredients used in the demonstration will be locally foraged but NOT taken from the Preserve. Get your tickets today.

Earth Day teach-in for South Kitsap High School

April 19

KLF will provide SKHS’s Environmental Studies students with a special fieldtrip. The students will learn from EPA scientists and explore the Rhododendron Preserve on a hike guided by Katha Miller-Winder. This educational event is made possible by generous donors and dedicated volunteers.

Art in the Forest

April 20

Artist Danielle Rimbert of Rimbert Illustration will be partnering with KLF for a two-part event at the Kitsap Cabin.

  1. 10:30 – 12:30 Attendees will learn the marbling process and go home with a beautiful silk scarf creation. Virgin Mimosa Bar and light refreshments provided.
  2. 1:00pm There will be a guided hike by a local naturalist following the art portion of the event.

Event Tickets are $55.

Earth Day WCC Crew

April 22

KLF has hired the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) to control invasive English Holly. English Holly has taken hold in several buffer parcels in the Preserve. The parcels were previously a tree farm. Controlling invasive species is a vital part of restoring the Preserve to natural forest conditions. The WCC crew has a challenging task ahead of them. Generous donations help maintain the Rhododendron Preserve.

Kitsap Great Give

April 23

We will be participating in the Kitsap Great Give (KGG). The KGG is 24 hours of online giving hosted by the Kitsap Community Foundation. Early giving begins on April 9th. Our target is to raise $5,000 for transportation grants. Your donation will provide transportation for educational field trips. This will allow students and community groups to get outside, connect with healthy ecosystems, and learn about environmental issues and salmon habitat.