SKHS Visits the Rhododendron Preseve

November 2, 2018

South Kitsap High School (SKHS) students in AP Environmental Studies visited the Rhododendron Preserve on a fieldtrip to observe natural salmon habitat. Transportation for this fieldtrip was provided by generous donors.

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Kitsap Salmon Tours

We participated in Kitsap Salmon Tours on November 3, 2018. Salmon docents and biologists volunteered and led public tours in the Rhododendron Preserve. Visitors were led on a hike to Wildcat and Lost Creeks to see salmon return and spawn.

Thank you to Brittany Gordon with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for leading a tour for our Girl Scout friends! The troop learned a lot and they were very happy to meet a professional biologist. Volunteers like Brittany are an inspiration to our next generation of biologists and girls who care about salmon.

Thank You!

Our annual Fall for Fish benefit dinner was a fun evening. We enjoyed great food and listened to Amy Gulick speak about the importance of protecting salmon habitat and educating others about salmon.

Thank you to Amy Gulick for sharing your work with us and for teaching us a “handy” way to remember 5 different types of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

Hold out your hand and repeat after me:

  • Thumb: Rhymes with “Chum”
  • Pointer: “Sockeye” pokes your eye
  • Middle: Longest finger reigns “King” (Chinook)
  • Ring: “Silver” is worn on the ring finger (Coho)
  • Pinkie: is for “Pink” salmon

Funds raised during the event will support the construction of an open sided pavilion for outdoor education on the Rhododendron Preserve.

Fall for Fish: Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction

The Fall for Fish benefit dinner and silent auction will raise funds for the construction of an open-sided pavilion in the Rhododendron Preserve. The pavilion will provide shelter for volunteers and students taking part in outdoor classes in the Preserve.

The evening starts at 4 pm at the Preserve with social hour and certified Salmon-Safe wine tasting. While enjoying the wine, take some time to peruse a silent auction held in the yurt and bid to win some great prizes!

The benefit will continue in the historic Kitsap Cabin where you can relax by the cozy fireplace and experience the beauty of fall at the Preserve. Dinner will begin at 5 pm as we enjoy a family-style dinner together, while Amy Gulick, an acclaimed nature photographer and writer, talks about understanding the ecological connections within nature, any why preserving them is important to humanity. Amy will talk part science, part humor, and part adventure, while she inspires, educates, and motivates us to take a closer look at nature and it’s relevance to all of us. We are excited to have Amy share her talents with our dinner guests! Following dinner, we will announce the winners of the silent auction. Please join us for a fun filled evening to support the contraction of a pavilion!

Please note, the Preserve is a rustic location, so please wear sturdy shoes and dress warmly.

Get your tickets here.

Our New Name

We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year! We are using this milestone to revise our organization’s name to better reflect our core values. Moving forward, we will be doing business as Keta Legacy Foundation.

Our new name honors our unique role in preserving critical keta salmon habitat to create a legacy of conservation. Keta is the Latin name for chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta).

Every year these salmon hatch in the gravels of Lost and Wildcat Creeks within the Rhododendron Preserve. These streams connect the Preserve with Puget Sound, the greater Salish Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, where the salmon migrate to as young smolts. After several years, the adult salmon migrate back into the Salish Sea and eventually to Dyes Inlet and the Preserve’s watershed to spawn the next generation of salmon.

One of the Foundation’s long-term goals is to fully restore the habitat that these salmon need to survive. Therefore, we support the ecological and human communities of the Salish Sea region now and for generations into the future.