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.

IRA Charitable Gifts

Beginning at age 70.5, owners of an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) must begin taking a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD’s) from their IRA’s each year. These distributions are taxable income. One way to avoid paying taxes on RMD’s is to rollover all or a portion of it to a charity as a qualifying charitable distribution (QCD). Up to $100,000 a year can be donated to your favorite charity as a QCD without paying income tax on it. Check with your IRA administrator for details.

IRA Charitable Beneficiary

One way to continue a legacy of environmental stewardship is to name Keta Legacy Foundation (formerly Mountaineers Foundation) as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your non Roth IRA. When making an IRA qualifying charitable distribution (QCD), neither you, your estate, nor KLF pay taxes on the QCD. It is a common practice for financial advisors to recommend naming a charity as the beneficiary of all or a portion of a non Roth IRA.

Grant Deadline – April 19, 2019

map of the Salish Sea region
Map of the Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin, Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009

KLF offers a competitive grant program to qualifying conservation-focused non-profit organizations. For more information about our grant process, visit our Community Grants page.

KLF’s Community Conservation Education Grants are limited to no more than $5000 and are meant to support modest, short-term projects related to conservation education and consistent with our vision and mission.

Please visit KLF’s Community Grants page for guidelines and to submit your application.

Winter News

Board Highlight

The Keta Legacy Foundation (KLF) has operated for 50 years with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. These wonderful people put KLF’s mission into action. They are helping realize our vision of people connecting with and protecting healthy ecosystems.

Katha Miller-Winder

  • Has served on the Board for 8 years
  • Is passionate about environmental education
  • Has a long history of building successful educational programs
  • Regularly volunteers at the Rhododendron Preserve
  • Has taught Kindergarten to Eighth Grade for 14 years and has a wide range of experience

Keta Legacy Foundation has a vision of connecting people to healthy ecosystems and that connection is something I feel in my bones. I have a deep and abiding love of nature that is rooted as deep as any tree. Inspiring others to feel that same connection is what I love doing.”

-Katha Miller-Winder

Katha adds that she loves having a troop of Girl Scouts planting trees to restore buffer parcels on the Preserve, and having Naval Junior Officer Training Corp (NJROTC) kids removing massive patches of scotch broom and cleaning up trash to aid the trees in restoring a healthy environment. She adores seeing Environmental Studies students doing hands on learning on the Rhododendron Preserve. And it makes her incredibly happy to watch students on a field trip light up as they head out onto the Preserve.

“That’s why I’m the Chair of the Education Committee for KLF”, Katha states. “I want to help everyone connect to a healthy environment and inspire them to understand the power of trees to combat climate change and to encourage others to make choices that supports environmental health.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A BIG thanks to SKHS’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), and Olympic College students for their hard work at the Rhododendron Preserve during MLK Jr. Day of service. The group removed Scotch broom from a recently adopted area of the Preserve. Board members Katha Miller-Winder and Amy Lawrence led the group.

Rhododendron Preserve Update

This winter the Kitsap Peninsula experienced heavy snow. Kitsap’s Snowmageddon brought close to 2 feet of the white stuff to the Rhododendron Preserve. We got another dusting in the first week of March so there’s plenty still on the ground.

It’s unusual to have so much snow this time of year. Shifts in the weather effect stream conditions. Baby salmon are especially vulnerable to those subtle shifts. Times like this, we think about the baby salmon in Chico Creek and hope the babies are finding shelter from the storm.

By Aaron J. Hilliard

The heavy snow caused several trees to fall in the Preserve. The Hidden Valley area of the Preserve is closed to the public due to unsafe conditions. As always, be cautious of falling branches and trees when visiting the Rhododendron Preserve and the Big Tree trail.

The trail to Big Tree is open thanks to our good friend, Travis Forman. He cleared the trail of fallen trees and made a bench out of the wood. The new rest stop is near the Wanda Butler bench. Thank you, Travis, for making a place to rest at the end of Big Tree trail.