May 1st - 31st , 2021

Skagit Water Weeks is a collection of events hosted by local organizations that teach and celebrate one of our most treasured resources - water! Water is critical to our environment, economy and our cultural well-being. Skagit Conservation Education Alliance and our partners are pleased to present a slate of opportunities and events in celebration of Skagit Water Weeks and our precious water resources!

Visit our Water Weeks Facebook Page!

TUFTED PUFFINS WOW (6)

May 1st through 21st

CONTEST! Four steps to be entered to win an exclusive Salish Sea School stuffed Tufted Puffin!

All Ages

Follow these fun and creative steps to be entered into a contest! A great way to give back to your community and help an endangered species!

(1) Conduct a beach clean-up
(2) Safely make a piece of artwork with your trash/marine debris
(3) Submit a picture of yourself with the marine debris/trash art you made and include a fact about marine debris in our oceans
(4) Send all entries to amy@thesalishseaschool.org with a subject of “SAVE OUR PUFFINS” to be entered to win an exclusive Salish Sea School stuffed Tufted Puffin!
Due by Endangered Species Day, May 21, 2021
Host Website: www.thesalishseaschool.org
To Enter Email: amy@thesalishseaschool.org

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May 1st, 15th & 29th , Saturdays

Up River With Skagit Land Trust

10 AM-2 PM
Age Group: Adults

Help Skagit Land Trust begin to steward a not yet open to the public Trust property. Begin the day with invasive species removal along the Skagit River shoreline. Afterwards take an exclusive guided hike along the river and through the forest. Following Covid protocols group size is limited to 5, participants must wear masks. Adults only for this event. Event hosted by Skagit Land Trust.

Location: Marblemount, WA
Contact Stacy at stacyd@skagitlandtrust.org to RSVP. First come, first served!

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May 1st through 31st

Skagit Valley’s Warming Waters : Online Interactive Story Map

All Ages

Have you heard that some Skagit Valley streams are too warm in the summer months? Help us keep our Skagit wild and cool! Come learn more about how the Skagit community is responding to this problem at Ecology’s “Skagit Valley’s Warming Waters” interactive website, developed with local experts including the Skagit Conservation District, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, and the Skagit Watershed Council. The site has videos, stories, and links to help you learn more about water temperatures and experience Skagit wildlife yourself, and links to take action in your own community. We are all responsible for protecting water quality in the Skagit!

Event Website

Water is Life

May 1st through 31st

MONA at Home Virtual Program: Water is Life

All Ages

MoNA at Home is a youth and family program with themed art lessons for different age groups; Early Enrichment, Emerging Elementary Artists & Exploring Art Enthusiasts. MoNA Education is excited to share "Water is Life," art lessons inspired by Skagit Water Weeks and the beautiful place we call home, the Skagit Valley. This virtual program is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Museum of Northwest Art ( MoNA).

May 1st through 31st

“Where Does Your Water Shed?” Video

May 1- September 4
All Ages

Did you know that we each contribute a little to the biggest source of pollution for the Skagit Watershed? Learn about how our actions impact the health of our rivers, streams, and bays, and what citizens like you are doing to help keep them clean for the people and wildlife that depend on them here in the Skagit Valley. This video was produced by the Skagit Conservation District and Skagit Watershed Council.

John Scurlock courtesy of Skagit Land Trust (2)

May 1st through 31st

Daily Skagit Watershed Facts

All Ages

In honor of Skagit Water Weeks, the Skagit Watershed Council will post an exciting fact about the Skagit Watershed every day in the Month of May on their Facebook page. Use #SkagitWaterWeeks to interact!

Click Here to Discover the Facts!

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May 1st through 31st

"There is No Such Thing as the Poop Fairy" & “We Scoop” Doggy Photo Contest and Pledge

All Ages

In the spirit of Skagit Water Weeks, take the "We Scoop Pledge" and submit a picture(s) of your favorite cute pooch out enjoying our beautiful community. Send up to 3 of your favorites photos of your dog to kristi@skagitcd.org along with your dog's name and your name. All entries will receive a free pet waste bag dispenser. Prizes will also be awarded to 10 overall photo contest winners (2 each from residents residing in the Cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley and 2 from rural Skagit County). Pet waste left on the ground can wash into storm drains, streams, rivers, and marine waters through rainfall, melting snow, and even runoff from sprinklers and can also put your health and your dog's health at risk. Event hosted by Skagit Conservation District, Skagit County, and Cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley.

Event Website

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May 1st through September 5th

Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail

All Ages

Have fun outdoors with the 2021 Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail!

Letterboxing is an exciting opportunity for kids of all ages to explore our local watersheds and have fun while doing so! All you need is the Skagit Watershed passport, a pencil, outdoor attire, a smart phone (unless you want to unplug) and a sense of adventure!

This year the Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail consists of three separate trails in Skagit County. You can discover one trail, or all three!

To participate, print out the passport, pick your trail and head out! Once on the trail, find each letterbox station which contains fun & educational content and activities. When you have found a letterbox station draw something creative on the passport to document you have been there.

Once you have visited at least two trails, email a photo of your passport to info@skagitcleanwater.org to qualify for a prize! Winners will be announced September 16th.

2021 Passport

Click here to go to the Skagit Watershed Letterbox Page

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Past Events

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WetlandWalkMap (1)

May 7th, Friday

Friends of the Forest: Wetland Walk

10 AM -12:30 PM
Difficulty: Intermediate (2-4 miles roundtrip w/ moderate elevation gain)

Wander through wetlands on this group hike and learn more about the wetland species that call the ACFL home. Wetlands are incredibly biodiverse ecosystems, and are important providers for services like controlling and cleaning water. From wood ducks to the yellow pond lily swaths farmed by beaver, we’ll search for it all. Come prepared for the weather. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars, loupes, notebooks, guides, water bottles, snacks, and hand sanitizer. Masks will be worn .

Event Website

Location: Meet at Clyde Way Access – Trail 109, Little Cranberry Lake
See Map For Clyde Way Access Point

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May 7th, Friday

Junior Ecologists: Water Cycle

1 pm
Age Group: 6-10 yr old

Come learn about the water cycle and how it connects with Padilla Bay! This class is for 6-10 year old's. Hosted by the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Click Here for Registration Link. Event is on Zoom.

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May 8th, Saturday

Discover Wetland Birds

12 PM- 5 PM
All Ages

Skagit Audubon Society and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife invite you to discover the beauty and importance of wetland birds and their habitats! This event is for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We will have an information kiosk set up as well as bird mounts and take-home items available at the picnic pavilion adjacent to the southwest parking lot. We will also have multiple birding scopes set up along the trail allowing visitors to get a close view of the beautiful wetland birds at Wiley Slough! Masks and social distancing are required. Proper sanitization will be practiced. Please note that a Discover Pass is required to park at Wiley Slough. In case you do not have a pass, they are available for check-out at local libraries.
Event hosted by Skagit Audubon Society and WDFW.

Location
: Skagit Wildlife Area-Wiley Slough: 21961 Wylie Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Contact for more information: krothnelson@yahoo.com

Photo Credit: Ron Holmes

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May 14th, Friday & May 15th, Saturday

Capturing Water with Watercolor Pencils

1 PM - 3 PM (both days)
Adult/Mature Youth

Come to Padilla Bay’s virtual class to celebrate water. We will be using watercolor pencils to capture the estuarine water of Padilla Bay. The class focuses on practicing techniques for drawing and painting water. Watercolor pencils, erasers, and paper are available to borrow. Participants will need to pick up art materials from the Reserve. An art supply list will be sent out for those who already have or would like to buy supplies. The class is offered twice: Friday, May 14th, and Saturday, May 15th, 1:00-3:00 pm. Register online or call the Interpretive Center. Hosted by the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Click Here to Register

TUFTED PUFFINS WOW (7)

May 12th, Wednesday

Tufted Puffins in Washington State?!? Yes! Come find out why we should care!

6 PM
All Ages

Join the Salish Sea School as they bring awareness to the endangered Tufted Puffin population of Washington state in this fun and educational online presentation! Plus, learn ways you can help!
Hosted by The Salish Sea School.

Click here to View the Facebook Event

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May 19th, Wednesday

Water Weeks Aquarium Tour

1 PM
All Age
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Join us for a virtual tour of the Padilla Bay aquarium! Get an inside look at our tanks, critters, and new touch tank. Open to any age. Hosted by the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Click Here To Register. Event is on Zoom.

Thank You To Our Wonderful Skagit Water Weeks Partners: