Annual Skagit Conservation Tour

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2017 ConservYouthTour

Click on the poster above for 2017 Youth Conservation Tour details!

Once again this year:  Zero Waste Composting/Recycling Lunch Station!


The Skagit Conservation Tour is designed to provide a fun and educational outdoor experience to local youth and inspire a better understanding of the forest/human connection.

The tour consists of seven stations hosted by local natural resource professionals who will guide students through entertaining educational activities focused on conservation of our natural resources. Classes spend 15 minutes at each station for a total of one hour and 45 minutes to complete the entire tour. Classes rotate through the stations sequentially with a different class beginning the tour every 15 minutes. Some of the past year's forest partners include the WA State Department of Natural Resources, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Skagit County Department of Public Works Master Composter/Recyclers, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sierra Pacific Industries, North Cascades National Park/USDA Forest Service, and Skagit Conservation District.


Topics for exploration will include:

  1. Forest Protection
  2. Salmon Lifecycle
  3. Bivalves
  4. Soils & Erosion
  5. Forest Regeneration
  6. Macroinvertebrates - Indicators of Stream Health
  7. Leave No Trace


Where is it Held?

The Annual Skagit Conservation Tour is held at the Pomona Grange Park. The park is located adjacent to the Washington State Fish Hatchery on Old Highway 99 N, just north of Burlington.


How it Works?

Your class will be greeted by a natural resource worker, upon your arrival at the park. A new class begins rotation through the forest walk every 15 minutes (see attached schedule). Students will spend 15 minutes at each of a series of seven stations. The total length of the tour will not exceed two hours. Classes arriving early or wanting to stay late are welcome to have lunch in the picnic shelter or tour the adjacent fish hatchery. STUDENTS NEED TO BE AT THE PARK AND READY TO BEGIN THE TOUR AT THEIR ALLOCATED TIME (it is important that we strictly adhere to the schedule). Your class will stay together throughout the entire tour.