The Kenai Watershed Forum has announced their upcoming summer schedule, with some events slated for this weekend. Lisa Beranek with the Forum said they have educational, environment, and physical activities planned…
Beranek: “We have a variety of informational messages that we share, including one very important message is protecting the plants while we’re out on the river. So you might see fencing out there, whether it’s at the Kasilof Beach or Russian River, and that fencing is put up by volunteers and maintained by volunteers and so that fencing is there actually to provide a temporary physical barrier, to protect those plants that protect the river which then in turn creates a healthy system for those fish to thrive.”
KWF has implemented the Stream Watch volunteer program specifically to educate local fishermen.
The upcoming events include:
Salmon & Us at Hidden Creek Campground • Saturday, July 6 • 7pm
Join us in celebration of our fishy friends the Pacific Salmon at the Hidden Lake Campground Pavilion at 7pm on July 6th! Children of all ages are welcome to join the Kenai Watershed Forum and Violet, one of our Summer Camp leaders, as she discusses our fishy friends. Come have fun and learn about the importance of salmon to the Alaskan ecosystem. Salmon are important economically to Alaska but also to Alaskan ecosystems. I will discuss the 5 different species of Pacific salmon, the distinguishing anatomy of all salmonids, the anadromous life cycle of salmon, as well as the watershed conditions needed to support healthy fish populations. Details: This event meets at the pavilion at the Hidden Lake Campground in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Program begins at 7pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. This is a perfect event for children. FREE
Bug Walk at Soldotna Creek Park • Tuesday, July 9 • 5-7pm
Take part in an interactive walk led by Dr. David Wartinbee! We’ll explore the area around the confluence of Soldotna Creek and the Kenai River as Dr. Wartinbee shows us how to embrace nature and teaches us about the aquatic insects that are hiding in our own backyards! You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to learn something new about the cool insects in Soldotna. Details: This event meets at the Kenai Watershed Forum’s new building in Soldotna Creek Park on July 9th at 5pm and will go until 7pm. Event is free and available to anyone ages 8+. FREE
Salmn Run Series – 5K Runs
Wednesday Evenings this summer at Tsalteshi Trails
Come enjoy running the Tsalteshi Trails this summer during the Salmon Run Series; a 5K race series held at the Tsalteshi Trails Wednesday nights at 6:00pm beginning July 10th and continuing to August 7th. All proceeds will be donated to Kenai Watershed Forum to help their summer education programs and camp scholarship fund.
5pm • Registration
6pm • Run Start
Race Dates: July 10 , July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 7