Riparian Fencing Project a Success

During the summer of 2014, SPAWN staff, interns, and numerous volunteers spent many hours building a cattle exclusion fence on the McIssac Ranch located adjacent to our office on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Olema.

Ocean Acidification

Do you know what Ocean Acidification is? Scientists are raising concern for the future of our oceans. Oceans absorbing atmospheric carbon is causing ocean acidification, or the acidification of ocean water. How do you think this will impact all of our favorite ocean species?

My Life as an Intern

My journey was not a smooth or straight path to the Turtle Island internship I have today. I graduated from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Health, Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP); a public health degree … I found myself thinking about the environmental components of health; how we think about the environment as a contagious disease.

Top Four Benefits of Creekside Corridors

Creekside corridors are naturally vegetated lands along rivers and streams. When appropriately sized, these areas can reduce flooding, limit property loss from stream bank erosion, filter and settle out pollutants, and protect aquatic and terrestrial habitat.

Science in the Redwoods

Science in the Redwoods: We just had the 4th graders from Rise Community School in Oakland join us for an adventure filled day surveying the health of Lagunitas creek.

Teachers to Learn New Environmental Education Skills at Turtle Island’s ‘Headwaters to Sea’ Professional Development

The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).

Photography for a Change’s Roy Kimhi

Roy is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs.

Meet Rej Iscan a Salmon Institute Teacher

Meet Rej a Salmon Institute teacher! The 2015-2016 school year brings continued expansion of watersheds education for my 4th grade students at Hesperian Elementary. 

SPAWN’s Smolt Monitoring Program

SPAWN’s smolt monitoring program began about 10 years ago as a way to measure the health of endangered fish populations in San Geronimo Creek – an important tributary to Lagunitas Creek. Monitoring the population of coho smolts is an extremely important gauge for the population as a whole because it indicates how well the baby salmon fared over the winter.

What is a Smolt?

Smolts are young, 12-15 month-old juvenile coho salmon and steelhead trout. Technically, any anadromous salmonid (a member of the trout family that is born in freshwater, lives in salt water and then returns to freshwater to spawn) is called a smolt when it is in the juvenile stage of its lifecycle.

Three Restoration Grants Totaling $665,237 Go to Salmon Projects in Marin

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) has announced 2015 funding totaling $665,237 for three projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program was awarded two of the three grants, with the third grant going to the Marin Municipal Water District.

Marin Primary Middle School Unplugged

60 students from Marin Primary Middle School unplugged from their Ipads to spend the week at Clem Miller Environmental Education Center in Point Reyes.

Teachers Demonstrate Human Impact on the Environment Through Plastics

During the month of August, Turtle Island Restoration Network hosted the Summer Salmon Institute – a program designed for elementary school teachers to share ideas and collaboratively plan how to best engage students with current environmental issues. Here are a few updates on teachers work in the field post Summer Salmon Institute 2014.

The Summer Salmon Institute Goes Swimmingly

Thanks to Turtle Island Restoration Network’s hard work, and funding provided by the NOAA BWET grant, this years Summer Salmon Institute was a huge success. Teachers spent the week learning about hands on watershed education and it’s links to the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards.