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July News


Conservation Celebration 2022

Tickets Available Now!

Boand Horse Arena, Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Friday, August 19th, 6:30 - 9:30pm

We’re heading back to the fairgrounds this year for an evening of celebration, community, and conservation! We’ll gather in a covered outdoor arena for live music, catered dinner & drinks, a keynote speech from the renowned forest ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, and hand-selected environmental shorts from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Can't attend in person? Virtual tickets (for the film festival only) are available.

Buy your tickets now at the link below:


July Walk & Talk

Davis Farm

It’s time to get down on the farm! Join us on Sunday, July 24th from 2-4pm for a GPC Walk and Talk focused on the history of the Davis Farm in Belfair. This beautiful acreage along the Union River was originally homesteaded in the late 1880s by the Irving family and purchased by Irene and Tom Davis in 1950.

Learn more about the Davis Farm’s amazing history during this unique tour opportunity!

This special event was made possible by a grant from the Mason County Historic Preservation Commission. 


Open Positions at GPC!

AmeriCorps VISTA 2022/2023


Ready to start your career in conservation? Great Peninsula Conservancy is currently recruiting applicants for three year-long AmeriCorps VISTA positions! All three VISTA will support the development of an outdoor education program that will benefit local schools and students. We are currently seeking an Education Coordinator VISTADevelopment Coordinator VISTA, and Community Stewardship Coordinator VISTA. Learn more about the available positions on our website here:


New Property Conserved:

Minter Creek

GPC recently secured a new conservation easement at Minter Creek! The easement is 21 acres, and will protect more than 1,300 feet of Minter Creek and 1,900 feet of it's tributaries.

The property includes lots of wetlands and streams that provide excellent salmon habitat for coho and chum salmon as well as the threatened Puget Sound steelhead trout. The landowners have been, and continue to be, excellent stewards of this vital habitat.

This conservation easement was purchased with funding from the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and from Pierce County Conservation Futures.


See more of the lands we conserve at the link below.


On the Blog


June Walk & Talk

Conservation for All

On June 18th, GPC members gathered at Sehmel Homestead Park for a Walk & Talk focused on celebrating the diversity of humanity and the natural world during Pride Month. GPC Board Member Dana Coggon led a nature walk, and challenged the group to try to collect all the colors of the rainbow through nature photography, culminating in a beautiful collage.

Read more about the Walk & Talk and see more of the group's photos by reading the blog linked below:


Land Labs:
Biological Indicators at Curley Creek Tyner Preserve

This May, GPC's Land Labs team ran four field trips for 110 local middle schoolers. Land Labs runs community science projects like this to connect students to nature and introduce them to STEM career fields!

Read the blog post below to learn more about the activities at Curley Creek, and how you can support the program.


Community Corner


Volunteers Needed!

Support our Land Labs Program

This fall, GPC will be leading local students on a series of field trips to our wilderness preserves as part of the Land Labs program, where students get to connect with nature through hands-on, standards-meeting science lessons on GPC preserves.

This is a great opportunity to get experience and training in the fast-growing environmental education field, explore some lesser-known wilderness preserves, and make a difference for underserved students in Bremerton.

We need volunteers to help make this happen! Volunteers will commit to one training session in July and at least one field trip in the fall. Anyone interested in learning more can fill out the interest form below, or email us at



Leadership Kitsap's Kiosk at Misery Point

Leadership Kitsap partnered with Great Peninsula Conservancy to design and install a kiosk with interpretive signage at Misery Point Preserve, featuring art by illustrator Joanne Tejeda and Ms. Anna Robbins' Fairview Middle School Sixth Grade Art Class.

Watch the process of creating and installing the kiosk in the video linked below.


GPC Attends Land Camp!

The Northwest Land Trust Conference

Keynote speaker Jillene Joseph, Executive Director, Native Wellness Institute.

For two engaging, schedule-packed days, Great Peninsula Conservancy staff went to the Northwest Land Camp in McMinnville, Oregon. Read more about what GPC learned from the inspiring experience, and will be applying to our future work.


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