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June News


On August 19th, we're heading back to the fairgrounds 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 renowned forest ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, and hand-selected environmental shorts from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Tickets available soon!

P.S. Now through the end of June, unlock access to the feature film My Garden of a Thousand Bees from Tangled Bank Studios, a national partner of the Wild & Scenic Film Fest.

Want to promote your business or purchase a sponsorship on behalf of your favorite community organization? Let us know! Email Community Engagement Manager, Claire Voris at


Welcome, Ben!

Ben Wymer joined the GPC stewardship staff in May 2022 and is dedicated to managing the protected lands for the intrinsic and instrumental values the landscape provides to wildlife and people. The expertise he brings comes from his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University New Hampshire and, more recently, his stewardship and mapping work for the land trust community in New Hampshire. An avid naturalist and photographer, Ben is always exploring the natural landscapes in his free time on a mission to connect people with the furry and feathery neighbors that surround us.


Pride Month Walk & Talk!

Sehmel Homestead Park

GPC believes that conservation is for all! Join us on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-12pm to celebrate Pride Month with a special Walk & Talk event lead by Great Peninsula Conservancy Board Member Dana Coggon and VISTA member Jaime Webb. Together, the group will explore beautiful Sehmel Homestead Park, participate in a fun inclusivity themed nature photography project, and learn about some of the amazing contributions of today’s LGBTQ+ conservation leaders. We look forward to getting outdoors with you!


Stewardship Event
Volunteers Needed!

Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge
Friday, June 24th, 9am - 12pm

Thanks to your help, we got over 5,000 native trees and shrubs planted in this preserve! Now it's time to go back and make sure that they stay healthy and strong in their first year. GPC staff and volunteers will be mulching the plants and removing any invasives that are getting too close for comfort.


On the Blog


Bird Songs That Tell a Conservation Story


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. Students learned about the importance of stewardship through monitoring Curley Creek using biological indicators. Students calculated a Pollution Tolerance Index which specifies overall water quality for bodies of water. This data is collected and kept by GPC to use to monitor the water quality of Curley Creek.

Land Labs runs community science projects like this to connect students to nature and introduce them to STEM career fields!

Are you interested in supporting students through outdoor education? Become a volunteer teacher! No prior experience required.


Community Corner


Invasive European green crab found in Hood Canal

WDFW staffer holding two European green crabs. Photo from

GPC is partnering with Washington Sea Grant and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on the invasive European green crab rapid response efforts in Hood Canal. Habitat assessment and trapping will be taking place at various GPC preserves on Hood Canal, including Misery Point Preserve. Learn more about this invasive crab or report a sighting here.


North Sound to Olympics Trails Planning Study

Join Kitsap County Public Works for an Open House on June 21st (In-Person or Virtual). Doors open at 6pm for in-person attendees and presentation begins at 6:30pm for Zoom attendees.

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Great Peninsula Conservancy

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Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 373-3500

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