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GPC staff before the 2024 Conservation Celebration


June News

Celebrate summer with us!

As Land Labs and the Conservation Celebration have come to a close, GPC is excited for our summer events! Support the Clear Creek Trail, learn about bee conservation, or train to search for European green crabs.


Thank you for joining us!

GPC's annual Conservation Celebration was a huge success thanks to our incredible community! 350 guests enjoyed an evening dedicated to celebrating our shared conservation successes. We are so grateful to everyone who sponsored the event or made a contribution to help raise $196,000 to support GPC's conservation work this year!

The 2024 Conservation Celebration was made possible in part thanks to Puget Sound to Pacific and our Lead and Contributing Sponsors. Thank you, sponsors!

Click here to learn more about the Conservation Sponsor: Puget Sound to Pacific!


Missed out on the Conservation Celebration but still want to donate? Support local conservation through the link below!


Happening Tonight!

Calling all folks from Seabeck, Silverdale, west Bremerton, and beyond! Itching to get outside on a spring evening? Join Great Peninsula Conservancy on Tuesday, June 4th at 5:30pm for an evening stroll at our Newberry Woods Community Forest! This is a great opportunity for you to get outside, meet GPC staff and the Community Forest Advisory Team, and learn more about upcoming events at the community forest!

No RSVP needed. Meet at the parking area for Newberry Hill Heritage Park near Klahowya Secondary School on NW Newberry Hill Rd at 5:30pm. We will be going approximately 1.75 miles total (from the parking area to the viewpoint and back). Estimated time: 1 hour.


We're Hiring!

Great Peninsula Conservancy is seeking a dynamic and results-driven Major Gifts Manager to join our Development team. The Major Gifts Manager will play a pivotal role in securing philanthropic support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations capable of making large financial contributions to advance our conservation efforts. This position offers a unique opportunity to engage with passionate supporters, build meaningful relationships, and drive impactful fundraising initiatives to support our mission.


Shawl Forest Conservation Easement

Thanks to an incredible donation by the landowner, GPC closed on the Shawl Forest Conservation Easement last month. Now this 30-acre forested property on the Key Peninsula will be protected forever!

Interested in donating an easement to preserve your land? Get in touch with our conservation team at or 360-373-3500.


GPC is excited to announce that we have received another round of funding from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative’s small grant for $25,000 will support GPC's project, Listen Up 2024 - A program to share acoustic bird monitoring knowledge and enhance habitat for bird conservation in Western Washington. This grant will fund another round of summer bird monitoring and vegetation maintenance at Grovers Creek Preserve, help us to understand the effectiveness of our forest stewardship techniques, and help implement a new partnership with Bainbridge Island Land Trust for forest management and bird monitoring. 




Save the date! Great Peninsula Conservancy will host European Green Crab Molt Search Training on Thursday, June 13th from 10am-2pm. Special guests include Jeff Adams, Marine Ecologist at the University of Washington Sea Grant!

If you want to learn more about Molt Searches in the Salish Sea, please review the Washington Sea Grant Crab Team website.


Join GPC on June 22nd from 10am-12pm for a fun-filled day learning about the PNW Bumble Bee Atlas project. This event will be lead by GPC entomology volunteers, Dawn Dockter, David Onstad, Mark Webb, and Ken VanBuskirk (aka “The Bumblers") in the amazing 140-acre flower, fruit, and vegetable farm that has been managed by the Davis Family for four generations!

When: Saturday, June 22nd, from 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Davis Family Farm in Belfair
Questions? Email Gabriel at


Join Great Peninsula Conservancy for our next work party in the “Tame the Trails” series at Clear Creek Trail! This June, GPC is enhancing accessibility on the northern route of Clear Creek Trail for United Way’s 30th Annual “Day of Caring”. We're dropping and tamping new gravel to make bridge transitions smoother and more wheelchair friendly. Supported by the REI Cooperative Action Fund Grant, this initiative is part of GPC’s “Conservation for All” project, aimed at making nature more inclusive and connecting more people with the outdoors. Be a part of this transformative project and help us create a more inclusive outdoor experience for everyone!

When: Friday, June 21st, from 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Clear Creek Trail
Questions? Email Ashlyn at 


Key Pen Parks is hosting its 20th Anniversary Celebration on June 22nd from 3-7pm at Gateway Park. Food, music, and great activities abound! Come visit Great Peninsula Conservancy and Gig Harbor Land Conservation Fund in the Beer Forest where we’ll be serving up beverages to support the continuation of local conservation efforts.


GPC's May Work Party

GPC staff and AmeriCorps VISTA in front of the bags of trash.

Last month, GPC staff and 27 dedicated volunteers joined forces to clean up Clear Creek Trail, focusing on the stretch between Bucklin Hill Road and Myhre Road. Their hard work resulted in the removal of 50 bags of litter from the trail. Thank you to everyone for their efforts and commitment!


Community Opportunities


The first Friends of Miller Bay E-newsletter is here! Click the link below to learn more about the partnership between GPC and Friends of Miller Bay. 

Interested in volunteering with Friends of Miller Bay? Join their work party at GPC's Cowling Creek Preserve on June 23rd from 9 am to 12 pm! Reach out to FOMB Stewardship Program Director Paul Dorn at 360-509-8091 or


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Great Peninsula Conservancy

6536 Kitsap Way
Bremerton, WA 98312
(360) 373-3500

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