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Walk & Talk participants at the Johnson South Sound Preserve this March.


March News
Spring is finally here!

The gray weather might not be over, but we have a lot to look forward to over the coming months! Join GPC for a day of stewardship, the 2023 Conservation Celebration, and more!


Ticket registration for the Conservation Celebration is open!

Join us for an evening of food, drinks, and celebration at Kiana Lodge with our keynote speaker Hilary Franz, this year's Gary Allen Cunningham Conservation Award winner Phil Best, and an auction and paddle raise! 

For more information and to purchase tickets, follow the link below.

2023 Conservation Celebration Sponsors


Announcing the 2023 

Conservation Award Winner!

The Gary Allen Cunningham Conservation Award recognizes a partner or volunteer who has made a significant contribution to GPC’s mission. This year GPC recognizes Phil Best for his lifelong commitment to conservation in our region. Phil has been a board member of Hood Canal Environmental Council and Kitsap Land Trust, which merged into GPC in 2000, where he continued as board member. As a Kitsap County Commissioner (1995-1998), Phil helped the county come into compliance with the Growth Management Act and then represented Washington counties on the state Land Use Study Commission. Thank you Phil for everything you do!




Kitsap Great Give is turning 10 this year, and GPC is grateful to be one of the many fantastic charities raising funds across the region this April!

Contribute to our campaign this April 11th and further GPC's work to conserve vital forests, shores, and farms! But you don't have to wait till the 11th to show your support, early giving starts April 1! 


The Legacy Society at Great Peninsula Conservancy honors members who have included GPC in their estate planning. Fueled by a $20,000 match, GPC launched a Legacy Challenge to increase the impact of each legacy pledge received this year. We want to thank our newest Legacy Society members Max & Janet Laudeman for their support of GPC's mission now and into the future.

Learn more about making a legacy gift to local conservation at the link below!




Great Peninsula Conservancy is launching recurring, monthly volunteer work parties. Join GPC in caring for regional lands and meet some less frequented preserves! 

When: Every second Wednesday from 9am-11am, starting April 12th 

Where: Location changes monthly. Check out the events page to find details for upcoming work parties. 

Questions? Email Beatrice at 


Join GPC staff and volunteers from the U.S. Navy to get started on restoration efforts at Newberry Woods Community Forest on Friday, April 21st from 9am-12pm. The 200-acre community forest has major stands of Scotch broom and we need your help to start removing it! For more information and to sign up, follow the link below.


April Walk & Talk

Join us on Saturday, April 29th from 9-12pm at Newberry Woods Community Forest for a Walk and Talk featuring GPC Stewardship Associate Ben Wymer. When he isn't out in the woods monitoring properties on behalf of GPC, Ben is a wildlife photographer and naturalist with plenty of experience identifying wildlife track and sign. You can check out Ben's phenomenal photography on his business page here: A Woods Walk Photography LLC. Save your spot! Sign up today! 


Walk and Talk Recap

GPC has already hosted three Walk and Talks in 2023! Participants have visited GPC properties in Hahobas Shoreline Preserve, Johnson South Sound Preserve, and Klingel-Bryan-Beard Wildlife Refuge to learn about the rich ecological and cultural heritage of our region. Check out the blog for photos and a recap about these awesome Walk and Talks!


Land Labs


Want to get outside and share your love of nature with local youth? GPC's Land Labs program is calling all volunteers interested in helping with its spring field trip series. No experience needed! We'll teach you everything you need to know at our next Land Labs Volunteer Training on Thursday, April 20th from 1-4pm. The training will focus on how best to support 5th-8th grade students as they engage in real-world science questions out on GPC preserves.

Know of someone who would be a great fit for the AmeriCorps VISTA program at Great Peninsula Conservancy? Send them our way! Our next VISTA cohort will be starting their year of service in June of 2023 and we are currently seeking applicants for positions in education, stewardship and communications. GPC's careers page has all the details.


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