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GPC volunteers and staff at Grovers Creek Preserve in front of one of the two habitat piles constructed at the February Work Party.


March News

Spring has sprung!

Signs of spring are upon us. Osoberries have blossomed, and we have a lot to look forward to with warmer days ahead. Join GPC at our upcoming events to revel in the beauty of springtime all while supporting conservation efforts!


GPC in the News

The Kitsap Sun wrote about GPC's recent 183-acre acquisition along the Tahuya River. Click the link below to read the article about this pivotal habitat restoration initiative. 


We're Moving!

GPC is thrilled to announce that we're moving offices at the end of the month. The new location will be at 6536 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, 98312 — please update your contacts! GPC is hard at work doing office renovations, so keep your eye out for an open house in the coming months. We can't wait to welcome you to the new gathering space.


Call for Sponsors and Table Captains

Great Peninsula Conservancy’s annual fundraiser will return to the beautiful Kiana Lodge for dinner, drinks, and speakers, including a keynote by award-winning environmental journalist Ashley Ahearn.

Registration opens on March 18th to buy individual tickets. If you'd like to sponsor or reserve a table and dinner for 8 guests ($1,500), email or learn more here.

Thanks to the current 2024 sponsors!


John with his dog Sunny. 

“With a simple act, there will be preservation of some portion of the northwest habitat that I love so much.” — John L. Nichols


Great Peninsula Conservancy is thrilled to celebrate John L. Nichols, the newest member of GPC’s Legacy Society. John, a Key Peninsula resident and GPC forage fish survey volunteer, had previously made GPC a beneficiary of his IRA. When he discovered GPC's ongoing Legacy Society Challenge, which activates a $1,000 match with each new pledge, he made sure to inform us by mailing a legacy pledge. If you have already included GPC in your estate planning but aren’t currently part of the Legacy Society, please let us know! You do not have to disclose the amount or type of gift, and we can recognize your pledge anonymously. 

On the blog, John speaks to his love of nature and why he chose to help preserve habitat for years to come.

Visit our website or contact Development Manager Katherine Tacke at or (360) 373-3500 to learn more.




Years ago, the Audubon Society contributed to GPC's purchase of Grovers Creek Preserve with the intention of protecting threatened marbled murrelet habitat.

We will be joined by Kitsap Audubon as we venture into that same forest to see what we can find! Participants will have the opportunity to explore this lush, somewhat boggy(!), hidden gem. Bring your binoculars (or we can lend you a pair) and you might catch a glimpse of one of this ecosystem's many inhabitants! 

When: Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Grovers Creek Preserve


GPC volunteers and staff visited Grovers Creek Preserve in February to build habitat piles and constructed logs to provide essential support to small animals and to foster forest regeneration. Help us achieve our target of 25 woody debris features by April by signing up for our next “Coarse Woody Debris Countdown” work party to contribute to this important initiative and exciting restoration project!

When: Saturday, March 30th from 10:00am to 12:30pm 

Where: Grovers Creek Preserve in Indianola, WA 

Questions? Email Ashlyn at 


Great Peninsula Conservancy is continuing to assist the Clear Creek Task Force in recruiting more volunteers and forming a new leadership team. All are welcome to join this upcoming meeting to start the process; no RSVP required.

The next meeting is on Thursday, March 7th, from 2:30-4pm. Join at the Clear Creek Sa’qad Interpretive Center or via Zoom. The Task Force meets the first Thursday of the month.


Community Opportunities


Salmon in the Classroom

Each January, elementary students from classrooms around Kitsap County begin tending salmon eggs, donated by the Suquamish Tribe, in their classroom tanks. While the baby salmon grow from egg to alevin to fry, students learn about the salmon life cycle, their habitat, and the impacts of human activity. 

We are excited to support these classes this month as they attend field trips to Clear Creek in Silverdale! Students will work with local volunteers to learn about habitat, test water quality, and discover the many kinds of stream bugs that live in local streams, before releasing their salmon fry to begin their journey downstream.


Ever wanted to hear what a young person thinks about conservation? While the Land Labs team is diligently preparing for spring programming, they've also taken time to engage with local students about GPC's work. Check out this lovely conversation between a local seventh grader and one of our Conservation Education Fellows, Ben Crooke, on the GPC blog!


Kitsap County Earth Day Awards  

Each year, Kitsap County Public Works and the Board of County Commissioners recognize groups and individuals for their dedication to environmental stewardship. Please consider nominating a local organization or individual at the link below!


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