Mountaineers Foundation: Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Natural Places, Sustainable Practices

Thank You for Donating to the Kitsap Great Give

This was our first year participating in the KGG. Thank you to all who donated. Our donors raised enough money to cover the transportation cost for next years Earth Day field trip to the Preserve. We are so grateful for our donors. With your support, will be able to have a greater impact within our community and provide students with environmental education resources such as transportation. Thank you!

A BIG THANKS to South Kitsap High School

South Kitsap High School’s Navy Junior Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) helped cleanup the Rhododendron Preserve on Earth Day. The cadet crew worked very hard to remove invasive weeds and garbage dumped on the Preserve. The cadets even wrestled two stoves and a refrigerator out of the ravine. The Mountaineers Foundation is very thankful and proud of all the students hard work. THANK YOU SKHS NJROTC!

Cadets removing dumped stoves from the Preserve

SKHS NJROTC – Earth Day 2017

South Kitsap High School visits the Rhododendron Preserve for Earth Day

AP Environmental Science and Oceanography students from South Kitsap High School (SKHS) joined Mountaineers Foundation at our Rhododendron Preserve for Earth Day. The Theme for the day was, “This is How We Do Science”. Students listened to presentations from Scientists working in the field of Environmental Science from a variety of organizations, including EPA. Then the students observed a Fisheries Biologist with the Suquamish Tribe count smolt in Wildcat Creek.

Jon Oleyar, Suquamish Tribe fisheries biologist show students salmon smolt

The educational event was followed by a hike to Big Tree, where students became citizen scientists. The students made field observations and captured images of a variety of species to contribute to an ongoing BioBlitz. It was a wonderful Earth Day.

SKHS students explore Lost Creek looking for macro invertebrates

Earth Day 2017

South Kitsap Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

South Kitsap Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, Wolf Company

We are excited to announce South Kitsap High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) will participate in an Earth Day service project at the Rhododendron Preserve.

The NJROTC will provide 50 cadets and several parent volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Preserve. The cadet crew will spend 3 hours pulling weeds and removing any garbage found along the way. Their hard work will protect the integrity of the native plant populations on the Preserve and help stop the spread of noxious weeds such as English Ivy.

The Mountaineers Foundation is extremely grateful for the NJROTC’s willingness to serve and participate in Earth Day 2017.

Earth Day History

Earth Day sprang to life at a time when Americans were concerned about their environment. The publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962 raised public awareness of the links between pollution and public health. People were starting to think about environmental changes around them.

In 1969, common industrial practices caused Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River to catch on fire. Also in 1969, Santa Barbara, California experienced a massive oil spill. These kinds of environmental disturbances were gaining worried attention. Groups were beginning to fight against oil spills, toxic dumps, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife.

At the same time, college campuses around the United States were holding anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins”. Americans were experiencing a world of threats. As a result, they were developing a unified voice through anti-war protests.

Public consciousness of environmental issues, coupled with a public ready for activism, set the stage for the first Earth Day. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, was inspired by the energy of anti-war teach-ins and saw an opportunity to create a grassroots environmental demonstration. Nelson wanted to bring the idea of protecting the planet’s natural resources to a national political level. Nelson announced the Earth Day concept at a conference in Seattle in the fall of 1969 and invited the entire nation to get involved. It worked! The American people finally had a forum to express its concern for what was happening to the land, lakes, sea and air. In 1970, because of grassroots efforts, 20 million demonstrators united on the issue of protecting the environment.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment where young and old, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat came together to stand up for the environment. Those united voices led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

What started as an exercise in local civic engagement has turned into a global movement. Today, people all over the world recognize and celebrate Earth Day. People identify their own local environmental needs and do something about it, and that’s what makes Earth Day so special; anyone can make a difference.