Land Steward Program

learn by doing and grow

At Direct Involvement Recreation Teaching, DIRT, we believe that one of the best ways to learn how to do something is to do it, physically.  It is in that spirit we are embarking on the creation of the Skyrman Land Steward Program. This program is designed as a collaborative learning process that invites each participant to share their unique contributions and culture to the program.  Our intention is to include all ages with a focus on youth education, mentorship and community participation in order to connect a diverse group of people that want to learn about our local watershed and creatively problem solve how to enhance and protect it.


The Skyrman Arboretum, having an array of mature shrubs and trees native to the Pacific Northwestern Region, will be our home base to learn and practice stewardship skills. We will also use this space to support propagation and restoration work along Bear Creek. 


We will spend time observing the plants and trees at the arboretum space, learn how to recognize and respect the native flora and fauna, and engage in placemaking as a community.  We will immerse ourselves in our local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of improving our natural environment while promoting peoples' health, happiness, and well-being.


This program is an ongoing exploration together. As we build our relationship to the local watershed it is helpful to have continuity and commitment for each of us to attend the majority of the stewardship sessions. That said, commitment is hard! (Nearly impossible during Covid times.) So we invite folks to drop in (and out) as your life permits/allows/etc, as everyone will take something valuable from each other and each session.


Session One Feb 6th 2pm-4pm

Discover and learn about our local watershed while exploring Skyrman arboretum. We will build community and our relationship to this place as we delve into what it means to be a steward of our local environment.  

Session Two March 17th | 31st 2pm-4pm

Two different opportunities to join us in learning about the importance of riparian zones and how they affect our local watershed. We will learn how to propagate native plants and run some botanical experiments here at the Skyrman Arboretum including plant propagation and native seed plantings.

Session Three April 3rd | 14th & 28th 2pm-4pm

We will be learning about soil basics, along with importance and indicators of soil health. We'll get an up-close look at soil, with an emphasis on soil texture, what lives in the soil, and ways we can promote soil health.