Coho for Thanksgiving -- The Spawners Return

Luke Wed, 11/25/2015 - 21:35

Volunteer-led Coho Spawning Surveys 

11/25 - 12/31

All Spawning Survey Program materials are now available online at:

A big thanks goes out to all who attended our Coho Pizza Party and Survey Training events in October.

Our Coho spawning run is about 2-3 weeks later than normal, but we suspect they will be arriving this week, just in time for Thanksgiving!

This last week of November and first couple weeks of December would be great times to get out and survey. The peak run may appear out of the blue!

Give a holler if we can help get you out in the creeks.

Be Safe.
Contact us at anytime.
Have fun out there.


10/22 3rd Annual Kick-Off Celebration for Yamhill Coho Salmon Surveys & 10/23 Field Training Day

Luke Wed, 09/23/2015 - 17:06



Coho Kick-Off Flyer


Did you know the Yamhill River has one of the biggest runs of wild Coho salmon in the entire Upper Willamette River Watershed?
Let's welcome back the 2015 return of spawning Coho Salmon with a big roar of local support!


-- 10/22 6PM Kick-off Party --

Join us for a night of celebrating all things watersheds, fish, streams, rivers, and local community on Thursday 10/22 6pm-7:30pm at 3rd ST Pizza Co in downtown McMinnville.

The event is free to all, and we welcome suggested donations of $10 to support our programming. 
FREE PIZZA for the first 30 RSVP attendees, so sign up quick!



-- 10/23 10AM Field Training --

The following day on Friday 10/23 10am-1pm, join us for a field day in the creeks to learn the methods for surveying and documenting evidence of our spawning Coho salmon. The data collected by our volunteer surveyors is critical for understanding our Coho population's abundance and distribution. Where are our Coho doing well and why? Where are they not doing well and why? Help us gather the data we need to be able to start answering these important questions about our local community's natural resources.

This event is free to all, and we welcome suggested donations of $5 to support our programming. FREE LUNCH provided.


Watershed Education Adventures - Summer Programs! June, July, & August

Luke Fri, 06/12/2015 - 14:12
Looking for a great way for your kids to spend time learning outdoors this Summer Break? 

Registration is now open for June 22-26, July 28-30, and August 24-28

Join us for Watershed Education Adventures in June, July, and August, led by the GYWC's local naturalists and outdoor educators, Theresa Crain and Neyssa Hays! 

Programs include 9am-3pm Day Camps, and 2 Friday  Night Family events 7pm-10pm in June and August.

Every month has a different theme and activities ranging from learning ecology/biology skills, creating a shadow puppet theatre show, to exploring creeks, and much more! 

Ages: Day Camps are for grades 1-7. Contact us about ages 5 and under.

Cost: Register for discounted monthly event passes (includes free family friday night in June and August) OR pick/choose dates for $50 per child.

Lunch/Food: Please pack a lunch/food and water for your child for each day. Help us keep program costs down and affordable for more families. 

Scholarships: Limited availablilty for each month. Contact us! about scholarships today!
Questions?: Contact us! 



    Additional Info

    Day Camps 9am-3pm, @ Location Varies 

    Family Friday Evenings 7pm-10pm @ Charles Metsker County Park:






    Healthy lands and waters are at the heart of what make the Greater Yamhill Watershed a wonderful place to live, work, and play. We enjoy productive agricultural and timber lands, iconic rural landscapes and growing urban centers, expansive networks of streams and rivers, and a diversity of native fish, plants, and wildlife. These natural resources tie us together as a community and give our local area its unique character.

    After more than 150 years of settlement and development, however, we are just beginning to understand the collective impact to our watershed.  Hundreds of miles of our local stream miles are degraded and polluted. Nearly all of our historic wetlands, prairies, and Oregon Oak woodland habitats have been removed. Noxious invasive weeds impact roadways, natural areas, agriculture crops, and timber lands. And reduced flows in surface and ground water limit uses for drinking water, irrigation, and stream habitat. With the variety of challenges facing our watershed, the long-term viability of our community depends on the work we do now to conserve and restore the health of our lands and waters.

    The Greater Yamhill Watershed Council is a non-profit organization working to unite our community to conserve and restore the health of our watershed. We are passionate in our belief that everyone has a role to play in improving and sustaining our community. The best time to start may have been a 100 years ago, but the second best time is NOW! Get involved and start making a difference for our watershed today!