Elwha River Day

The evening program last night and today’s adventures focused on the Elwha River watershed, the drainage that is currently the site of the largest restoration project of its kind in the world. Students had a chance to measure water quality, help prevent erosion by live-staking cottonwood trees, and explore the river in several areas. Our discussion focused on restoring the function of ecosystems and how we can apply the lessons of the Elwha to our own restoration at the Land. A highlight was our time at the mouth of the river where it meets the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There were seal and bald eagle sightings as well as an enormous supply of perfect skipping stones, some well-deserved down time for the students, and SUNSHINE!