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Celebrate the return of chum salmon to Swan Creek Park

December 1, 2017

Friends of the Swan Creek Watershed host 14th annual Salmon Saturday, Dec. 9

Get a firsthand introduction to a pivotal point in the life history of salmon, the Pacific Northwest’s most emblematic creature, during Salmon Saturday in Swan Creek Park.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 near the north end of the 373-acre park, which straddles Tacoma’s eastern boundary line. Metro Parks Tacoma manages 290 acres on the south end of the park. The rest is owned by Pierce County.

This is the 14th annual Salmon Saturday celebration, a kind of welcome home party, sponsored by the Friends of Swan Creek Watershed, a volunteer advocacy group, the City of Tacoma EnviroChallenger Program and Metro Parks Tacoma. The Pierce Conservation District is also participating.

Fish in Swan Creek

It’s a chance to catch a glimpse of the creek’s native chum salmon during the peak of its run, when mature fish return to their birthplace to spawn, or reproduce, and die.

You’re invited to hike or stroll along the creek, where volunteer guides will be poised to answer questions. The emphasis is on conservation. Find out what homeowners and gardeners can do to protect the quality of our water and ensure salmon survival.

“All ages enjoy the variety of hands-on activities,” said organizer Sue Bernstein of Friends of Swan Creek Watershed. Activities are geared to both children and adults.

swan creek boy

Salmon Saturday

  • What: Welcome celebration for migrating chum salmon
  • When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9
  • Where: Swan Creek Park. Enter at north end, 2820 Pioneer Way E.
  • Cost: Free
  • Information: (253) 472-7264 or  

Learn about Salmon Saturday at Swan Creek Park.

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