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Salmon Survey Orientation

Oct 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Johnson Creek is the only salmon bearing tributary in Eastern Portland! JCWC documents the distribution of salmon species and spawning activity throughout the watershed to inform restoration efforts and to share with our scientific partner organizations.

Salmon are integral to the Pacific Northwest and to Johnson Creek. These amazing fish migrate from their natal streams, to the ocean, and back again to spawn. They also play important roles in the cultures and histories of Native Nations to this area. Since 2011, JCWC volunteers have been studying the creek for Coho and Chinook salmon and their nests, which are called redds. Join us this year for surveys!

Surveys include suiting up in waders and life jackets and wading through Johnson Creek during winter flows looking for live salmon, carcasses, and nests. Surveys usually take about 3 hours and are scheduled in your own time. You will be surveying with a team so feel free to sign-up your own or we’ll team you up with other surveyors!



What: Salmon Survey Orientation

When: Orientation – Thursday, October 13th, from 6:00pm-8:30pm

Survey Season – Every weekend from mid-October to mid-December

Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland Oregon, 97202 (directions below)


Virtual via Zoom, please email marissa@jcwc.org if you are interested in this option. 

OPTIONAL: Outdoor Training on October 15th from 10am-11am at Tideman Johnson Park. This is for folks who want to try on gear and practice getting their feet wet! If you are interested in attending this training please email marissa@jcwc.org

Time Commitment: 2.5 hour training, 3 surveys 2-3 hours each. Approximately 11.5 hours over 2 months. Surveys are done in your own time. 

How to prepare: Please bring water and snacks. You are welcome to use your own gear during the survey season (waders, life jacket, walking pole, etc.)

We will provide: All gear and instruction is provided.  We can also provide bus fare to and from the event. Please contact info@jcwc.org to arrange bus fare.

Covid-19 safety: Following Oregon Health Authority Guidelines masks are not required, but we do encourage masks and social distancing in enclosed spaces. If you are feeling sick for any reason please attend the virtual option. 

Children are/unfortunately are not permitted: Youth under the age of 16 are not permitted to participate in this program. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 years old are required to have adult  supervision. 

Accessibility: This event requires wading in fast moving water ranging from 2 to 4 feet , standing and walking for 2-3 hours, walking over uneven ground, going up or down steep slopes, bending, and climbing over fallen trees.

We are offering a stationary observation location that requires sitting or standing for 1-2 hours. This location is ADA accessible. 

There are no bathrooms available at any survey sites. 



By bus: Take the 19 or 75 line and exit at Woodstock and 41st Ave. 

By Car: Park in the All Saints Parking lot or along the street on 40th Ave. 

By Bike: From Woodstock Blvd. there is bike parking to the left of the front doors of All Saints


Thank you to our funders and partners for supporting watershed health. The Mintkeski Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Portland General Electric, The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Parks and Recreation.


Oct 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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