Volunteer Projects

Stream Watch

Stream Watch, founded by the Chugach National Forest in 1994 and now run by several partner organizations, is a national award winning volunteer program that promotes river stewardship on two world-class sockeye salmon fisheries on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula –the Russian and Kenai Rivers. Trained Stream Watch volunteers have been protecting the Russian River and upper Kenai River for over 15 years resulting in a more sustainable fishery. Learn more

Each Fall, Chugach Children’s Forest participants helps Stream Watch at their end-of-season clean up event! Thanks to the support of the rafting company, Alaska Wildland Adventures, youth float downstream, docking along the way to pick up fishing wire, cigarette butts, and an array of other trash left along the banks of the Kenai River.


Trout Lake

We hosted young, emerging poets artists from the poetry slam team, Brave New Alaskan Voices, for a weekend service project at the new US Forest Service Cabin on Trout Lake.  These poets worked alongside a crew of SCAs and Forest Service professionals to map and remove invasive weed infestations and reseed the site occupied by the former cabin.  In the process they learned a lot and had just a little fun.

Alaska-based youth poetry slam team: Brave New Alaskan Voices explores the Chugach National Forest as part of a service learning project at the Trout Lake Cabin, near Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Following a safety briefing, Alaska Geographic’s Mike Briseno goes over backpack & trail basics before Brave New Alaskan Voices hits the trail for the Trout Lake Cabin service learning project on the Chugach National Forest.

Trout Lake Cabin Revegetation project on the Chugach National Forest – featuring ecologist Betty Charnon &  Brave New Alaskan Voices.


From noon-to-noon on July 23-24,2011, citizen scientists systematically catalogued the biodiversity of Portage Valley.  At the closing bell some 385 species had been documented and over 600 folks came out for the 24 hour event!