Stillwaters Environmental Center
Stillwaters is an environmental education center in the Carpenter Creek watershed of Kingston, Washington, on the Kitsap Peninsula. The 8 acres of wetlands ecosystem here is valued for environmental, aesthetic, and educational benefits.
Stillwaters is a place of transition, as all wetlands are transition zones between water and land. As the land’s fresh water transitions to the salt water of the salt marsh, through the estuary, and into the Puget Sound, it creates many different kinds of habitats for many kinds of plants and wildlife. They are all lying here in the scope of Stillwaters, within a fairly small space.
The Stillwaters wetlands are part of a larger system that includes forested, freshwater and emergent salt marsh communities. The salt marsh is part of the Apple Tree Cove Estuarine wetland system, which flows into Puget Sound. Carpenter Lake is just upstream from here, and we are part of the Carpenter Creek riparian zone. Through our community group, “ the Cutthroats of Carpenter Creek”, we are working to protect the fragile areas of the Carpenter Creek watershed.
The mission of Stillwaters Environmental Education Center is to teach, inspire and support individuals and organizations to achieve sustainability in the use of Earth’s resources.
WHAT WE ARE DO
• Educate persons concerning wetlands and water quality issues affecting the environment.
• Make wetlands and watershed areas more accessible to the public and to students.
• Mobilize citizens and agencies to restore and preserve the Carpenter Creek Watershed and surrounding areas.
• Preserve and provide stewardship for the local ecosystem.
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