May 3: Great Give
The 2016 Kitsap Great Give is on Tuesday, May 3 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and NKTA is once again participating. This is a Great (what else) time to leverage your contribute to NKTA with the matching funds provided. To contribute go to https://kitsapgreatgive.org/npo/north-kitsap-trails-association. It's a great way to renew your membership every year.
May 7: Save the Oysters!
Great Peninsula Conservancy, Kitsap County Parks, REI and Kitsap Forest & Bay Project are teaming up to relocate oysters growing near the pilings in Port Gamble Bay. If we don't move them NOW, the oysters will be buried and lost when pilings are removed in cleanup efforts this July! If you want to help, bring your waterproof boots, heavy duty gloves and a five gallon pail or large storage tote on May 7th at 10am to Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park. Meet at Shoreline Trail parking lot off Hwy 104. Stay for a tailgate oyster roast. Oysters provided by Taylor Shellfish!
May 14: Stottelmeyer 30/60
June 4: National Trails Day
National Trails Day is the perfect time to do maintenance on Millie's Trail. Three years ago Millie Dove Muller and her family provide public access for a non-motorized trail across their private property to connect Big Valley road to the adjacent land and trails owned by Pope Resources. We are happy to say that the trail has been well used; so much so that when I went to use the trail a month ago there was no room in the parking area. A Dove family told me recently that Millie use to excitedly go to a window and watch when she was told someone had come to use the trail. Come prepared, rain or shine, to improve drainage and improve the tread of this delightful path. Saturday, June 4th 10AM - 12PM, 24472 Big Valley Road (look for the NKTA Sign)
June 18-19: Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail Festival
Last year's Festival celebrated the National Park Services designating the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail as a National Water. Silverdale will be hosting another water trail celebration this year. Event include the "Ride the Tide" 5 mile paddle, kayaking and paddle board demonstrations, educational booths and much more. Brownsville, Keyport and Poulsbo will also be hosting some events. To see the full schedule go to http://www.watertrailsfestival.com/.