A Conservation Vision

TrilliumThe Hansville Greenway is a corridor of county-owned natural areas, trail easements, and conservation easements reaching from Puget Sound at Norwegian Point Park to Hood Canal. The Greenway was created in the mid-1990’s through a community partnership with Kitsap County Department of Parks and Recreation.

It is located near the north end of the Kitsap Peninsula, just southwest of the unincorporated town of Hansville, adjacent to Buck Lake County Park. The Greenway consists of a 245-acre tract extending from just north of Buck Lake 2 miles to the south and west, a separate 20-acre tract close to the village of Hansville, 2.5 miles of trail easement, and 8.6 acres of conservation easement. It includes the west shore of Buck Lake, most of two beaver ponds (Upper and Lower Hawk’s Ponds), other wetlands, and a portion of the stream called Hawk’s Hole Creek that flows from the southerly beaver pond (Lower Hawk’s Pond) to Hood Canal . Most of the land is second- and third-growth forest, primarily Douglas fir, red alder and cedar. Approximately 5 miles of trails run through the Greenway and another 2.5 miles are on trail easements across private property. The main entrance to the trail system is at Buck Lake County Park. Norwegian Point Park is the Puget Sound terminus of the Hansville Greenway trail system, but is not part of the Greenway.


Background: The Hansville Greenway Association has hosted an educational field trip program for North Kitsap School District elementary students since 1997, but our current coordinator cannot continue to lead the effort this year.  She would like to continue in some aspect and is available to assist with training, but we need someone to take over the leadership role.  It is a very rewarding volunteer position that acts as a liaison with the NK School District.

Job Description:  The Coordinator works with the NK School District coordinator to coordinate dates and arranges for three “experts” for each field trip to present information on three different habitat types – pond, meadow, and forest.  The Coordinator acts as host and guide for these groups when they are in the Hansville Greenway. Roughly 8 to 12 sessions are needed to cover all of the classes. The kids arrive at Buck Lake at about 9:45am and leave soon after noon.  The sessions have typically been spread across April, May, and early June.

If you are at all interested in taking on this important volunteer task, or would like more information please contact me via e-mail or phone.