DERT and Salmon Defense to Plan Estuary Festival in 2018 Posted September 13, 2017 by Ali Johnson


Big Plans..

DERT and local non-profit Salmon Defense are teaming up to host a two-day Native youth camp and culminating festival August 30th-September 1st 2018. The Festival of the Steh-Chass will celebrate the Indigenous history of the South Puget Sound and Budd Inlet, while raising awareness of the need to restore the Deschutes estuary. Both organizations see this as a great opportunity to educate our larger community, bring in volunteers and youth, and celebrate the unique cultural and ecological history of the Deschutes River basin. Festival will be located at Heritage Park in Olympia Washington.

Sasquatch tshirt design

Dam Smasher T Design, Click Photo For Link to Buy

Dam Smasher Squad T’s Now Available!

For just $20 you can support the planning of the youth camp and festival and sport the newest design from Salmon Defense- Sasquatch smashing the 5th avenue dam! All sizes available. Art by Jeffrey Verregge. (Click photo to buy, if campaign is closed another will begin shortly thereafter)


August 30th and 31st 2018- Camp

With a priority of teaching arts, environmental awareness, and stewardship the youth camp will be open to Native and non-Native children and located at Tumwater historical park on the ancestral home of the Squaxin Island Tribe. To learn more or sign up click the “contact us” button on the main page.

September 1st 2018- Festival

Food, music, arts, exhibits, family activities and more will be at the Festival of the Steh-Chass. We are looking for interested performers, vendors, organizations, and volunteers to help make this happen. Shoot us an email at or through the “contact us” button. We are looking forward to both events!