Smithsonian Global Earth Optimism Summit—Celebrating Community Environmental Activism: Restoring Fishtrap Creek One Salmon at a Time

In celebration of Earth Day, and in partnership with the Smithsonian Global Earth Optimism Summit, the Whatcom Museum and the Whatcom Land Trust are co-sponsoring a free presentation by esteemed science teacher and conservationist Harlan Kredit on Friday, April 21, 7-8pm, in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall.

Kredit has taught science for the past 45 years at Lynden Christian High School, where he has been involved in a community project restoring salmon habitat along Fishtrap Creek in north Whatcom County. This decades-long project actively involves high school students in riparian zone enhancement by planting thousands of trees and shrubs along the creek. Students have also built and operated a school fish hatchery releasing more than two million Coho salmon into the Nooksack River system. Additionally, students have constructed a smolt channel and installed salmon friendly signs along the creek. Kredit will share slides and talk more about this project, as well as highlights of 30 other restoration projects that he has been involved with around the county.

Harlan Kredit was born and raised near Fishtrap Creek in Lynden. He is an award-winning high school biology teacher, and has taught environmental and earth science for 55 years. He has received more than 25 honors and awards for his work as an educator and conservation biologist, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the National Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2004. For the past 45 summers, Kredit has worked as a park ranger naturalist in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, leading daily walks focusing on environmental concerns. He also leads teacher training at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Jackson, Wyoming.

This event is presented in celebration of the Smithsonian Global Earth Optimism Summit. The Smithsonian Global Earth Optimism Summit celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the Smithsonian Institution.


Located in Bellingham’s cultural district, the Whatcom Museum, a non-profit organization operated jointly by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum Foundation, offers a rich variety of programs and exhibitions about art, nature and Northwest history. The Museum’s collections contain more than 200,000 artifacts and art pieces of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive. The Whatcom Museum is accredited nationally by the American Association of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

Whatcom Land Trust is a private non-profit organization committed to the preservation, protection, and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage that has inspired so many people to make Whatcom County home. WLT strives to protect natural assets that promote the well-being of all the county’s inhabitants. The mission of WLT is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, and scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship.