The Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group has launched its Citizen Action Training School (CATS) with funding from the Puget Sound Partnership. 

CATS is modeled after a program first implemented in the late 1980s in Snohomish County by the Pilchuck Audubon Society. The Seattle program will include the original watershed ecology and civic education and engagement components with an added focus on Puget Sound Recovery. 

Participants will receive 50 hours of training over three months and will give back by volunteering at least 50 hours to plan and complete a service project in their community. 

The service projects must be related to the Puget Sound Partnership’s Strategic Initiatives: prevention of stormwater pollution, protection/restoration of habitat and 3) recovery of shellfish beds. Visit the program website at for more information. 

Applications for the Seattle session are due Friday, Feb. 28; classes will take place every Tuesday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., from March 11 until June 3. Service projects will take place June through September.

For more information, contact Seattle CATS coordinator Leihla Scharlau at or (206) 529-9467.