South Sound Green (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network)
South Sound GREEN has provided comprehensive watershed education for teachers and students in Thurston County since 1992. The program works with 4th-12th grade students in the Olympia, North Thurston, Tumwater, Griffin, and Rainier school districts, as well as students in private schools, home schools, and local colleges and universities. South Sound GREEN is based within the Thurston Conservation District.
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Nearshore Field Experiences
- Action/Restoration Projects (including removing invasive species and planting native plants)
- Student GREEN Congress (annual event coordinated with the Nisqually River Education Program)
- Classroom Watershed Demonstrations and Salmon Dissections
- Guided Salmon Spawning Field Experiences
Professional Development/Teacher Support:
Teachers who participate in our programs can receive water quality testing supplies, field trip funding, and ongoing support in integrating watershed education into their curriculum. We offer teacher professional development through our annual Summer Institute for Teachers in late June, as well as other climate science education workshops and trainings throughout the school year.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with field experiences and Student GREEN Congress. If you are interested in helping us out, please send an email to Stephanie Bishop.