February is typically a month packed with water quality monitoring trips, stream bug labs, and preparations for March’s Student GREEN Congress. But, as you already know, this is not a typical school year! In place of our normal programming, we’ve worked to develop new virtual materials for students to learn about water quality and data analysis, offering live Zoom sessions as well. And with the first ever virtual Student GREEN Congress just around the corner in a few weeks, we’ve been doing a lot to get ready! Comprised of hands-on workshops, asynchronous class activities, and a live keynote speaker, Congress will take on a new form while maintaining some of our favorite aspects of our favorite annual event.
Outside of Congress, we’ve worked this month to publish a new ThurstonTalk article, alongside some of our partners in the Thurston ECO Network. This article, written primarily by Elisa McGee at the Puget Sound Estuarium, highlights Black leaders in STEM fields in honor of Black History Month. This amazing resource was created in part out of the ideas and discussions of the relatively new Thurston ECO Network DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity) subcommittee. Keep an eye out for another ThurstonTalk article this month promoting a new citizen art and science exhibit in Olympia!