Monthly Update – January 2022

2021 is in the books and we’re excited for a new year ahead of us! After a year that saw SSG engaging record numbers of students in our overall program as well as participation in Student GREEN Congress, we can’t wait to get back to working with returning and new teachers in whatever capacity we can. We are continuing to offer adjusted SSG programs, from classroom-based watershed lessons to assisted water quality testing, all done either virtually or outdoors to maximize safety. If you’re a teacher who is looking for a hands-on activity, or are looking for a collection of resources, feel free to reach out to us (snadell@thurstoncd.com) or check out our website!

This month, we participated in two service projects in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. SSG helped facilitate Marshall Middle School students in planting 50 coastal redwood trees at the Ralph Munro Trail, and the Teens in Thurston (TnT) volunteer group assisted TCD and the City of Olympia in pulling scotch broom and planting native species at LBA Woods. These projects, along with others that were led by community partners, significantly improve watershed health and engage our community in environmental conservation.

We also made the decision to hold our Student GREEN Congress event virtually for the second year in a row! We were thrilled with the participation and enthusiasm for last year’s event, and this year we will once again be offering a digital Water Quality Story Map, hands-on workshop opportunities, and an exciting live keynote presentation! Keep checking our website or social media for updates, or feel free to reach out with any questions.

Stay safe everyone!