Monthly Update – July 2022

Squaxin Teens in the Stepping Stones program learn about estuary restoration with the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team.

School might be out over the summer, but South Sound GREEN still has programs! This month, we had the great opportunity to lead activities related to careers in natural resources with the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Stepping Stones program. Teens and mentors participated in environmental science activities and learned career paths through freshwater and marine lessons in the Deschutes Watershed. From pressing seaweed to testing water quality to finding benthic macroinvertebrates, we had a blast working with these students! Thank you to our partners and volunteers from Pacific Shellfish Institute, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT), Department of Ecology, and Kamilche Adventures for the help and support!    

Summer is halfway over, and we’re already preparing for the next school year! Teachers can reach out to Sam Nadell at snadell@thurstoncd.com if they’re interested in participating in Water Quality Monitoring or receiving updates about future programs. Also, if you are or you know a local high school student interested in volunteer opportunities, check out the Teens in Thurston (TnT) program. Our first program will be in September, which is right around the corner!