As summer winds down, we at SSG have been itching to get back to teaching. But even in August we can find ways to help get students outside! This month, we helped out with a summer school program at Timberline High School and took students out to Pioneer Park for some water quality testing and benthic macroinvertebrate identification, and also joined with a trash clean up at Pioneer Park with participants from the local juvenile detention center. We also had the opportunity this year to participate in the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators conference, held in person for the first time since 2019. This was an excellent chance to network with educators from across the Pacific Northwest (and Alaska!) and find ways to improve and update our programs.
With the school year right around the corner, we’ve been holding teacher professional development events to get our teachers prepared for water quality testing and to provide ideas about how they can incorporate environmental action projects into their classrooms. If you’re a teacher looking for water quality training, come to our full day training on September 17th! For more information email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome back teachers! We look forward to working with you all soon!