Monthly Update – October 2022

Students from South Bay Elementary School explore stream bugs on their Watershed Explorers Field Day.

What a fun month at SSG! This month has been packed with field trips and water quality monitoring coordination, and after nearly three years without field trips it’s been great to have so much participation! Hundreds of students from five different school districts traveled to local waterways, conducted water quality tests, and gathered real data about their watersheds over the past few weeks. Joining students in classrooms and online has been good, but nothing beats going out on a field trip! And planning for the 2023 Student GREEN Congress has begun, so stay tuned for details about our first in-person Congress event in three years!

Coming up in November – more field trips! We’re continuing our Watershed Explorers Field Days with North Thurston elementary schools throughout the school year, and also helping with chum salmon field trips at the McLane Creek Nature Trail! Hopefully the recent rain will keep our rivers flowing high and we’ll have good salmon viewing. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for these field trips, please email Stephanie Bishop at sbishop@thurstoncd.com.

If you’re a high school student (or a parent of a high school student), we’ve got some opportunities for you as well! The Teens in Thurston (TnT) program has been going strong, and you can find information about our next event and how to register on our website. And now is the time to start creating a team for the 2023 South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon competition! Email Sam Nadell at snadell@thurstoncd.com with any questions or if you’d like to be kept up to date about event information.  

There’s a lot to be excited about at SSG these days!