Monthly Update – December 2022

Students from Komachin Middle School test the pH of water from the Deschutes River at their Water Quality “Staycation” Field Day on campus.

December might not seem like field trip season, but at SSG we’re excited to teach students at any time of year! With only a few weeks available in December before winter break, we managed to squeeze in a number of exciting programs, working with Horizons Elementary and Komachin Middle schools for water quality testing and joining Tumwater High and Nisqually Middle schools out at McLane Creek for some chum salmon spawning trips! Overall, it was a great end to a fantastic year for us, and one that saw students returning to in-person field experiences for the first time since the winter of 2020.

As another year wraps up for us at South Sound GREEN, we wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated or volunteered this year! We had nearly 6,000 student interactions in 2022, which was only possible due to the incredibly hard work by our community partners, school administrators, and teachers! And we can’t forget our students either – thank you for your effort and excitement! We couldn’t do it without you!

We have a lot of exciting things upcoming in 2023, most notably the return of Student GREEN Congress at the Evergreen State College! We can’t wait to host our biggest annual event in-person again, and we’ll be celebrating our 30th Congress event alongside the Nisqually River Education Project and Chehalis Basin Education Consortium. Reach out or stay in touch if you’d like to be kept updated on Congress, the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon competition, the Teens in Thurston (TnT) volunteer group, or any other SSG programs in the new year!